Microphone Test

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Microphone Quizzes & Trivia

This is revision of microphones


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A microphone is an example of a device that converts pressure changes into electrical signals.  This means a microphone is a....
    • A. 

      Transponder

    • B. 

      Transformer

    • C. 

      Inductor

    • D. 

      Transducer

    • E. 

      Transfixer

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is not a microphone type?
    • A. 

      Dynamic moving coil

    • B. 

      Dynamic ribbon

    • C. 

      True condensor

    • D. 

      Electret

    • E. 

      Static coil

  • 3. 
    This microphone has a copper wire winding attached to a diaphragm.  Movement of the winding over a fixed magnet induces an electrical signal.  This refers to which type of mic?
    • A. 

      Dynamic moving coil

    • B. 

      Condensor

    • C. 

      Electret

    • D. 

      Dynamic ribbon

    • E. 

      PZM

  • 4. 
    Powered by 48 volts, this mic produces an electrical signal as the distance between the vibrating diaphragm and fixed back plate vary...  This describes what type of mic?
    • A. 

      Dynamic 'contact mic'

    • B. 

      Carbon granule mic

    • C. 

      Dynamic moving coil

    • D. 

      Ribbon

    • E. 

      Condensor

  • 5. 
    This term describes the directionality of a microphone...
    • A. 

      Equivalent input noise

    • B. 

      Frequency response

    • C. 

      Polar pick up pattern

    • D. 

      Sensitivity

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is not an example of a polar pick up pattern?
    • A. 

      Cardiod

    • B. 

      Hyper-cardiod

    • C. 

      Figure of 8

    • D. 

      Omni

    • E. 

      Tri-directional

  • 7. 
    A cardiod pattern is the combination of which two other polar pick up patterns?
    • A. 

      Omni and figure of 8

    • B. 

      Omni and hyper-cardiod

    • C. 

      Super-cardiod and figure of 8

    • D. 

      Two figure of 8 patterns

    • E. 

      Two omni directional

  • 8. 
    Any microphone which has a figure of 8 polar pick up pattern or figure of 8 in combination with omni (cardiod) may exhibit an unnatural increase in bass response if placed close to the sound source.  This is know as... 
    • A. 

      Proximity effect

    • B. 

      Nexus effect

    • C. 

      The relativity effect

    • D. 

      Proximal effect

  • 9. 
    This polar pick up pattern is virtually immune from wind blast and is favoured for interviews for is wide coverage...
    • A. 

      Omni diectional

    • B. 

      Cardiod

    • C. 

      Figure of 8

    • D. 

      Super-cardiod

    • E. 

      Shot gun

  • 10. 
    This polar pick up pattern is favoured in a live situation due to its rejection of sound from the back of the microphone capsule...
    • A. 

      Cardiod

    • B. 

      Omni

    • C. 

      Figure of 8

  • 11. 
    'True condensor' mics differ from 'Electret' mics in that...
    • A. 

      Their diaphragm requires no external power

    • B. 

      Their diaphragm is heavier than Electrets'

    • C. 

      Their diaphragm is polarised, or charged by Phantom Power

    • D. 

      They have a coil of wire attached to the diaphragm

  • 12. 
    An Electret condensor has a charged material attached to the diaphragm during assembly.  This affects what aspect of the frequency response?
    • A. 

      Mid range response

    • B. 

      High frequency response

    • C. 

      Low frequency response

  • 13. 
    Every microphone has a frequency response graph.  A mic that faithfully reproduces sound has what kind of response?
    • A. 

      A flat frequency response

    • B. 

      A presence peak

    • C. 

      Bass roll off

    • D. 

      A high frequency lift

  • 14. 
    Shure SM57, SM58, AKG D112 and Sennheiser MD421 are examples of....
    • A. 

      Condensor mic

    • B. 

      Ribbon mic

    • C. 

      Moving coil dynamic

    • D. 

      Carbon granule mic

  • 15. 
    Studio Electronics SE1A, Rode NT3 and AKG Perception 170 are examples of...
    • A. 

      Electret condensor mics

    • B. 

      Back electret condensor mics

    • C. 

      True condensor mics

    • D. 

