Microphone videos

Here is a collection of interesting videos on microphones and microphone technologies:

Audio 101: Microphones

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphones, What’s the Difference?

Audio recording tutorial: The different microphone types | lynda.com

XLR vs USB Microphones, Which Should You Buy?

$22 MICROPHONE VS $3600 MICROPHONE | Andrew Huang

Voice-over Microphone || DIY or Buy

How a Neumann U87 microphone is manufactured

How to Make Your Own DIY U87 Vintage Condenser Mic

Soyuz Video #3 Capsules

The Soyuz SU-019 FET Microphone

MKH-416 counterfeit mic teardown


Disassembly – Taking apart the BM-100FX Microphone.

BEST Budget USB Microphone!? | FIFINE Honest Review

Why the Blue Yeti Sucks

Why the Blue Yeti Su cks | Pro Audio Engineer Responds

Do XLR to USB Cables Work?

Samson USB GO Mic Teardown

BM-800 Microphone Review / Teardown

Teardown of the Blue Yeti Microphone

Samson c01u usb microphone test + look inside

A quick teardown on the Samson Go Mic USB studio microphone for laptops and tablets

Samson C01U USB Mic Teardown (part of the article)

Random Teardown #001: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Aston Microphone condenser Spirit teardown A look inside

    Here is a Teardown of my new Aston condenser spirit Microphone.

    A British microphone with an almost indestructible design.
    and even after bashing it with a baseball bat you still cannot see any marks on it. Sounds amazing.

    link to the actual mic details http://www.astonmics.com/spirit/

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MKH-416 counterfeit mic teardown

    Chinheiser MKH-416 taken apart
    Design is very similar to Sony ECM-672 electret condenser mic.

    Sennheiser MKH-416 fixes

    Several tips on MKH-416 troubleshooting

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Which pop filter should you use?

    STEDMAN PS101: http://amzn.to/2peyxi8
    NADY MPF-6: http://amzn.to/2peGSSR
    AN EVEN CHEAPER ONE FROM NEEWER: http://amzn.to/2qheOga

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM86 vs Shure SM58

    A review of the Shure SM86 condenser vocal microphone, in comparison to the legendary Shure SM58. The SM86 is described by Shure as the ‘big brother’ to the ’58 and is a versatile alternative to the industry standard vocal mic, for both vocal and (surprisingly) instrument applications.

    Also includes an explanation of the way in which dynamic and condenser microphones work, and demonstrations of both mics.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM58 Myths 1 – Old Technology

    It’s true that the SM58 has been around longer than many bands. But believe it or not, the technology that makes it work is still cutting-edge today! In this video, Shure’s Chad Wiggins explains why other dynamic mic manufacturers work so hard at imitating the fabled 58 – and the one thing they all get wrong.

    Shure SM58 Myths 2 – Denting Grille

    Like scars on a heavyweight prize fighter, a bashed and bruised grille reveals the long, hard road that an SM58 microphone has traveled. Like a bodyguard, the grille’s job is to take a beating to protect the “VIP” – the more-delicate microphone transducer inside. In this video, Chad Wiggins explains why a 58 keeps working long after other microphones have gone down for the count.

    Shure SM58 Myths 3 – Feedback

    When feedback strikes, the microphone usually takes the rap. But feedback isn’t all the mic’s fault. In this video, Chad Wiggins comes clean, and reveals that feedback is an acoustic conspiracy.

    Shure SM58 Myths 4 – Proximity Effect

    Get up close and personal with an SM58, and the sound gets all warm and deep. It’s called ‘proximity effect’. In this video, Shure’s Chad Wiggins explains that this is perfectly normal – and how a savvy singer can use it creatively.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    I bought a counterfeit mic so you don’t have to.

    Compare original and fake Shure SM58

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Understanding Mic Specifications – Part 3 – Polar Pattern

    Understanding Mic Specification Part 3 by Shure. We discuss Polar Pattern. Part 3 of 4.

