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9/1/2008 Sep 01, 2008, Resolution, "Evolution of an Icon"
By Wes Dooley
The oldest piece of pro audio equipment still in regular use is the RCA 44 ribbon mic. A revolutionary microphone design, it became a reference standard yet it was developed when audio tests were difficult and critical listening was crucial to the process. Wes Dooley explains how they went from the 1932 RCA-44A to the 2008 AEA A440.
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9/1/2004 Sep 01, 2004, Mix, "Ribbon Microphones and their Mic Preamps"
By Wes Dooley
Studio ribbon mics are smooth and versatile performers that sound good on a wide variety of music. They've proven themselves in daily use for over 70 years. However to achieve this great sound quality the right mic pre-amp is essential.
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11/17/2003 Nov 17, 2003, Mix, "Wes Dooley on Ribbons"
By Wes Dooley
Your sound = the room + your mics + your electronics.
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9/3/2003 Sep 03, 2003, Mix, "Flying a Decca Tree Array"
by Ron Streicher
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4/1/2003 April 1, 2003, AES Journal, "The Bidirectional Microphone: A Forgotten Patriarch"
By Ron Streicher and Wes Dooley
Despite being one of the progenitors of all modern microphones and recording techniques, the bidirectional pattern is not very well understood. In the course of describing how this unique pattern responds to sound waves arriving from different angles of incidence, it is shown that very often it can be employed successfully where other more commonly used microphones cannot.
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7/1/1985 July 1, 1985, AES Journal, "Basic Microphone Perspectives: A Reveiw"
By Ron Streicher and Wes Dooley
This paper is a review of the methods used for creating the stereo illusion, using common configurations with two, three, and four microphones. It presents the placement and type of microphones used for each configuration, and discusses their basic characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. All of the techniques discussed produce satisfying results. The use of a particular technique will depend on circumstances: the sound source, the recording environment, the desired effect, and the release format.
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