Week Three

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Prompt

1) Partner up with someone who does not play the same instrument as you. Record your partner playing an acoustic musical instrument with two different mic models/placement/positioning simultaneously capturing their performance. Briefly explain the setup you chose and the reason your made these decisions.

2) The result should be two recordings, one from each microphone. Use the mute buttons on the individual Logic channels to play/listen to them individually several time. Practice switching between them while the audio is playing. How would you describe the differences between these two recordings? [minimum 100 words total]

Response

To record Margaret as she played her cello, I choose the Neumann and a Shure SM58. I chose these two microphones to observe the contrast between a studio quality microphone and a more common microphone. I placed the Neumann near the cello's F-hole in order to capture its resonance and low-end qualities. I placed the Shure microphone above the cello's strings, closer to its head, in order to capture the higher end qualities of the instrument as well as to record the overall room tone. I positioned both of these microphones facing toward the instrument in order to focus the recording on the direct audio produced by the instrument.

The Neumann condenser microphone produced a far clearer, far stronger audio output signal than the Shure dynamic microphone. Although the Neumann was closer to the F-hole of the cello- and therefore perceived a greater amount of low-end frequencies- it captured the high-end frequencies, overtones, and harmonics of the instrument with a supreme definition. The Shure dynamic microphone, however, produced a muddier output with greater emphasis on mid-range frequencies. Overall, the Neumann reproduced the audio with more realistic clarity and greater output signal than the Shure did.

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