Problem: You place more than one microphone on an instrument, a guitar amp, or some drums, and when you listen to them mixed together, some frequencies sound thin or are attenuated almost entirely.
Cause: The signals from the mics are probably arriving at your ears (and the recorder) at slightly different times, resulting in phase cancellation. The subject of phase relationships is complex (consult any good audio handbook or Web site for details), but put very simply: When waveforms of the same type are aligned in time they reinforce each other and produce a louder and fuller sound than they do individually. When not aligned, however, the waveforms work at cross purposes and tend to cancel each other out. The closer the alignment of the waveforms, the less phase cancellation occurs.
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