Frequency response

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Frequency response is the range of frequencies that a microphone will reproduce at a similar level. The following is a list of instruments and the microphone frequency response that is needed to record with. Of course you can go for a wider range response, but don’t go for less!

  • Most instruments: 80 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Bass instruments: 40 Hz to 4 kHz
  • Brass and Vocals: 80 Hz to 12 kHz
  • Piano: 40 Hz to 12 kHz
  • Acoustic Guitar: 80 Hz to 11kHz
  • Cymbals and some percussion: 300 Hz to 15 - 20 kHz
  • Orchestra or symphonic band: 40 Hz to 15 kHz

Some microphones have switches that alter their frequency response, such as a low-cut filter.


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