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Why are studio condenser microphones typically oriented pointing upwards rather than towards the subject's mouth?

Why are microphones used for recording vocals in a studio typically oriented pointing orthogonal to the speaker's mouth, such that the subject is effectively speaking into the side of the mic? I.e. ...
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Recording acoustic guitar with Dynamic and condeser at same time

It's possible or a bad idea to use a condenser mic and a dynamic mic simultaneously to get body details with the condenser and neck Brightness with the dynamic? There will be seriuos phase issues? ...
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How Are The Mic Placement Standard Techniques Desided On

Most information I can get on the internet about mic placement is on specific placements for certain recorded instruments or sounds but I was wondering how those recommendations are decided on. Is it ...
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MICROPHONE - How is this PIN actually called?

I have a Yeti Blue mic that I am now setting up. I got the 3/8 to 5/8 thread adapter, but the mic is just too high up the horizontal boom arm, so I actually wanted to drop it down a bit. I was ...
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Mics in a field recording array -techie acoustics question

I'm new to field recording, and about to build and experiment with a "winged barrier array" for various, mostly urban, front-focused (as opposed to omni) ambiences. I guess it's a boundary type ...
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Microphone for two presenters while screencasting?

I have been reading a lot about microphones lately and I still feel a little overwhelmed. So, please forgive, if my questions sound a bit "noobish", but I have been unable to find an answer to a ...
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Does side address off-axis voice recording give better quality than speaking directly?

I've read that it's best to a have mic at a 45 degrees horizontal angle, pointed not towards the mouth, but at some point in front of it. Is it really the case? What advantages does it have? ...
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Recording questions from a conference crowd

As a small user-group we regularly organize mini conference with a few talks and 60-140 attendees. We have a nice portable setup for recording the talks (Camera->HDMI->MacBook->Wirecast). The ...
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Microphone catching only my voice in a noisy room [closed]

I am playing video games, and need a "low" quality voice recording so that I can communicate with my teammates. I am also living with my girlfriend, who is often watching the TV behind me. I am ...
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Mic'ing character inside full animal costume?

I'm working on a project in which we'll be shooting two people in a unicorn costume (something in this vein, https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Hola-unicorn-2-person-costumes-for_1980339805.html, ...
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rhythm guitar sound on 'only tomorrow' (my bloody valentine) (pedals?amps?guitars?mic placement? etc.)

i'm mostly active on stack overflow, but as i like the overall platform/concept so much i figured i'd give this here a try! basically, my question is in the title, and here's a link to the song: ...
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Why do microphones underperform at distances?

I recently attempted to record a meeting for a project taking place in a somewhat noisy cafeteria. Unfortunately, I discovered that phones have tremendous difficulty picking up human voice over ...
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Recording tracks on double bass

So I am recording a double bass quartet song (all arco) and I have two main issues: I'm not sure if my microphone is being positioned best and such to pick up the richest sound possible. I have a ...
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Is it a drawback for Tascam DR-100 or similar recorders to not have adjustable AB/XY mic positions?

I was looking at DR-40 and DR-100 and notice that only DR-40 has adjustable microphone positions. I see the option to adjust the mics as a good feature. I am surprised to see that the more expensive ...
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Zoom Q2HD for podcast-quality recordings?

I happen to already own a Zoom Q2HD. I have used it to record meetings and music auditions and have been happy with the results. Now I wonder if I could use it to record an individual voice. I am ...
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How to record two people side by side?

Me and my girlfriend are side-by-side when playing video games, and we would like to stream the game, so the question of how to pick up the sound had to be brought up. I bought two cheap ...
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Inexpensive, easily-removable ways of reducing echo in a room (see 360° image)

I just moved into this office (see my 360° photo here!) with a wood floor and vaulted ceiling, and I want to record videos in here, but the surfaces are creating too much of an echo. When recording, ...
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Do you have any suggestions on recording vocals/guitar using 2 mics?

i write simple songs with just an acoustic guitar and me singing. I have this cheap large-diaphragm microphone and i am ready to buy this mid-range small diaphragm microphone to record the guitar. ...
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Microphone and Technique Suggestions for Recording Audiences?

I want to record an audience (people sounds), in rooms about 50 to 100 people. My main mic (Speaker) has 1.m distance from the audience mic, and I want to install the audience mic in 1.5m Height. I ...
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For public lectures, what hidden mic setup needs to be used?

In "the old days" lecturers would obviously speak, sometimes to large crowds, without the advantage of modern sound systems - to wit, no microphone. So this would obviously be still possible today (I ...
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Shotgun Microphone to isolate sound of golf club striking golf ball

I am using a microphone to pick up the sound of golf clubs striking golf balls at the driving range. I currently have a cheap microphone that doesn't actually work too bad: My problem is that ...
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How are NBA games miked up?

It's NBA finals season and I'm analyzing the games trying to figure out the audio setup. It definitely sounds like there's a mic in the basket (I'm guessing in the hinge between hoop and board) and ...
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What is the axis of the cardioid pattern of a condenser microphone?

I recently got a NW-700 microphone. It's specs says that the reception pattern is a cardioid. However, no axis is specified. Is this pattern along the length of the mic? (Purple) or is there a front (...
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What is the best method/mic to only capture front sound?

