Top 5 Microphone Specifications You Need To Understand
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Top 5 Microphone Specifications You Need To Understand

Some values are critical to understand when browsing for the best microphone for a job or looking through a mic’s specifications/datasheet. Knowing and comprehending the following specs will help tremendously in choosing the right microphone for you and your application. The top 5 microphone specifications you need to understand are: This article will explain in…

What Is Microphone Sensitivity? An In-Depth Description
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What Is Microphone Sensitivity? An In-Depth Description

You may notice some microphones require more preamp gain than others to achieve the same amount of signal. In other words, some microphones are less sensitive than others. What exactly is microphone sensitivity? Microphone sensitivity is a measurement of a microphone’s efficiency as a transducer (how well it converts acoustical energy to electrical energy). A microphone’s…

Microphone Impedance: What Is It And Why Is It Important?
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Microphone Impedance: What Is It And Why Is It Important?

While reading over a microphone spec sheet, you’ve undoubtedly come across values for either output impedance, rated load impedance, or both! Understanding these impedance values is crucial to master microphones truly. So what is microphone impedance? Microphone signals are AC voltages. Impedance is the “AC resistance” of audio signal voltages. Impedance controls the flow of the…

What Does A Microphone’s Maximum Sound Pressure Level Actually Mean?
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What Does A Microphone’s Maximum Sound Pressure Level Actually Mean?

How loud of a sound can a microphone handle? When looking at a microphone’s spec sheet, “maximum SPL” may be listed with a specific value. That being said, a microphone’s maximum sound pressure level can be a misleading piece of information. So what does a maximum sound pressure level actually mean? The maximum sound pressure level…

What Is Microphone Self-Noise? (Equivalent Noise Level)
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What Is Microphone Self-Noise? (Equivalent Noise Level)

Hear a faint hiss in your recordings? The sound could be coming from within the mic! The self-noise of a microphone is exactly what it sounds like (see what I did there?): the noise created by the mic itself. However, there’s more to it than this obvious answer. What is microphone self-noise? Self-noise is the faint sound…