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Introduction to Recording Drums

What’s the Objective? When recording drums think about the following: The result that you’re trying to achieve. Are the drums the main feature? Or are they another texture, somewhere in the background? How much control will you need over the …

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An Introduction to Microphone Techniques

  What’s In This Post?: Microphones are great however you can achieve very different sounds by how you use them. Placing a microphone up to the sound source and hitting record is all well, but you can face problems in …

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Microphone Presentation

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How does a Microphone Work

The last time this question came up for question 4 of the music technology exam was June 2011 and the question was: Microphones have been used since the late 1800’s to record sound. Describe what a microphone does. Explain how …

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The History and development of the Microphone

The Historic Development of the Microphone Microphone. Converting sound to an electronic voltage and then back again is the task of a microphone and an amplifier/ speaker. The microphone can change a sound source into an electronic signal and then …

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Microphone – Mid-side technique

The midside technique can be useful when trying to add depth to your recording. The main exponents for this technique include: A microphone with a cardioid polar pattern pointed directly at the sound source A microphone with a figure of …

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Microphone – Stereo mic techniques

There are various ways of recording a sound using two or more microphones, these are all referred to as stereo microphone techniques. The names are as follows: Spaced Pair (Left, Right pair) Coincident pair (X Y pair) Blumlein technique Mid …

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Microphone Polar Patterns

The polar pattern of a microphone is the sensitivity to sound relative to the direction or angle from which the sound is captured / recorded from. There are four main types of polar pattern:   Cardioid = Picks up most of …

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Microphone – Types

When selecting microphones to use for a live performance or in your home studio, you’ll come across four different types: Ribbon, Boundary, Dynamic and Condenser / Capacitor. Let’s look at these microphone types, and what their advantages and disadvantages are.   …