By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 6, 2009
The microphone is a very sensitive piece of equipment and can pick up just about everything!
What has your microphone picked up when you've listened back to your recordings?
Be sure to comment with what was making noise and how you were able to solve the problem!
Just How Much Does a Mic Pick Up?
Microphones are very sensitive. If you've ever been part of a recording session or edited your own work, you know what I mean!
The microphone is part of the audio signal chain. Whatever is fed into the mic makes it's way into the recording.
According to Bob Bergen, "The mic can hear your hair growing."
The Microphone Also Hears:
à¹ Mouth noises
à¹ Audible body movements
à¹ Jangling jewelery
à¹ Wind-up watches
à¹ Clothing ruffling
à¹ Touching the music stand
à¹ Rolling pencils
à¹ Pages being turned
à¹ Extraneous noises
à¹ Room tone
While we're at it, don't wear anything that might obstruct your access to the microphone or being picked up by the microphone. If you are wearing a baseball cap, turn it backwards so that the rim doesn't hit the microphone.
What Has Your Microphone Picked Up?
Has anything prevented you from getting a good take?
What steps do you take before recording to ensure that you won't have any additional noise?
I'd love to hear your stories and also learn more about how you were able to either solve the problem or compensate.
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