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:

    Neewer NW-7000 vs. Neumann TLM-103 Comparison (Versus Series)

    Today we compare an $1100 microphone to a $20 microphone to see which is the best! The two mics, are the Neewer NW-7000 and the Neumann TLM-103.

    Honestly? The Neewer didn’t suck. I prefer Dynamic mics, but in the context of this comparison, I would probably get the Neewer and use the rest of the cash for gear that would make it sound better and that I could use with other mics as time went on.

    I couldn’t decide which one to get, but at last, there’s a video that compares them!

    How about 55 neewer vs 1 neumann? $1100 vs $1100 comparison.

    Not exactly sure I was able to notice $1079.00 worth of difference there. Plenty, …but not the full $1079.00.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    4 Reasons Your Audio Sucks (Common Audio Mistakes on YouTube)

    I offer 4 tips on how to improve your audio quality for youtube based on 4 common mistakes made when recording audio for youtube videos.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Disassembled Counterfeit/Fake SM57 vs a REAL Shure SM57

    After buying a fake SM57 on eBay I decided to take it apart (along with a real one) to show you the difference.

    I’m intrigued by this “wad of plastic” thing. So, they actually went to the trouble of molding something that resembles a transformer and then wrapping it in plastic wrap?

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Does Phantom Power Improve Your Condenser Mics Audio?

    WARNING: I no longer recommend using a USB soundcard to connect a microphone to your computer. It has become too unreliable due to manufacturers altering the components used in their products as well as alterations to operating systems causing additional problems. The only method of connecting a microphone to your computer that I recommend is with a USB AUDIO INTERFACE that is designed specifically for that use case.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-700 Connected directly to PC Microphone Test, no Phantom Power

    You have the option to connect the Neewer NW-700 directly to your PC via a xlr to microphone connector. Keep In mind your motherboard has to be able to supply enough power to the mic to power it without the introduction of static noise. Something that is a huge weakness with this microphone.

    the correct way to use this mic is to use an interface that supplies phantom power to the mic

    You know why it’s noisy? Because you’re not an Audio engineer and shouldn’t be reviewing such products. You don’t have a pr O level mixing console with 48v phantom power. That’s why you get signal to noise ratio. Audacity? Wow!!! Lmfao. I’m laughing my Ass off because I use the same Mic on a budget and have no problems boosting my gain level to increase the condensor Mic. Its a condensor Mic. The noise is you not the mic. Learn about studio equipment before you review it buddy. Give my mixes a listen. I don’t use audacity freeware Lmfao

    The noise floor is because of the interference between the audio jack and the audio encoder. The mic might have a much lower noise floor. You also did boost up the gain 30dBs too, so that amplified the noise coming from the motherboard and other components in the PC. If you used a mixer there would be less noise.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best beginner microphone (18$) – Neewer NW-700 review (YouTube, streaming, instruments…)

    Today we’re taking a look at (what’s in my opinion) the best beginner microphone out there! I’ve used this microphone for voice-overs, guitar recording, vocals and basically all my YouTube videos. If you’re a beginner at recording audio or just want a budget microphone option then definitely watch this video. :)

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Do You Need Phantom Power? NW-800 Tested

    In today’s video well be doing some audio comparisons with and without a Phantom power supply to see whether or not Phantom Power really make a noticeable difference in audio quality.


    Why doesn’t the power supply come with the microphone? Its like selling a car without an engine. -_-

    just got my neewer nw-800 microphone through today and found out that it wouldnt work on its own which i am not too pleased about as it never said anything on amazon about it needing a USB or a Phantom Power supply.

    I have one of these excellent microphones… my simple set up is NW800 microphone in to a Behringer Xenyx 302 USB mixer in to a USB socket on my PC. Excellent quality, no noise… this mixer does not provide 48v phantom power but offers around 15v phantom power which seems to be more than ample for this microphone. It’s a great set up for not too much money that I can totally recommend.

