A microphone is an acoustic-to-electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. It is the first step in the signal chain, after the sound source itself, for recording sound or music.

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How to take care of a microphone?

Does a microphone (the transistor and electronics inside it) last forever? Is there any chance for it to get broken from normal? How can I treat them right, so they will last longer? I'm talking ...
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usb audio interface for laptop [closed]

Hi I am using linux and recently ran into some issues. I have a mac laptop with debian on it. The macbook pro only has one combo audio 3.5mm jack. I use jackd on this machine with pulse audio bridge. ...
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Using a microphone through a guitar amplifier

I'm going to buy a Shure microphone SM58 type but I only have an old Peavey amplifier. The plugs are different. How should I do then to use my microphones, do I need a converter or to buy a new ...
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Phantom Power supply or usb audio interface?

I recently just purchased a new condenser microphone . I wasn't sure if I should just buy the Nady SMPS 1 channel power supply or just save up and just get a usb audio interface ?
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What type of microphone is this?

I've spotted these microphones (I think they're microphones...) all over the place in live music shows, but have been unable to find anything about them. Anyone know what this is?
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Can phantom power pass through a compressor?

I have a Peavey PV6 USB Mixer and a Audio Technica AT2050 microphone that uses phantom power. It all worked great. Later I decided to add a compressor and got a 2nd hand dbx 166XL (verified that it ...
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Is microphone useful when singing pop for a small audience?

When learning to sing pop music (not classic), I have difficulties in taking the highest notes. It seems that I can do this, but much more silently than I normally talk. Would it help to try ...
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What kind of microphone I must buy for wireless live record [closed]

I want to live record recorder playing by virtue of wireless microphone attached to it. So it must be a small attachable wireless microphone. I tried with a bluetooth headset device (configured to ...
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ASIO with a latency with bluetooth mic

I decided to use my handsfree as a happy microphone, despite its utter junk 8000Hz quality. It attaches to the labium of my alto recorder and it looks quite fascinating. Now I can playback the sound ...
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Are microphones meant for Karaoke and PA bad for recording vocals and instrument music?

Recently I picked up a karaoke microphone (cost me about $15, so clearly - most entry level). It has an unbalanced output and I've used it with my PC (connecting it to the "mic" input) to record audio ...
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Typical latency from microphone to the digitized samples on a PC

I am looking to do some real time audio processing on a PC (it could be Windows or Linux). For that I need to get digitized audio data from a microphone very quickly. I am wondering what is the ...
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Entry level guitar amp, as a gig amp for hobbyist

Is it a very bad idea to use an entry-level 15W rms guitar amp (mini-cubes i.e. amp+cabinet combo, which otherwise is quiteloud), for as a small gig-amp into which one uses a passive 4-channel mono ...
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Tempo when recording a guitar amp by microphone?

As my external soundcard does not perform good when I record two guitars simultaneous, I want to take a shot at miking my amp. Is it possible listen to a metronome or drum pattern without ruining the ...
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Why does my mono microphone have a three-pin plug?

On headphones three pins are used for stereo and two pins for mono, yet on microphones three pins are often used for mono; why? Also why is a oddly-shaped plug (XLR) used rather than a jack?
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Microphone options for a bicycle bell

I am part of a group who use bicycle bells and we would like to mic up the bells for live performances. What kind of mic would be suitable for this?
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Do I need Phantom Power?

I wanted to ask that I want to buy a condenser mic, I know it needs phantom power to work. So my question is will it work if i will connect it to a 3.5mm jack to my amp.
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Playing both the pc sound and mic playback through headphones

I have downloaded this marvelous program called "Effectogram" in order to easily and rapidly (performance-wise) control: microphone input volume microphone output volume playback reverberation ...
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Using Dynamic Microphone on Laptop for Quality Calls and Guitar Song Recordings

I am planning on buying a dynamic Mic for professional online calls. I know that I could easily go with a headset for this. But as someone who always takes future into account, I want to buy a mic ...
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Samson go mic or blue snowball

I wanna record music and I'm on a fairly tight budget. The samson go mic doesn't seem bad, but the blue snowball has a stand. also does anyone know how to record quality music? like should i record ...
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SDC or LDC for specific cymbals?

Not exactly your typical SDC vs LDC question here. I have 2 condenser mics, a Samson C01 Pencil SDC and a PreSonus LDC. Say I have the rest of a drum kit miked up properly, but also wanted to record ...
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Connecting Audio Technica Pro 70 to a laptop for live recording

I'm looking for a nice Lavalier mic to buy mainly concerned about audio quality. I've currently set eyes on this one: ...
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How to find my voice singing backing vocals on mic

I'm a decent singer, and I'm used to singing different acoustic parts (e.g. as part of an acappella group) with no problems. But for some reason when singing backing vocals in a band, I lose my pitch ...
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

I am completely new to the recording world, please help (even there are dumb questions from me). I bought the AT2020USB mic, but I heard a lot of people said a condenser microphone plus an audio ...
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Cheap Audio Interface for the Rode NT1 [closed]

I'm new to recording and I'm planning on getting the Rode NT1. The only problem is that I need an Audio Interface for it and I know nothing about them and I only have $100 to spend on one. Please ...
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What type of microphone is suitable for cello together with a looper pedal?

