Join Bill Gibson for an in-depth discussion in this video Polar pattern shapes, part of Microphone Techniques: Essentials.
- [Instructor] The red area in this polar graph … indicates an omnidirectional pickup pattern. … An omnidirectional microphone doesn't reject sound … from any direction. … However, if we look at a cardioid pickup pattern, … we notice that there's an area back here … that doesn't have any sensitivity. … A true cardioid pickup pattern hears great … in front of the microphone and it rejects sounds … from directly behind the front of the microphone. … The majority of the microphones that we use in the studio … or especially in a live setting, … are cardioid pickup patterns. … With a cardioid microphone, … you can aim the microphone at the source … and you can also aim the back of it away from something. … So, a singer with floor monitors … can sing into the microphone … and make sure that the back of the microphone … is pointing at the floor monitor … so that there isn't as much problematic feedback. … Or if you're miking a drum set … and you have a microphone on the tam-tam, … you can point the mic at the tam-tam …
- 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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