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Old 20th July 2012
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I have experienced this as well with soprano and other intense high pitched instruments (like trumpet). Hard to pinpoint the source, though an educated guess would be microphones and other audio gear are tested and designed with the idea that the highest level peaks are in the bass. Not all equipment is capable of withstanding such high db levels in the upper mids. High voltage at high frequency is a lot to ask, and not all circuits are quick to recover.

I have rode NT5's that will distort at the slightest hint of upper mid intensity, other mics I have used from Sennheiser, DPA, Schoeps, etc. (especially the MKH8040) don't have this problem.