Units Of Measurement & Prefixes In Sound & Audio Electronics
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Units Of Measurement & Prefixes In Sound & Audio Electronics

Sound and audio are regularly measured in order to improve our understanding of how audio equipment performs. There are many units of measurement and prefixes that often accompany these measurements. In this article, we will go through the definitions of common units of measurement; how they work within the context of sound and audio, and…

Passive Amplifiers Vs. Active Amplifiers (Sound & Audio)
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Passive Amplifiers Vs. Active Amplifiers (Sound & Audio)

Amplifiers can be found all around us if we choose to look for them. They’re in our phones, televisions, entertainment systems, vehicles, shopping malls, and many other places. Though we may think of active amps when we think of amplifiers, there are also passive amplifiers that are common enough in our daily lives. What is…

Why Are Parabolic Microphone Dishes Used In Football?

Why Are Parabolic Microphone Dishes Used In Football?

American football is a beautiful and complicated sport. Broadcasting football as part of the audio team is also quite complex relative to other sports but is fulfilling when done correctly. One particularity of American Football broadcasting is the parabolic microphone dishes on the sideline. Why Are Parabolic Microphone Dishes Used In Football? Parabolic microphone dishes…

What Is A Microphone Clip? (Physical And Electrical)
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What Is A Microphone Clip? (Physical And Electrical)

The term “microphone clip” gets used in all sorts of situations that involve audio. Depending on the situation, “microphone clip” could mean different things. Microphone clip (disambiguation): In this article, we’ll briefly discuss each of the above-mentioned ways the term “microphone clip” is used. Microphone Clip (Physical Mount) More often than not, the term “mic…

What Is Total Harmonic Distortion In Audio And Microphones?
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What Is Total Harmonic Distortion In Audio And Microphones?

Love it or hate it, distortion is something we should always be listening for in our microphones, audio chain, and playback. Measuring distortion quantitatively is difficult, but total harmonic distortion provides a decent method of calculating distortion in an audio signal. What is total harmonic distortion in audio and microphones? Total harmonic distortion (THD) is…

Microphone Polarity & Phase: How They Affect Mic Signals
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Microphone Polarity & Phase: How They Affect Mic Signals

Whether we’re dealing with sound or with audio, we’re dealing with waveforms that have peaks, troughs, and polarity. Microphones act as transducers that convert sound into audio and, therefore, also deal with polarity and phase. What is microphone polarity, and how does it affect mic signals? Microphone polarity is thought of and noted in two…

What Is The Difference Between Sound And Audio?
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What Is The Difference Between Sound And Audio?

When dealing with microphones and other audio/sound equipment, the terms “sound” and “audio” are commonplace. Knowing the difference between these two terms will help to understand professionals in the field while also allowing you to communicate more effectively when using microphones and other sound/audio equipment! What is the difference between sound and audio? The key…

Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?
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Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?

When studying microphones and audio, the topic of unbalanced and balanced audio is sure to come up. Unbalanced and balanced audio are the two common ways to send audio from one audio device to another (for example, a microphone to a mic preamplifier). Do microphones output balanced or unbalanced audio? The vast majority of professional…

Does A Microphone Change Your Voice? (Natural Hearing Vs. Playback)
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Does A Microphone Change Your Voice? (Natural Hearing Vs. Playback)

We’ve likely all heard ourselves in a recording before and thought, “do I really sound like that?” How we hear ourselves speak is often vastly different from the way our voice actually sounds. Does a microphone change your voice? Microphones, like all audio equipment, will alter the sound of your voice. Some microphones capture voice…