The idea of making something sound bad is pretty abstract when you’re not used to dealing with sound waves and the like, but it makes perfect sense when you are. When you hear sound waves, you recognize them immediately for what they are—collections of individual sound particles. When you think about it this way, it’s easy to see how you would want to make the sound worse by, for example, increasing the amplitude (the size of the wave) or changing its frequency to something lower. By doing this, you make the sound less recognizable to the human ear.
Of course, there are many other ways to make microphone sound bad too. You can apply reverse gain or other similar techniques to make it louder. You can also use software or hardware equalizers to do this. There are many different ways to affect the sound of a microphone, and it’s all about experimentation and finding what works best for you.
The Different Effects You Can Achieve
If you want to experiment with making microphone sound bad, then there are a few different effects you can achieve. The first and probably most familiar one is the ‘popping’ effect. This is when you increase the amplitude of the signal quickly and then release it gradually. The result is a sort of “pop” that can be very similar to having an indoor fireworks show go off in your ear. While this may be appealing to adults, it’s not really something you want to hear in real life—especially the opposite gender. This is why it’s usually associated with cartoons and other children’s programming. While it might be tempting to play around with this effect and see what you can come up with, try to avoid doing this on live audio as it can lead to all sorts of unwanted feedback problems.
Another common effect associated with microphone sound is echo. This happens when you record yourself talking and listening to your own voice. The result is that everything you say comes back to you multiple times, creating a kind of “talking water fountain” effect. Again, while this might be appealing to adults, it’s probably not something you want to play around with on a regular basis either. Especially if you aren’t used to it—otherwise, you might find yourself laughing more than you should while recording. This is another effect where experimentation is key. You can find the balance between how much you want the echo to be there and how much you don’t want it to be there. The result is usually somewhere in between. It really depends on what kind of effect you’re going for.
The final effect you can achieve with microphone sound is the hissing. This happens when you sharply increase the amplitude of the signal and then release it quickly. The result is something that’s kind of like a cross between an indoor fireworks show and a dentist’s office. While this is probably the most fun to experiment with, it’s also the most likely to result in distortion and other problems if not done correctly. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when playing around with this kind of thing.
Hopefully, this article gave you a good understanding of how to make mic sound bad on purpose. There are many different ways to affect the quality of the sound, and it’s all about experimenting and finding what works best for you. Even more so if you aren’t used to working with sound, then it can be tricky to know where to start. Just remember that if you’re using a mobile phone, then make sure you have the proper permissions from the device owner before doing anything. This is your best chance at avoiding any damage to the instrument or yourself from happening. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then playing with signal levels might not be the best idea—especially if you’re not experienced with electronics or recording.