DPA have some fantastic information about microphones and audio on their website, and they recently posted up a comprehensive article discussing speech intelligibility and some of the important aspects of the timbre of the voice and microphone placement. Read the full article at: https://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/facts-about-speech-intelligibility
It is obvious (to sound engineers at least) what the effect of cupping a handheld microphone does to the polar response of directional microphones in live performances, which is popular in a lot of the metal genres, but DPA have gone and published an article about the effects on frequency response too, including a resonant … Read more Proper Hand Placement on a Vocal Mic
The Guardian recently produced a fantastic short podcast series discussing the issues of noise in the ocean and the effects of anthropogenic noise on the wildlife in the ocean. The series is presented by Chris Watson and you can listen in at: Episode 1: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-one-science-weekly-podcastEpisode 2: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-two-science-weekly-podcastEpisode 3: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-three-science-weekly-podcast
I have been making some field recordings using hydrophones (underwater microphones) for a number of years now, mostly for general field recording, but also for Foley for some TV and film projects. I’ve had the opportunity to test out a couple of affordable options over the past couple of years. In no way do I … Read more Some things I have learnt about Hydrophones
The New Yorker has put together a neat short video discussing some of the health issues for humans and animals from noise pollution. You can check out the video at the link below: Watch this video on The Scene.
CBC Radio from Canada released a nice radio interview with Hildegard Westerkamp last year which has some good insights into her philosophy. Westerkamp is an influential sound artist and acoustic ecologist, who is mainly known for her soundscape compositions. The piece touches on the importance of listening and being in the moment (much like mindfulness), … Read more Hildegard Westerkamp on the radio
The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website has some great information and resources about underwater sound, particularly with regards to sound in the ocean and its effects on sea creatures. Included on their site is a really clear simple explanation of the SOFAR channel which you can check out at: Sound Travel in the … Read more SOFAR Channel Explanation
Spacing Out with the Everyday Astronaut have made a cool episode that touches on how loud rockets are and NASA’s Sound Suppression System. Check out the video below:
There have been a number of studies looking into the effect of noise on animals. Noise, of course can have huge effect on the well-being of any animal, including humans. There is a report by J. Brou?ek (NAFC – Research Institute for Animal Production Nitra, Slovak Republic) that summarises a bunch of findings which can be … Read more Effect of Noise on Animals
Everyone has had a meal in a noisy restaurant and struggled to hear the conversation at their table right? Well that is one very good reason to consider the acoustics in restaurants, but another one just might be that sound affects taste! SevenFiftyDaily have published an interesting article discussing “How Sound Affects Taste—and How to … Read more Sonic degustation anyone?