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Your Mic Is A Unique Creature

By October 7, 2016Miking, Music, Recording, Sound

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Did You Know That: Your Mic is a Unique Creature? 

Almost any microphone responds to all frequencies we can hear plus frequencies above and below what we can hear. The human ear has a typical frequency response range of about 20Hz to 20kHz. Some folks have high-frequency hearing loss so they might not hear sound waves all the way up to 20kHz, and some small children many be able to hear sounds well above 20kHz. For a manufacturer to tell us that their Microphone has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz tells us absolutely nothing until they tell us how the mic responds throughout that frequency range.

A mic might respond very well to 500Hz, yet it might not respond very well at all to frequencies above about 10kHz. If that were the case, the sound we captured with that mic would be severely colored.

—This post was previously published at Voice Council Magazine.

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