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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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AKG's Flat-wire Voice Coil

Spacious, accurate sound

It’s probably for the best that the earth is round and not flat, and flat broke is not something anyone would aspire to. But to get the best possible sound from headphones, AKG has determined that flat is the way to go, at least for voice coils.

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John "Sax" Williams relies on the WMS4500 wireless system

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John “Sax” Williams

Master of the woodwinds

There’s a lot of musical space between the United States Army band and Mary J. Blige, but woodwind specialist John “Sax” Williams fills it beautifully. A classically trained clarinet player, he also plays saxophone, oboe, flute and bassoon, and trusts his sound to AKG microphones, whether in the studio or on stage.

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