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Adjusting The Mic's Response Without EQ

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hargerst, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

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    Adjusting The Mic's Response Without EQ

    Most microphones are not flat, and the mic's frequency response will change, depending on where the sound is coming from. Maximum highs will usually come from playing straight into the mic. This is very true for cardioids, and even for most omnis.

    If it sounds like you have too much top end, don't reach for the board eq, just angle the mic slightly. A 15° or 30° angle can sometimes tame a peak nicely and it's more repeatable than board eq. Need more bass? Move in closer and take advantage of the mic's proximity effect. Too much bass? Try the bass roll-off switch.

    Why not just use the board eq to correct it? Two reasons:

    1. If it's a vocal track and you hafta change it later on (several days or weeks later), it's easier to match the previous sound if the board was set flat while recording.

    2. Most board eqs are too broad to trim just the offensive tones and you wind up cutting stuff you may need later.

    Get to know the characteristics of each mic in your locker. Sing or talk into the front of it, from an angle, from the side, even from behind. Listen to how the sound changes and file those mental notes somewhere near the front of your brain.

    Hmmm, what could I use this sound for? Hmmm, singing across the mic got rid of a lot of shrillness. Maybe it would get rid of the shrill sound I'm getting when I try to mic those JBLs in my Twin Reverb? Hmmm, what if I put the mic parallel to the speaker grill, instead of aiming it into the speaker? Hmmm.
     
  2. Earl Musick

    Earl Musick Guest

    Harvey, would you mind posting your acoustic guitar mic placement technique again.
    I'm sure alot of folks could use this information. I've used this technique before and it works great. Thanks Harvey.
     
  3. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

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    Yup, I'm gonna try and post a tip a day till I run out of ideas. That should be good for at least 3 days. Then I'll mkae up the rest as I go along. :p
     
  4. arneholm

    arneholm Guest

    Originally posted by hargerst:
    Yup, I'm gonna try and post a tip a day till I run out of ideas. That should be good for at least 3 days. Then I'll mkae up the rest as I go along. ;)
     

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