Since the earliest days of television, sound has played second fiddle to video. Only at the highest level of television production has audio been treated with great care. With local production, viewers are still lucky to get basic stereo audio.
Proximity effect is an acoustic phenomenon that allows recordists to get an increase in low-frequency response by moving the sound closer to a microphone. It can be a powerful creative tool for naturally enhancing bass when used properly, and a negative when used the wrong way.
Picking the right microphone for live performance - not just for vocals but instruments as well - is a key part of a sound engineer’s job. The reasons for selection are often a mic’s technical performance and specification combined with the personal preference of both the front-of-house mixer
Classical music has long been a catch-all term for the works of great composers and orchestral music in general. But it now encompasses modern, often minimalist and more experimental compositions. Both rely on microphones for recording and live concerts, illustrated by traditional lyric tenor Nicholas Phan and the more left-field
At this year’s IBC, Sennheiser and Neumann will present audio solutions for all levels of media production, ranging from computer-based audio made in home studios to high-end mixing on consoles in a professional studio.