Pickups There are essentially four types of microphones, each with a different pickup pattern. Cardiod microphones are perhaps the most commonly used by speakers. These microphones pick up what's in front of them, not what's behind. Since they don't pick up as much sound from onstage speakers or monitors, they tend to prevent feedback. Omnidirectional microphones pick up sounds from all directions. If several people are singing and sharing a mike, for example, you'll need an omnidirectional ...

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