Professional Sound - Indepth

Use Less Mics by Dan Durbin

“It is good to use as few mics as possible. For example, when doing background vocals with three singers being recorded to one track, the result with multi-miking is phase cancellation and cone filtering (a ‘moving’ frequency response). If the singers are good and can balance themselves, one microphone yields the most desirable sound. By utilizing a cardioid polar pattern you can attenuate louder vocalists by positioning them more off axis.”

Dan Durbin – engineer.

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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