Learn essential microphone techniques. Explore the most common mic types, applications, and patterns—so that you can make the right choice for your specific recording situation.
- [Instructor] The more frequently we work with audio and sound equipment, the more often we need to make choices that affect the final product. There's nothing worse than having to compensate for a poor choice, having to repair a sonic problem that if only done another way would never have existed. Sometimes our music choices are made for us, simply depending on where we land in the audio world. If you start working for a studio or an event support company or a church or a hotel or a TV station or a radio studio, you're given a toolkit that includes mics and preamps and stands. It's up to you to make the most of what you're given and then to eventually recommend additional mics or other fundamental gear that raise the existing standard. Or maybe you're putting together a place of your own, so you're probably desperate to get the most bang for your buck, to buy extremely flexible gear that supports a wide range of creative challenges. If you show up and are expected to use existing gear, you'd better have an idea about what each type of mic does, and it's ideal if you already know how you expect specific mics to perform. That's what we're covering in this course. If you're buying mics, you simply must know the strengths and weaknesses of each mic type; that too is what we cover in this course. When you're making creative mic choices, it's imperative that you have an idea about how each mic might affect specific sounds and sources, but it's also important to know when it's worth painting outside the lines and using a non-conventional approach to micing. Again, that's what we cover in this course. And we each need to make informed steps forward with our mic choices and techniques, knowing what good sounds are, and having a range of technical and creative resources to achieve those sounds. This course will help you understand why one mic should be preferred over another and why you'd want to place a mic close or keep it more distant from the source. And it'll help you inform your ears to understand what to listen for when you're comparing and assessing mics.
- Wireless mics
- Handling noise
- Operating principles
- Shaping the pickup pattern
- Operating condenser
- Using high-pass filters
- Evaluating mics and mic specs