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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 7. Microphone Techniques

There are probably as many approaches to microphone selection and placement as there are producers of audio. This chapter covers basic, time-tested techniques as they apply to miking the speaking voice in various broadcast and production settings and miking for music recording. They are intended only as guidelines; there is no intention of suggesting that they are the best or only approaches.

Phase and Polarity

Before moving on it is necessary to say a word about phase and polarity. In acoustics phase is the time relationship between two or more sound waves at a given point in their cycles (see Chapter 1). In electricity polarity is the relative position of two signal leads—high (+) and low (–)—in the same circuit. ...

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