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What is the ideal type of mic to use for recording street musicians?

You've hit the typical "I want to do this solo" wall. Really, you want a good shotgun mic, with blimp & dead cat - on a boom, so it can be turned to point at you or them for the ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

The manual for this device states it provides stereo line out (>250mV) on a pair of RCA (phono) connectors. If the microphone signal is routed to the line out you can record that with no need for a ...
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Is it okay to connect Belden 8412 to condenser microphone?

Belden 8412 is two conductors in one shield. It will work quite well for phantom powered condenser microphones: Connect White to pin 2 and black to pin 3 and shield to pin 1 on XLR connectors on both ...
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Microphone polar plot measurement frequencies

When you can see various frequencies in the polar plot, it means the measurement have been made several times with pure sinusoids at the given frequencies. Notice that to measure frequency response of ...
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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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What is the ideal type of mic to use for recording street musicians?

I heart this question! It's very relatable. For the "least amount of friction and smiles with minimum fuss" path, do you have an iPhone? I ask because I wonder if you've considered a Shure ...
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USB microphone introduces buzzing after a few minutes of listening

Had the same problem for years, until I read this thread and decided to try some diagnostics testing before buying a new mic. Whaddya know? Problem basically solved. Mic AT2020 USB DAW: Reaper Same ...
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Why do microphones need padded storage cases?

Your Neumann may well have a grill and maybe also some foam against direct blowing to the capsule through that grill. When music gear is transported it's well possible that something is dropped ...
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Dayton Audio mic calibration file details

Ok, I ended up also asking their tech support and the answer is: The gains in the file represent the correction curve. That is: The values as given in the file, when applied to the input signal, ...
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Why do microphones need padded storage cases?

Microphones vary greatly for different tasks. The classic live mic, the Sure SM58, is extremely robust. Robust enough to be handled in live situations and even dropped, bumped and swung around by some ...
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Is Synco G1 (A1) mic input (TRS) stereo or balanced?

According to the user's manual, it's for the included lav mic; therefore it's a balanced, mono, mic input.
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Lavalier vs shotgun mic for beginner level interviews?

I was still undecided after reading the existing answers, so I did own research and my thoughts are below. Indeed, considering the specifics in this question, the best choice is likely a lavalier/...
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Who makes the quietest microphone?!

The AKG C414 XLS features 6 dB of self noise and reaches 20 KHz with a 0.2 dB attenuation when the rode is already at minus 4 dB. Source : https://app.audiotestkitchen.com/sessions/default/frequency-...
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Why my lav mic makes static when connected to PC, but not if connected to mixer?

Without any additional information, this sounds like a balanced v unbalanced issue. In very simple terms, a balanced connection uses 3 contacts in a way that helps to cancel out cable noise or other ...
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Why does my microphone sound tinny when I turn up my output on my Audio Interface?

Most likely, Garageband is letting you listen to the inputs. When you mix the direct signal from the mic with the one from your DAW, you're effectively getting your voice twice. However, it doesn't ...
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Microphone polar plot measurement frequencies

In addition to what @audionuma said, the frequencies you'd use will depend on the frequencies that you're interested/recording. If I'm mainly recording speech, and somehow need to correct for mic ...
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How to merge two audio outputs to one output

The function that achieves this is called an audio mixer. You need an audio mixer to take these two inputs and mix them down to a single output at the requisite level.
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Quiet place sound meter

I guess the questioner sees that a low cost electret mic may well have high enough sensitivity (millivolts per Pa) so that low level sound, say 30dB, should generate a measurable output voltage. He's ...
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Is there equipment capable of recording the entire audio spectrum (audible through ultrasonic)?

It's totally feasible. But... Microphones generally have a bias towards the audible range (20Hz-20kHz) simply because that's what we generally want them for, but the mechanism is capable of recording ...
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Detect which microphone is spoken into

The most common solution to this issue is to use a Dugan Auto-mixer. This is either a standalone piece of hardware or a software feature built into some of the more modern digital mixers, for instance ...
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Understanding microphone and recorder/preamplifier noise specifications

Assuming you know the meaning and usage of decibels well: That image + the accompanying text in the linked source tries to warn that high dynamic range (=the dB difference between the noise floor and ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

You are approaching this from the wrong direction. You are not going to be able to successfully reverse engineer this RF link. Could be any frequency, even 2.4GHz. Could be any modulation. You are not ...
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Purchase process for piano microphones

I do not recommend large diaphragm mics for piano as they do not have the required characteristics. Mics similar to Schoeps Collette will do nicely. The resonance you are seeking won't come from the ...
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How to record a multi-host podcast with a dedicated microphone on an iPad

Welcome to Sound Design. Your co-host will need to use headphones/earpods, etc to stop your voice interfering with their voice. You can use a TRRS splitter to combine the microphone and headphone ...
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Recording quiet sounds in a loud environment

No microphone can differentiate between different types of sound, only different frequencies. Human ears have a brain adapted to picking out one sound amongst others, but microphones cannot do this. ...
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Is there any difference between Gain and Volume for single input?

It all boils down to what is called gain structure. You would like to make all pieces of equipment in your signal's chain to peak at the same time. This means they will peak for the same input signal ...
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