Shure Tech Tip: Gain Changes Based on Mic Placement & Number of Open Mics

Below is a mic placement formula from Shure Applications Engineering:

 

Distance Old

20 X log (   ————    )

Distance New

 

Example: How much will the gain of the sound system increase if mic is moved from 12 inches from talker to 3 inches from talker?

12/3 = 4

log 4 = 0.6

0.6 x 20 = 12 dB of gain increase

 

Below is a number of open mics formula from Shure Applications Engineering:

 

NumberOpenMicsOld

10 X log ( ————————- )

NumberOpenMicsNew

 

Example: How much will the gain of the sound system decrease if the number of open mics goes from 4 to 9?

4/9 = 0.44

log 0.44 = – 0.35

-0.35 x 10 = -3.5 dB of gain change

Davida Rochman

A Shure associate since 1979, Davida Rochman graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and never imagined that her first post-college job would result in a life-long career that had her marketing microphones rather than speaking into them. Today, Davida is a Communications Manager, lending her skills to a wide spectrum of activities – from public relations and social media to content development and sponsorships.

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