We are an events streaming company. We stream with motorbikes and such. We would like to also stream the sound around the motorbike because in sports events people cheers runners and that's cool to ...
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How to add multiple omnidirectional microphones to a computer

What is the easiest way to connect multiple omnidirectional microphones to a computer that is used in a large conference room? For example, I cannot find a USB connected device with the ability to ...
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USB Microphone or Software which eliminates background noise

I live in an apartment next to a main road. As a result there are a lot of vehicles passing every minute. This leads to a lot of background noise(not consistent background noise like ambulance siren, ...
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Recording Doors

What's the best way to record household doors opening and closing? My own recordings are always a bit too transient and thin sounding whereas the ones in my commercial library are chunky, thick and ...
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How to Capture Breath/Reduce All Outside Sound

I'm looking for a microphone that is sensitive enough to capture a person's breath but reduces all other sound outside of a very close proximity. I'll be placing the microphone in a sphere of LEDs ...
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Condensor Microphones diaphrams facing each other

I once recorded grand piano with two condenser microphones (AKG c414) and due to the length of the arms of the microphone stands had the two diaphragms pointing past each other (in a cardioid shape). ...
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Beamforming microphones to isolate individual performers in a group

A lot of conference room telephony gear has built-in beamforming microphones. They use an array of microphones and then process the recorded audio, incorporating the phase to isolate sound from one ...
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Miking an upright bass

I am recording a live jazz quartet on Friday consisting of drums, acoustic piano, upright bass and either electric guitar or a sax (this will be confirmed tomorrow and I have no problem with these). ...
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Trouble with Microphone levels

I have a Shure SV100 mic, plugged into a behringer 1002USB mixing board, and I am having trouble getting my levels normal. In general I find that the mic audio is very low, often showing up at -18 or ...
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how to get rid of a loud buzzing noise when I try to record?

I have an MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone connected to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB recording audio into Sonar x3. When I try to record, my voice is very very low. You can barely ...
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What Technique do you use for Room Tone recording?

I realize it depends on the space, but generally speaking, what microphone technique do you use and what type of mic? XY, ORTF, spaced pair?
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Rock n Roll Band Recording

Hello everybody! I will record a rock n roll band. My goal is to get the classic sound of the 1950s-1960s with a polished feel. I mapped the following recording setup, but i have a fear that it will ...
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RM-11 mounting with COS-11

What is the standard mounting technique while using the RM-11s? I use topstick and mount it on the clothes in the sweet spot of the chest. Is this correct or is there a better way? I'm also shooting ...
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guitar wireless micing question

How would you mount a wireless mic pack like this one to guitar without damaging the guitar or impeding the player? [EDIT] oh and the strap is not preferable!
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Miking 2 actors in a stationary car.

Hey, In a few weeks time I'll be recording production sound for a film in which the actors are sat in a parked car for about 80% of the time. In the film the interact mainly with one another, but do ...
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Advice on Recording a Conference

Hi all. I've been asked by a friend for some advice on how to go about recording the audio for an event he's filming. I don't have much experience with events recording and am still a little green ...
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Recording vintage firearms

I have a date with some WW2 guns and an armorer and am looking to brainstorm some unconventional mic choices and/or placements to capture something special. I'll be traveling with some heavy hitters ...
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how many inch maximum to place microphone overhead to get quality/clean dialogue. i know there is no rules for this, but just lets share how many inch roughly, so we know what each of us have in our mind too..

i roughly place 6-8inch above overhead to get the quality speech from the actor. doesn't matter it visible in frame or not, later i will use adobe after effect to take out the microphone in the frame. ...
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Microphones to capture and sample audience sounds?

Hi, Part of my performance includes recording and sampling sounds the audience makes during a break down (e.g. the audience singing / saying things together). This will be in indoor theatres with ...
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Recording Orchestra Groups with Omni mics and M-S matrix

I need to record a ~50 piece woodwind orchestra and am using a Nagra VI which has 6 inputs. I want the best recording using the fewest mics. I have a pr of Neumann M150s which I was going to place ...
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What will be a good microphone to record folding clothes?

I have been trying to record folding clothes with a zoom H2 and obviously I get more noise than the signal and then when I try to eq the noise the signal also get very weak. What would be a better ...
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Organic Sound Cue Techniques

Hello Sound Designers! I'm currently working on a sound design for a live theatre show. One of the challenges I have is to create a cue that imitates the experience of covering you ears and ...
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Body Falls, Punches, and the like

Hi everyone, I was wondering if you could provide some creativity for creating body slaps, punches, falls, etc...the like.. My idea is essentially to get some fruit, vegetables, and a few pieces of ...
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How to capture tire (tyre) textures when recording vehicles?

When reading Yewdall's Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, you can read him talking about varying road textures in the movie Christine... I can't quite represent myself how one would go about doing ...
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Hydrophone Recording

Hey Folks, I have to record a variety of underwater movement and I'm in the process of doing some experimentation. I currently own 2 dolphin ear pros, but I'm not totally happy. I'm wondering if ...
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Oktava MK-012 as a SFX recording mic? Alternatives?

About SFX recordings, I've read a lot on here. About mics too. I still am surprised not to find anything on the Oktava being used for SFX. I'm in a situation where I have a bit of money, but not so ...
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Mic Position for Footsteps

Dear All, Do any of you tend to place the mic for perspective? Like if the person's feet are off screen, would you place the mic high or further away to make it less "in your face"? In my experience,...
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