Top 11 Best Microphone Boom Pole Brands On The Market 2024
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Top 11 Best Microphone Boom Pole Brands On The Market 2024

Boom poles are essential in the world of film and television production for holding microphones (and even lights) out of frame. The fact that they are so necessary for such a large industry has appropriately created a large market for their production and sale. Boom poles come in a variety of materials, lengths and weights…

Top 8 Best Microphone Stand Brands In 2024
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Top 8 Best Microphone Stand Brands In 2024

Microphones are some of the most important tools in the trade of audio recording and sound reinforcement, and when using them to their fullest capacity, microphone stands are nearly always necessary. It would make sense, then, that a wide variety of manufacturers have brought mic stands to the market. When it comes to choosing the…

What Is A Microphone Blimp/Windshield Kit?
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What Is A Microphone Blimp/Windshield Kit?

If you’ve ever seen a film crew in action, you may have wondered about the large blimp-shaped object that is so often held above the actors’ heads. You may have seen these same blimps pointing at the field or the audience in sporting events. What are microphone blimp kits, and what are they used for?…

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…

Do I Need A Pop Filter For Streaming With A Microphone?
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Do I Need A Pop Filter For Streaming With A Microphone?

So you’re getting into live streaming (whether for video games, sports live Q+As, or anything else), and you’re worried about audio quality in your vocal mic. A big question the people in the streaming world have is whether they need a pop filter on their vocal mic or not. Are microphone pop filters needed for…

Why Do Microphones Have Screens? (Pop Filter, Grille, Windscreen)
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Why Do Microphones Have Screens? (Pop Filter, Grille, Windscreen)

When looking at any microphone, we notice a screen covering the microphone diaphragm and capsule. This screen is typically a mic grille/cap mesh but can also be a windscreen and/or an additional pop screen/filter. Why do microphones have screens? Mics have screens (grilles/caps) to protect their sensitive diaphragms physically. Screens also protect against plosives (pop…

Why Do Microphones Use XLR Cables?
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Why Do Microphones Use XLR Cables?

In my time studying audio engineering in college, I remember connecting a microphone to a mic preamp for the first time. Although I had previously performed plenty of times as a guitarist, this was the first time using an XLR cable to connect a microphone to anything. Why do microphones use XLR cables? Not all…

Best Parabolic Microphone Dishes
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Best Parabolic Microphone Dishes

Parabolic microphones are those big dishes you see at sporting events capturing audio from across the field. The dish works similarly to a satellite, condensing the incoming sound waves and reflecting them toward the microphone placed in the centre of the dish. What are the best parabolic dished on the market today? Here are my…

Best Vocal Microphone Isolation Shields
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Best Vocal Microphone Isolation Shields

Vocal isolation shields are excellent tools when recording in less-than-ideal environments. They work by minimizing the vocal sound wave reflections that hit the reflective surfaces of the room as well as the reflections that travel back toward the microphone. Isolation shield work wonders in unsoundproofed rooms when clean microphone signals are required. A vocal isolation…

Best Microphone Windscreens
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Best Microphone Windscreens

You’ve likely heard it before. An audio recording that took place outdoors that suffers from excessive wind noise. Wind will cause an otherwise clean recording to sound washed out and even distorted. We combat this undesired occurrence with microphone windscreens. A microphone windscreen is essentially a wind filter that completely encompasses a microphone capsule (and…

Best Microphone Shock Mounts
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Best Microphone Shock Mounts

When recording quality audio with microphones it’s paramount to capture as clean a signal as possible. We use high-quality microphones through quiet mic cables into clean mic preamps. The signal chain is always number one but microphone shock mounting is always critical. Microphone shock mounts isolate secure a microphone while isolating it from mechanical noise….

Best Microphone Pop Filters
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Best Microphone Pop Filters

When recording any kind of vocal performance in the studio environment (voiceover, singing, etc.), it’s industry standard practice to employ a pop filter between the microphone and the talent. A pop filter is a perforated barrier that, ideally, dissipates plosive energy (air gusts) from a speaker’s mouth while allowing sound waves to pass through it…