The Record Producer
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Chapter 5
Omni-Phase
The all encompassing reality of wave relationships.
If you are unsatisfied with the sound and the phase button does not
seem to be helping, then it is time to manually alter the microphone’s
distance. You can play around with microphone phase for hours. The
sound of your mix will continue to change even when you do not
want it to. So, once again, you revert back to the words of Miles
Davis…“If it sounds good, it is good.”

As if the endless possibilities presented by microphone phasing are
not enough; the concept of NFR, when applied, is twice as complex.
Any book on engineering will discuss phase as it applies to the
previous. My concept of Omni-Phase was created when I applied the
concept of phase to NFR (note frequency relationship).

If you ever rode on a school bus during the rain, you should get this
analogy. I remember watching the windshield wipers on the bus,
when I was a kid.
“The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.” Anyway, the wipers
were moving out of sync; one, moving faster than the other. Any of
you nerds, that were as mesmerized by this as I was, know what I am
talking about. When the pattern starts, the two wipers move
simultaneously and parallel. Then, since they operate at different
speeds, one begins to follow the other. It does this until the wipers
move simultaneous again, only this time in direct opposition. In other
words, as one goes up, the other goes down. Then, the opposite
wiper begins to follow, and the two return to the start of the pattern
where the wipers move parallel again.