    I’m using the NW-800 at (At most) 3.375 volts from my motherboard and it works ok. One of the audio channels, in my case the left one is completely filled with static and background noise, so to solve it I muted that channel in my asus software. I’d recommend a phantom power supply to anyone, my microphone is at 120% volume to compensate for the lack of voltage and only the right audio channel is active, in stereo audio recording it is an issue. Buh

    I am using a NW-700, I don’t have any kind of USB adapter,I am using 48V phantom power and I have a very good voice level without any noticable backgraound noise.

    This mic is not bad at all. For that price no complaints.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $50 mic vs $1000 mic: an UNFAIR comparison!

    Comparing the value of a $50 mic vs a $1000 microphone for your home studio.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-800 Microphone + Innogear Phantom Power | Youtube Audio for $40

    Hey guys, this is a video about the gear I use to produce my Youtube audio. The Neewer NW-800 Microphone and the Innogear Phantom Power is the perfect option for those who want quality audio but don’t want to break the bank.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW800 mic overview, connection, and sound comparison

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alctron PF8 – Pro Microphone Sound Barrier Filter Review a Kaotica Eyeball Alternative

    I am using the Neumann TLM 107 to Test and Review the Alctron PF8 Pro Sound Barrier Filter to use as a Kaotica Eyeball Alternative for my tutorial voice over projects.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Make a low cost vintage / specialty mic out of spare parts.

    Recording a TV commercial with a HANDMADE MIC?

    I had to record a commercial that was to supposed to sound like it aired a long time ago. So I pulled out my secret weapon, a handmade mic.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-700 Microphone: Is it Trash?

    This is a review of the Neewer NW-700 Condenser Microphone kit. Eventhough its inexpensive, it provides good quality. I think the its a great value. Defintley worth more than your paying for it.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    THE BEST PODCASTING SECRET WEAPON – Triton Audio FetHead – Review & Demo

    Would you like your podcasts and Youtube videos to really stand out from the crowd? Do you want your podcasts to have more professional sounding audio?

    Are you frustrated with having to crank up your audio interface preamps to get a good signal with your SM57 or SM58? Say goodbye to hiss with the FetHead.

    The Triton Audio FetHead is the podcaster’s secret weapon!

    In this video, I share with you my in-depth review and sound demo of the Triton Audio FetHead, a fantastic inline mic preamp.*

    Short answer: the Triton Audio FetHead is an unbeatable value and anyone who is serious about their audio quality should pick one up.

    FETHEAD VS CLOUDLIFTER | review | atolavisuals

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ribbon Microphone
    The ribbon microphone was for many years the microphone of choice for high quality applications and today with many developments it new microphones can outperform the older ones.

    DIY Ribbon Microphone Operation Principles

    The ribbon microphone motor consists of a very thin (1.5 – 5.0 microns) aluminum foil strip positioned between two permanent magnets. The foil vibrates when exposed to a sound source. A flat piece of foil can hardly vibrate because it is made of dense material and is not elastic enough. That’s why the foil gets corrugated, giving it a spring effect and providing required elasticity for the ability to get motivated by a sound wave. A corrugated foil strip is called “ribbon”.

    Output signal level of a ribbon motor is usually around 100 microvolts (0.1 millivolts) or about 50 times lower then the output of a regular moving coil (dynamic) microphone. To raise the signal up to a reasonable level, usable by regular audio equipment, a step-up transformer is used. Historically, the most widespread transformation ratio of ribbon microphone output transformers is 1:37.

    output impedance of a ribbon microphone motor is usually around 0.1 – 0.2 Ohms, so multiplying it by 1369 gives us approximately 150 – 300 Ohms

    As lighter ribbon gets, as higher signal level we achieve, thus thinner ribbons give hotter output. That’s also one of the reasons why aluminum is used to make ribbons – it is one of the metals with lowest density (“lightest” metals).

    While the reasonably usable range of foil gauges is quite narrow, the width of a ribbon can vary between 1.0 – 6.0 mm (0.04″ – 0.25″)

    the frequency response of a ribbon microphone depends strictly on the size of the assembly, precisely on the length of the path from the front of the ribbon to its back. As longer it gets, as earlier high frequency roll-off we will experience. Logically, as longer is a perimeter of a magnet, as longer is the path.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ribbon Basic

    Of all modern microphone designs, dynamics are the simplest. They operate on the principle of electromagnetic induction, meaning the physical motion of components within the mic actually generates its output current by moving a suspended coil of conductive wire

    ruggedness comes at a price: Most sound engineers agree that moving-coil dynamics don’t sound nearly as good as their ribbon and condenser counterparts – the high mass voice coil, relative to ribbons and condensers, results in diminished transient response, limited and uneven frequency response, and very poor off-axis response.

