Yesterday I had to record some spoken word in a rather noisy small room. The noise was mostly from computers and the like. Because of this I picked a dynamic microphone (a Shure SM58) instead of a condenser and thought that if I just pointed it away from the source of the noise it would be all fine. Actually it was. I got a decent signal in, and while I’m sure some very low noise was picked, it didn’t really bother me. What did bother me though, was that the speech came out rather “spitty”. What did I do? I placed a cap right over the mic! You know, one of these typical wooly winter things. Worked great…

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