When recording live audio with a dynamic microphone, a good recordist may want to know what is the maximum sound pressure level that mic can handle without distorting. As with many such seemingly basic questions in audio, the answer is not so simple.
Gavin Kelly, a well-known “ghost hunter,” seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal by recoding strange sounds with his TASCAM DR-series field recorder for Amazon Prime’s new television series “Paranormal Journey: Into the Unknown.” Kelly, who serves as the host and lead investigator for the series and partner/cohost Paula Purcell, are known as the “Phantasmic Ghost Hunters.”
One of the most popular microphone specs is frequency response. However, is the frequency response spec really an accurate description of a microphone’s sound characteristics?
Self-noise in a microphone is important if the recordist is seeking to come as close as possible to making a clean, noise-free recording. But how does one read self-noise specs and what numbers are good and bad when making a decision on which microphone to use?
Last year, Rode purchased the SoundField Microphone system, a high-end Ambisonic surround sound microphone used extensively by sports broadcasters. Now, the company is expanding SoundField technology to the lower end of the market with the new VideoMic SoundField on-camera microphones.
When using different microphones, some models require less gain than others. In layman’s terms, that means some mics are “hot” or especially “loud” while others are not. In technical terms, this is “sensitivity.” But what does it mean and why does it matter to the sound recordist?