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How to capture very low volume sounds?

A while ago I was surfing some nerdy geeky website and found that a company had designed that mic that could capture really low volume sounds like the sound emitted by the filaments of a light bulb ...
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Is there a significant difference in sound quality between 1/4" jacks and XLR inputs for microphones?

I have a mixer that has 4 microphone channels. Each one has both a 1/4" jack input, and a three pronged input (XLR). I can choose one or the other for connecting my microphone. I am about to buy ...
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Help for buying shotgun microphone

Many of you might have been in a situation when you wanted to buy a microphone but didn’t find a comprehensive chart that helps you choose. Well, I made one of shotgun mics. More than 100 type. I hope ...
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What specifications should I look for when buying a budget microphone?

For amateur purposes I might consider buying a budget microphone to record my vocals, as I have the thoughts that my current cheap home headset microphone won't suffice to get some quality. What ...
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Microphone windscreens -- how effective / necessary are they?

I've done a fair bit of podcast recording using a headset that has a small integrated foam windscreen over the mic. I never thought much about it, until we recently purchased some wireless headsets ...
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XLR vs USB Microphone

I have a Fast Track Pro (which as an XLR pre-amp) mostly used for DJing tasks. Now, I am in the process of creating a small (really cheap) recording studio in my home. I was looking for cheap Mics, ...
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What is impedance and why do I care when buying a microphone?

I've been researching some mics and aside from reviews I've been looking at the specs. I'm not sure I understand what impedance is and why I care about it when purchasing a mic.
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What are the 1 2 3 settings on the back of The Blue Snowball?

The Blue Snowball has settings on the back controlled by a dip switch that says 1 2 3. What do these do? Googling for it I get a bunch of bad results (html numbered lists) and this manual which doesn'...
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Monitoring multiple USB microphones

I am in the planning stages of producing a podcast consisting 2 or more people in the same room. I have a large diaphragm USB condenser mic, and another non-USB mic. At this point, I need to decide ...
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Two microphone setup to record voice and acoustic guitar

what are some good microphone setups for recording a single singer/guitar player with two microphones? Position, types, levels, etc. Thanks!
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What do sensitivity measurements of microphones really mean?

Microphone sensitivity is usually measured in mV/Pa. If one mic is say 25 mV/Pa and another is 13 mV/Pa how much more sensitive is it in application? How can I figure out how much more gain the mic ...
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DIY Portable Anechoic Chamber

I would like to perform some measurements of the microphones (i.e. frequency response, SNR, etc.). First and best option would be to use the Anechoic Chamber- obviously this is not an option because ...
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What is the future of recording technologies?

Great strides have been made in the field of sound recording over the last couple of decades. We've seen (in no particular order): Digital recording (both tape and disk based) Multichannel recording ...
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How can I get rid of the annoying background hum on a new Yeti Microphone

I recently purchased a Blue Yeti USB microphone for use in recording screencasts. I am using Screenflow to record with and while the sound is excellent in quality there is a nasty hum in the ...
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Does it hurt to send phantom power to a mic with its own power supply?

And if not, why is there a switch on the preamp? Why not just send phantom power all the time?
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What should I look for in microphones for home audio monitoring "nanny audio cam" system

When building a home monitoring "nanny audio cam" system, the main component seems to be microphones/sound pickups. The qualities that I think I need for such microphones for this system seem to be: ...
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My first field mic. [closed]

I'm in the market for a quality shotgun mic for field recording, foley, ADR, etc.... Budget: less than $1,200. I really like the Sennheiser MKH 416, but haven't had a chance to try many others. I ...
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How to record from two PC microphones with one computer?

I am using audacity to record conversation between myself and a friend in the same room. I am currently using two instances of audacity on two separate computers to record each individual headset. ...
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Best way to mic up a group discussion

I'd like to record some round-table type discussions for a podcasting project I have in mind, but although I've done some recording of music I don't really know how to start with this. Should I be ...
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Røde NT-USB produces static noise depending on the USB cable [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, so please remind me if this is the case. The problem I just discovered that my USB microphone produces static noise (not sure if this is ...
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TRS 3.5mm microphone not working in mixer

I can't get my microphone to work in my mixer. It is a standard 3.5mm TRS headset microphone. I have it plugged into a 3.5mm TRS to 1/4" TRS adapter, which is plugged into a 1/4" TRS to XLR adapter. I ...
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Who makes the quietest microphone?!

We're preparing to do an interior foley-type recording session that requires extremely low self-noise microphones. Schoeps? DPA? Earthworks? Your opinions are appreciated!
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Potential problems with chaining mic cables?

Will connecting several mic cables together impact the quality of the recording? Obviously with every additional cable there's an added risk of a loose connection, but assuming my cables and ...
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All-round vocal mic

What should I be looking for when purchasing a good all-rounder vocal mic? We've dealt in Shure SM58's for years. Are there other alternatives? What qualities should I be looking for when shopping ...
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Voiceover workflow tips? (Specifcally, workflow and processing...)

