How to Use a Condenser Microphone

Whether you’re recording a podcast, musical track or field recording, you want to ensure that your audio is crystal clear every time. Condenser microphones are an excellent tool that delivers high sensitivity to capture subtle nuances and smooth frequency response [source: Apex]. Whether you’re plucking, drumming, singing or speaking, condenser microphones create high-quality audio. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to use a condenser microphone on your computer.
Condenser Microphone

  1. Ensure that your microphone software has been properly installed on your computer. Follow the instructions provided with your hardware, when installing the software.
  2. Set your microphone close to your computer. You will want the microphone to be 4 to 16 inches (10 to 40.6 centimeters) away from the audio that you’re recording. Make sure that your space is void of any disruptions that may distort the sound [source: Samson].
  3. Set the microphone’s pattern switch to Cardioid. This will ensure that the microphone is picking up the sound coming directly at it, as opposed to sound from the sides or back [source: Samson]. Make sure that the front of the microphone is facing the correct direction.
  4. Connect the headphones to the microphone by plugging the cable into the output marked Phones.
  5. Connect the microphone to the computer through the USB cable supplied with the microphone. Plug the small end of the cable into the microphone. Plug the other end of the cable into a USB port on your computer.

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