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Chapter 2. Capturing High-Quality Audio > Questions Before Buying

Questions Before Buying

This leads us to the three questions you need to ask before buying a microphone. Note that you have to ask the same questions whether the microphone is wired or wireless, since the same issues arise with each.

1. What is the Pickup Pattern?

The pickup pattern, or directionality, of the microphone defines which sounds the microphone picks up and which ones it ignores. At one extreme are the “omnidirectional” microphones built into your camcorder that pick up sound equally from all sides of the camcorder. At the other extreme are “unidirectional” microphones that pick up sound from a single direction, and shut out all other noises.


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