      Dynamic moving coil

  • 16. 
    Which type of condensor mic tends to be favoured for instrument recording due to its flatter frequency response?
    • A. 

      Large diaphragm (Like the Rode NT2)

    • B. 

      Small diaphragm (Like the SE1A)

  • 17. 
    What type of condensor tends to be favoured for vocal recording due to the diaphragm's hyping of rich bass tones?
    • A. 

      Large diaphragm (Like the Neumann U87i)

    • B. 

      Small diaphragm (like the AKG C451)

  • 18. 
    Drum overhead mic positioning is designed to capture what?
    • A. 

      Only the snare

    • B. 

      Only the kick drum

    • C. 

      Only the tom-toms

    • D. 

      Only the Hi-hat

    • E. 

      The entire sound of the drum kit

  • 19. 
    A Decca Tree microphone arrangement was originally designed to capture...
    • A. 

      Sound effects

    • B. 

      Crowd noise

    • C. 

      Electric guitar amplifiers

    • D. 

      An ensemble like an orchestra or choir

    • E. 

      Solo vocals

  • 20. 
    Record producer Andy Johns created a mic positioning technique with two mics pointed at a guitar amplifier, one mic straight on and a second at a 45 degree angle.  Which mic model did he specify?
    • A. 

      Shure SM57

    • B. 

      Neumann U67

    • C. 

      AKG D112

    • D. 

      Telefunken ELA M251

  • 21. 
    This device is used to minmise plosives or the sound of spoken 'P's...
    • A. 

      Wind shield

    • B. 

      Noise gate

    • C. 

      Pop shield

    • D. 

      Acoustic screen

  • 22. 
    This device minimises rubble being transmitted up the microphone stand, into the microphone..
    • A. 

      Shock mount

    • B. 

      Pop shield

  • 23. 
    A microphone cable is usually a...
    • A. 

      Jack lead

    • B. 

      XLR lead

    • C. 

      Phono lead

    • D. 

      MIDI lead

  • 24. 
    Binaural recording is often also known as...
    • A. 

      Soundfield recording

    • B. 

      Dolly head recording

    • C. 

      Dummy head recording

    • D. 

      XY recording

  • 25. 
    XY and Blumlein are examples of what stereo mic technique?
    • A. 

      Coincident pair microphone positioning

    • B. 

      Near coincident

  • 26. 
    Mid-and-side coincident stereo mic technique uses two microphones.  What are the polar pick up patterns for each mic?
    • A. 

      Cardiod selected on one and figure of 8 on the other

    • B. 

      Both mics are omni directional

  • 27. 
    A microphone you are using has a HPF switch set at 50Hz.  What does this do?
    • A. 

      Emphasizes all frequencies below 50Hz

    • B. 

      Cuts all frequencies below 50Hz

    • C. 

      Reduces the output at all frequencies

  • 28. 
    True condensor mics have very light diaphragms.  This translates to...
    • A. 

      Poor sensitivity to sound

    • B. 

      Poor high frequency response

    • C. 

      Good sensitivity to sound and excellent high frequency response

  • 29. 
    The Rode NT2 large diaphragm condensor mic has a Pad switch.  What does this do?
    • A. 

      Reduces the output signal level

    • B. 

      Increases the output signal level

    • C. 

      Cuts low frequnency

  • 30. 
    Alan Parsons is a big fan of a bright snare drum sound when recording.  What mic type does he employ to record the snare?
    • A. 

      Small diaphragm condensor

    • B. 

      Large diaphragm condensor

    • C. 

      Moving coil dynamic

    • D. 

      Ribbon mic

  • 31. 
    Which egg shaped AKG microphone is specifically designed to capture the low frequency nuance of instruments like kick drum and amplified bass guitar?
    • A. 

      SM 58

    • B. 

      SM 57

    • C. 

      D112

    • D. 

      MD 421

  • 32. 
    The bright sizzle of a high-hat would lend itself to which kind of mic?
    • A. 

      Moving coil dynamic

    • B. 

      Electret condenser

    • C. 

      True condensor

  • 33. 
    The mV/Pa scale shows what aspect of a microphone?
    • A. 

      Total harmonic distortion

    • B. 

      Equivalent input noise

    • C. 

      Its sensitivity to sound