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Modern Recording Techniques, 6th Edition by Robert E. Runstein, David Miles Huber

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CHAPTER 4

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Microphones: Design and Application

The Microphone: An Introduction

A microphone (which also goes by the name of mic) is often the first device in a recording chain. Essentially, a mic is a transducer that changes one form of energy (sound waves) into another corresponding form of energy (electrical signals). The quality of its pickup will often depend upon external variables (such as placement, distance, instrument, and the acoustic environment), as well as upon design variables (such as the microphone’s operating type, design characteristics, and quality). These interrelated elements tend to work together to affect its overall sound ...

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