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Microphones are simply transducers that convert sound into an electrical signal. This electrical signal can then be amplified, recorded and processed in virtually unlimited ways by connecting the microphone to a recording system or portable recording device, amplifier, PA or live sound system and so on.

Microphones come in all shapes and sizes and are usually designed for particular applications, such as voice or instruments, recording or live sound reinforcement. Choosing microphones with characteristics that are appropriate for the intended use is quite important ... such as frequency response, sensistivity, pickup or polar pattern. Some of these characteristics are determined by the type of microphone (eg dynamic, condenser, ribbon) and the construction or physical configuration  (eg diaphragm size, polar pattern, stereo pickup).

Some microphones also have USB connections making them very convenient for recording directly into a computer or some portable devices* (eg iPad/iPhone, Android tablet/Android phone).

*May require additional adaptor.

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