What is "Cupping"?

Cupping

Holding one or two hands around the grid of a vocal microphone. This grip causes coloration of the frequency response, basically due to the cavity/cavities created. These cavities cause resonances. Besides the coloration, cupping also affects the directionality of the microphone and makes it more sensitive to acoustical feedback.

Cupping applies in particular to rappers and beat-boxing artists.


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