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Front Address

A microphone term that describes the perpendicular position of the diaphragm in relation to the body of the mic. In general, you sing, speak or play into the “end” of a front address microphone. Typical front address mics include the Shure SM57 and SM58 dynamic mics. Most hand-held vocal microphones have a front-address orientation.

A common alternative, often found in the recording studio, is the side address mic, such as the Neumann U87.

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