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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • Thursday, May 08, 2014
    PSW Staff 05/08/14 11:26 AM,
    One of the most degrading effects to a cardioid microphone’s frequency response is what’s called “proximity effect.” Proximity effect has to do with distance that a microphone is “worked”—and it can be a blessing or a curse. When a sound source gets closer to the cardioid microphone the bass frequencies can be boosted up to as much as 18 dB in some cases! The closer the source, the “boomier” the bass. Singers often use the proximity effect unconsciously, bringing the… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMeasurementMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Gary Parks 05/07/14 04:44 PM,
    It’s great to have microphones available that are small enough to hide on the bridge of a violin, on the bell of a sax, or near the mouth of a singer – and yet produce excellent sound quality with sufficient gain before feedback that they can be used for professional sound reinforcement. Headset, lavalier, instrument and other miniature mics have become both smaller and better over the years, to the point where some sound engineers choose them over larger format… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
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    Kent Margraves 04/28/14 03:56 PM,
    Have you ever experienced a case of microphones squealing feedback before they are loud enough in your PA mix? Even with great mics and a wise layout, sometimes you could still use more gain-before-feedback (GBF). We’ll take choir miking as our example for discussion. We usually mic choirs with several cardioid condenser microphones, right? The feedback that occurs here is caused by the microphone(s) hearing itself being amplified in the PA system. The microphone picks up the source in front… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMeasurementMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    dpa microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 04/15/14 12:44 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Some of the most popular instruments in many genres of music are keyboards, so let’s look at some techniques to capture a grand piano, upright piano, Leslie organ speaker, digital keyboard or synthesizer. Grand Piano This magnificent instrument is a challenge to record well. First have the piano tuned, and oil the pedals to reduce squeaks. You can prevent thumps by stuffing some foam or cloth under the pedal mechanism. One popular… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    PSW Staff 04/08/14 02:22 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I’ve heard that tube microphones should always be used upside down (with the diaphragm at the bottom). This is supposed to prevent heat from the tube from altering the frequency response of the mic. But I’ve seen a number of newer mics in which the mount does not allow for this. What’s the deal? A: In general, the mic designer will determine if the heat from an onboard vacuum tube is significant enough to alter… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneStudio

  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Ken DeLoria 04/01/14 05:16 PM,
    When it comes to microphones, there are a thousand flavors. While some manufacturers seek to advance the state of the art, others work to recreate the classic designs of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. It goes to show that new isn’t always synonymous with better. Look no further than the popularity of various plug-ins that model the tonality (i.e., distortion and other imperfections) of tape machines. The plug-ins – and even the use of actual tape machines themselves –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, March 31, 2014
    overhead mics
    PSW Staff 03/31/14 09:51 AM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I’ve tried using overhead mics to add depth to my drum recordings, but all they do is make the recording sound washy. Any advice? A: A well-placed room mic can certainly add depth and space to a recording, especially on drums. But sometimes a room mic ends up picking up too much of a particular instrument and drowning out the source you were hoping would benefit from the room mic. A gate can be an… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneStudioSystem

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Mark Frink 03/13/14 05:12 PM,
      Though there are other conventions, it’s generally agreed that the kick drum goes into the first channel of the console, and for time immemorial, inordinate efforts have gone into tediously adjusting it. Sound check never really starts until after this first input has been tweaked to satisfaction. The kick drum is the cornerstone of rock. It puts the pop in pop music and is the one input that holds it all together. It’s the heartbeat of rock and roll.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Joe Gilder 03/11/14 02:59 PM,
    Article provided by Home Studio Corner.   Whether it’s a documentary on your favorite band, a movie scene in a recording studio, or a full-page ad in Sweetwater‘s latest catalog, one common theme exists: vocalists use large-diaphragm condenser microphones. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “that’s how we’ve always done it.” Certainly we should learn from the experience of others, but doing something just because everyone else does it leads to a fairly boring experience. Do I use… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerSignalStudio

  • Friday, March 07, 2014
    Bobby Owsinski 03/07/14 05:45 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   It’s time for another top 10 list, and this time we’ll be looking at the mics I use. Once again keep in mind that I’ve excluded lots of great microphones only because I don’t have frequent access to them. Mics are such a personal choice because it has to do with how your ear matches up to what the mic is capturing. That said, here’s what I find myself using over and… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogProductEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

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