After reading this chapter, you should know . . .
- The role of frequency, amplitude, and pickup patterns as they relate to microphones.
- How microphones are constructed and where they should be positioned.
- Characteristics of digital outboard equipment, including servers, computer drives, MP3 devices, CD players, DARs, and DATs.
- Characteristics of analog recording equipment.
- The types of cables and connectors and their various uses.
- The role of a patch bay and router.
- How to care for cables and connectors.
- The types of audio consoles.
- Functions of typical audio consoles related to powering, inputting, shaping, mixing, isolating, outputting, and monitoring.
- Differences between mic and line feeds.
- The types of signal processing.
- The role of faders (including the master fader) and pots.
- Why audio boards have meters and the functions of VU meters and PPMs.
- How speakers are used to monitor.
- How pop filters, the proximity effect, presence, perspective, the inverse square law, phase, and balance relate to effective audio production.
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