Microphones are the most critical element in the recording chain. Every sound not synthesized purely electronically must be transduced through a microphone in order to be recorded. There is a bewildering array of available microphones, and each may be optimally suited to a slightly different application. One of the most important areas of knowledge for a recording engineer is the proper application of microphones: selection and placement both require a solid understanding of how microphones work to obtain the best possible results. This knowledge is ultimately achieved through ...