Unusual Microphone Techniques for Live Applications

A veteran audio professional details fresh, effective approaches that are off the beaten path.

By PSW Staff November 21, 2018

Getting a little bored with the same old “tried-and-true” microphone techniques? Perhaps it’s time to have some fun with fresh, effective approaches that are off the beaten path.

In “Not Typical: Unusual Microphone Techniques For Live Applications,” Chapter 5 of the PSW Expert Series on Mic Techniques, author Bruce Bartlett presents methods for success with a wide range of applications, including:

  • Vocals
  • Acoustic & electric guitar
  • Numerous wind instruments
  • Piano & percussion
  • And more!

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AES and SynAudCon member Bruce Bartlett is a recording engineer, audio journalist, and microphone engineer (bartlettaudio.com). His latest books are “Practical Recording Techniques 7th Edition” and “Recording Music On Location, 2nd Edition.”

The ProSoundWeb Expert Series on Microphone Techniques is presented by Audix and features top authors from ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International magazine. If you missed a previous chapter they are available for free download below.

Chapter 1: “Microphone Approaches for Acoustic Performances

Chapter 2: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Phantom Power for Microphones

Chapter 3: “Vocal Microphone – Selection Challenges and Solutions

Chapter 4: “Mic Approaches for Capturing the Sound of Grand Piano