The 2:1 Rule Of Ambience: Improve Your Microphone Placement
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The 2:1 Rule Of Ambience: Improve Your Microphone Placement

In recording circles, you may have heard of the 2:1 rule of ambience when discussing different microphone polar patterns and their sensitivity to room ambience. If you’re wondering about this rule, you’ve come to the right place! What is the 2:1 rule of ambience? The 2:1 rule of ambience states that a cardioid microphone must be positioned twice…

What Is A Near-Coincident Pair Of Microphones? (+7 Examples)
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What Is A Near-Coincident Pair Of Microphones? (+7 Examples)

Near-coincident pairs include many high-quality miking techniques for audio engineers and musicians to use effectively in their work. What is a near-coincident pair of microphones? A near-coincident pair is any stereo miking technique that uses a pair of microphones spaced roughly 6-12 inches apart and angled symmetrically on either side of the centre. Near-coincident pairs are often…

What Is A Coincident Pair Of Microphones? (With 2 Techniques)
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What Is A Coincident Pair Of Microphones? (With 2 Techniques)

Coincident microphone pairs provide common methods of capturing audio inside and outside the studio. Audio engineers cherish these setups for many reasons. What is a coincident pair of microphones? A coincident pair is a pair of microphones positioned with their capsules as close together as possible. The capsules are pointed in such a way that…

What Is A Spaced Pair Of Microphones? (With 3 Techniques)
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What Is A Spaced Pair Of Microphones? (With 3 Techniques)

Spaced microphone pairs are excellent for capturing a wide stereo image in the studio and elsewhere. What is a spaced pair of microphones? A spaced pair is a miking technique utilizing two identical microphones separated by several feet (usually one-third to one-half the width of a sound stage) that point directly at a sound source….

Top 4 Best Surround Sound Miking Techniques (With 3 Extras)
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Top 4 Best Surround Sound Miking Techniques (With 3 Extras)

Surround sound, when done correctly, offers much more immersive than typical mono and stereo audio. Like mono or true stereo, there are true surround sound miking techniques that allow us to capture true surround sound audio in real-time with microphones. The top 4 best surround sound miking techniques are: In this article, we’ll get to…

How To Use A Microphone (Connections, Applications, Miking Technique)
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How To Use A Microphone (Connections, Applications, Miking Technique)

If you’re reading this article, chances are you use microphones regularly: on your cellphone, on your computer, etc. But if you want to learn how to optimize your use of more professional microphones for better audio, this is the article for you! How to use a microphone: To use a microphone properly, we must power…

What Is A Floor Microphone? (Applications + Mic Examples)
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What Is A Floor Microphone? (Applications + Mic Examples)

If you’ve ever watched an NBA basketball broadcast or seen a theatre play, you’ve likely heard (in some part of the audio mix) a floor microphone. These mics, when used correctly, add quite a bit to an audio mix without being overly noticeable (if noticeable at all) by the audience. What is a floor microphone?…

What Is A Boom Microphone? (Applications + Mic Examples)
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What Is A Boom Microphone? (Applications + Mic Examples)

If you’ve ever seen behind-the-scenes footage of television or movie shoots, you may have seen a boom microphone at the end of a long pole being held above the actors. If you have a keen eye, you may have even seen a boom mic (accidentally) peak down into frame in your favourite TV show or…

Do Actors Wear Microphones? (Film, Theatre, And Other Performances)
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Do Actors Wear Microphones? (Film, Theatre, And Other Performances)

Dialogue and/or singing is a critical part of most acting performances, so hearing the actors clearly is paramount. Effectively miking of actors is essential to capturing their voices in both filmed media and in live performances. Do actors wear microphones in film, theatre, and other performances? In modern professional productions (theatre, film, television, etc.), it’s…

Are Microphones Ever Used In Opera Performances?
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Are Microphones Ever Used In Opera Performances?

Opera is a truly remarkable art form. As with any live performance heavily centred around sound, it’s common to question if microphones are used or not. Are Microphones Ever Used In Opera Performances? Traditionally mics are not used in opera (for orchestral instruments or singers). Opera singers are trained to sing in a way that…

Are Microphones Used On Broadway And In Other Theatres?
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Are Microphones Used On Broadway And In Other Theatres?

Broadway has become legendary for its high-level production of theatrical performances. How do Broadway performances (and other professional theatre performances) sound good? It all starts with microphones! Are Microphones Used On Broadway And In Other Theatres? Yes, microphones are used on Broadway and in professional theatre as well as many amateur theatres. A Broadway show…

Top 8 Best Stereo Miking Techniques (With Recommended Mics)
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Top 8 Best Stereo Miking Techniques (With Recommended Mics)

“Get it right at the source” is a popular and important mantra that rings throughout the recording industry. Stereo miking techniques allow us to capture true stereo audio at the source and sounds more authentic than multi-tracking multiple mono signals. So how do we best set up microphones for stereo recording? The Top 8 Best…