Monday, November 26, 2007

Heads Down and Bottoms Up


A strange sight I admit: Two of our ribbon microphones, one apparently an el Diablo Mercenary Edition, being given a quick check in the box for RF noise. That old Compaq is a prolific and nasty RF source, which has been known to get into a signal if the wiring is wrong or in the event of a cold solder joint. This rarely happens and we have other RF testing, including strong HF RF field measurements used for the CE mark, but this is so easy!

Most of the time we hear nothing, which is what we want. Putting the mics upside down in the box knocks down the room noise, which is often low to begin with. It's just convenient, and fast, which is important nowadays!

Sometimes we hear things that are amazing:

"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were. It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there." George W Bush

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