Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Video Tutorial: Microphone Polar Patterns and You

Has anyone ever told you that you don't need to worry about polar patterns for spoken word recordings?
If so, they were wrong. Now let's take a look at why they were wrong...

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  1. Hey, thank you!
    All I have is a cardioid mic, but I will keep this in mind for the future.

  2. Hi Juan! Nice piece as usual. Everything you said was technically correct and well demonstrated. I just want to remind your viewers/listeners that talent rarely get the final say in what the end product will or should sound like. Therefore these techniques should usually only be employed by the talent on auditions or when directed to do so by the producer/engineer doing the final mix. Many of the things that can be done by changing a mic's polar pattern can be duplicated in post. VO folks should generally be more concerned about consistency from one session to the next. It is easy to forget that a change to the mic's polar pattern was made (and not returned to previous settings) when in a hurry. When trying to match previously recorded material (with different settings) quickly, this can lead to frustration.

    Keep up the great work!


  3. Nice work, JC! I loved the demo and hearing each pattern in action. This is an excellent tutorial. Thanks!

  4. thnks sir .really this is nice tutorial i just loved it.
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