Join Bill Gibson for an in-depth discussion in this video Ribbon operating principle, part of Microphone Techniques: Essentials.
- [Bill] Ribbon microphones were very popular … in the early days of recording. … In the 40s and 50s, the RCA 77-DX and RCA 44 series … were very popular because they had a full warm sound … that worked well with the recording mediums of the day … and with radio broadcast. … These mics never completely lost their appeal … but as the analog multi-track recording industry grew, … most engineers wanted to make sure … that they recorded the tape … with plenty of high frequency content. … Because if the highs needed to be turned down on a track … or on many tracks, … that resulted in a decrease of noise and tape hiss … in the final product. … Low frequencies were easy to get back in the mix if needed. … But turning up the high frequencies during mix tone … simply meant turning up noise. … For that reason, these early ribbon mics lost popularity … because of their warm tone and less strident high end. … As the digital era took over, … the noise became much less of an issue. … It was clear that there was no longer a need …
- 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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