The Complete Guide To Electret Condenser Microphones
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The Complete Guide To Electret Condenser Microphones

Have you ever used a microphone in an electronic device, in the studio, or in film? There’s a good chance it was an electret condenser microphone. These microphones are common in our day-to-day lives and are worth knowing about. What is an electret condenser microphone? An ECM is a type of condenser microphone transducer which…

A Complete Guide To Directional Microphones (With Pictures)
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A Complete Guide To Directional Microphones (With Pictures)

To get the most out of our microphones, we need to know their directionality. Understanding how microphones respond to sound at varying angles and the directions in which microphones point will be invaluable in our work as musicians and audio engineers/technicians. What is a directional microphone? A directional mic is a microphone that is most…

How To Choose The Best Microphone For Your Smartphone Audio
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How To Choose The Best Microphone For Your Smartphone Audio

So you want to record better audio on your smartphone? Let’s talk about how to pick the best external microphone to improve the audio of your specific smartphone! Choosing the best microphone for your smartphone is simplified in the following steps: In this article, we’ll dive deep into each of the 5 steps for choosing…

What Is The Best Microphone? (Full Guide To Choosing The Best Mic)
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What Is The Best Microphone? (Full Guide To Choosing The Best Mic)

Beginners in the audio industry may ask what the best microphone is, while experts may argue to no end about which microphone rules them all. The truth is, there really is no “best microphone,” though there may be a best microphone for a certain application, and there are most definitely industry standards for certain applications….

How Do Microphones Work? (The Ultimate Illustrated Guide)
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How Do Microphones Work? (The Ultimate Illustrated Guide)

It’s not often that we think about how microphones work. Microphones are part of our day-to-day lives and are somewhat taken for granted, so I’m glad you asked about how they function! How do microphones work? Microphones work as transducers, converting sound waves (mechanical wave energy) into audio signals (electrical energy). The microphone diaphragm vibrates…

What Is A Microphone? (Mic Types, Examples, And Pictures)
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What Is A Microphone? (Mic Types, Examples, And Pictures)

After about a year of building the My New Microphone blog, I realized I never took the time to write an article to define exactly what a microphone is. What is a microphone? A microphone is a transducer that converts mechanical wave energy (sound waves) into electrical energy (mic/audio signals). There are many types of…

Complete Guide To Microphone Frequency Response (With Mic Examples)
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Complete Guide To Microphone Frequency Response (With Mic Examples)

Frequency response (along with polar response) is the most important specification of any given microphone. The characteristic sound of any given mic is explained largely by frequency response. What is microphone frequency response? Microphone frequency response is the frequency-specific output sensitivity of a microphone. It details the relative output levels of the sound/audio frequencies a mic…

Full List Of Microphone Specifications (How To Read A Spec Sheet)
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Full List Of Microphone Specifications (How To Read A Spec Sheet)

There are many ways to describe microphones and many ways in which mics differ from one another. Whether qualitatively or quantitatively, a microphone’s important differentiators and characteristics are listed in a manufacturer-made document called a microphone specifications sheet or datasheet. What is a microphone specifications sheet, and how do we read one? A microphone “spec…

What Is A Cardioid Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples)
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What Is A Cardioid Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples)

Among the tens of thousands of microphone designs, the cardioid polar pattern is the most popular. As an audio engineer, I use cardioid mics more than all other mic polar patterns combined. What is a cardioid microphone? A cardioid microphone has a unidirectional cardioid polar/pickup pattern. It is most sensitive to on-axis sounds (where the…

The Hemispherical Boundary Microphone/PZM Polar Pattern
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The Hemispherical Boundary Microphone/PZM Polar Pattern

The boundary microphone (aka pressure zone microphone) is an often overlooked microphone with a misunderstood polar pattern. Setting these mics up properly will help tremendously to capture the character of an acoustic space, so it’s worth knowing about the polar patterns of boundary/PZM mics. What is a hemispherical boundary/PZM microphone polar pattern? A boundary or…

The Lobar/Shotgun Microphone Polar Pattern (With Mic Examples)
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The Lobar/Shotgun Microphone Polar Pattern (With Mic Examples)

Famous in the world of film and broadcast but rarely used in the studio, the shotgun microphone has perhaps the most interesting direction polar pattern. To truly understand these mics and get the most out of them, it’s critical to known the ins and outs of their polar patterns. What is the lobar/shotgun microphone polar…

What Is A Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid Microphone? (With Mic Examples)
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What Is A Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid Microphone? (With Mic Examples)

The subcardioid or “wide cardioid” microphone polar pattern is a lesser-known cousin to the famous cardioid pattern. Knowing about this polar pattern and its pros and cons will certainly aid in mic selection and understanding, whether you’re an amateur or professional. What is a subcardioid/wide cardioid microphone? A subcardioid (aka wide cardioid) microphone has a…