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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Microphone Placement

Based on our ideas of critical listening, we know how crucial microphone placement can be. Where a microphone is placed on an instrument is as critical a decision as which microphone the audio professional has chosen. Musical instruments do not always produce sound in the way one would expect, so it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various locations on various instruments. The most important criterion in choosing and placing a microphone is listening. If one microphone does not produce the desired sound, try another. If you are unsure of the best location to place a microphone, have the musician play while you circle the instrument, listening closely to select the best location. Odds are that ...

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