Transients and XY OH??

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Transients and XY OH??

Post by Derrick » Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:46 pm

Sigh... guys, can you help a self taught gent understand these two terms?
What are:

*xy pattern overhead miking

*transients

Is there a good place to go to look up terms such as these? Thanks!
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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by lobstman » Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:57 pm

For stereo patterns (of which XY is one), try this:
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/eng_pub/index.html
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"Transients" is a fancy name for "bums" or "Phish fans".
Just kidding (sorta). Try here:
http://www.rane.com/digi-dic.html
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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by blunderfonics » Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:59 pm

On a very general level try this:
http://www.guitar9.com/glossary.html

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by NewYorkDave » Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:20 pm

lobstman wrote:Google is your friend, too.
You've noticed that, too--a lot of new users popping up here with questions that could be answered in ten seconds with a Google search?

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by Derrick » Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:37 pm

Thanks, the XY is along the lines of what I was thinking. As for Transients, this seems more complex. Would transients refer to, say, a kick drum signal or the "P" in p-words as someone is singing or speaking into a mike with no windscreen? Anotherwords, sound sorces that are quick but powerfull?

PS- Google wasn't my friend for this!
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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by Slider » Tue Dec 23, 2003 3:22 pm

i'm not very technical... but i think of transients as the initial attack of a sound. like the smack of a drum.

they also beg for change by the 7-11. hate the bastards.

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by NewYorkDave » Tue Dec 23, 2003 7:39 pm

In audio, "transient" refers to any signal of short duration. It's usually, although not always, used in reference to a short, high-amplitude signal.

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by I'm Painting Again » Tue Dec 23, 2003 8:02 pm

I think most people think of transients as the sharp origin of the attack portion of a sound..

on a wave it looks like this and you can see how different kinds of mics respond to transients

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by heylow » Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:00 pm

Yo Sky...

Cool stuff...where'd you get it? Very intereting.


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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by I'm Painting Again » Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:23 pm

someplace at homerecording.com

pretty neat to see how those kind of mics respond to transients..

but keep in mind everything in an audio chain is going to effect the transients as well..tape dulls them out too..

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by heylow » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:16 pm

SKY_AT_NO_NOON wrote:..tape dulls them out too..
Yeah....so does wine.



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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by I'm Painting Again » Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:09 am

yes true..but crack seems to make them crack..

just read this thing by harvey gerst about mic specks..seems like those things are pretty shady..i would link to it but i have it as a 103 page word file i downloaded a while ago and cant remember the link..

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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by Derrick » Wed Dec 24, 2003 7:36 am

Thanks to all! You've answered my questions and I feel that I fully understand. :D
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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by rhythm ranch » Wed Dec 24, 2003 7:41 am

SKY_AT_NO_NOON wrote:just read this thing by harvey gerst about mic specks..seems like those things are pretty shady..i would link to it but i have it as a 103 page word file i downloaded a while ago and cant remember the link..
Info from Harvey's mic thread
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Re: Transients and XY OH??

Post by I'm Painting Again » Wed Dec 24, 2003 8:42 am

thanks Mark!

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