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Re: "upside down" mic?
Author: Klaus Heyne
Date: 03/17/2013
One more observation: from personal experience, the different timbres heard when a condenser mic is rotated on its vertical axis are most pronounced when the singer is in close proximity to the capsule.

It's the nose that plays a role here, as it is a distinctly asymmetrical feature of the human face. And, again in close proximity to the mic's reflective surfaces, refraction and reflection are therefore quite uneven when comparing up and down use in the vertical plane.

I suggest to make the test by talking or singing up close, while monitoring with headphones. You may come to the same conclusion I have come to: right side up "feels" subjectively better, despite its distinct disadvantage when reading a score.

P.S.: What's fascinating about the 1954 BBC report of the then new U47 is the unashamed subjectivity of listening impressions as the ultimate reason for judging it better than the rest. How refreshing.  
 
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