Here is a short two-part explanation of

  1. the way microphones work
  2. how to understand the specifications of a microphone
  3. the overall characteristics of the main two types of microphones (dynamic & condenser)
  4. standard use cases for each type of microphone

FYI, there are other types of microphones. You may have heard of ribbon microphones, for example. But for a 101, this is plenty. The Pareto rule of 80/20 is respected 🙂

These videos are courtesy of Shure. The marketing plug is very light compared to the well laid out content… This is why I have elected to refer to these videos.


Part 1:

Part 2: