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Do I need a windshield on my mic?

The diaphram of the microphone is an extremely sensitive piece of electro-mechanical equipment, which should be protected from any harsh environments. Generally if you are working in an indoor or studio environment a windshield will not be necessary.

If you are working outdoors then it is always advised to have a windshield handy to reduce any chance of wind effecting the capsule, causing unwanted noise on the recording. In extreme cases, it is possible damage to the capsule so in prolonged exposure to wind a Blimp should be considered to help reduce this risk.

We have a large range of windshield and Blimp accessories to cover our entire product range of microphones.

Is there one microphone that will work for everything?

The short answer is no, that’s why we make different types of microphones!

With that said, providing you pick a microphone that doesn’t have an obvious tonal character, you can usually match its characteristics to a recording to a useful degree by how you position it. For example, cardioid mics all exhibit a bass boost when used close up due to something called “the proximity effect”, so if your mic sounds too bright (lacking bass) with a particular recording, try getting it closer to the source as this will warm up the sound.

Cardioid mics also have their best high end response on axis so you can reduce the amount of high end by twisting the mic around slightly so that the signal is directed slightly into the side of the mic rather than directly into the front. Placing a thin, vertical physical obstruction right in front of the mic, such as a plastic pen, also tames the high end slightly and can even help reduce sibilance.

When you need to achieve a brighter effect, you can use a broad EQ boost at 10 to 12kHz to add what engineers call ‘gloss’ or ‘sheen’ to the sound, but be careful with EQ, if you add too much it will sound harsh or shrill.

The real answer is that different microphones have different tonal characteristics, so the best way to achieve the perfect sound is to try out the recording with a range of different microphones and then pick the one that suits best. If you are running a home studio to produce your own music, then you can pick whatever mic works best for you, but in a professional facility, it helps to have a range of different microphones available.

How should I store my microphone when not in use?

When not in use, it is recommended that the microphone be stored in a cool, dry environment. It is best to keep the microphone in a plastic bag with some moisture absorbing crystals near the capsule. This will ensure any moisture that may be present around the mic, and especially the capsule, gets absorbed.

Regular checking on the microphone and the crystals is a good idea. If the crystals have changed colour this indicates they are saturated and can no longer absorb moisture from the air effectively. At this point they should be changed or dried out.

Correct storage of the microphone will ensure it will last a lifetime.

How do I connect the receiver to my smartphone?

The receiver will connect to a smartphones 3.5mm TRRS input with an SC7 cable. This also applies to tablets. Additional adaptors may be needed in newer smartphone models to allow a 3.5mm input.

My microphone is noisier than I would expect it to be, what should I do?

First try a different microphone cable, a different device(camera or phone) to first determine whether the fault is due to a component other than the microphone. If the problem persists then we suggest talking to the dealer that you purchased the microphone from before contacting your nearest distributor for assistance.

If you still experience the issue with your microphone, please do not hesitate to contact our technical support team.

Can I order a custom mic cable?

Yes, we can provide custom cables with different plugs and different lengths.

Why do I need a pop shield?

Sound is the result of air vibrating and a microphone converts these airborne vibrations into an electrical signal. When you sing a “B”, “P” or “M” sound, you not only vibrate the air but you also expel a gust of breath which, if you’re working close to the microphone, causes a burst of air into the diaphragm producing a very loud, low frequency thump or high frequency pop.

Placing a fine mesh between the mouth and mic lets the normal air vibrations pass relatively unaffected but breaks up the blasts of air before they reach the diaphragm. Originally engineers made their own pop filters by stretching fine nylon stocking material over a wire hoop. Today, our products are refined and have mounting brackets to lock the pop shield to the stand or shock mount.

Do I need a windshield on my mic?

The diaphragm of the microphone is an extremely sensitive piece of electro-mechanical equipment, which should be protected from any harsh environments. Generally if you are working in an indoor or studio environment a windshield will not be necessary.

If you are working outdoors then it is always advised to have a windshield handy to reduce any chance of wind effecting the capsule, causing unwanted noise on the recording. In extreme cases, it is possible damage to the capsule so in prolonged exposure to wind a Blimp should be considered to help reduce this risk.

We have a large range of windshield and Blimp accessories to cover our entire product range of microphones.

Will specialist acoustic screens that go behind the microphone improve the vocal sound?

Screens that fit behind the microphone can help reduce the strength of sound reflections reaching the rear and side of the microphone. They may also reduce the amount of the singer’s voice reaching the walls, which in turn reduces the strength of the reflections. In our experience, they are most effective when used in conjunction with sound absorbers placed behind the singer rather than on their own.

How should I store my microphone when not in use?

When not in use, it is recommended that the microphone be stored in a cool, dry environment. It is best to keep the microphone in a plastic bag with some moisture absorbing crystals near the capsule. This will ensure any moisture that may be present around the mic, and especially the capsule, gets absorbed.

Regular checking on the microphone and the crystals is a good idea. If the crystals have changed colour this indicates they are saturated and can no longer absorb moisture from the air effectively. At this point they should be changed or dried out.

Correct storage of the microphone will ensure it will last a lifetime.

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