Microphone Polar Patterns – Video Examples to learn from

Microphone Polar Patterns – Video Examples to learn from

Microphone Polar Patterns – Video Examples to learn from

Omni directional Microphone Pickup pattern

Cardioid Microphone Pickup pattern

Super Cardioid Microphone Pickup pattern

Shotgun (Lobar) Microphone Pickup pattern

Summary of Polar Patterns

For more in depth reading, download this PDF from Neumann http://www.neumann.com/?lang=en&id=company_publications_mic_book

21 Comments

  1. Nick Flowers 9 years ago

    Guy, thank you for a very clear and instructive demonstration.

  2. justin 9 years ago

    Very good and imformative

  3. christopher 9 years ago

    That was the most helpful explanation about polar patterns I’ve ever seen. Thank you!

  4. Benito 9 years ago

    Hi

    I was wondering, which microphones have you been using for the test.

    thanks

    • Guy 9 years ago

      Those are the top of the line Sennheiser 8000 series along with the Sennheiser 416 shotgun. There are less expensive options out there. We’re just testing the pattern here so you can make an informed decision as to what pattern will work best for your application.

  5. Phillip Ulman 9 years ago

    Hi, Enjoyed your video. A very clear and straight forward explanation of microphone polar responses. Great teaching demo. Thank you

  6. Dhiraj S Chhetri 8 years ago

    Hi there!

    Excellent explanation/presentation on microphone’s polar pattern. Thank you!

  7. Srikant 8 years ago

    Of great help!!

  8. Jonathan Levin 8 years ago

    This “visual” demonstration really explained tons to a sound novice as I am. I now understand what it is I’m looking at on those heart shaped graphs. Most helpful. Thanks.

  9. Sil 8 years ago

    Thank you for making these movies.
    My students will love them!

    • guy 8 years ago

      You’re welcome 🙂 It’s great to hear a “thank you” and that your student will find the demonstrations to be useful – that is *exactly* why we produced these videos – to share knowledge.

  10. TM 8 years ago

    Thanks a lot for visualizing the different audio patterns, it makes it all much clearer to me now.

  11. Matt 8 years ago

    This is fantastic! Is it possible for you guys to do this with a PCC and PZM mic as well?

  12. Ryan 8 years ago

    Nice work! I have been in the av industry for 10 years and there has yet to be a more clear way of showing how these patterns work. I’m going to show this to everyone I know! Thank you.

  13. aims 8 years ago

    thank you for the great videos! they are really appreciated 🙂

  14. Kevin 8 years ago

    Much more meaningful than diagrams, thanks.
    Can I second what Matt said about PZM and boundary mikes. I would like to see them illustrated in similar fashion.

  15. Blair Carmichael 6 years ago

    If you watch Manhattan, one of the Woody Allen movies where a group sits around a table in a restaurant, the whole scene is recorded with an omni directional microphone fixed above the table. The microphone can be seen at the top of the frame and it appears to be a Schoeps. For what it was, the sound was great for those scenes.

  16. Vic 6 years ago

    Thanks for the video’s, they explain the various mike patterns in a very practical way.

  17. Myles Thompson 6 years ago

    Great demo.

    One thing to add: supercardioids (also known as hypercardiods) are often used for interior dialog.

    • Myles Thompson 6 years ago

      Actually just discovered that hypercardiods aren’t quite the same as supercardioids:

      Hyper-Cardioid
      The hyper-cardioid microphone has it’s angle of maximum rejection at 109.5o. It is optimised for the maximum directivity coefficient of 4.0.
      Rejection at 90o is -12dB
      Rejection at 180o is -6dB
      Super-Cardioid
      The super-cardioid microphone has it’s angle of maximum rejection at 125.3o.
      It is optimised for the maximum front to rear index and has a directivity coefficient of 3.73. Rejection at 90o is -8.7dB
      Rejection at 180o is -11.6dB
      Sennheiser Super-Cardioid
      The Sennheiser super-cardioid microphone has it’s angle of maximum rejection at 120o.
      It is optimised for equal attenuation at 90o and 180o, it has a directivity coefficient of 3.86. Rejection at 90o is -9.5dB
      Rejection at 180o is also -9.5dB

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