Adventures In Audio
High-pass filter

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

Sunday May 25, 2003
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The mic preamp (preamplifer) is where the input signal is conditioned so that
it is suitable for further processing in the console.

The high-pass filter cuts low frequencies, generally below 100 Hz or so.

It is common for a microphone to receive excessive and unwanted low frequency
signals. An example of this is a mic stand on a stage. Foot noise on the stage
travels up the stand and enters the mic. If the mic stand is kicked, then this
can create an enormous amount of LF energy.

Not only does this sound bad, it can potentially overload the mic preamp, causing
distortion.

Ideally the filter should be placed before the active components of the preamp
so that it cuts the signal before distortion can occur.

The filter is also useful in cleaning up the mix. Often it is adviseable to
cut very low frequencies on every channel, apart from those dedicated to bass
instruments.

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