I'm willing to buy for a friend a way for him to use a loop pedal (initially for an electric guitar) with his cello. I really don't know much about sound recording with acoustic instrument... Would ...
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Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

Manufacturers of expensive microphone preamps usually write a lot about transformers and how good they are. I know transformers have been used often in the past, but with modern electronics, this is ...
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Microphone pick up patterns for live performance - advantages/disadvantages of cardioid, supercardioid or hypercardioid?

I perform in small venues (sing and play acoustic/electric guitar) through a small PA system with a monitor on stage. I have several Shure SM58 Microphones that have a cardioid pickup pattern. I ...
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Microphone sound not detected on Casio CDP-230R

I recently purchased a Casio CDP-230R digital piano, which so far has been working quite nicely, apart from one feature. It comes with a 1/4" microphone jack, with which you can sample a sound and ...
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How can I get decent audio from a clip on 3.5mm microphone?

I have a cheap 3.5mm clip on microphone from amazon that is mouse quiet when plugged in directly to my sound card. I checked the levels and even used mic boost (then turned it off immediately). I've ...
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Audio level on recording a piano

I've trying to record a piano either using a portable recorder as Tascam DR-07MK2 or a B2-Pro but every time I get confused about what would be the correct audio level for the input audio. If the ...
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What is the purpose of the pop filter?

In many professional recording studios, I always see this attached to their microphone : What is the purpose of the thin black sheet separating the source of the voice and the microphone?
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Reducing amplifier sound bleeding into mics in a theater setting

I'm having a problem in a live staging setup, in which I have 3 guitar amps and 2 bass amps, all miked, feeding back on on-stage rifle mics. Just to specify, there isn't any way to line out from these ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system

I'm a fairly novice techie, and I'm setting up a rig for a big musical production, with the help of some others, and we are thinking about close micing a guitar amp for the pit band, as opposed to ...
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Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

I am going to record music with the guitar and bass guitar. However, I am still undecided between using an amp with microphone, and an amp simulator. Which of the two would be a better choice when ...
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Why would a guitarist use a microphone and direct output from an acoustic guitar?

For example, when I watch Eric Clapton live, playing his acoustic guitar, he uses jack output and a mic. Why is it? Is it for acoustic nuance?
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How to mic and amplify an accordion for live performance?

Derived from this question that ended up not being about accordion amplification. Which options do I have to mic and amplify accordions for live performance? Are dynamic mics on a stand ...
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Why are speakers howling when a microphone comes in front of the speaker boxes?

While using the microphone in front of the speaker, it makes a howling sound. Why is it so? How can I avoid that without reducing the sound?
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Using two microphones for vocals

In footage from concerts in the 1970's +/- I've notice that they often had pairs of microphones taped together, e.g. these: It seems like it was somewhat "standard practice" at one time; why did ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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How can I tell if my microphone is broken?

I am not sure if my microphone is broken or if it is how to fix it. I have a very nice yeti usb microphone like the one that can be seen here ...
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Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording. I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio ...
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For recording vocal and piano, how to position microphones of the “pocket studio” recorder?

I need to make an audio recording of performing vocal and piano (acoustic piano, two different performers), using the "pocket studio" recorder (Tascam DR-07MKI if the model matters). I cannot bring ...
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USB microphones for multi-instrument recording

I have an awesome Korg MKii 1600 recording device with a fairly cheap (I must admit) microphone. I was recently thinking about getting a USB mic because it seems so easy to record "whenever". It can ...
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High-end headset/lavalier mics vs handheld for vocals

Background: I have some SM58's (a dynamic mic) that I use for my vocals while I'm putting together songs on my iPad. I've recently tried some cheap $40-50-ish lavalier condensers because my dream is ...
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How should I mic a violin in a live concert?

Which are good mics and what are good positions of the microphone rel to the violin? Keeping in mind: confort for the player acoustic feedback sensitivity best quality tone from the instrument? ...
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What type of mic for use with vocals from an electric guitar amp?

I would like to purchase a microphone for use with a Roland 60 electric guitar amp. Does it have to be a dual impedance or do I need to purchase something to improve the volume level?
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What should I look for in a recording microphone for personal use?

I was browsing through mics on Amazon and quickly realized I was out of my depth. There are a couple closely related questions I am wondering about: Are there different types of mics for (1) ...