Understanding Mic Specs, Part 3

Davida Rochman | March 8, 2012 Understanding Mic Specs, Part 3

We've educated our blog readers on the importance of Operating Principles and Frequency Response as part of our "Understanding Microphone Specifications" video series and now, in Part III, we review Polar Pattern.

A microphone's Polar Pattern defines how it responds to sounds coming from different directions. Understanding this specification will help you maximize pick up of desired sound sources, while minimizing feedback and background noise.

Watch as we demonstrate mics with the following polar patterns: omnidirectional, unidirectional, cardioid, supercardioid and bidirectional.


Check out the other videos in this series:

Davida Rochman

Davida Rochman

A Shure associate since 1979, Davida Rochman graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and never imagined that her first post-college job would result in a lifelong career that had her marketing microphones rather than speaking into them. Today, Davida is a Corporate Public Relations Manager, responsible for public relations activities, sponsorships, and donation programs that intersect with Shure at the corporate and industry level.