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Questions tagged [microphones]

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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Origin of microphone testing

When musical bands prepare nowadays they at length state meaningless sounds for the microphone, but in times past they stated something like "one, two, three". Are there good reasons for this change ...
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Record multiple mics on one line

Is there a way I can connect two or more headset microphones to a single jack to record drums?
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Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?

When I play guitar and sing, it isn’t very loud because I mix my head voice with falsetto. It’s impossible for me to know what this sounds like without recording my voice- but the only way to record ...
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How To Set Up Shure BLX4/SM58 And What Other Components Are Needed

So I’ve just bought a Shure BLX4/SM58 but am stuck when it comes to setting up. And of course it does not work by itself and needs some sort of stereo or PA system to make the sound work, so what ...
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Mic Into Guitar Amp

I am in a band and don’t have a massive budget. I am thinking of getting a Shure SM58 mic but do not have enough money to get a PA System for it. I am thinking of getting a cheap guitar amp and ...
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Home recorded mic signal seems a bit weak

I've been setting up a home recording studio in my basement. I have a brand new Shure SM58 dynamic mic that I bought, which I am inputting straight into an Mbox 2 USB interface, which connects to my ...
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How to record guitar and voice in laptop?

I want to record guitar (using line cable) and my voice(using earphone's microphone) on my Dell laptop(which has only jack) both at same time. Is there any way to do it in the cheapest way? Thanks in ...
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Large diaphragm condenser mic without pop filter

I see some artists singing into a large diaphragm condenser mic without pop filter and can hear no 'popping sounds' even though they are singing quite closely to the mic (see ...
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What do I need for my condenser microphone to work correctly?

Now, I do know this question had been asked a thousand times, but I do have other questions along with it, so here it goes. Couple of months ago I've bought a condenser microphone which I am ...
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Behringer x1204usb + Shure SM48 + Laptop = very low volume

Recently I've bought Behringer x1204USB as my first mixer. I connected my mic, Shure SM48, to the first mixer's input (not into the XLR one, but into the "line in" one, because I don't have the XLR ...
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Are there different standards for XLR cabling?

Our local village church has a decades old, minimal PA system which essentially consists of a microphone running a cable to an amp at the back. They have a normal looking microphone plugged into an ...
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Complete setup for stage performances

I'm trying to make a setup for stage performances which will have singing/poetry/stand up comedy etc. I need suggestion on what all equipments will I need from scratch ? e.g., mic, speakers, the thing ...
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Which microphone is usefull to replace the original MEMS Microphon of iRig Accoustic Stage?

Yesterday I broke the wire of my iRig Acoustic Stage pickup. The wire is very thin (in my own opinion an absolute cheek). On the internet or at the music store, there was no way to buy the microphone ...
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Which microphone to choose for normal recording

I'm confused between 2 low budget recording microphones. One has a sensitivity of 2mV/Pa and the other one has that of 2.5mV/Pa. Which one should be chosen? How does sensitivity affect sound quality?
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What sort of setup do I need to record reasonable quality singing and guitar playing?

I would like to start recording myself singing on audacity and I know I need a better hardware setup to get reasonable quality recordings, how ever I have no idea where to begin to do this. I am ...
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How many microphones does it take to record an electronic drum kit?

I've read on this site that it takes several microphones to record a drum kit. How many mics does it take to record an electronic drum kit? Is it the same approach? What if it is plugged into an ...
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Solving volume drop when using impedance matching transformer

I have a regular dynamic microphone (e.g. Shure SM57) and a regular power mixer with a PA system. When I connect my microphone to the mixer with a regular XLR-XLR cable I get a satisfactory volume at ...
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Recording an acoustic guitar using plain simple laptop mic

I had a Windows 7 laptop and the recording was doing acoustic cancellations. After disabling it the recordings (from control panel->settings->microphone) were pretty decent. Now I have a Window 10 ...
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Recording latency is keeps changing. How can I fix this

This is more of an audio recording question but I'm looking for any help I can get. I have a shitty setup, audacity and snowball microphone, but they haven't had this problem anytime since I've used ...
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Phantom power and audio interfaces

I am a guitar player and a vocalist. I want to record my acoustic guitar and singing with a microphone. Now that I have bought myself an inexpensive condenser microphone (Neewer NW-1500), I got to ...
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Why can't we leave all mics on during a gig?

