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Why do microphones underperform at distances?

It's not the ear can can differentiate a voice from background, it's the brain. It can use the minute differences in timing that a sound arrives at each ear (known as the Haas or Precedence Effect) ...
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Why do microphones underperform at distances?

Let me start by addressing the lack of microphones that can do this. There isn't one. We have specialized highly directional microphones that can pick up very specific points at fairly long ...
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Shotgun Microphone to isolate sound of golf club striking golf ball

Shotguns help, but they do not 100% isolate anything. The main way to "isolate" a sound in the field is with distance. You want to get as far away from undesired noises and as close to desired noises ...
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What is the axis of the cardioid pattern of a condenser microphone?

The cardioid pattern is a 3D pattern and is taken along the front direction of the mic. This video explains the concept pretty well - The internal structure of the ...
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Miking an upright bass

The SM57 in the bridge can work. A good quality capsule condenser (like a LAV) clipped to the bridge can also work well. Sure, it isn't ideal, but I haven't seen anything better for loud live ...
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Condensor Microphones diaphrams facing each other

It's not entirely clear what setup you're talking about, but I'll discuss both options. The mics are basically at the same spot, just offset a bit to aim in directly opposite directions.This is ...
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Why are studio condenser microphones typically oriented pointing upwards rather than towards the subject's mouth?

In almost all microphone designs, it's quite simply because that's the way the diaphragm faces. A hand-held mic has the diaphragm set at 90° to the body, so you point it at the sound. pic: https://...
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Condensor Microphones diaphrams facing each other

If it sounds good, do it. But listen back in mono to check there aren't any phase issues.
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Beamforming microphones to isolate individual performers in a group

Yes, regretfully the sound will suffer tremendously from this, which only makes it usable for telephoning and such. There are, however, as far as I know variants of this technique. Schoeps has a ...
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How to add multiple omnidirectional microphones to a computer

You could use: a digital mix console, such as: Alesis MultiMix 8/16 USB, a big audio interface, such as: Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL USB, Tascam US-16x8, Focusrite Scarlett 18i8
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Microphone and Technique Suggestions for Recording Audiences?

I haven't tested the Beyerdynamic mic (and still haven't run into anyone using Beyerdynamic mics here in Norway), but the P170 sounds okay for most applications I've used it for (mostly as overheads ...
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For public lectures, what hidden mic setup needs to be used?

You will need a wireless lav mic. Two manufacturers of such systems at entry level prices (as wireless can be very expensive) are Sennheiser and Shure (there are other manufacturers, of course). Now,...
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Inexpensive, easily-removable ways of reducing echo in a room (see 360° image)

First of all reverb in an empty room is very long , this changes when some stuff gets it. What u'll need is a standing library with books , a cozy soft couch and some shelves here & there with ...
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Condensor Microphones diaphrams facing each other

He was most likely worried about phasing issues, as I'm assuming you weren't doing a stereo split for a dual mic piano setup. Basically, when you have them in the center pointed out, one mic ...
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Microphone catching only my voice in a noisy room

This pretty much comes down to microphone polar patterns, you can read more about it here: Polar Patterns. Also, condenser microphones are more sensitive than dynamic microphones. You can read more ...
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Mic'ing character inside full animal costume?

As it will not be seen, you have the freedom to attach it to the actor's head or face, rather than any clothing/costume. You could use a boom version, over the ear & just to the side of the mouth,...
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Recording acoustic guitar with Dynamic and condeser at same time

Record the two mics as two channels. Then you can decide what you want to do when mixing. As this seems to be very uncommon, there probably is a reason. Only way to know for sure is to test it (takes ...
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Microphone for two presenters while screencasting?

Let's take the elements of your question in order: Background noise - as @tetsujin said, move all noisy equipment out of your recording studio. Ideally, run your noisy PC in another room and just use ...
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rhythm guitar sound on 'only tomorrow' (my bloody valentine) (pedals?amps?guitars?mic placement? etc.)

You have actually chosen an incredibly difficult question to answer as Kevin from mbv has a lot of pedals in use. This is his main board: And he also uses a couple of other boards on stage as well, ...
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Recording tracks on double bass

Mic positioning is part skill, part art.. & also part guesswork. I could tell you that you need the mic approximately 6" above the bow, 2ft in front of the strings & pointing at an ƒ-hole... ...
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Zoom Q2HD for podcast-quality recordings?

I think you could get great quality with your zoom device, and it will all come down to the room. So I think the living room is probably out of the question, but you can try it. To get a professional ...
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How to record two people side by side?

Shotgun microphones, by definition, are very narrow directional microphones. Placing them on the side will give you a hard time because of that. Microphones should be placed in front of you, since I ...
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Inexpensive, easily-removable ways of reducing echo in a room (see 360° image)

OK so the quickest way to achieve a result in this room will be to buy an inexpensive deep pile rug and put it on the floor over the wood. Your most immediate source of first reflections will be the ...
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Do you have any suggestions on recording vocals/guitar using 2 mics?

I would buy another MXL V67G so you can have a balanced stereo recording of the guitar (one mic pointing to the bridge and the other one somewhere between the soundhole and the 12th fret). That mic ...
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Do you have any suggestions on recording vocals/guitar using 2 mics?

As aeroNotAuto mentions in his comment more information on how you are planning on experimenting (mic placement, recording techniques & equipment, etc) would be helpful. Mic choice boils down to ...
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USB Microphone or Software which eliminates background noise

Using a reflexion filter would cut down on the ambient noise quite a significant amount. The shield acts as a somewhat portable booth due to the foam that reflects/absorbs the sound, giving the ...
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