Tip #4:
Microphone Performance in the Direct Sound Field


The direct sound field is defined as sound reaching the microphone  directly from the sound source without having been reflected off walls, ceilings, floors or other reflective surfaces.

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In the direct sound field, the null of the pickup pattern can be directed at an unwanted sound source, thus substantially reducing feedback or sound leakage.

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Question: What is the best pickup pattern to use in conjunction with a floor monitor? Why?

Answer: Usually cardioid, because it’s easy to aim the rear null of the cardioid pattern at the monitor.