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Why is a pop filter necessary?

You need a pop filter if the mic is in a direct line in front of your mouth - whether you buy one, or stretch a piece of material over a frame in front, put a sock over it, whatever. You don't need ...
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Why is a pop filter necessary?

It's worth noting that many mics actually have a pop filter built-in, in particular live vocal mics such as the SM58. Such filters generally don't work as good as a proper external lollipop-screen, ...
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Choosing a studio mic for accordion

I would go with 2-4 goosenecked clip microphones positioned in top and bottom of each sound source, something like this: The important thing here is that the mics stay at a fixed position, so you ...
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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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Stereo Hydrophone Technique

A bit of feedback for those interested - I didn't actually get as much time to put into this as I'd of liked, but did get a couple of interesting recordings: ...
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Why does public speaking setup often include multiple microphones?

There are a few possible reasons. If you see just two identical mics it's for coverage and diversity -- to get a good signal no matter where the speaker faces, to shape the pickup pattern. If you see ...
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How to make low-tech microphone sound effects?

Things Tubes, straws, pipes and hoses Cups Put things in mouth (e.q. water or sweets... don't choke!) Pillows Balloons (scream all you can while pressing a balloon to the mouth) Combs and paper, ...
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How do I combine several instruments into one Line In, in live performance?

For what its worth you generally never combine inputs with out having level control even if the devices have their own level control. You generally want to have control over the level of each input ...
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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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Ambiences - MKH418S / Sony ECM MS5 / Rode NT4 (x/y)

I recommend you read these two articles for more insight on M/S recording, which, by the way, I absolutely recommend you do: http://designingsound.org/2013/10/charles-maynes-on-mid-side-recording/ ...
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Why is a pop filter necessary?

They're not strictly necessary, but they're certainly preferable. But that doesn't mean you need to buy an actual pop filter! You can easily slip a sock or a cotton shirt over your mic and it'll have ...
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How do sound designers for musicals avoid bleed?

Musical theatre, more often than not, uses head-worn lavalier microphones that are positioned very close to the mouth. This gives a much greater signal-to-noise ratio for the Front-of-House mixer to ...
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Click at the end of words ending in “n” — techniques to avoid or clean up?

I can't hear the metallic quality you mentioned but I can hear an amount of 'vocal fry'. My feeling is that this is more about your performer than the recording technique. Talk to them about their ...
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Click at the end of words ending in “n” — techniques to avoid or clean up?

Probably the simplest solution to this is to record the voice with the mic slightly further away. The clicks and pops you are hearing are vocal and throat artifacts which are only getting picked up ...
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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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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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Why is a pop filter necessary?

Pop filters are necessary for anything voice related. It helps with sounds such as 'P' and 'B'; This is called plosives. Plosives is extra air going onto the microphone causeing a very annoying heavy ...
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Panasonic WM-61a or other DIY solution for recording human voice?

Panasonic got out of the electret microphone capsule business several years ago. But certainly there are many vendors of similar commodity electret capsules out of the usual places. The Panasonic WM-...
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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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live sound engineering with many vocals

If there were only a few that were coming out with lead vocals i might keep those vocals to their own channels and then the others i might put together in subgroups. With a digital desk you could put ...
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Can I do something physically to keep my Blue Yeti from picking up AC noise?

This is the sort of problem that is best fixed at the source because AC noise has a very broad, uniform spectrum. Ideally you want that AC off while recording. If this is not possible, the next best ...
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How to make low-tech microphone sound effects?

Once upon a time I found and brought home some lengths of plastic tubing (intended for plumbing, I imagine). They were very long - up to 3 metres - with about a 1-inch diameter. When you sang directly ...
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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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Buzzing and Humming Sound while recording live Church Service..

A headphone output is not intended as a camcorder input. A DI box might work as an intermediary. However, before you go to that expense, it's worth checking out whether the hum disappears if you run ...
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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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Microphone that can stand a k70rgb brown keyboard

Just get a Noise Gate Software (Info : Noise Gate) and set the threshold to where the keyboard is not picked up, also try to take away the microphone from the table the keyboard is on to cause less ...
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