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Figure 8 Microphone polar pattern, what's that? - WIKI
What is a Figure 8 polar pattern?A figure 8 polar pattern, or pickup pattern, is a type of characteristic of a studio microphone or even sometimes a microphone for stage use. Instead of just being directional in front of the microphone, a microphone with a pickup pattern named figure 8 is both directional in the front and back. Another name is also bi-directional microphone and also Figure of 8.
How is a Figure 8 polar pattern created?Usually this is done with 2 microphone capsules, that's why you will usually find this type of pattern as an option with a switch on studio microphones that are multi pattern.
But a ribbon microphone is a typical 1 pattern microphone with this caracteristic
Examples of Figure 8 multi pattern studio microphonesHere are some examples of a few studio microphones that are multi pattern and have the Figure 8 pattern.
Examples of Figure 8 studio ribbon microphonesAnd a few examples of ribbon microphones for studio use with figure of 8 patterns
How to use Figure 8 microphonesThe figure 8 microphone can be used for a lot of things. For example you can use it if you need a tight directional pattern, and then you don't use the back pickup. Or you can put it in between 2 people if you are recording an inteview. Or in a studio between 2 instruments if you just want to use 1 microphone
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