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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Craig Leerman 02/26/14 05:04 PM,
    While my first microphone was a model 99-45460 from Lafayette Radio Electronics (read about it here), many of the mics owned by my garage bandmates were from Radio Shack, usually the Realistic Highball-2. Some of you likely had at least one as well—it was a popular mic in the early 1970s that offered acceptable quality at a good price. “The Shack,” as we called it, had a number of in-house brands, including Archer (antennas and accessories), Duofone (telephones and accessories),… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    church sound
    Jeff McLeod 02/19/14 03:34 PM,
    This article is provided by Church Audio Video.   Earset, headworn, and over-the-ear microphones are quickly taking the place of lavalier and handheld microphones in many houses of worship. As with all microphones, choosing the right one for your application is important, so here I will discuss a few of the deciding factors all churches should consider, and I’ll make some recommendations on specific models. Why choose an over-the-ear microphone in the first place? Since the diaphragms of most earset… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • guitar mic techniques
    Barry Rudolph 02/19/14 03:02 PM,
      Because of its fundamental importance in popular music, the electric guitar is the subject of intense scrutiny and wide differences of opinions. Just what makes a good guitar sound? Compared to all the subtle and not so subtle sounds that come out of an electric guitar amp, fidelity judgments of vocal sounds are easy to make! With good knowledge of the different guitar and amplifier sonic capabilities, coupled with good microphone techniques,we can achieve the ultimate guitar sound that… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Monday, February 17, 2014
    tech tip
    PSW Staff 02/17/14 08:30 AM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: Are there potential phase issues that can arise when placing multiple microphones on a single instrument? A: During a recent recording session, we were reminded of just that: you have to be careful of what you’re measuring and lining up when you’re aligning microphones for proper phase. This became clear when we were miking guitar cabinets. We had a Sennheiser MD 421, a Mojave MA-100, and a Royer R-122 set on a single speaker in… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationMicrophoneStageStudio

  • Monday, February 10, 2014
    tech tip
    PSW Staff 02/10/14 04:51 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I volunteer at my church where we have a basic but functional PA setup. The worship team uses lavalier mics, which work well because there’s always a mic right where it’s needed. However, the mics always seem to pick up a lot of extraneous noise during worship. Do you have any tips? A: Whether in a house of worship, a theatrical setting, or a corporate presentation, wireless lavalier mics are inconspicuous and provide users with… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Joe Gilder 01/14/14 05:05 PM,
    Article provided by Home Studio Corner.   In a key segment in his “Getting It Right At The Source” series, Joe focuses on microphone placement issues in these two videos. First, he provides context and dispels some of the myths generated by marketing hype—in particular, avoiding the proximity effect that occurs when mics are close to sources. Next, he focuses on nifty stereo techniques, including a focus on the highly effective X-Y approach that helps with phase issues that can… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogVideoStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    condenser microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 01/13/14 01:53 PM,
    For decades, dynamic microphones were the only choice for live applications due to their ruggedness. Live engineers didn’t want to take delicate, expensive condenser mics on the road. All of that’s changed now that condensers have been made more robust and roadworthy, and they’re quite capable of handling a wide range of live applications. First let’s explore the inner design. A condenser (or capacitor) capsule has a very thin, light, conductive diaphragm and a metal backplate mounted a few thousandths… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013
    wireless systems
    Mike Wireless 12/19/13 07:05 PM,
    One of the topics that I’ve seen poorly understood, and even deliberately used to mislead people, is the issue of wireless microphone transmitter power and the effects said power has on system performance. Let’s start with the basics: all things being equal, more transmitter power = more range for the system, but not in a linear way. In broad terms, when discussing analog wireless systems, the receiver wants to see a signal from a transmitter (carrier) that is at least… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogMeasurementMicrophonePowerSignalWireless

  • microphones
    Bobby Owsinski 12/19/13 06:01 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   In many ways we’re in the golden age of audio gear. On the whole, inexpensive audio gear (under $500) sounds better than ever and is a much better value than even a decade ago and way better than 20 years ago. The same can be said for mics, as there is a large variety of cheap mics that provide much higher performance for the price than we could have imagined back in… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessEngineerMicrophoneSignalTechnician

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    Craig Leerman 12/17/13 05:14 PM,
    Microphones as we know them date back to about the mid-1800s, when many different inventors were trying to electronically transmit sounds from one place to another. Before then, the term microphone was used to describe an acoustical device (like an ear trumpet or stethoscope) that helped amplify sounds. One of those inventors was German physicist Johann Philipp Reis (1834-1874), who designed a sound transmitter consisting of a metallic strip resting on a membrane with a metal point contact that would… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage