DJ Microphones

Microphones today come in a range of sizes, shapes and capabilities, DJ microphones are used to provide DJs with the ability to speak to an audience. There are a number of different microphone types and choosing the right one for your needs depends on you understanding the various types and the benefits of each one.

A dynamic microphone is typically used in musical performances and is commonly the most popular choice. They are typically handheld models that are used on stage. If you were to hear a band singing live from a radio station chances are that they are using dynamic microphones for the performance. Reporters that you see on television typically use dynamic microphones as well. They offer portability and quality sound that you cannot get from other models.

A capacitor or condenser is a traditional radio studio microphone. This is what most consumers think of when they think of DJ microphones. They are among the oldest kind of microphone in the world. This is the type of microphone that a DJ will speak into when talking to his or her audience. They are held in place by a device that resembles a human arm and are a wonderful choice for more quiet settings. They are not typically noise cancelling which is why they are mostly used in radio studios where the DJ or other speaker is boxed into a sound proof room. They are more efficient than a dynamic microphone but typically more expensive as well.

An electret microphone is also very small and portable, unlike the traditional DJ microphone. They are also a type of capacitor microphone but are much smaller than the traditional design. They are also fairly cheaper than the traditional design. Traditional capacitor microphones offer a much higher quality of sound than electret models which is another reason that they are much less expensive. Most radio stations prefer not to use this type of microphone because of the lack of sound quality and instead opt for the more expensive capacitor models.

Carbon microphones have been used in radio stations although not commonly. They are more of an old fashioned choice and will bring you to mind of a jazz singer of days gone by. They are a larger microphone that were commonly used in boxing matches and a few radio stations during the earlier 1900s. This type of microphone is all but obsolete today and is mostly used for show. Ribbon microphones were used fairly commonly during the beginning of the 20the century and have been used a few times in radio shows by DJs. They are however, a bit too directional for most radio uses today meaning that they have to be directed at the point where the sound is made. Most DJs today prefer not to have to pivot the microphone with every turn of the head in order for the sound quality to be acceptable.

Crystal microphones have been used in radio broadcasting in the past but very little. These are the microphones that most schools used many years ago to make morning and evening announcements. They are not nearly as durable as other microphone choices although they are a good choice for the more simple applications like the school announcements for which they were used during the 1930s. AM ham radio operators also used them commonly during the earlier part of the twentieth century. There are many choices today regarding DJ microphones although most use a capacitor model simply because it allows for a better sound quality and more movement while speaking without worries of the sound being lost due to directional pull. Many DJ microphones today are digital which gives them a better overall sound quality and ensures that they are more affordable than traditional microphones.

This DJ Microphones Review is Written/Updated on May 20th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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