Microphone Terminology

Microphone Terminology

Meet Talk Series USB Microhones, the newest part of the JLab Family. We decided to take it up a notch and expand our innovation-and-accessibility success in another category in audio devices. 

If you are new to microphones or want to learn more, read our list of terms ranging from A-Z. You will become a pro in no time.

List of Microphone Terms A-Z

  • Amplification:  The microphone's sensitivity, whether the mixer it can be called head-amp or pre-amp.
  • Amplitude:  The loudness of a sound wave from the audio signal strength.
  • Audio:  Sound when it is recorded, transmitted, or reproduced.
  • Bidirectional Polar Pattern:  "Figure of Eight", Sound waves which are sensitive from the front and back of the microphone, not the side.
  • Bit Depth:  The resolution of the sound data that is captured and stored in an audio file.
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern:  Sound waves that are most sensitive from the front of the microphone. 
  • Condenser:  The microphone’s capacitor that collects the sound and converts the sound waves to audio files.
  • Directional Polar Patterns:  The way the condenser faces in order to capture the best sound from the source. Different modes are better for specific uses.
  • Gain Control:  How loud the INPUT of the channel is. It controls the amplitude.
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern:  "Omni", is the microphone that has equal sensitivity from all directions of the microphone, while having a 360-Degree output.
  • Quick Mute:  An easy way to control your sound, when you want to mute your audio fast and easy with the button.
  • Resolution:  The microphone's digital recording resolution is the combination of Bit Depth and Sample Rate within the microphone.
  • Sample Rate:  The speed of capture and playback.
  • Sensitivity:  The microphone's sound pressure level and its diaphragm, given the directional polar patterns.
  • Stereo Polar Pattern:  The microphone is most sensitive with the left and right sides of the microphone.
  • Sound Wave:  A sound of compression from outside noises. In mics, the sound waves deliver a pressure to their sensitive sides causing a diaphragm for audio.
  • Volume Control:  How loud the OUTPUT of the channel is (loudness to you/the recorder).

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Hi John, the microphone does best when its close to whatever you are recording. We don’t suggest using the mic to record anything from a distance. -JLab

JLab Audio

Does this Mic pick up voices clearly from the back of the room?


Hey Kayla, try plugging it into another device. If this does not work please contact us below. support@jlabaudio.com 1-405-445-7219Hours of Op: (PT)Monday – Thurs 9-4:30Friday 9-2 -JLab Audio

JLab Audio

We just purchased the TalkGo and when we plug it in to the computer the mic does not turn on. We have tried the mic on all of our computers and it is not working


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