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Figure 8 pattern

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by saxtim, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. saxtim

    saxtim Guest


    I understand the uses for cardoid and omni patterns on a mic, but what can figure 8 be used for? Is there a standard set of applications? Reason I ask is I'm looking at getting a mic soon and I'm wondering if I need figure 8 or not.


  2. sign

    sign Guest

    A figure of eight pattern is almost deaf on the side, which can help when recording an acoustic guitar and a singer at once. If you aim the side of the guitar mic at the singer's nose, you'll get very little bleed of the vocals in the guitar mic.

    The fig 8 is a must have when you want to record with an MS stereo placement.

    You can find all about MS and other stereo placements at the DPA site (dpamicrophones.com), or do a search on the forums.
  3. AudioKing

    AudioKing Guest

    Figure 8 is also great when you're recording background vocals - you can have multiple vocalists on either side of the mic.
  4. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    Mar 20, 2003
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    Read up on M-S micing. I found it very useful for recording acoustic rhythm guitar.
  5. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    Figure 8 is also nice if you want a little more room sound than you'd get with a cardioid, but not as much as you'd get with an omni. You can easily adjust the amount of instrument/voice sound versus room sound by rotating the microphone just a little. Because of its great rejection characteristics, you can actually remove the instrument almost completely to get an extremely "roomy" sound if so desired.

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