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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • 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

  • Monday, November 18, 2013
    Bobby Owsinski 11/18/13 06:25 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Sometimes when recording, microphone placement can seem either too difficult or way too easy. As with most things in life, it’s really somewhere in the middle, but sometimes it’s not very easy to get there. Here’s an excerpt from the newly released Recording Engineer’s Handbook Third Edition that shows five simple miking techniques that will help you get a bigger and more accurate sound. Before you start swapping gear, know that the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneStudioTechnician

  • Friday, November 15, 2013
    X-Y Stereo Miking Technique
    PSW Staff 11/15/13 04:32 PM,
    A microphone is the first component in any speech recording or transmission system. Its function is to convert acoustic sound waves into an equivalent electrical signal. This signal can then be recorded, transmitted, amplified, or modified. However, a microphone cannot effectively sort out desired sound (direct speech) from undesired reverberation (reflected speech). Also, a microphone cannot improve the acoustic environment in which it is placed. What is Critical Distance? In every room, there is a distance (measured from the talker)… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Jon Tidey 11/13/13 09:36 AM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   Recording vocals can be extremely tricky even under the most perfect of circumstances. However, as we well know, the perfect circumstances aren’t encountered by everyone from day to day. So here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re tackling that next vocal session. Try Isolation Many studios don’t have a dedicated vocal booth, or simply don’t have the space for one. The next best thing is some acoustic… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalEducationEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudioSystem

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    ribbon mics fletcher
    Fletcher 11/12/13 06:38 PM,
    The first time I walked into a gig with a couple of ribbon microphones to use on guitars and drum overheads, the house sound guy at the club looked at me like I had three heads, six arms and was painted purple. This was about 25 years ago, when even the thought of using a condenser mic in a live setting was also considered ridiculous by the majority of the pro audio community. But you know what? Ribbon mics can… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Gary Parks 11/06/13 11:28 AM,
    Whether it’s a band using amplified and acoustic instruments, a bassist switching between electric and double bass, a drum kit right next to an acoustic piano, a particular sound that needs to be isolated in the face of loud ambient noise – or, well, you name it – selecting the right microphone (and deploying it in a certain way) can make a big difference in attaining the desired level and audio quality. With that in mind, let’s take a survey… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Monday, November 04, 2013
    microphone cables
    PSW Staff 11/04/13 03:42 PM,
    What is impedance? Impedance is the AC (alternating current) version of the DC (direct current) term resistance, which is the opposition to electron current flow in a circuit and is expressed in ohms. Impedance (often abbreviated as “Z”) includes capactive reactance and inductive reactance in addition to simple DC resistance. Reactance depends upon the frequency of the signal flowing in the circuit. Capactive reactance increases as frequency decreases: inductive reactance increases as frequency increases. Because of this frequency dependence, impedance… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectMicrophoneSignal

  • Friday, November 01, 2013
    Gary Parks 11/01/13 05:07 PM,
    In the past year or so, several major players have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, ranging from entry level to professional units. While generally maintaining the traditional form and functions of the products, engineers have adapted concepts and techniques from computer networking, cellular telephones, and digital signal processing to enhance their performance. Expect this trend to continue, since the new technologies can provide advantages in dense RF (radio frequency) environments, as well as generally excellent audio quality. And in some… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowMicrophoneWireless

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013
    church sound microphones
    Mike Sessler 10/24/13 01:53 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Today we’re going to continue our series on the electrical side of sound. Last time, we tackled ground loops; their cause and a few solutions. This time around, it’s phantom power. Phantom power is one of those often misunderstood aspects of sound. It’s really not that complicated once you get it, but up to that point it’s a bit of a mystery. Why Use It? The first question we need to ask is… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollMicrophonePowerSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Mark Frink 10/17/13 07:17 AM,
    Years ago, drum sounds were created with a narrow, well-defined selection of standard microphones and console EQ, plus outboard gates, reverbs and a few compressors, and then spending an inordinate amount of time adjusting it all while each drum was hit repeatedly. In the recording studio, this can take weeks, but for live sound it’s compressed into a day at the tour’s beginning, and no more than an hour a day while on the road. Digital consoles have changed the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStudioSystem