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ConcertinaChap



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Multiple polar patterns new
      #921695 - 21/06/11 03:27 PM
Hi,

The Gemini III mic is advertised as having 3 polar positions, omni, cardioid and fig-8 as usual, but as it passed briefly through my possession I noticed that it has a 9-way switch on the PSU, presumably allowing intermediate settings between the 3 main patterns.

Can someone tell me when you might use the intermediate settings?

TIA,

CC

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921697 - 21/06/11 03:30 PM
When you want something in between omni and cardioid or between cardioid and fig-8.

Sub-cardioids and Hypercardioids both have their uses too!

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921700 - 21/06/11 03:40 PM
Quote ConcertinaChap:

Can someone tell me when you might use the intermediate settings?




When you can't quite make your mind up?


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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #921702 - 21/06/11 04:13 PM
Um, yes, I was just wondering what those uses might be ...

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921706 - 21/06/11 04:20 PM
Fundamentally, it's about balancing the room ambience and off axis spill with the wanted direct sound for single mic applications, and stereo imaging and width in stereo array applications.

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921708 - 21/06/11 04:21 PM
If, say, the omni pattern sounded OK-ish, but was picking up a bit too much ambience, while the cardioid sounded kind of alright, but wasn't quite picking up enough ambience, then you might find that the subcardioid pattern was best.

Cheers!

Chris

Damn! Beaten to it.

Edited by Korff (21/06/11 04:22 PM)


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ConcertinaChap



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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921723 - 21/06/11 05:53 PM
Thanks both. When I get the replacement I'll have an experiment.

Cheers,

CC

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921725 - 21/06/11 06:17 PM
Lol, I have to post this story here. I was talking to my friend next door who uses some Chinese multi-pattern LDC for all his home recording and I asked him about how he'd found the different polar patterns. He looked blank and asked what I meant, so I showed him the knob on the PSU that pointed to different patterns and he said, oh yeah I just whack it up to full, you know from 0 to 8.


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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: mjfe2]
      #921726 - 21/06/11 06:31 PM


hugh

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #921756 - 21/06/11 09:50 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:






+1

CC

PS It's very reassuring to be able to understand the point of that story.

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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #921781 - 22/06/11 01:27 AM
I feel safe with my shotgun handy, haven't got rid of the rodentss though


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Re: Multiple polar patterns new [Re: Smellthevalve]
      #921791 - 22/06/11 07:38 AM
Que?

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Re: Multiple polar patterns [Re: ConcertinaChap]
      #922119 - 23/06/11 05:58 PM
Chef put Basil in the ratatouille . .

sadly I sold my nice valve mic so cant help you (exits)


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