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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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Where do I place monitors for the best [possible] recording of groups of singers?

I will need to record a group (approx. 20 children) of students performing a piece. The piece relies on using a pre-recording backing track the the students will need to hear during the recording. I ...
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Is there a reason to why some singers don't hold the microphone with their thumb?

See these two images They are not using their thumb when they are holding the microphone. Is there a reason for this? Clarification due to comments: The microphones are not in their stands. The ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

My main concern is the volume, which is why I don’t want to go with PA Speakers per se, but I do want an accurate representation of what I will sound like through a PA System. Also, will I experience ...
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Microphone getting feedback random levels from my amp

I bought this microphone so to eliminate wind sounds for singing, where I play acoustic guitar live in a restaurant, and with my electroacoustic guitar Ibañez model GA5TCE. I am able to play, sing, ...
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Speaker and mic connection

Can I connect 1 wired mic to 2 PA system so the both of them can work? I have 2 public address systems and one wired mic. How can I use the one wired mic to connect to the both speakers all at once?
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Need to find a wireless microphone with a specific design [closed]

I'm really interested in wireless microphones lately, especially I really like the designs of the vintage Sony WRT-866 and Azden WHX-PRO microphones. I'm curious, are there any other alternatives like ...
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Shure SM91 problem

I plugged my Shure SM91 direct into phantom power, not using a pre-amp, with the 3 pin XLR. Can't find the pre-amp, so cannot check if the mic still works. But it certainly didn't then! What is likely ...
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How can I use an extra tom microphone when using the Scarlett 18I20?

I need to be able to use an extra tom microphone for my Scarlett 18I20 interface. The problem is that I already have microphones for inputs 1-4 (Bass Drum, Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2) and then I have 2 ...
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Weird humming picked up by mic when trying to record just the amp

I recently got a SM57 mic and wanted to record my guitar amp. I have a Fender Frontman 25R. The mic is plugged into a Scarlett 2i2. I'm recording via GarageBand. Unfortunately, in a barebones signal, ...
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How can I connect my condenser microphone to my PC using a Saffire PRO 24?

I'm pretty new to all this and I have a RODE NT 1A condenser microphone and an old Saffire PRO 24 DSP audio interface. I've connected the interface to my computer using firewire and a Pcie express ...
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Ableton Live: Using a USB microphone and Audio Kontrol 1 at the same time

I'm using Ableton Live 11 Suite. I have a USB microphone, which I can record with in Ableton. I also have a Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 (henceforth AK1), which is an audio interface with ...
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Cubase cannot detect USB microphone in Macbook Pro

I use Cubase 12 Elements in Macbook Pro. Audacity can detect my USB microphone, but Cubase can't. When I try to configure input bus, I can only see Built-in Audio: Than I checked for Sound ...
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Saxophone mute - or mic

I bought what was supposed to be a sax mute, for quiet practising, but it doesn't work. It's similar to a trumpet mute, which fits in the bell end. It seems that a lot of sound would emanate from the ...
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Can you use XLR "microphone cables" to connect an RME AD converter to studio monitors?

Are XLR microphone cables suitable for connecting the RME Fireface UFX II AD converter to a pair of Yamaha HS-8 studio monitors? I bought two Roland Black series (RMC-B15) microphone cables to connect ...
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Does it make sense to invest in a better microphone if my recording room doesn't have good acoustics?

I record some of my own music at home, including singing. The microphone I'm using is not very good (it's a essentially a podcast microphone, some reviews explicitly say that it's not really suited ...
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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

Recently played a gig where I didn't need my own electric piano, as there was a good quality (in tune!) acoustic upright. Had all sorts of problems micing it to compete with guitar/bass amps and drums,...
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Mic to mixer to speaker

I have a SM58, a mixer ART Pro USB MIX 4 and a speaker SPL-100/A I bought a cable TRS split (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07K59LPDJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and plug ...
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Health Issues at Open Mics

I'm starting an open mic session at a new venue. With Covid in mind, what precautions could be taken regarding letting others use particular mics? At previous venues mics were provided, but I (and ...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

When playing acoustic guitar sometimes it is very difficult to hear certain notes or certain slaps or chords. With shows like American Idol or America's Got Talent, for instance this video: ...
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What useful corrections can be made, in the mixing phase, using an Aston Origin connected to a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen [closed]

I would like to know what is the best recording and effects chain that I can apply to my recording setup. I use a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and an Aston Spirit. The room is untreated and I will ...
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Recording audio from amplifier to mobile

I wanna record audio from an amplifier (this) via android phone. I have a 6.3mm trs and 3.5mm trrs jack. I wanna know how to wiring them for recording purposes. For example: 6.3mm left and right ...
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Record condenser mic and acoustic guitar in the same time?

I am wondering if with Audio interfaces such as the Scarlett 4i4 is it possible to plug a mic with +48V phantom power in line 1 and plug a guitar into line 2? I mean, if I activate the +48V power, I ...
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Where does this O-ring belong on this Blue microphone?