Does anyone have any good tips as to how I might record good quality voiceover for a short video series I'm editing? I'm currently in the middle of editing together a short video project that needs ...
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Can you suggest a good contact mic for sound design? (average cost of proposal would be much appreciated)

I would like to try some ideas for some really wierd sounds and I think a good contact mic would give me better results at that! Also I would like to ask if you think its a good idea to plug this ...
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How do I shout into my mic without distortion?

I have an Audiotechna AT2020 USB condenser microphone hooked up to my computer. When I'm recording sometimes I may shout or scream and my microphone goes all grainy and distorted. So I'm just ...
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Why can cheap mics be eq to sound like expensive ones?

Other than frequency response, what makes a mic sound good? Say there is a cheap microphone, and an expensive microphone with same frequency response/selfnoise/sensitivity/polar pattern. Now we ...
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Voiceover drowns in music. How do I make it more dominant?

Total newbie here, not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm trying to record some station IDs for an online radio station thingamajig I'm doing. I'm using a Samson C03U. My voiceovers ...
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What sounds can be effectively recording using just one channel (mono)?

Due to my seemingly more restricted budget (life is as it is and things keep popping up) I am still left very much with my current setup as is, and it looks like I cannot really purchase much else for ...
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Why is a pop filter necessary?

I'm doing recordings for YouTube videos and would like to know whether a pop filter is really necessary. I, of course, care about audio quality, but I'm on a tight budget. Do I really need one? I'll ...
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What key features should I look for when purchasing a mic for podcasting?

I'm looking to set up a podcast, and want to get started with the right equipment. My problem is I have no idea what I'm looking for in a mic, and what other things I need to record good quality audio....
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How do sound engineers maintain levels in live performances?

When I watch videos of live performances, like rock concerts, I notice that when the vocalists use the microphone the distance to the mouth will vary somewhat, sometimes significantly, and I would ...
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What type of microphone is best suited for recording ambient sounds?

I've seen countless examples of recordings of an environment that are supposed to help you fall asleep. Examples: Train ride or Heavy Thunderstorm I am wondering, what is the best kind of microphone ...
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How to reduce wind noise / audio overload on built-in microphones?

I have 2 cameras with on-board microphones (Nikon D5100, Canon Powershot G7), and I'm predictably having problems with high wind noise, and when recording short clips at gigs (with permission) with ...
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What's the difference between dynamic and condensor microphones?

When someone talks about a dynamic or condenser microphone, what do they mean? How do these classes microphones differ, and are they used for different things? Are there any more subdivisions of ...
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Schoeps Microphone Trivia

Hey guys, This isn't exactly a question but I thought it was cool information to know about Schoeps mics: I was at NAB this year and I saw the new SuperCMIT shotgun (digital shotgun which is super-...
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Waterproof covering for microphones

So, this is kind of an embarrassing question as it alway seems to raise eyebrows. I'm looking at trying out some underwater recording and I'm looking to find out your recommendations as to which ...
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DIY contact microphone

Hi! Using a contact microphone for field recordings seems to be popular and there's loads of tutorials for building one on the web. I bought the parts and am thinking of the adapter and ...
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How should I mic a classical guitar?

I’d like to record some classical guitar. I have Garage Band and a couple of generic USB mics. I also have a two-channel M-Audio preamp/audio interface, so recommendations for better mics for the ...
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Really weird DIY shotgun mic (old, yes, but I just found it again...) [closed]

Anyone ever seen one of these or played with one before? Its been floating around for quite some time now. I found it a few years ago and just stumbled upon it a few days ago. I'd imagine if you ...
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What to look for in a vocal mic for a small home studio

I'm just getting started with recording at home. I've done some recording in a band in a real studio in the past, but never really learned anything about the equipment and how to use it. I'm wanting ...
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Underrated microphones

We all know the standards. The Sennheiser MKH series, The Schoeps Collette system, anything Neumann, etc. The question here is, what is your most underrated mic (for any purpose) and why? For me ...
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Lav mic mounting tips

Hello, In the film I am working on there is quite a bit of cloth scratch I am getting on the lav mics used by the boom op. After watching The King's Speech and the interview from the production ...
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Recording Glass Shatters

I'm planning on a short indoor recording session of shattering long fluorescent tubes. Who has done this and has sage advice to share? Mic choices? Best way to contain debris while not coloring the ...
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Thinking outside the "box"

When faced with a design challenge, what is your first instinct: To reach for a mic or a piece of software? Of course it often depends on the project or task at hand, but in general, where does your ...
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Why does your voice sound different when you record it?

Is it just yourself, or can other people hear it too?
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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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What are the most used types of microphones and what are they best used for?

I've seen many different types of microphones, and I feel like I should know some of most important ones before getting any farther. What are the most commonly mic types and how does one decide which ...
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Planning a simple setup for recording violin

I am an amateur violinist. I would like to start to record my playing, doing the recording myself. I will be playing and recording classical, eastern European folk and Jazz. I would like your help in ...
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