Horn-Hat Mics for Sound Reinforcement

Tien-Tsung Ma


Sound reinforcement often requires expensive microphones such as PZMs, shotguns, or wirelesses. Whenever a production’s sound budget does not allow for the purchase or rental of such equipment, the use of a shop-built “horn-hat” microphone can solve the financial problem and will provide satisfactory results.

Horn-hat mics like that shown in Figure 1 are made by bolting a speaker horn and a microphone together. Speaker horns, which are designed to diffuse sound waves evenly, work just as effectively as sound-wave collectors. Thus, the addition of a speaker horn “hat” to a microphone allows the mic to pick up sounds that originate within a broad area, the size of which is dependent on the ...

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