Cross-posting from my personal blog.
Let’s start off with a disclaimer.
I am no expert in linguistics and semantics, nor would I consider myself truly conversant in the many critical models employed in film theory/criticism. Semiotics was something waved in front of my eyes a couple of times during undergrad (where I did not studio audio or film, by the way), then explored in much greater depth during a course in my graduate program. For this article, I’ll be falling back to some of the general concepts of Semiotics. They are the points that have truly stuck with me over the years, and they easily apply to many facets of media. They can help explain the significance of events in a narrative, the choice of words in dialog, or the functions of shot composition and sound design.
Javier Zumer has a cool post up on his blog about Using Shotgun Microphones Indoors.
I have been researching an idea that I have been hearing for a while:
It’s not a good idea to use a shotgun microphone indoor.
I want to check this question out and, eventually, make some tests. Here we go!
The main goal to these devices is to enhance the axis captation and to attenuate the sound coming form the sides. In other words, make the mic the more directional as possible in order to avoid unwanted noise and ambience.
To achieve this, the system cancels unwished side signals delaying them. So, the operating principle is based in phase cancellation. At first the system had a series of tubes with different sizes that allows the axis signals to arrive in the same time but forces the off-axis signals to arrive delayed. This idea, created by the prolific Harry Olson eventually evolved in the modern shotgun.
I have had the wonderful opportunity thanks to Michael to check out this library and I am super-excited about the possibilities. As always Rabbit Ears Audio libraries give us sound designers material that we otherwise would have no change to get to ourselves. Personally I will get a huge amount of use out of this library and I don’t have the resources available to me to record a jet.
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