Sound Pick-up

There are various ways of supporting microphones in a television studio. Some of the very important are set out below.

Boom

This is easily the most versatile method. With it, an experienced operator can position a microphone with great accuracy at any angle and at any position in a large area. However, booms are expensive and it can take months or even years for a boom operator really to learn the art. Furthermore a large space is needed for the benefits of a boom to be gained, so this often precludes their use in small studios.

Fishpole

This is a rudimentary but nevertheless useful form of boom. It consists of a length of light rod (stout bamboo is satisfactory) with the microphone fixed to one end. The rod is normally 2–3 metres ...

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