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Microphone Choice and Application for Live Recording

When done well, a live recording captures the energy and personality of the performance, along with the ambiance and (if desired) audience response.  And, it starts with the right microphone that fits the particular application and is correctly placed. In… Read More

Unusual Microphone Techniques for Live Applications

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… Read More

Vocal Microphone – Selection Challenges and Solutions

Choosing a live vocal microphone for a singer – particularly one you’ve never worked with before – presents several challenges. Of course there’s the sonic aspect, but several other very important factors come into play as well. For example, the… Read More

Phantom Power for Microphones Explained

Phantom power is provided at the microphone input connectors on nearly all mixing consoles and audio interfaces. Most condenser microphones need it to operate, so you simply plug the mic into the mixer to power it. But the ways we… Read More

Microphone Approaches For Acoustic Performances

The microphone will capture the sweet, airy sound of a guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo — if the right approach is taken.  Acoustic music heard over a sound reinforcement system is all about beauty and naturalness, not hype and… Read More

Double-Miking Approaches For Drums

If you’ve never experimented with double-miking an instrument, you’re in for a treat. It can provide a whole new palette of tonal colors, along with surprising ease of control. It’s especially useful when working with an unfamiliar console, one that… Read More

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