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    Quote Originally Posted by CherylJosie View Post
    Total noob here (just about) has no idea why or how? Sensitivity is a linear thing. A less sensitive mic may be better for high SPL? but probably does nothing at all about room acoustics. What you described is a shielded/damped mic and that is different?
    You're absolutely right. It's a piece of information that often gets half-given.
    The less sensitive mics result in less room ambience only because they usually allow you to work closer to them without issues.
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    An added observation on OP- reflection shield can, of course, reduce room sound-my point is that if you have a great sounding room and/or the vocal sound you're going for is more "ambient" and less "dry" then it isn't always necessary or useful to set up a shield- my point is what sounds right, is right and that it depends on what you are going for. And for Cheryl I would point out that although the physics of compression and rarefaction that we call sound is nice to know, the mic diaphragm design differences are more important to a sound recordist and I would suggest researching the different sound coloration available by using different mics thru different pre amps-it's a huge subject and the combinations are endless and all different
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