A question our technical support gets all the time is, “What microphone is best for broadcasting and podcasting?” The answer is, any microphone can amplify a voice. That’s easy. But does it sound natural? Is your deep voice too muddy? Is the sound too bright? There are some subtle differences with broadcast mics that make speech sound clear and smooth, the way it should over the radio. You want to select a true broadcast microphone for your radio show or podcast, especially if you have one of those deep radio voices.
Here’s a quick guide to our broadcast microphones followed by a handy video so you can hear the difference:
MXL’s BCC-1 and BCD-1 are made for broadcasters.
The BCC-1 is a side address condenser microphone. (The second C stands for condenser.) It has a bass roll-off switch especially for deep voices. What’s bass roll-off? If you’ve got a deep voice, you need the microphone to compensate for that so the low tones don’t become all muddy and inarticulate. You’ve heard when a deep voice sounds like a low rumble? The bass roll-off switch prevents that. There’s also a tuned grill to eliminate internal reflections. Basically, your voice doesn’t bounce all over inside the capsule. Voice goes in, clear sound goes out to your audience.
The BCC-1 also has a small diaphragm capsule and a narrow polar pattern. In a studio, there may be other activity going on around you and you don’t want your mic picking up all that noise. The BCC-1 keeps the focus on your voice.
Another option is the BCD-1, a dynamic end address microphone. (The D stands for dynamic.) The benefit here is that the end of that mic is a very small area that is only going to pick up your voice when you speak directly into it. Dynamic mics are used on stage in live performances because they’re great at canceling out the background noise. Same principal applies in a studio or home recording space.
The BCD-1 has a tuned grill to eliminate internal reflections. Plus, it has a built-in shock mount to prevent noise from floor vibrations and other movement.
Condensers, like the BCC-1, are very sensitive because they’re made for controlled environments. The BCD-1 might be a better choice for you if you’re recording from home or if your studio has a lot of other people or activity in it. If you have a deep voice, the BCC-1 is a better choice because of the bass roll-off switch.
HardwareFX.com did this review that perfectly demonstrates the sound difference between the BCC-1 Condenser and the BCD-1 Dynamic.