Sound Recording Techniques – Mic Techniques.

In my sound recording techniques lecture i learnt about microphone techniques. The four microphone techniques i learnt about were:
AB, XY, NOS, MS.

Each microphone technique creates a different overall sound when recording. To compare and contrast the differences, and to hear and identify them for myself, i have recorded the same pitched instrument playing the same melody using each technique. The instrument i chose was the piano. I chose this instrument because it has a large range therefore giving me a good understanding of how each technique records both low, middle and high pitches.

AB technique – spacing, omni directional. Stereo impression.

XY technique – 90 degree angle, coinsident.

NOS – spaced 30cm apart, 90 degree, cardiod

MS – mid side, one figure of 8 and one cardiod – pointing, coinsident technique.

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