Dynamic mics usually work better on low-to-mid frequency instruments, like drums and electric guitar amps.
They have a much higher tolerance for high SPLs (loud instruments), so that’s why they’re perfect for drums or a horn section. They’re typically warmer than condensers, which also makes them good for spoken word recordings.4
Because they don’t have as many electronic guts, they are more durable and withstand humidity changes (and even condensation) better than condensers, making them perfect for live performances. They also will allow a higher gain before getting feedback, which is a super important quality to have in a mic when performing.
Keep in mind, they’re not as sensitive as condensers, so you do have to be close to the mic (or just really loud) to get a decent recording.
So if you’re performing on stage, recording a loud instrument like drums or horns, or you want to get a really warm sound, try a dynamic mic.
Now that we’ve talked about the difference between a condenser and a dynamic mic, let’s look at some of the best microphones in each category.