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Measurement mics vs. Small condensor
Old 31st December 2002
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Measurement mics vs. Small condensor

How are measurement mics different from small diaghram condensor mics? How do measurement mics work on drum overheads?
Old 2nd January 2003
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Anyone a little help?
Old 3rd January 2003
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Measurement mics are spec'ed to measure reasonably flat in a wide bandwidth, and are omnidirectional to facilitate flat response at low frequencies. Most measurement mics have electret elements with about a 1/4" sized diaphragm. So measurement mics are a subset of small diaphragm condensors.

The appeal of measurement mics for instrument micing is that they are relatively neutral and uncolored and should give an accurate translation of what is going on in a room. I like this quality on acoustic instruments but find it intollerable on voice, where I prefer a more flattering mic. Also, if you don't like what the instrument is really sounding like, you're just going to make that sound very plain for anyone to hear.

The usual suspects are Earthworks (their instrument mics aren't sold as measurement mics, but they are of the same school, even the directional models, and they do also have specific measurement models), the Audix mic's Harvey likes, a couple of T.H.E. models, and the $35 Behringer ECM-8000 (a great buy if you can deal with a lot of self-noise). I imagine the Stapes mics have no particular asperations as measurement mics, but they derrive from the same basic ideas.

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