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Articles by Bruce Bartlett                                

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SOUND SYSTEM BASICS - FLOOR MICS
SOUND SYSTEM BASICS - INSTRUMENT MICS

MICROPHONES

Mic Specs In Plain English (simple guide)
Mic Specs (explained in detail)
Omni Boundary Mics
Directional Boundary Mics (Why Put a Mic on the Floor?)
Phantom Power Tips
Phantom Power Primer
Mics vs. Pickups
Wired vs. Wireless Mics: Making the Right Choice
The Importance of Microphones in Society

HOW TO USE MICROPHONES

Miking Actors on a Theater Stage
Mic Technique Basics for Musical Instruments
Setting Up Headworn Mics for Good Sound and No Feedback
Optimizing Wireless Mic Performance
The 3-to-1 Rule of Mic Placement
Popular Mic Techniques for Studio Recording
Using a Microphone On-off Switch to Tune Between Songs
Effect of a Carpeted Stage on Mic Performance

PREVENTING FEEDBACK

10 Tips to Reduce Feedback
A-B Loudspeaker Method, Floor Mic Baffle
How to Connect a Graphic Equalizer or Feedback Suppressor to Your Sound System
Feedback Calculator
How to Reduce Feedback with Floor Mics (short technical article)

 RESEARCH PAPERS

How Mic Placement Affects Tone

Effect of Mic Placement on Banjo Tone

AUDIO JARGON

Sound Quality Terms  (airy, boomy, warm, harsh, tinny, thin..)
Impedance
Audio Terms (amplitude, polarity, unbalanced...)

 FIXING AUDIO PROBLEMS

Preventing Hum and RFI (for geeks)
Hum-Fixing Checklist (for non-geeks)

 P.A. SYSTEMS

        Beginner's Guide to Audio Connections

        Need a Complete Sound System? (brand suggestions)

Choosing a Portable P.A. for Plays and Live Music 
Mixer Basics for Beginners
Mixer Connections and Operation
Improving Your Sound with EQ
Sound System Block Diagrams
Using Delay to Localize Sound on Stage
Using the Aux Knobs in a Mixer
How to Connect a Graphic Equalizer or Feedback Suppressor to Your Sound System

 RECORDING

Books and Articles on Recording by Bruce Bartlett
Popular Mic Techniques for Studio Recording
Recording an Old-Time Band with Bartlett Audio Microphones
Recording Made Simple with Clip-on Mics
Stereo Mic Techniques
Acoustic Fixes for Your Home Studio 

AUDIO DEVICES

Preamp Buyer's Guide
Little Boxes: Preamps, DIs, Impedance, Balanced-unbalanced, Phantom Power
Do You Need a Mic Preamp On Stage?

INSTRUMENT AMPLIFIERS

Instrument Amps for Violin, Cello and Acoustic Guitar