Baptistry or Baptismal Font
Figure 12: Baptismal Font
An enclosed baptistry offers special sound problems due to its acoustics, confined space, and the need to keep the microphone away from water. A miniature hanging microphone suspended above and forward of the baptistry is inconspicuous, out of reach and safe from excess humidity. While a cardioid pickup pattern should provide excellent results, an optional hypercardioid or MicroLineŽ element will offer greater working distance and reduced sensitivity to reverberation and other unwanted sounds. An alternate approach is to use a miniature gooseneck microphone, either wall-mounted just outside the baptistry or placed on a portable microphone stand in front. A miniature hanging microphone will also work well suspended above an open baptismal font (Fig. 12).
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