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Let's talk about mic placement
As the proud owner of www.MicrophoneRepair.com , I receive many calls and Emails from all overthe world and I am very grateful for the people who contact me. I feel veryhonored that people want and trust my opinion.
But If I step back a little bit itseems to go away. Do you think I might be overdriving it or if the capsulemay need to be replaced"?
Well, I am very fortunate to have a lot of experience as anaudio engineer and studio technician as well as repairing microphones. I can tell you that a common problem that I have seen over andover again is that the analog mic-pre is turned up too high and the output ofthe pre is down too low.
I usually suggest tostart by turn the mic-pre input as close to all the way down as possible andthen turn up the output of the mic-pre as close to all the way up as possible.I try to get the microphone and mic-pre sounding great before I insert anyoutboard gear or plug- ins. after I do all this is when I patch in some toys ifneeded. like, I will come out of mic-pre into a limiter out of the limiter intoan EQ device and then back into the line input of the console. I personallylike to use this concept in most gain structure applications including when Iam working with an analog console and not in the box. I usually turn all of the line inputs all theway down and the stereo buss all of the way up and I adjust my gain to thestereo buss by the output faders on each track. Doing things this way gives youmuch better signal to noise ratio as well as cleaner sounding mixes.
Now, let's talk a little about microphone placement when doingvocals.
Most large diaphragm condenser microphones are a lot moredurable then one might think. Most capsules will take a lot of SPL as long asthe placement is good. Where we get in troubleis when we hit the microphone amplifier too hard, so don't be shy and make useof the microphone pads that are in most high end microphones if needed.
Also always use a nylon or foam type pop filter. One trickI have learned is to take a metal type of filter like a Stedman and then put a pair of nylon stockings around it and cut to size.
If you place a pop filter about 6 to 8 inches back from themicrophone it forces the talent to back up from the front of the microphoneabout 10 inches.
This application of mic placement will keep your microphonecapsule a lot cleaner and keep it from getting moisture sensitive.
I wrote an article about this for Studio Auditions a while backthat can be found at: http://www.studioauditions.com/proaudioarticledetail.php?WritingID=1554
I hope that some of you find this article helpful.
Happy recording and feel free to contact me through my web siteif you have any questions that you think I may be able to answer for you.I always enjoy hearing from all of you.
Be good to each other
David O. Brownwww.MicrophoneRepair.com