    Understanding Mic Specifications – Part 4 – Electrical Output

    Understanding Mic Specification Part 4 by Shure. We discuss the Electrical Output of a microphone and how it relates to sound.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microphone Pickup Patterns

    Choosing and using the right mic for the job is an important step in any video project, and understanding a microphone’s directional characteristics is one determining factor. In this segment, we talk about a microphone’s directional response and sensitivity, how to interpret a polar response chart, and we listen to examples of various mics to hear how response works in practice. Knowing how to determine the directional characteristics of a mic, and understanding how this affects the sound your mic picks up, can help you make an informed choice for your next project.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Choosing a microphone for YouTube – BOOM MIC SHOWDOWN (7+ Shotgun & Boom Mics Compared)

    In this video, we’ll be comparing 7 shotgun and boom microphones for use in on-camera YouTube production. I also cover when you should use a shotgun mic vs a boom mic vs a lav mic.

    Cheapest XLR Shotgun Mic! Does it Suck?? Marantz SG-5B

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Schoeps MK41 vs Rode NT5 vs Audix SCX1 vs Samson CO2 mic review compare

    Does a $32.00 compare to a $1,622 Mic for dialogue? Mic info below:

    Mic 1: Rode NT5
    Mic 2: Samson CO2
    Mic 3: Audix SCX1
    Mic 4: Schoeps MK 41

    My opinion: For youtube, the RODE NT5 seems like a best buy. It has a great sound for dialogue. The Samson, though cheap has a bit too much self noise to be useful.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM58 vs Blue Yeti: Audio Comparison

    Shure SM58 vs Blue Yeti: Audio Comparison
    As a follow up to my last video, which was an unboxing of my new audio equipment, I present to you an audio comparison between the SM58 and Blue Yeti microphone.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5 Boom Microphones for Indoor Dialogue: Cardioid, Super-cardioid, and Hyper-cardioid

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    #107 – Beyerdynamic does USB mics Right

    Beyerdynamic FOX Microphone – https://amzn.to/2p938wA

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    XLR vs USB Microphones, Which Should You Buy?

    In today’s video, I discuss which microphone you should buy; an XLR mic or a USB mic. I cover the Pros & Cons of each microphone ecosystem, and explain which mic is right for different situations.

    Neewer Recording Kit for YouTube (NW-2S, NW-88, NW-680) Review / Test / Explained

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Audio For Video – Lav & Shotgun Mics, Boompoles, External Recorders

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Audio for your Home or Office Studio

    1) Built-In Camera Mic
    2) Shotgun Mic on Camera
    3) External Recorder
    4) Lavalier Microphone
    5) Shotgun Boom Microphone

    Best Microphones for Video ($0-$500)

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best Microphones for YouTube: Top 5 Mics for Video!

    Best Cheap Microphones for YouTube Under $50

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BOYA BY-M1 Lavalier Mic Review / Test

    Today I review & sound test a budget lav mic that costs only $20!!! This thing seems to be universally compatible, and offers pretty nice audio for the price tag. If you are on a budget and looking for the best lav mic, then this may be a good contender.

    BOYA BY-M1 Omnidirectional Camera Lavalier Condenser Microphone With Cleaning Cloth for Canon Nikon Sony iPhone 7 7 plus 6 6s Plus DSLR Camcorder Audio Recorder

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM58 vs. Shure Beta58A

    Five years ago I uploaded a video comparing the Shure SM57 and SM58 microphones. Since then I have received a number of requests to compare the SM58 to it’s more modern relative the Beta58A. This video does just that.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Top 5 Microphones | For Singers | Thomann

    Singer Flávio Martins from the Thomann Hotline checks out the Top 5 microphones for live singers and talks differences between the five. From the classic sm58 to modern hypercardioid mics like Audix OM-7 or Sennheiser e945.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM57 vs SM58 vs SM7b Comparison (Versus Series)

    How To Set Your Microphone’s Gain / Level for Beginners (FAQ Series)

    Today, I answer a frequently asked question, “What’s the best gain setting” or “What gain should I set my blue yeti to”, by providing you an explanation of what level you should hit when recording, what factors impact your gain requirements, and the downfalls of setting your gain too high or too low.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best Indie Film Audio Setup with Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic

    new favorite shotgun mic for film work. It’s the Rode NTG 4+. I have previously also used a Rode microphone but it was an older model the Rode NTG 2. This new version has better audio sensitivity and also a built in battery so it doesn’t require phantom power.

