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

The hypercardioid is an often misunderstood relative of the well-known cardioid microphone polar pattern and is often confused with the supercardioid pattern. Understanding hypercardioid polar patterns and their ideal applications will improve your efficiency both on stage and in the studio. What is a hypercardioid microphone? A hypercardioid microphone has a very directional hypercardioid polar/pickup…

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

The supercardioid is an often misunderstood relative of the well-known cardioid microphone polar pattern. Understanding the supercardioid pattern and when to use it will benefit you greatly in both the studio and the stage. What is a supercardioid microphone? A supercardioid microphone has a very directional supercardioid polar/pickup pattern. It is most sensitive to on-axis…

What Is A Bidirectional/Figure-8 Microphone? (With Mic Examples)
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What Is A Bidirectional/Figure-8 Microphone? (With Mic Examples)

The bidirectional (aka figure-8) microphone polar pattern is one of the three main polar pattern types (along with omnidirectional and cardioid). Understanding the ins and outs of the bidirectional pattern and how it’s achieved in microphones will help lay a solid foundation for your understanding of mic polar patterns and microphones in general. What is…

What Is An Omnidirectional Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples)
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What Is An Omnidirectional Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples)

The omnidirectional microphone polar pattern is perhaps the simplest polar pattern and is one of the three main polar pattern types (along with bidirectional and cardioid). Understanding the omnidirectional pattern and how omnidirectional microphones perform will give you a solid foundational knowledge of mic polar patterns and microphones in general. What is an omnidirectional microphone?…

The Complete Guide To Microphone Polar Patterns
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The Complete Guide To Microphone Polar Patterns

The polar pattern (along with frequency response) is the most important specification of a microphone. It tells us the directional sensitivity of the microphone. There are plenty of polar pattern responses in the tens of thousands of microphones on the market. Here is a list of all the microphone polar patterns: In this complete guide,…

How Do Wireless Microphones Work?
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How Do Wireless Microphones Work?

As of late, I’ve been working regular live sound gigs requiring wireless microphones. It’s relatively easy to set up wireless systems and have them work properly. However, I thought I’d do some research into how wireless microphone systems work in detail. So how do wireless microphones work? Wireless mics send their output signals wirelessly via their…

What Is A Microphone Diaphragm? (An In-Depth Guide)
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What Is A Microphone Diaphragm? (An In-Depth Guide)

Diaphragms have a lot to do with sound. We “sing from the diaphragm” of our physical bodies, and if we’re singing into a microphone, we’re interacting with a diaphragm as well! Every practical microphone has a diaphragm, and an understanding of diaphragms is crucial for microphone mastery. So what is a microphone diaphragm? A microphone…

How To Connect A Microphone To A Computer (A Detailed Guide)
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How To Connect A Microphone To A Computer (A Detailed Guide)

In the age of digital audio, microphones of all types must be able to connect to and work with computers. Whether you’re working on the next hit record or just want improved vocal clarity in online conversation, knowing how to connect a microphone to your computer is essential. How do we connect a microphone to…