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Understanding Mic Specs, Part 3

We’ve educated our blog readers on the importance of Operating Principles and Frequency Response as part of our “Understanding Microphone Specifications” video series and now, in Part III, we review Polar Pattern.

A microphone’s Polar Pattern defines how it responds to sounds coming from different directions. Understanding this specification will help you maximize pick up of desired sound sources, while minimizing feedback and background noise.

Watch as we demonstrate mics with the following polar patterns: omnidirectional, unidirectional, cardioid, supercardioid and bidirectional.

Check out the other videos in this series:


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