A microphone changes acoustic energy into an electric current that can be altered and manipulated. Any device that converts one form of energy into another form of energy is called a transducer. Microphones are typically the first stop in the signal flow of our recording path. In this chapter, we will look at various types of microphones, explain briefly how they work, and help familiarize us with popular mics we will see in the studio.
At the Recording Connection, you’ll gain experience tracking audio in a professional studio; this is experience you will take with you to your home studio, so you can sound a cut above the rest. With your mentor’s years of expertise imparted on you, you can internalize the technical process of recording, and unleash this skill when creativity (or a paying gig) strikes.