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DIY Recording Tips: 3. Microphone Pick-up Patterns

Watch and listen carefully - actual microphone demonstrations included!

Microphones are designed for different purposes. One important characteristic is the pick-up pattern or polar pattern, which determines how it responds to sound coming from different directions. In this episode, Kraig explains and demonstrates microphone polar patterns to Chris Snyder using his Neumann U87 microphone, which has selectable patterns.

It is easy to find information on the latest recording equipment and software to spend your money on, but more difficult to learn what experts in the field have struggled to discover. In this blog series, musician/audio engineer/composer Kraig Greff gives tips on how to make better recordings of your music, even if you don't have money to spend.

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Video by Tonal Vision. Jacquie Greff, Producer/Videographer/Editor. Frank Tybush, Director/Videographer/Editor. Additional motion graphics by Daniela Sambataro. Music composed & recorded by Kraig Greff. Dan Hones on electric bass. Chris Everett on acoustic guitar.