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Chapter 9
Designing Sexy Signal Flow
There are several types of capsules used within microphones
(ribbon microphones use a thin metal ribbon as opposed to a
capsule). Regardless, the concept is the same. Compression waves
generated by an object within a microphone’s proximity cause its
receiving material (no-matter what it might be) to vibrate. The
vibration creates a pattern of interruptions in whatever electric circuit
the mic is plugged into. The recording device simply stores that
pattern of interruptions.

A microphone and a recording device are the only required pieces
when capturing sound. So if you are satisfied with the sound of your
instrument, they are all you need to use in capturing it. Any other
devices you use should alter the sound in a way that is appealing;
otherwise they should not be incorporated in your signal path. This
is where you must investigate. Do the other devices within your
signal path add or detract from your sonic-sex-appeal?

On the other side of the recording device, you need an amplifier and
speakers to hear what you are doing. The quality of these is
important. You want to hear your recording as accurately as
possible. Do not forget, however, that the mastering engineer’s job
is to make your recording sound congruent on all speakers.(This is
why mastering engineers use several sets of studio monitors.)

Do not forget the saying; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Keep it simple,
stupid. Then you will execute the recording process quickly and
painlessly.