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Specialist Polar Patterns: Hypercardioid and Subcardioid

Mic directionality can be classified in three distinct types: omnidirectional, unidirectional, and bi-directional. Within these categories, there are a number of different directional patterns known as polar-patterns; the most commonly known types are cardioid and supercardioid. For a large number of common applications, these will get you pretty far – but what if your requirements are a little more specific?
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Quick Change Artist: It’s a Hypercardioid! It’s a Subcardioid! It’s a KSM9HS!

Shure Notes Editors/Contributor: Soren Pedersen Back in 2005, Shure introduced the KSM9 vocal condenser microphone.  What made this microphone unique was its flip-of-a-switch ability to change from cardioid to supercardioid. Originally, a component in Shure’s premium UR24S/KSM9 wireless system, the mic found an enthusiastic audience that warranted its standalone status. Live sound guys loved it.  […]
Studio

Everything You Need to Know About Foley Recording

Never heard of “Foley” before? Actually, you almost certainly have experienced these everyday sound effects for film and TV. Shure visited Chicago sound designer Bryen Hensley to learn more about a type of recording that is both art and science.
Systems

Tips for Avoiding Feedback in Meeting Room Audio Systems

Feedback is an annoying and potentially damaging squealing or humming sound that can be extremely distracting during a meeting. Every audio system has a maximum amount of gain or volume that can be applied before feedback is introduced. Stuart Stephens explains why feedback occurs and how it can be eliminated.
Microphones

Eight Ways to Mic an Accordion

With a growing legion of accordion players appearing with mainstream acts like Arcade Fire, The E Street Band, and Mumford & Sons, we offer instruction and sound samples for eight accordion miking techniques.