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Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Small-diaphragm condenser mics shine in applications that leave their bigger cousins struggling to keep up. Their characteristic ultra-responsiveness is precisely due to their smaller, lighter-mass diaphragms. The hands-down choice for acoustic guitar, hi-hat, harp – or any instrument with sharp transients and extended overtones, many recording engineers actually favor small diaphragm mics as drum overheads. A bonus with these bantamweights (often referred to as pencil mics, due to their typically thin cylindrical shape) is that they are easy to position.