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:

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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