Preface

    Have you ever had the experience of a using a very expensive sound system and the sound was still awful? Have you ever been at a concert and not been able to understand the singer? Or been at a football game and not able to understand the announcer? These are often examples of poor or improper use of the microphones--the source of all sound in modern sound systems. The microphone is the single most important piece of equipment in nearly every audio chain. You can have a very expensive sound system and if you do not understand how to use a microphone, the sound will be terrible. The quality of sound at the end (your ears) depends on the quality at the beginning. If you work with sound, it is essential that you have a thorough grasp of how microphones work, the different types of microphones and what they do. How a microphone sounds and behaves in a particular situation will significantly affect your success in achieving "good" sound. This publication is targeted at educating those of us who use microphones every day yet may not be technical whiz kids. While sound does involve physics, the basic understanding of microphones is not rocket science! We will bring new and informative light to the subject of mics, and also discuss and define issues that affect them and their surroundings. You will discover important information that will help you get the most from your microphones and improve the sound you work with. Our goal is to make your use of microphones, regardless of brand or type, easier, fun and more rewarding!

    "To make a dynamic that sounds as good as a condenser, with absolute correct phase coherence, high output, fabulous build quality and ruggedness at a ridiculously affordable price... well...now you're only talking about Bob Heil...period."
    Taylor Johson T.H.E. Microphone Company

    "I have known how great the new Heil dynamic mics perform for 2 years. Now it's time for the rest of the world to catch up."
    Joe Walsh

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