Diffuse-Field Equalization

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Diffuse-field equalization

A diffuse-field-equalized microphone with omnidirectional characteristics has a linear, i.e. transparent frequency response in an ideal diffuse field.

What is Diffuse-Field Equalization?

Omnidirectional microphones (also called pressure transducers), which have no directivity in the low frequency range, become increasingly directive towards high frequencies (from approx. 4 kHz) due to the pressure buildup effect and rear-shading of the sound. As a result, the diffuse field frequency response above 4 kHz increasingly differs from the free-field curve.

A diffuse-field-equalized pressure transducer shows a linear diffuse field frequency response. The SCHOEPS MK 2XS is such a microphone capsule. At the same time, the free-field frequency response of the MK 2XS is overemphasized in the highs.

[Fig. 1] Free-Field and Diffuse-Field Frequency Response of MK 2 / CCM 2 & MK 2XS / CCM 2XS

In Practice


For example, a diffuse-field-equalized microphone capsule can be used to pick up distant room sound outside the reverberation radius.