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Home Studio Essentials by Jeff Touzeau

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Chapter 2. Microphones

No matter what your goal is with your home studio, if you are reproducing sound, chances are you will need at least one microphone—or several microphones. At a very basic level, it is important to understand that microphones don’t create sound; rather, they capture it. Once a microphone captures sound, or acoustical energy, it converts it into electrical energy, which then carries musical information so it can be processed further and/or combined with other sounds and eventually stored on a recording medium, such as analog tape or a computer.

Sound sources can be acquired in a number of ways; they can be brought into a recording rig as preexisting files (AIFF, WAV, MP3, and so on), having been recorded by somebody else; they ...

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