April 17, 2016 at 1:56AM

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Cardioid / Supercardioid / Hypercardioid Explained

I always struggled with the types of mics -- never understood and hence could never remember which one is which.

Here is a nice short read that explains how cardioid patterns came to be, the difference, and the application between them:

http://ehomerecordingstudio.com/microphone-polar-patterns/

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It's important to remember that not all mic brands or models perform the same way, so that you might choose a high performance cardioid mic over a lower performing hyper-cardioid mic to obtain higher quality recorded audio.

The biggest mistake I see with beginners is using a low cost shotgun mic indoors, where a low cost cardioid mic would perform much better.

April 17, 2016 at 10:39PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Guy, I second your comment. I have a Sennheiser ME62 that I use most of the time. Most scenes sound better by not having a node pointing directly towards the ceiling. Plus, I can always swap out to the super-cardioid capsule if I need a tighter pattern.

April 18, 2016 at 11:30AM

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Mike Racine
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