Microphone Mysteries Revealed – The benefits of various polar patterns

Posted: May 18, 2010 in Audio Gear, Music
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Variable polar patterns can actually be good for several things. Before we go into them, we should probably briefly discuss what the main polar patterns are. The three “main” polar patterns are cardioid (or unidirectional), figure-eight (or bidirectional), and omnidirectional.

You can find far more detailed definitions in past Microphone World features, however, in a nutshell a cardioid microphone picks up sound from the “front” only.

A figure-eight microphone picks up sound from the front and rear of the microphone. An omnidirectional microphone picks up sound from all around. [read]

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