Microphone Basics

March 14, 2010


Some topics related to understanding how microphones work and typical applications

Shure Guides

How to buy a microphone – simple guide relating technical characteristics to suited applications. Covers:-

  • Dynamic – Condenser comparison
  • Frequency response
  • Pick up patterns

Flash demo of different mics, different polar patterns, different distances. Needs decent headphones.

Distance factor in context of placement for different polar patterns relative to a sound source.

Microphone reach – discusses the  effect of ambient sound and polar patterns on microphone reach.

Difference between dynamic and condenser microphones – Dynamic and condenser describe the operating principal used in a microphone.

The proximity effect – Why do the bass frequencies increase as the microphone gets closer to the sound source?

Also

The Microphone – Data site has a useful library covering aspects such as

  • Microphone choice
  • Wind and vibration noise
  • Pre- amps and impedence
  • Cables

Choosing the right mic is a good place to start for a basic understanding of various mic applications.

Mics, pre-amps and impedence – why different combinations sound different.

Soundfield

High end mic systems used in OBs,  Film and TV production

Example of football OB application

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Sound Production

February 4, 2010


Research guide for live sport coursework

Mic placement discussion

Clarec podcast

Plus look at the major mic manufacturer sites for their ideas for mic applications

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