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Polar Patterns – Part 4: Figure 8

The Straight Story on Microphone Directionality

Welcome to the new installment of our microphone polar patterns series! In this article, we’ll examine a special pattern that goes by several names: figure 8, figure of eight, or bi-directional pattern.

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AKG by HARMAN Hits All the Right Notes for Passenger Tour

AKG microphones and wireless system help bring out subtleties in British singer’s soulful, intimate performances

AKG by HARMAN is the microphone brand of choice for British solo artist Passenger. The singer-songwriter best known for his chart-topping 2013 single “Let Her Go” is currently on tour in Australia in support of his newest album, Whispers II, which came out last year.

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HARMAN Pro Showcase

HARMAN Pro Showcase Winter 2016

Case studies from around the world

The Showcase" is an annual publication that takes you around the world in 100 pages to experience sophisticated technology projects in beautiful spaces. The installations span a variety of environments and applications including Corporate, Education, Government, Hospitality & Events, Worship spaces, Residences and more.

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Polar Patterns – Part 3: Supercardioid

The Straight Story on Microphone Directionality

Look up in the sky — It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … supercardioid. That’s right, this week we shed the glasses and duck into the telephone booth to examine just what goes on inside supercardioid mics. We’ll learn what makes supercardiod mics special and discuss how you can use them in the studio and on stage.

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Polar Patterns – Part 2: Cardioid

The Straight Story On Microphone Directionality

Cardioid microphones, such as the AKG P4 instrumental microphone or D5 C vocal microphone for live performances, have a heart-shaped sensitivity pattern – thus the name “cardioid”, from the Greek word “kardia” for “heart.”

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Microphone Polar Patterns – Part 1: Omnidirectional

The Straight Story On Microphone Directionality

There’s a lot in this world that confuses people. Algebra, insurance policies, Stephen Hawking’s theories, to name a few. In the music world, microphone polar patterns seem to cause a bit of head-scratching. Of course, polar patterns aren’t as confusing as, say, the nutritional information on a food label, but they confound plenty of people. So to clear the air, let’s take a look at the different polar patterns and the benefits of each.

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DJ Ravi Drums performs with AKG microphones

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DJ Ravi Drums

One-man wrecking crew

Ravi Jakkhotia alias DJ Ravi Drums is anything but subtle. “Explosive”, “in your face”, “one-man wrecking machine” – these are just some of the words used to describe the DJ/drummer, credited with having invented the process of live drum playing while remixing. Backing him up is a multitude of AKG microphones, arrayed to capture all the power and punch of his passionate performances.

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