We have a six person blues band. Our bass player is also our sound person. During a gig, he periodically forgets to turn on mics for soloists or turn on instruments from the board. My husband has ...
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Scarlett Solo Gen 2 Interface Picks up Audio but Windows doesn't receive anything

I'm using an AKG P220 condenser mic, running XLR to the interface and then USB into my computer. The microphone shows up as "Scarlett Solo USB" which is correct, but when I test the mic, it doesn't ...
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Ribbon mics and Focusrite Scarlett USB audio interface

I've recently started recording some classical guitar pieces using a focusrite scarlett 2i2 and a pair of Rode M5 mics. The recordings end up being excessively bright unless there's a lot of EQ. This ...
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Getting used to sing into a mic

I have no problem with singing "a capella" or when also playing guitar as long as my voice comes out purely acoustically. However, when I try singing into a mic (as in a live or rehersal setup) I ...
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Can an active DI box provide phantom power for a condenser microphone?

I have a pair of phantom powered small diaphragm microphones. However, they output unbalanced signal (pins 1 and 3 are shorted) and I've had intereference / whine on my output. I am considering to ...
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Is it bad to leave my microphone in its clip?

I have an SM58 microphone and recently got a stand for it. Is it bad to leave the microphone in the clip - will the clip get worn? Thank you!
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One or two mics to cover most budget studio applications? [closed]

I don't currently own any microphones. I recently ordered a computer audio interface with phantom power and instrument level inputs. I'm interested in recording voice, traditional instruments, and ...
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Pickups with Acoustic Instruments

I've been told when playing live not to mic an acoustic instrument because of the feedback you can get, and that using pickups would be a better way to amplify the sound of an acoustic instrument. So ...
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What microphone is suitable for recording voice and acoustic guitar?

Recently I've been performing several songs along with my acoustic guitar, so I'd like to record them. At most I've succeeded in recording myself with a phone, but I get this really masked sound. As ...
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Getting over lapping guitar sound

I am recording semi-acoustic guitar and vocals at same time in reaper through scarlett 2i2(2nd gen) Input 1 --guitar Input 2 --mic but my mic catches guitar sound too and when I listen to my ...
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My USB microphone creates so much white noise in Fl Studio while recording vocals; why?

I have a CAD U37 condenser USB microphone directly plugged in to my i3 processor HP laptop in Fl Studio 12, but while recording vocals it creates white noise that affects my song quality. The same ...
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What recording setup for casual “recording in your bedroom” singer-songwriter?

I quite enjoy recording myself singing and playing guitar and it's a useful way to get feedback on my progress. I'm not after a professional recording setup, just a good way to get decent recordings. ...
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Zoom H6 - Record electric guitar with pedals

I was wondering how the Zoom H6 recorder performed when recording "heavy" electric guitar. It seems possible to plug the guitar directly into the Zoom. Do you have any experience using the Zoom as ...
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Can Neewer NW-700 microphone work with Behringer Xenyx 502?

I am planning on buying this microphone and this audio mixer and I was wondering if they can work together and if I can connect them to my laptop? Thanks in advance
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PC/Mac application for mixing, mastering and processing vocals [closed]

I recently purchased the Neumann TLM 49 alongside the RME Fireface 802. Now that I have reasonable audio equipment, I want to become a little more professional in terms of mixing, mastering and ...
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Mic inside the drum vs outside the drum

Does it make a meaningful change in how the drums sound is mic'ed up when the mic is outside the drum vs inside? Just for reference... Outside. Inside.
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live performance - Does my small acoustic band need amplification?

I play in a small local band in my city - mainly Latin and pop rock music. We would like to perform in a quiet street corner somewhere around town. I predict about 20-30 listeners standing around at ...
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How to connect mic to computer

I have a vintage EV-1750 cardioid Electret Condenser microphone (with internal battery power) with a hardwired ⅛" TS plug. Output level is -43db at 1000Hz and 150 ohms unbalanced. How do I, or what ...
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Mic-ing up solid electric guitar

I'm trying to experiment with a technique that I believe was used by Buddy Holly and perhaps other guitarists. That is mixing the guitar signal with a microphone signal from the guitar being recorded ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

i am beginner and i would like to know what equipment do i need to connect Ableton Push, Akai APC40, guitar + pedals, vocal processor and mic to play and record live? Do i need a preamp? Thanks.
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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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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 ...