Understanding Your VS: MIC THEORY- Dynamic vs. Condenser

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Dynamic mics vs. Condenser mics:

Dynamic and condenser microphones are the industry standard when working live sound, or recording in the studio.

Dynamic microphones are moving-coil mics. The moving-coil inside a dynamic microphone is generally very sturdy, relatively inexpensive and can handle high levels of sound, such as a live situation or a drum kit.

Condenser microphones are primarily used for studio recording as they are generally more delicate than dyanamic mics. They have a better frequency response over a wider frequency range. However, they require an additional +48 voltage, called Phantom Power. The +48 switch on the VS products is a "soft switch" located under UTILITY in the "System Parameter" menu.

Mic Modeling

With the VS8F-2 and VS8F-3 effects card, the VS recorders can modify the sound captured by a conventional dynamic microphone causing it to sound as though it had been captured by an expensive condenser mic or special studio mic. It can also add proximity effect and simulate the distance from the sound source.
To try out the mic modeling effect, plug in the Roland DR-20 dynamic microphone and select patch "P116 MM:DR-20 > 421" This selects a large condenser microphone with flat characteristics used for vocals, narrations, or live musical instruments.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use the mic modeling and phantom power for condenser mics, refer to these help desk issues:
"Using the Mic Modeling Effects on the Input"
"How to turn on an XLR input jack's Phantom Power"