    What Microphone Should You Buy First? RODE NTG4, Video Mic Pro, Zoom H6, or Lav?

    Audio for your video is more important than one may think. Making sure you invest in microphones responsibly for your projects is essential. I walk through the 5 levels of audio quality you can practice. Choose which one is right for you, and know it can change from project to project.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $100 Mic VS $500 Mic | SM58 vs KSM8

    In this episode we compare the Share SM58 with the Shure KSM8 to see what the differences really are between the $100 and the $500 price point.

    Microphone Comparison Shure SM58, KSM9HS, KSM9, KSM8, Audix VX5, Heil PR35

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM58 (USA) vs Shure SM58 (Current) vs Shure SM58 Beta. Guest appearance – Shure KSM8

    Anton Browne (BRIT School singing teacher) compares his three Shure SM58 versions – old and new. Guest appearance – Shure KSM8.

    Compare original and fake Shure SM58

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BLIND DYNAMIC MICROPHONE SHOOTOUT: Shure SM58 vs AKG D5 vs Sennheiser e835 vs Blue Encore 100i

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-700 BEST Budget Microphone Kit?

    After reviewing various high quality microphones, i decided to take a dive into the budget microphone territory. Introducing the Neewer NW-700, budget studio microphone. A condenser microphone with a super cardiod pattern. For $32, this little piece of kit packs alot of punch and value, especially with the include mic stand, pop filter and additional accessories…

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NW-700 vs. NW-800 vs. NW-1500 Comparison (Versus Series)


    NW 700 sounds best across the board to me. NW 800 sounded worse with the electric guitar. NW 1500 sounds kinda muffled.

    Been using my NW 700 since just after this video came out. Still going strong to this day. I’m glad I chose it over the NW 800 and NW 1500. Although after taking the mic apart it seems the little condenser module is just pushed into a plasic part screwed to the body. So any vibrations that makes it to the body though the cable or though the shock mount makes a slight clunking noise. So I unscrewed the plastic part and glued a small square of foam between it and the body. Now the mic has much less issues with vibration.

    nw700 is the best, it picks up the widest range of frequencies and is a much truer sound.

    The 700 is visibly different from the 800 and 1500. In a distance of 2 feet, they are almost the same, but with the guitars sound they are totally different. For me the 1500 gets more low/bass frequencies, so they would be applied to different using. The only one that sounds bad for me is the 700 (not good at all). If you like more a bass sound, the 1500 sounds better, but the 800 sounds more “versatile”.

    For me, the guitar part, the 700 had a slight garbly (overdrive?) sound, while the 800 seemed cleaner.

    The nw-700 sounded the best not just because I ordered one that’s seriously what I think

    I choose the nw 800, thank you very much :)

    After the BM-8000 won the BM competition and the NW-800 won the NW competition then do a video of:
    BM-8000 VS NW-800

    Ran these recorded tests through a compressor and got a better sense of the differences. NW800 had more high frequency harmonic distortion while NW1500 had more mid frequency harmonic distortion. Neither were particularly pleasent. The NW700 had very little harmonic distortion at all and was the most transparent sounding (least colored). The NW1500 did tame sibilants (“S” sounds) better than the others, but probably due to its unnatural sounding high frequency pattern.