    Condenser mics are a little more complicated
    The plates form a condenser, or capacitor, and require an external dc voltage source for polarization
    output voltage is the result of constantly-changing capacitance. The relatively low output of the capacitor means a separate amplifier stage inside the mic must be used to increase voltage output to a usable level.
    Condensers tend to emphasize the high end of the audio frequency spectrum, and well-made ones are found in recording studios around the world. Though their design leads to some inherent shortcomings “high frequency peakiness,” poor performance in high humidity and, in some cases, distortion artifacts that necessitate “fixing” the track at mixdown – they are an excellent choice for a wide range of applications and can make excellent companions to ribbons.

    Ribbon mics operate on the same electromagnetic principle as their distant relatives ‘dynamic mics’ but with one important difference: Instead of the dynamic’s cumbersome plastic voice coil (Fig. 1), the ribbon mic employs an extremely thin strip of corrugated aluminum (Fig. 1.3) suspended in a strong magnetic field. Due to its extremely low mass, the ribbon responds to the subtlest variations in sound pressure and moves through space much more freely than the plates of a condenser or the voice coil of a dynamic. Thus ribbons exhibit a natural, even tone that is detailed and musical without the distortion of dynamics or the unnatural brightness of condensers
    Ribbon microphones require the use of a transformer just before the output to step the voltage up to a useable level, and to raise the impedance from a fraction of an ohm to something more usable (ours are 300 Ohms). The quality of this transformer is critical to the performance of the mic.
    Active ribbons like the Royer R-122 and SF-24 go one step further and use a FET amplifier stage to increase output and to enable impedance matching.
    Ribbons are traditionally found in recording and broadcast studios due to their exceptional sonic characteristics and proven reliability

    Ribbon designers can engineer a desired frequency response into a microphone based on selection of materials, physical size and shape of the element, corrugation method, and electrical properties of other components in the audio signal path. These decisions made on the drawing board are critical to the mic’s overall performance.
    Ribbons naturally exhibit a bidirectional, or figure-of-8 polar response because both sides of the transducer are equally exposed to incoming sound pressure waves.
    Ribbons exhibit the truest bidirectional polar response, and feature absolute null-point rejection, opening up a world of mic placement possibilities.

    Some multipattern condenser microphones are capable of producing a bidirectional pattern

    ribbon mics that feature unidirectional (cardioid, supercardioid, or hypercardioid) polar response must also create patterns electronically or mechanically

    Proximity effect is a physical phenomenon that results in increased low frequency response as a directional microphone moves closer to a sound source. Almost every directional microphone exhibits some proximity effect, but with ribbons, the effect is substantial – especially inside six inches. You can use this effect to great advantage. For example, proximity effect is often just the right thing to enhance a thin-sounding vocalist – naturally and evenly, without having to touch the EQ.

    As one of the earliest microphone designs, ribbons actually predate phantom power by several years. Some ribbon mics can be destroyed instantly by the inadvertent application of phantom power. However, most modern ribbons were designed to handle phantom power being turned on and off:

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Filmmaking 101 – How to Record High Quality Audio on a Budget

    Learn the equipment and skills you need to be a great sound technician/boom operator on your film set!
    This is a perfect sound recording tutorial for an HDDSLR Filmmaker, who’s just starting out. You’ve got your great HDDSLR camera and a nice lens, but you need audio to match!
    Remember the old filmmaking adage: “Sound is more important than picture.”

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dave Rat – Selecting the right vocal mic for live sound

    Dave Rat does a simple demonstration of the rejection pattern and distance related volume levels of some popular vocal mics. Shure Beta 58, Audix om7, Neuman KMS105, Sennheiser e835, Audix om5, Sennheiser e865

    Soundtools Polar Pointer – Mic rejection zone indication tool

    The polar pointer has two lasers that indicate the approximate maximum rejection zones for super-cardioid and hyper-cardiod microphones. The Polar Pointer is useful for determining optimum mic clip angle and wedge location to help minimize feedback.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Select The Best Wired Microphone For Your Event

    This video is about How to select the right wired microphone (Shure MX412, Shure SM58, Shure SM57 with or without windscreen).

