Microphone Placement: A Room Ratio of Sound

Microphone placement can be one of the most important decisions that you have to make in any recording session. Microphone placement can be everything to the success of raw sounds that your able to capture. This weeks episode talks about microphone placement and how to place each element in a close/far position of a mix, at the very moment that your setting up the microphones.

microphone placement drumsIf you think about it, something only sounds loud if there is elements of the room sound also being heard. If something is soft, we can picture it being a very direct and dry sound.

This is not any different from someone wispering in your ear, verses yelling from accross the room. If someone yells, it’s most likely because they have to talk a greater distance, and it’s natural to hear the room the sound is reflecting in. If someone whispers, then they are close and intimate. So the question is, “Does it make sense to record certain ‘loud’ sounds at an inch away?”.


Hello, my name is Ryan Earnhardt. I am a personal mentor to audio engineers, and a debt free studio owner, Lumen Audio, located in the mountains around Asheville NC.

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