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Does The Body Of A Microphone Affect The Sound?
Old 21st February 2020
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Does The Body Of A Microphone Affect The Sound?

I was just wondering if the actual body (apart from handling) of a Microphone affect the sound in anyway? Say if it were to take the Capsule/Head and take that away from the body would it function the same or would it affect the field it produces?
Old 21st February 2020
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Say if it were to take the Capsule/Head and take that away from the body would it function the same or would it affect the field it produces?
It would not be the same, as each mic will have a different grill and different circuitry inside the mic itself.
Old 22nd February 2020
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the body can change the sound in ribbon mics.

the DX-77 RCA has an adjustable setting control, that changes the internal body shape, relertive to the soundwaves coming in.

and various chinese ribbon mics have the same ribbon, but different bodies, and hence different sonic pickup.

hope that helps. Buddha
Old 22nd February 2020
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The body will obviously block some sound that hits the body before it can reach the capsule. The shape of the grille will affect the sound - sometimes quite a lot.

And don't forget the "body" of many cardioid mics has vents and a labyrinth in it to actually produce the cancellation of sounds coming from the rear. It's a big part of the design.


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Say if it were to take the Capsule/Head and take that away from the body
Well you do see a lot of mics with that "lollipop" design. Where the capsule is sort of sticking out by itself in 'mid-air'. But even those mics have some kind of protective grille and the effects of that are usually taken into account when they are tuning the mic. If you removed the grille, you might think you would capture "more sound", but what might happen is that now the mic is overly bright, because the capsule was designed from the get-go to be inside that grille.
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