    Miking of a lectern with Revoluto array microphones

    Watch the video tutorial to see how array microphones with the patented beyerdynamic Revoluto technology are used in comparison to gooseneck microphones.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    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.

  21. 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.

    Gary Boss, the National Marketing Director for Audio Technica and im here at Sonic Electronix talking about the top 9 mic mistakes.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Determining Suitability: Comparing A Host Of Measurement Microphones

    Working through a collection of popular mics to compare and verify accuracy for measuring in-room loudspeaker response.

    People often ask which affordable microphones I recommend for measuring rooms. Best is a condenser microphone having a small diaphragm for an extended high-frequency response.

    If the diaphragm is small enough, its self-resonance will be higher than 20 KHz. Many “tiny diaphragm” mics, such as those from Earthworks and DPA, have a usable response to past 20 kHz, and they’re ideal. But most of these types cost more.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EQ’ing Microphones For The Theater (Part 5) | Sound Production for the Theater

    This is an instructional video series dealing with the art of theatrical sound production. We discuss the many aspects involved in running sound for the theater including preparing a script, proper sound system setup, setting gain structure for your microphones, EQ’ing your microphones, choosing the right microphones for your show, conducting proper microphone checks and more.

    This video discusses a few methods for applying proper EQ to your channels in order to get the most natural sound from your microphones. A proper sound system and gain structure are critical to performing this process.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FiFine K670 USB Microphone Review / Test

    Today we’re looking at a budget usb microphone, the FiFine K670. This mic comes in at under $50, and seems to work well enough. It does have an over boosted high end that can be a bit harsh and fatiguing, but I think plenty of people upgrading from gaming headsets will be perfectly happy with this thing.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Microphone

    This video demonstrates how to hide a lavaliere microphone so it doesn’t appear in the video frame.

    The Three Keys to Great Audio for Video

    If you learn these three keys for great audio, your video will sound better.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Basic Audio Techniques for Video: Lavalier Microphone Windscreens

    In this video, we’ll show you how to make your own wind protection for lavalier microphones.

    Basic Audio Techniques for Video: Hiding the Lavalier Mic (Part 1)

    Here are some tips for hiding lavalier mics from the camera.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    60 Seconds on Set: Lavalier Mounting Basics

    Filmmaker, educator and musician Clinton Harn (@clintonharn) hosts “60 Seconds on Set”, a new educational series from RØDE Microphones that offers filmmakers and content producers quick tips and tricks for getting the best results when out in the field.

    In the first part of this double-episode of 60 Seconds On Set, Clinton runs through the basics of closing miking talent with a lavalier (or lapel) microphone.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Setups: My hardware setup for podcasting and voiceovers

    A look at my current setup for podcasting and voiceovers. Read the full post for more details and info.


  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Preparing Mics For The Theater (Part 6) | Sound Production for the Theater

    This is an instructional video series dealing with the art of theatrical sound production. We discuss the many aspects involved in running sound for the theater including preparing a script, proper sound system setup, setting gain structure for your microphones, EQ’ing your microphones, choosing the right microphones for your show, conducting proper microphone checks and more.

    This video explains the need for dedicating time to preparing your wireless microphones for operation in a theatrical production. Spending time preparing your wireless microphones will help to ensure more productive rehearsals and ultimately more successful shows.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Stickies, Overcovers & Undercovers

    A short technical overview of the stickies, overcovers and undercovers designed by Rycote to ease the use of personal mics and protect them from wind noise and clothes rustle. Includes a basic test to demonstrate the reduction of wind rumble when using an Overcover.

    For additional information regarding the solutions available for Lavalier Mics please visit:

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FiFine K670 USB Microphone Test and Review

    Today I’m testing and reviewing the FiFine K670 USB Condenser Microphone which is a great gaming commentary budget microphone that I’ve recently received and will be using to replace my current microphone!

