Meeting Topic: The Physics of Microphones
Moderator Name: Dylan Torres, CRAS AES President/Chair
Speaker Name: Steve Savanyu, Audio-Technica
Meeting Location: Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences 1205 N. Fiesta Blvd Gilbert Az
The night started off with Audio-Technica's Director of Education Steve Savanyu looking back onto vintage microphones and their ability to hold their value due to the consistent ability to work with new equipment. Steve began the educational aspect with the basics like signal to noise ratio, acoustical feedback, and the nature of sound. Once the basics were refreshed, Steve went in to the different types of microphones like dynamic microphones, condenser microphones, and ribbon microphones. Each of the microphones physical designs were explained in great detail. Many different design features of the microphones were compared such as diaphragm size and polar patterns for different recording techniques. After the science of the microphones was discussed, Steve decided to move on to practical studio use for different microphones like the 3:1 choir rule. Another mixing technique mentioned was the acoustic guitars directionality of sound and how to capture different tones with mic placement. To get the best acoustic sound, it's preferred to use one mic to reduce phase issues, but two mics can increase the dimension of the sound. The night ended with a cello and bass mixing technique and finally the giveaway of two pairs of Audio-Technica headphones!?
Written By: CRAS AES Officeholder - Trevor T.