Originally Posted by Chud
I'd have to take issue with it sounding like "normal operation." If you overload the diaphragm (and it can handle 149db without the pad) it shouldn't be completely cutting out and making "weird noises" for any amount of time, let alone five seconds. The recorded vocal would be overblown and distorted but not absent and replaced by bouncing electrical gremlins.
No need to take issue, it's just how it is... A condenser mic is sensitive to moisture in the first place and can become even 'more' sensitive over time as debris collects on the capsule. This can cause the mic to cut out and produce odd noises when you breath/sing/yell (moisture) directly into the mic without a windscreen/distance. It's not a matter of 'overloading the diaphragm' and yes, it will cause the mic to cut out a make strange noises for a few seconds. Even a brand new condenser mic is not immune to moisture sensitivity, it's the nature of this type of mic. It's typically not recommended to sing too close to a condenser mic for this very reason, hence the windscreen.