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Proper Microphone Technique (How to speak into a microphone)

    EWABS Essentials : Microphone Technique

    In this Ewabs Essentials episode we have Dan’s Tip of the Week about microphone technique. Good sound in your finished recordings starts here, using your microphone correctly. An expensive microphone used incorrectly sounds just as bad, or worse.

    Dan talks about the difference between dynamic and condenser mics, pick-up patterns, mic placement, and proximity effect.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BEST Budget Microphone | Fifine K670 Review

    We’ve all heard of the Blue Snowball and Blue Yeti. A challenger has arrived to try to dethrone the longstanding budget kings of USB microphones.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Revoluto Technology – Array Microphones for maximum Freedom of Movement

    Watch the video to find out the advantages of array microphones with the patented beyerdynamic Revoluto Technology and how you can achieve maximum freedom of movement with the volume level remaining consistent.

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Miking video conferences with Revoluto Array microphone (when mounted to the ceiling)

    In this video tutorial you see array microphones with the patented beyerdynamic Revoluto technology in tele and video conferences in comparison to hanging gooseneck and boundary microphones. There are different possibilities for small and medium-large tele and video conferences presented. Especially the ceiling installation, that is the “clear the table from technology” trend, will be demonstrated.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hide your lavalier mic with the RØDE invisiLav

    The RØDE invisiLav is designed to aid the concealing of the Lavalier and smartLav microphones.

    Its soft construction absorbs noise and vibration, while the wide, flat profile provides coverage from the elements and allows for versatile mounting. There’s two mounting points in scenarios where a redundant mic is required, and cable management on the side.

    PRO TIP: Lavalier Mics

    Kevin goes over the basic ins and outs of lavalier mics! What they are, when to use them, where to place them — including some handy tricks when dealing with certain kinds of costumes and movements.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Earpiece Mics Compared To Lavaliers (Part 9)| Sound Production for the Theater

    This video compares earpiece microphones to lavaliers microphones. The benefits and drawbacks of each microphone type are discussed in order to provide a better understanding of which microphones are better suited to specific situations.

  38. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blue Snowball KILLER? FiFine K670 USB Microphone Review!

    The audio portion of this video, besides the intro and outro, is recorded with the USB microphone with no eq or post processing.

  39. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blue Yeti vs FiFine K670 USB microphone: Budget mic shooutout!

    Today we pit the reigning champion of the USB mic space, the Blue Yeti, against a little known newer contender, the FiFine K670 USB mic! The first half of this video is recorded with the Yeti, with the second half being recorded with the K670 so you can compare the audio between the two!

  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to Use an External Mic or Microphone on Your iPhone or iPad

    Learn how to use an external microphone on your iPhone with a simple adapter cable which will allow you to hook any 1/8-inch or 3.5mm jack microphone into your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or even your MacBook. This cable is required because the iPhone and other Apple products are built using a TRRS type port which combines headset and microphone connects into one plug. You can’t simply plug a 3.5mm microphone straight into an iPhone or iPod and expect it work.

  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Theatrical Mic Placement – Kevin Thurber

    In this special episode of Audio Builders TV we are going to take a deep dive into microphone placement for live theater. Our presenter is Kevin Thurber.

  42. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to Speak into a Microphone | Public Speaking

    Any time you’re given a microphone, realize every microphone’s a little bit different. You should always ask the person who gave it to you, whether it’s a technician at a speaking event, or a conference, or if you’re in a talk radio show, ask the producer. Ask them what is the best distance for you when you’re speaking to the microphone. For a lot of microphones, it’s about like this, the distance between your fingers when placed like that. But every microphone is a little bit different.

    Microphone Technique For Speakers, Performers and Entertainers / Master Talent Teachers

    Stand-up Comedy Teacher Gerry Katzman shows you insights on how to make the most of your time at the mic.

    Watch the video and learn more about the following:

    1. Simply knowing the difference between a uni-directional and an omni-directional microphone.
    2. The right distance from the mouth to the microphone.
    3. Talking to the people off mic.
    4. Adjusting a microphone stand.

    Watch, like, comment and share.

  43. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MK – F200FL Condenser Microphone review



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