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We have documented a great number of obscure, discontinued microphones. But there are even more left to do.
The hard part is getting decent photographs; this is one of the reasons many mics are not in our database. If you own such a mic, you could help us by shooting some pictures of it.
Quick tips for better mic photos:
- stand the mic up on its XLR jack against a neutral wall (ideally white) — or better yet, stand it on a curved piece of posterboard to create an “infinite background”.
- turn on every light in the room, and open the windowshades. You want as much ambient light as you can get.
- Turn off the camera flash. A single-point flash will more likely than not ruin the photo.
- Turn the camera sideways (portrait mode). Unless you’re shooting a really fat microphone.
- Use a tripod if possible, to avoid camera shake.
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