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The Right Response

All other factors being equal, the mass of a mic's diaphragm is indirectly proportional to its ability to capture transients. That's why condensers generally
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All other factors being equal, the mass of a mic's diaphragm is indirectly proportional to its ability to capture transients. That's why condensers generally grab more detail than dynamic mics fitted with relatively heavy magnet assemblies hanging off the back of their membranes. Generally, the larger diaphragm of an LDC mic responds more slowly to transients than a small-diaphragm condenser's diminutive membrane does. But slower response is not necessarily a bad thing. Some small-diaphragm condensers are criticized for having too fast of a transient response, producing a glassy sound in some applications. An LDC mic, on the other hand, excels where the nuance of a condenser mic is called for but a slightly rounded attack is desired, as is usually the case when the user is recording vocals or voicelike instruments, such as cello and violin.