Sorry to hear that you didn't find the article helpful. Let me try to answer your question: Cardioid, omni, and figure-8 are polar patterns, they describe how microphones are designed to pick up sound. Condenser, dynamic, and ribbon are microphone types, they are designed differently in the way they function and in their internal electronics. Besides the fact that ribbon mics are almost always Figure-8, the issue of pattern and mic type are two different factors that both need to be taken into consideration.
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