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Automatic Microphone Mixers: When You Need Them

Typical Applications: Houses of Worship Teleconferencing Videoconferencing Panel Discussions Boardrooms Distance Learning Hotel Sound Courtrooms Microphone mixers, also known as voice-activated or sound-activated microphone mixers, have one fundamental function: to attenuate (or reduce in level) any microphone that is not being addressed, and conversely, to rapidly activate any microphone that is addressed by a talker. […]

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Five Techniques for Stereo Miking Drums

By Matt McGlynn A single pair of multipattern condenser microphones can provide at least five distinct overhead drum miking choices with surprisingly different sonic characteristics. To demonstrate these different sounds, we recorded a drum kit with a pair of KSM44A overhead microphones five different ways. The drums, the room, the preamps, cables, and composition remained […]

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How to Avoid Comb Filtering with Podium Mics

Here are some helpful hints from Shure Associate and audio pro John Born. Beware of comb filtering Comb filtering occurs when two or more open microphones pick up the same sound source and then are mixed together. Because sound enters the microphones at slightly different times, cancellation of frequencies occurs when those two signals are […]