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Articles Tagged Microphone World

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016
    microphone cables
    PSW Staff 08/18/16 01:12 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

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    recording
    Daniel Keller 08/10/16 06:01 AM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   When most people think of stereo recording, the first thing that comes to mind is a matched pair of microphones, arranged in a coincident (XY) pattern. It makes sense, of course, since that’s the closest way to replicate a real pair of human ears. But while XY microphone recording is the most obvious method, it’s not the only game in town. The Mid-Side (MS) microphone technique sounds a bit more complex, but it offers some… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsInterconnectMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016
    microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 08/09/16 12:18 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Microphone choice and technique have a powerful affect on the amplified sound of a reinforcement system. The sound picked up might be “natural,” “boomy,” “thin,” “colored” and any other number of descriptive terms that are applied to a sonic signature. It’s usually most desirable to attain “natural” sound. But what does that mean? I define it as the tonal balance heard with our ears in front of a musical instrument, a few… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioMeasurementMicrophoneProcessor

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 07/19/16 05:53 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   My first day as a real engineer rather than an assistant was all about bass. The engineer (who was the studio manager as well) took a break after we recorded basic tracks on a Salsa song. Before leaving the room he told me to punch where the bassist wanted. I started, and was easily able to hear and punch individual notes rather than whole phrases. A few times I disagreed about which note… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerInterconnectMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Monday, July 18, 2016
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    PSW Staff 07/18/16 12:25 PM,
    One of the most commonly asked questions in audio is “What microphone can I use that doesn’t cause feedback?” The answer: no such microphone exists. Feedback results from a combination of many factors, including loudspeaker placement, microphone placement, and the frequency response of both devices and room acoustics. It’s a complicated process. Entire books have been written on the subject and the mathematical formulas that model feedback are quite involved. So let’s summarize the problem. What is it? Feedback is… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneMonitoringProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, July 01, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 07/01/16 06:06 AM,
    Some of us may only have access to a limited microphone inventory in our day-to-day work, while others may have a wider range of choices. Regardless, most tend to stick with “go-to” favorites in terms of both mics and techniques. There’s rarely if ever the luxury of testing different mics and positioning at sound check, so we opt for what we know works. Amidst this routine, however, there are bound to be situations where a creative, unusual mic choice and/or… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Friday, June 24, 2016
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    Karl Winkler 06/24/16 06:19 AM,
    Our friend Karl Winkler of Lectrosonics came up with these microphone inspired “Twenty Questions” quiz. Click on the box below each question for its respective answer. In addition, we’ve provided all answers at the end of the quiz. Good luck!   1.) Which has more overall rejection: cardioid or figure 8?   A.) Cardioid.   B.) Figure 8.   C.) They’re about the same.   D.) Omni has more rejection.   2.) Why would you choose a cardioid over a… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureProductionAudioMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    phantom power
    Bruce Bartlett 06/21/16 06:22 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Unsure about phantom power? Let’s clear up the mystery. Nearly all mixing consoles and audio interfaces provide phantom power at their microphone input connectors. Most condenser mics need phantom power to operate, so you simply plug the mic into the mixer to power it. But the ways we use and connect phantom power can make a big difference in how well those mics work. So what, exactly is phantom power, and how… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016
    microphones
    Ken DeLoria 06/16/16 11:18 AM,
    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 plugins that model the tonality (i.e., distortion and other imperfections) of tape machines. The plugins – and even the use of actual tape machines themselves –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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    Bruce Bartlett 05/31/16 11:33 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones.   Remote recording is exhilarating. Musicians, excited by the audience, often put on a stellar performance. Usually you only get one chance to get it recorded, and it must be done right. It’s on the edge, but by the end of the night, especially if everything has gone as planned – what a great feeling! Challenges abound. Monitors can feed back and/or leak into the vocal microphones, coloring the sound. Bass sound can… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalStageWireless



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