This is a large diaphragm Back Electret style condenser. I forget what makes it different than a 'capacitor' style condenser like a Neumann or an AKG. Look it up if you care. This microphone has a really even response and good dynamics. Not my 1st choice for a lot of things, but it can be useful for convincing a track to sit back in the mix. Great signal-to-noise specs too. Pad and low rolloff are handy. Anyway, I am not sure where mine is right now, I should find it and start using it again.