Microphone Pickup – or Polar – Patterns

Different types of mics are categorized by the type of element used. The most common mics used in an audio recording situation are condensers, electret (condenser), ribbon, and dynamic. Differnt mics also have various pickup patterns (or polar patterns), which refers to breadth of a microphone’s area of concentration. In other words, it refers to how sensitive the microphone is to picking up a sound source relative to it’s central axis. Most mics have a fixed pattern, though many studio mics include a range of pickup pattern choices, typically by way of a switch on the mic.

Essential gear to get your home recording studio off the ground

For the recording enthusiast who has endeavored to outfit space in his/her home for the purpose of recording music, step two is amassing the studio gear for the task at hand. And yes, recording equipment and accessories are much more affordable than ever, but you’re still going to spend a chunk of money before you’re ready to hang a shingle and call your buddies over to record at your project studio.

Home Studio: Gear from Shure, Mackie, and PreSonus That Won’t Break the Bank

MackieMR5The dividing line between what used to be referred to as “home studio” vs. “professional” recording gear is barely discernable – and the performance and specs of nearly all of the contenders in the home recording marketplace are now near parity. As a result, the differences that distinguish one model from another are often the user interface, the quality of tech support, and whether or not there’s an established user base that can offer ideas and tips for how best to use any particular system. Read more.