    To me yea sounded the same. I just got the nw-700 for doing voice overs on my channel.
    I think this is one of the better reviews on this mic. I

    just ordered the neewer nw 800 seen so many reviews were it went up against hundred dollar mics like the blue yeti, even thousand dollar mics and it was so much cleaner and better i could not believe it on amazon you can get the whole kit for 19.99!!! but be sure to get the power supply they have them for 15$ and its the neewer brand phantom

    nw-700 = nw-800 , nw-1500 sound much clear

    basically the same mic for different prices.

    I got a bm 700 and don’t have phantom power but I will be using a xlr to 3.5mm jack will it sound fine?

    Plugging directly into computer, chances are it will not sound good. Try getting SYBA USB SOUNDCARD.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sennheiser e 965 Review vs Shure SM58 vs Earthworks SR40V + Singing Sample

    Anton Browne (BRIT School singing teacher) reviews the Sennheiser e 965 microphone and compares it to the Shure SM58 and Earthworks SR40V.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Can a mic last forever? 1 year old CAD e100s vs 20 year old CAD e100

    A good mic can last a long time, so long as you buy one that is well made. And, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BM-700 vs NW-700 Comparison (Versus Series)

    Yes!! The NW 700 won! Lol, this should be a thing, microphone betting. Lol, great video.

    BM-800 vs NW-800 Comparison (Versus Series)

    Which is Better?

    Excelvan BM-800:
    Neewer NW-800:

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NOISY PREAMPS BEGONE! Fethead and Fethead Phantoms save the day.

    The FetHead Phantom passes phantom power to the mic, so it shouldn’t be used with any type of dynamic mic, especially ribbon mics. The original FetHead still needs phantom power but doesn’t transmit it to the mic. That’s kind of the entire point of this thread.

    Could be an upsell technique? If you buy the Fethead phantom blocker and use Gorilla tape on the thing so you never take it off, then you’ll never have to worry

    It should be noted that there are at least some dynamic mics which are fine with being fed Phantom power – Shure SM7B and SM57/58 for example (see for yourself on shure.com)


  32. Tomi Engdahl says:


  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloudlifter vs. Fethead vs. SS1 vs. Durham vs. McBoost Comparison (Versus Series)

    Today I compare 5 Mic Activators / Preamps for Dynamic & Ribbon Microphones to improve the output level: Cathedral Pipes Durham, Simply Sound SS-1, Triton Audio Fethead, Cloudlifter CL-1, and Radial McBoost. I test the output level, impact on tone, and impact on noise floor.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DIY Ribbon Element Upgrades A Studio Microphone

    For those with some experience with pro audio, the term “ribbon microphone” tends to conjure up an image of one of those big, chunky mics from the Golden Age of radio, the kind adorned with the station’s callsign and crooned into by the latest heartthrob dreamboat singer. This DIY ribbon mic is none of those things, but it’s still really cool.

    Of course the ribbon mic isn’t always huge, and the technology behind it is far from obsolete.

    Ribbon Mic Build Microphone DIY Custom – HANDHELD RETROFIT

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Stuff’s Made – Royer Ribbon Microphones

    In 2009, The Discovery Channel did a segment on Royer Labs for its How Stuff’s Made series. See how every Royer mic is hand built in our Burbank, CA factory.

    How To Make a DIY Ribbon Mic!

    I found this mic in a junk bin
    When I asked about it they said it was shot so I took it home and decided to use the housing to make a ribbon mic. This video is a documentary/tutorial on how I did it. Enjoy!

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ribbon Microphones Explained | How They Work & When to Use

    Ribbon microphones – essential facts

    A tutorial on ribbon microphones for project and home recording studio owners

    Record Vocals with a Ribbon Mic? The Two Factors You Must Consider

    It might sound a little different, but ribbon mics can be a great choice as a vocal mic. In this episode, I give the two things you have to be worried about when using a ribbon mic, and ultimately these two things can be limiting factors in when you can use a ribbon for vocals.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DIY Ribbon Microphone, How I made mine (HoboRec Bull Sessions #19)

    A somewhat detailed description of how to make a fully working ribbon microphone. Some key components that I used in my build:
    Neodymium Magnets N42 2″x1/4″x1/8″
    2,5 Micron Aluminum Foil

  38. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Top 9 Microphone Mistakes: The Do’s and Don’ts of Mics

    Learn about proper mic techniques in this Sonic Electronix video featuring Gary Boss from Audio Technica. He discusses some right and wrong ways to use microphones and how to get the best audio from them.

