Your Mic is a Unique Creature

Did You Know That: Your Mic is a Unique Creature? -asks Bill Gibson

Almost any microphone responds to all frequencies we can hear plus frequencies above and below what we can hear.

The human ear has a typical frequency response range of about 20Hz to 20kHz.

Some folks have high-frequency hearing loss so they might not hear sound waves all the way up to 20kHz, and some small children many be able to hear sounds well above 20kHz.

For a manufacturer to tell us that their Microphone has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz tells us absolutely nothing until they tell us how the mic responds throughout that frequency range.

A mic might respond very well to 500Hz, yet it might not respond very well at all to frequencies about about 10kHz.

If that were the case, the sound we captured with that mic would be severely colored.

-Bill Gibson

Bill Gibson, president of Northwest Music and Recording has spent the last 25 years writing, recording, producing and teaching music. Bill is a best-selling author and has written over 30 books on audio recording. His recently released 6-volume set, The Hal Leonard Recording Method is already receiving high praise for its user-friendly approach.

You can check out Bill’s books here.