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Audio Solutions Question of the Week: What Do I Need To Know About Microphones?

Question: What do I need to know about microphones? Answer: To the casual observer, it might seem like there’s little to consider when selecting and using a microphone. After all, mic operation is pretty straightforward, isn’t it? You talk or sing or play an instrument into the mic, the mic picks up the sound and transfers it to a speaker or recording device. What’s there to think about? Well, plenty, as anyone familiar with microphones can tell you. But you needn’t feel overwhelmed. Since starting this blog, we’ve answered a number of microphone-related questions for this very reason: to give you the information you need to confidently select the best microphone for your application and to get the most out of any microphone you may already have. Below is a list of many of the microphone questions we’ve addressed in the past. Whether you’re seeing these for the first time or going back for a review, we hope you find the posts helpful. As always, if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Audio Solutions Department for assistance. Audio-Technica Microphones

Microphone Questions

What are the differences between the microphones that Audio-Technica offers? What is microphone polar pattern? What do the symbols mean on my Audio-Technica Microphone? What is proximity effect? What do microphone specifications mean? What is a microphone’s frequency response and why is it important to know? What is a microphone’s sensitivity and why is it important to know? What is a microphone’s maximum input sound level, self-noise, signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range, and why are these measurements important? What is phantom power and why do I need it? What is bias voltage and when is it needed? What is computer bus power, plug-in power, and PoE?