  39. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Vintage U-87 vs Stam SA-87 vs Warm WA-87 Shootout! (HoboRec Bull Sessions #31)

    Made a test between some U-87 style microphones with some interesting results.

  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ribbon Microphone Comparison Shootout

    This blind Ribbon Microphone shootout features the Shure KSM 313, Royer R121, Coles 4038, and AEA R84

  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Episode 3 – Microphone types and characteristics

    Microphone design, applications, transient response, mic sensitivity, ribbon mics, dynamic moving coil, capacitor condenser, phantom power, Faraday electromagnetic induction,

  42. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ribbon Microphones: How To Tell If Your Ribbon Is Blown

    John Jennings of Royer Labs explains how to test a ribbon microphone for a stretched (blown) ribbon element.

  43. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blue Ribbon Microphone

    If you’ve ever seen an old movie or TV show where there was a radio announcer, you’ve probably seen a ribbon microphone. The RCA 44 (see Edmund Lowe, on right) had exceptional sound quality and are still valued today in certain applications. The name ribbon microphone is because the sound pickup is literally a thin strip of aluminum or other conductive material.

    Unlike other common microphones, ribbons pick up high frequencies much better due to the high resonant frequency of the metallic ribbon. This is not only better in general, but it means the ribbon mic has a flatter frequency response even at lower frequencies. Another unique feature is that the microphone is bidirectional, hearing sounds from the front or back equally well. It is possible to build them with other directional patterns, although you rarely see that in practice.

    In the early 1920s, Walter Schottky and Erwin Gerlach developed the ribbon microphone (and, coincidentally, the first ribbon loudspeaker).

    Harry Olson at RCA developed a ribbon mic that used coils and permanent magnets which led to the RCA Photophone Type PB-31 in 1931. Because of their superior audio response, they were instant hits and Radio City Music Hall started using the PB-31 in 1932. A newer version appeared in 1933, the 44A, which reduced reverberation.

    The BBC and Marconi also made similar microphones including the Type A and the Coles 4038. The Russian version was the Oktava. Although the technology is nearly one hundred years old, many sound engineers still use ribbons because of the fidelity of the recording.

  44. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Recording Acoustic Guitar—Comparisons of Dynamic, Condenser, and Ribbon Mics on Acoustic Guitar

    PLEASE NOTE: These mics are all placed in the same place on this acoustic guitar so that you can tell what the differences are between the mics. The ribbon mics, for example, sound pretty dull this close but when moved away, they can be pretty magical.

  45. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blue Yeti Nano Review / Test

    Today we’re looking at a brand new microphone form Blue (or Logitech), the Yeti Nano. This is a compact version of the Blue Yeti without the Stereo or Bi-directional polar pattern options, but it’s still compatible with Windows and Mac OSX.

    Blue Yeti Pro XLR redux

  46. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Producing Great Sound on Location

    This tutorial begins the series Producing Great Sound on Location. In this and future video tutorials, Jonah Guelzo will cover different topics that relate to production sound? what equipment is needed, and the techniques essential for getting the best sound for your next film, or video production piece.

  47. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer Mini Condenser Mic Review / Test

    Today I review one of the smallest condenser microphones on the market, the Neewer Mini Condenser Microphone. You can find this thing under a bunch of names on amazon & eBay.


    It’s sad that it sounds better than 90% of gaming headset mics.

    Not really. It’s omnidirectional so it will pick up EVERYTHING in the room. Headset mics attempt to cancel that noise out which degrades their audio quality.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *