Microphone theory links
These are some websites with useful general information on microphones
and recording techniques, which is a bit hard to find between all the
websites that sell them.
The 'g' links point to Google to find them in case the url changes.
- Michael Hartkopf's
- with an electronic booklet on
microphones [zipped text file], that explains how condenser,
electret, moving-coil, and ribbon microphones work, how directional
characteristics are obtained and how phantom powering works.
Also, a Microphone Expressions Lexicon with an alphabetic list of
- DPA Microphone university
DPA is a manufacturer that provides plenty of background
information, such as the Technology
Guide, and a dictionary
of buzz words. (g)
page for sport taping enthusiasts where you can read reviews on gear
used in field recording.
Information about mic types and stereo recording.
- DAT-heads microphone FAQ
- Frequently asked questions and answers. A bit old, and somewhat
aimed at recording live concerts.
- Powering microphones
Electronic connections and circuits for microphones (e.g. phantom
- Audio Technica Guide to Microphones
- From microphone manufacturer Audio Technica
- Shure educational material
- Literature, most of them as PDF files by manufacturer Shure
- Some microphone tips from a microphone
Stereo recording techniques
Read this if you want to record a live concert on e.g. a portable
- Articles on
coincident and spaced array techniques
- From the Sound on Sound magazine.
- Stereo microphone techniques
- Extensive discussion of stereo techniques with pros and
cons. Also on this site: Stereo recording procedures.
- Extensive list of stereo recording techniques.
stereo placement FAQ
One of the few sites that adds comments to the application of ORTF
and NOS stereo techniques.
- Optimum Stereo Signal recording with the Jecklin Disk
- The original (translated) paper on OSS recording (two
microphones with an absorbing plate inbetween them)
- Geoff Martin's
Intro to sound recording
- Big book (not yet finished) about recording techniques.
- DAT-heads postings
- The DAT-head mailing list features a few articles with hints on
how to record classical ensembles in stereo, from a more practical
point of view:
- Recording FAQ
- rec.audio.pro FAQ
- Microphone links
- Part is in Italian, so scroll down on the page