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Postby jumeetha » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:57 am

What is a good microphone for picking up ambient noise? I want to produce NPR style radio interviews. I'm looking for a microphone that can produce quality sound during both interviewing and recording of ambient noises. Any suggestions on what I should look for in a microphone or microphone suggestions?
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Postby Geek » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:29 am

Hi,

An omnidirectional would do you fine for that.

What's the operating conditions and your budget? That can determine if a dynamic or electret is called for...

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Postby elbinster » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:25 pm

I don't have much practical experience with interview recording, but I know if the room acoustics have too much reverb, a simple omnidirectional mic will make it sound like you're having a conversation in the bathtub.

A cardioid pattern will still pick up some ambient sound, but you have to point it at the person talking. If you want to go all out, you can set up a microphone pair in a standard XY (or Blumlein if you have the cash for bi-directionals).

Tascam has a cheap hand-held recorder that can be set up in an XY pattern (http://tascam.com/product/dr-07mk2/), which will maintain the stereo imaging of the ambient sounds, making it easier to let them blend into the background. Again, you'll have to be pointing it at the person making noise though. Or you can get creative and set it up perpendicular to the interview having one person predominantly on the left, the other on the right.
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Postby Geek » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:03 am

elbinster wrote:I don't have much practical experience with interview recording, but I know if the room acoustics have too much reverb, a simple omnidirectional mic will make it sound like you're having a conversation in the bathtub.


True!

If you listen to shortwave, think of Radio Moscow or some Radio Australia setups... a little reverb actually helps intelligibility with fluctuating or weakish signals (if your interview is for broadcast).

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