Join Bill Gibson for an in-depth discussion in this video Pads and attenuators, part of Microphone Techniques: Essentials.
- [Instructor] The condenser capsule is very sensitive, … as is the electronic circuit that amplifies … the capsule level signal to mic level. … When miking loud sources, … especially loud sources with strong transients, … the signal can easily overdrive the mics internal circuitry. … Because of this, most condenser mics include a built-in pad … that typically decreases the internal level by 10 or 20 dB. … It's extremely important that these pads … be used in loud applications … because distortion that happens in the mic … can't be metered on the console or recording device. … It's very likely that the signal level … will look perfect at the recorder, … but that the sound has already been … permanently distorted inside the mic. … If you're hearing some distortion in the sound, … but the levels look acceptable, apply the pad. … If the mic has two pad levels, … such as minus 10 and minus 20, try minus 10 first. … There's no need to overpad the mic because that can result … in an unacceptable increase of noise, …
- Wireless mics
- Handling noise
- Operating principles
- Shaping the pickup pattern
- Operating condenser
- Using high-pass filters
- Evaluating mics and mic specs
Skill Level Beginner
Video Production: Location Audio Recordingwith Anthony Q. Artis1h 23m Intermediate
Pro Tools: Audio for Film and Videowith Scott Hirsch5h 9m Intermediate
1. Microphone Fundamentals
2. Operating Principles
3. Understanding Mic Specs
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