chapter  20
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Care and Maintenance of Microphones

There is relatively little that sound engineers and technicians can do in the way of actual

maintenance of microphones, outside of minor external repairs. Far more important are the

routine things that can be done on a daily basis to care for them and to ensure that they

are working properly. All technical personnel in a given broadcast, recording, or sound

reinforcement activity should be taught the rudiments of proper microphone handling, and

if these rules are followed a microphone should last virtually indefinitely with little or no

departure from its original response. In addition, there are a number of easy measurements

and performance comparisons that may determine if a microphone is performing according

to its specifications.