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Using Microphones to Paint Sound Images

May 16, 2022

There is an interesting difference between the progression of video and audio technology. The quality of video keeps improving on a steady basis as new products come on the market. Audio is the very opposite — some old, vintage analog gear sounds much better than its modern digital equivalent.

One of the finest musical recordings I ever heard was a master tape of a Frank Sinatra session using a 70-year-old Neumann U47 microphone and an ancient custom-built mic preamplifier from 1947. The sonic quality was magical.

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