Originally Posted by TwoCables
He needs to look into a "dynamic" mic. Any "condenser" is going to pick up sound in a very similar way to the way our ears pick up sound. However, a dynamic mic "suffers" from the "proximity effect". The closer the mic is to the sound source, the louder it will be. At just 2-3 feet from a person's mouth, a dynamic mic is pretty much useless unless you are doing backup vocals and you need to sing loud for the proper tone but your volume needs to be very low. That should give you an idea of how great dynamic mics are in a noisy room when all you want to pick up is whatever is like say 2 feet away and basically directly in front of it.
Speaking of direction: there are different "pick-up patterns". The most common and probably the best is the Cardioid pattern. Here's a manufacturer's description of the different pick-up patterns:http://www.heilsound.com/pro/mic-primer/pickup-patterns
Having said that, I am worried about one thing: will he be able to get within 1-2 feet away from the front of the mic and stay there while he's speaking?
Right, let's put some reality in to this post...
1. A condenser mic will not pick up more noise than a dynamic mic, assuming both have similar polar patterns. At least, not notably so.
2. The Proximity effect applies to all microphones that do not have an Omnidirectional pattern. It also does not make it "louder", it just boosts the bass frequencies. Good thing most mics roll those off.
@Lucid, I think you should link him to a US store? Also, that mic is XLR... Which I doubt his friend as the ability to properly use. X_xEdited by DVLux - 4/3/14 at 6:50am