mics with the frequency response of one's ears?

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mics with the frequency response of one's ears?

Post by JustinHedrick » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:30 pm

are there any mics that are currently being made that have a frequency response about the same as the human ear?
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Post by Gentleman Jim » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:33 pm

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Post by vvv » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:33 pm

Gentleman Jim wrote:go to enough Motorhead shows and you can accomplish that with an SM57!

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Post by wren » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:04 pm

Am I the only one who can't help but think that a mic like that would sound...well...bad? Early in my sound-design-for-theatre career, I recorded some voiceovers in the same black box theatre that the play was later performed in. BAD IDEA! Any minor tonal weirdness things that I hadn't noticed when I was editing the v/o's became a much bigger deal when they were played back in the same room they'd been recorded in. All of the room's insignificant sound anomalies increased exponentially because they were present both in the room and on playback through the speakers. And all 76 of the narrator's lines were v/o's. :( It sounded like shit, nobody was happy, and I felt like an idiot.

Anyway...I would assume that a mic with the same frequency response as human ears would be the same way: you'd be hearing twice as much of that frequency response, and it would sound really bad, or at least really unfamiliar, as a result. Thoughts?
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Post by dsw » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:36 pm

who's ears? mine? a babies? they are all different.

probably wouldn't sound good at all.

perfectly flat measurement mics aren't used a lot for the same reason.

perfectly flat doesn't sound that great, usually.

there is a violet mic with an ear shaped diaphragm. its real spendy.

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Post by Phiz » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:45 pm

wren wrote:I would assume that a mic with the same frequency response as human ears would be the same way: you'd be hearing twice as much of that frequency response
This was also my first thought. In generally I don't think this is a desired attribute.

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