GRAMMY Award winners, casual listeners, and audiophiles alike demand a high-end listening experience. Technology drives changes in audio every day. Surround sound, active noise cancellation, and wireless communications are found in the studio and at live performances. When you choose a microphone, you accept the limitations of its design. Leading record producers are now selecting modern prepolarized condenser microphones that provide a repeatable and flat response far beyond the audible range. The PCB omnidirectional condenser microphones are clean with no color at all.
Why do many sound recordings fall short of replicating the acoustic experience of a live show? Perhaps the solution is to use test instruments, which accurately measure fast response at the high end (100 kHz+) and sound pressures at the low end (3 Hz), allowing you to enhance the listening experience. Having a signal which directly correlates to the sound wave allows you to set the stage, and nail the performance.
Engineers can now process live events with clean signals and appreciate that a microphone is at the front of the signal chain. Don’t let competitors sell you on the “character” of their recording device time domain imprint, which is not a part of the original acoustic sound. If you want to make it sound dirty, have at it. We’ll probably be in the crowd listening and enjoying the show.