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?
On Febuary 12, when Alan Blumlein receives the Grammy’s Technical Award, few in the audience will grasp the profound implications of his life and work. But Blumlein, a visionary engineer whose greatest work happened in the 1930s, changed and still affects modern stereo recording to this day.
Audio is often a step-child when it comes to both video production and live broadcasts. Even so, there are new solutions that improve both the audio quality and ease of installation. First solution is to install an IP for audio system to maximize both quality and flexibility. Second, consider the use of new technology parabolic microphones to capture higher-quality live audio.
Both topics are addressed in the articles described below. If you are involved in the production of audio at your facility, read on. Tips to better audio are just a few clicks away.
When purchasing a new studio condenser microphone, buyers are immediately faced with the choice of small and large diaphragm types. What are the sonic differences, and which type is best for a certain application?
For most people working in pro audio, phantom power is fed through a mic cable from a mixer to bring electricity to condenser microphones. That’s what they know — period. However, working pros in the audio field know there is much, much more to this “phantom” power flow. It pays to know the subject to avoid the “gotchas.”
Sennheiser has introduced a new stereo microphone for DSLR video cameras that breaks the mold of previous models, allowing stereo sound to be recorded that precisely follows the field of view of the camera’s lens.