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Why do microphones underperform at distances?

It's not the ear that 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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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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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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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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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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Recording ambient sound while minimizing phase issues

Phasing issues only occur if you are putting two sound waves together and the waves cancel each other out (e.g. summing a stereo recording to mono.) If you are recording stereo then there won’t be any ...
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Recording student questions in small class 20-30 people

I think you'll be surprised how ambient that space is if you try to mic it for speech from 6m away. A pair of shotguns facing the audience will be fine for 'reaction' but I doubt it will be good for ...
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Are Drop Mics a good option for capturing audience questions in a theater style meeting room?

I think you'll struggle. With only two fixed mics your best speaker will be 8ft from either side of the room, on the front row. Mic maybe 6ft above them so no-one accidentally catches one on the way ...
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Recording ambient sound while minimizing phase issues

It was only a phase... I remember phase issues after summing to mono was quite a big problem in the past. It's not such a big problem now, as there aren't many mono playback devices left in use. ...
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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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How Are The Mic Placement Standard Techniques Desided On

This is a bit subjective but I would say that mic placement is a mix of physical laws (how a given instrument or source acoustically radiates, what is it's environment, what is your mic directivity) ...
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Mics in a field recording array -techie acoustics question

As someone who has recorded a lot of ambience I prefer to adhere to the KISS principle, which I am sure I don't need to explain. Off the bat, I anticipate issues using a directional cardioid in an ...
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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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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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How are NBA games miked up?

From what I've seen a large variety of microphones / gear are at play, especially depending on who is responsible for the event's sound, however specifically for the sounds of the court (not ...
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