audio tips

Today we are discussing about how to record a scream / very loud sound in a acoustically treated studio with double microphone?

It is very difficult to record a scream sound using a single cardioid microphone. This sound will be distorted because of over load.

Moreover if you keep this microphone far away from the source, the sound will be without presence and clarity.

For getting a good dynamic range use two microphones having same parameters.

Keep 1 microphone (cardioid) from the top position angled towards the source (dubbing position) at normal distance (on-axis). The second microphone has to be kept in similar position but at a distance 2 to 3ft from the source.

The recommended distance for keeping the primary microphone is 1 ft from the source and for secondary microphone it should be 2 to 3ft away.

In this combination, close mic contributes presence and the distance mike gives better dynamic range as a result of studio reverb.

For balancing, keep the first mic level /gain in a medium position and level of the second mic should be more than the first.

Mixing of both output that will give you a scream sound without zero distortion.

Projects / Activities


The Diploma Students (Senior Batch) got hands on experience on what they are supposed to work in the real world.

In the past couple of week they learned how to conduct a live programs especially music band show both inside a building as well as in an open environment.

This week students are continuing with their music production and recording sessions. Students are supposed to record 5 different types of instruments including vocal.

In the previous batch on-wards students record and mix the composition of professionals rather than their own compositions, just like what it is happening in the real world. Professionals bring in their compositions record, edit and mix it with students.

This year students have learned sound design, editing, and mixing techniques with support from professionals

The session is fully organized by the students by finding out professional artists for vocal and for playing instruments like guitar, flute, tabla etc

After completion of 3 days of busy schedule in music production and recording in the campus, students got a broad understanding in the field of music production, and got hands-on experience to gain skills and technology which is necessary to become a professionals in the motion pictures, television and music industries.