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Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by audiokid, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    A microphones pickup characteristic, notably strong sensitivity to material presented to the front of the microphone, while sensitivity falls off from sources arriving at an angle of 90° or greater away from the front, and good rejection from the rear. The name derives from a representation of the polar pattern, which loosely resembles a heart shape. Prone to exhibit pronounced proximity effect, where bass frequencies are accentuated the closer the source to the microphone.
    (See Hypercardioid)

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