Hard to find the right microphone?
Well then this might be of assitance:
Don’t know which mic to choose? If you need help determining which microphone is right for the task at hand, check out myMicSound, a free Web application by Ear Machine that simplifies the sometimes difficult chore of using your ears to decide which microphone to purchase.
The myMicSound application learns your preference by analyzing ratings of example microphones; it then returns a list that ranks microphones by the probability that you will like their sounds.
About the free Web application, Andrew Sabin, Ear Machine owner and psychoacoustics researcher, comments, “MyMicSound is the first step toward a fundamental change in how people decide to purchase audio equipment.” He continues, “Currently, people make these decisions by receiving recommendations from friends, or by conducting a clumsily-organized listening comparison. MyMicSound offers users a simple format to use their own ears to conduct a free, controlled, and comprehensive listening test.”
To get started, you can either submit your own recording, or use one from myMicSound’s collection. How does it work? MyMicSound removes the sound of the microphone used to make that recording, and then simulates the sound of new microphones. According to Ear Machine, myMicSound carefully considers factors influencing the sound of the microphone, such as the proximity to the sound source, the polar pattern, and whether filters are active or not.
MyMicSound is the first sound-based recommendation engine in the audio equipment market, Ear Machine says. Its software algorithm is said to rely on state-of-the-art knowledge in both auditory perception and computer science. Similar algorithms, such as the one used by Pandora, are widely used in music recommendation.
For more information or to try myMicSound for yourself, visit Ear Machine’s Web site at ear-machine.com.