How to Test a Microphone:
I’ve seen it many times and still cringe when I see people tapping or blowing into microphones to check to see if they are working. Hitting something is not the best way to see if it works, and blowing into a microphone produces pressure levels that could damage the delicate membrane in a microphone capsule.
The best way to test a microphone is simply to talk into it. That is why you will often hear sound engineers saying ‘One two, one two’. They are not practising something most of us mastered in childhood; they are speaking into the microphone to test to see if it works. Actually, when we say ‘one’, we naturally produce a low vocal frequency, and when we produce the ‘t’ sound in ‘two’, we are producing a high vocal frequency. By saying ‘One two, one two’ we are therefore also checking if the microphone and sound system are responding as they should to different audio frequencies.
Incidentally, when you hear someone testing a microphone saying ‘One two, one two’, listen carefully for the budding comedian nearby who says ‘Three four, three four’. There’s always one!
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May 29, 2017. New this month is a selection of six Royalty Free Radio Jingles.
April 30, 2017. After a half-year break from adding new material to this site, I've added an article / review on Headphone Holders.
Sept. 29, 2016. In the final part of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I show the finished product, and provide further information on cost, construction time and more.
Aug. 30, 2016. In Part 4 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I talk about stainng and varnishing.
July 12, 2016. This month, in Part 3 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I detail the construction process.
June 16, 2016. This month, in Part 2 of how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk, I look at the preparation needed..
May 30, 2016. This month sees the start of a series on how to design and build a DIY Music Production Desk. Part 1 this month looks at the design process.
April 29, 2016. This month I have added a short article on Trumpet Psychology to the Musicians' Corner - an essential read for aspiring professionals.
March 29, 2016. This month the Selected CD Reviews section has been updated with four additional audio files.
Feb. 24, 2016. A new photo has been added to the Gallery of a Valentine's Day concert I played at this month, accompanying various artists.
Jan. 14, 2016. New in the Reviews section this month is a look at PMC's TB2 Nearfield Monitors.
A relaxing Smooth Jazz CD. Listen to extracts of all 12 tracks now.
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