I recently took my Blue 888--000322 off of a normal mic stand and re-installed it on its desktop stand (which came packaged with it). When I was done, I found this tiny o-ring on my desk. Where does ...
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Why does sound seem more life-like in person than on recording despite advances in recording technology? [closed]

My question is not why musicians often produce better recorded works than their live performances. The question is why are the flawed acoustics of a venue far less acceptable on a recording than in ...
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Mic-->48v Heyden Phantom power (XLR)-->USB MIXER(XLRinput pin)

I have recently bought Audio Technica T2020 condenser mic I have Behringer @502 USB Mixer, which Doesn't have "48v" phantom power instead is has 12V I have external 48v Heyden Phantom power ...
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TRRS > 2 x TRS bypass to amplify laptop headphones not working, headphones channel mute

I'm trying to amplify the headphones output of my laptop as the volume is too low during calls and such. The laptop has a combined TRRS female 3.5 jack output. I've used a splitter to split that into ...
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How to record/stream digital piano and microphone audio at the same time

I was trying my best (with my limited knowledge of audio equipment) but couldn't seem to find an answer for my specific goals! Here are the points I want to achieve: I want both my voice and my ...
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Is Onyx Artist 1.2 too weak for Marantz MPM-1000 18mm condenser microphone? [closed]

When talking I can hear myself normally through the headset but whenever I try to record sound on my laptop (MacBook Pro) I can barely hear anything - the voice is so quiet. How can I fix this?
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How to connect a XLR mic to guitar effects

I'm about to buy a Audix ADX 10 FLP mic to record my flute. It's a condenser mic. So It comes with a phantom power box. It has a mini XLR plug. My question is: If I want to plug the mic (and its ...
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Is low DC resistance good or bad for a mic? Is this Lav mic (CVM-WM300) incompatible with my mixer (Zoom PodTrak P4)?

I'm pretty deep into debugging this. I suspect there's just some knowledge I'm missing. The lav mic is a stereo 3.5mm TRS male from a wireless lav kit CVM-WM300. This mic is working for sure as I ...
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Performance (on a budget) Open Mics mostly TS Microphone to XLR input

Short question: I have a microphone signal coming out of a male 1/8" (3.5mm) which I want to send into a female XLR low impedance input. Long version: I have a microphone's output signal, 3.5mm ...
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What is the difference between high impedance and low impedance microphones?

Everywhere on the internet I would people stating the differentiating factor of "power" and how high impedance mics require an audio interface but nowhere I find anything regarding "...
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Will a RODE-K2 Mic work with a Focusrite 2i2 Interface and a basic Laptop for high quality male vocals? [closed]

I want to buy a K2 for my bedroom setup to record male vocals.
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Singing with face mask?

How does wearing a standard Type I or Type II disposable surgical mask affect the voice when singing? I particularly interested in singing into a good microphone. What modifications (EQ or effects) to ...
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XLRf - 1/4"m adapter with or without transformer

Greetings forumers from newbie! Advice pls for selection of an adapter to plug a dynamic mic (ending in XLRm) into an active speaker ("karaoke) box with a "1/4f" input". Since the ...
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Can a 600Ω XLR dynamic microphone be directly connected to a standard sound card?

With the COVID lockdowns intensifying, the musical education of my daughter has also become increasingly remote. This results in her having to often record her singing and/or piano performances to ...
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How much would cable quality affect the audio quality coming from a microphone to a laptop? [closed]

I have a sE Electronics ProMic Laser microphone that I've mounted on top of a monitor with the goal of directly connecting and using it with a laptop to record videos. I currently have a 20 centimeter ...
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Microphone response question

When we have a particular microphone and we use it to record vocals, does the sweet spot of that mike change with different types of voices? Or does it stay situated in one spot?
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What setup to use with a shotgun condenser microphone to record on a laptop?

I've been using a USB headset and an external web camera both connected to a laptop to record educational videos. The way I record the videos is by looking directly at the web camera which is located ...
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What cable do I need from Dynamic mic into mixer and why XLR to TS but not XLR to TRS?

I have a Tascam 2488neo Digital portastudio. It has 4 XLR inputs, all 4 receiving phantom power from the same button, so one can not be unpowered, either all 4 have to receive +48 V power or none. It ...
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Microphone suggestion for piano tuning using mobile app

I want to tune my piano using an android app. I am not a professional pianist, I just play as a hobby. The problem is that it seems the mobile builtin microphone cannot detect very high or very low ...
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Recording Live Music at Home -- Microphone Help

So I'm pretty new and I don't know the first thing about sound, but I think my question (and the answer to it) is pretty basic so I'm shooting my shot: I bought a baritone ukulele and want to record ...
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Salsa trombone harmonizer setup

I am looking to set up a trombone harmonizer to play salsa, but I'm new to both salsa and electronic music. It seems like what I want is unusual and not so simple, but it might be possible to do 85% ...
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How to avoid noise in a voice recording

I'm recording for a podcast with a Rodhe NT2 microphone and I'm getting a lot of noise in the background, although the room is pretty quiet. It looks like this mic doesn't pick up my voice very loud ...
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How to connect wireless mic (TRS output) to mixer (1/4 inch input)?

I'm having trouble connecting my wireless microphone (lavalier set) to an audio mixer. My wireless microphone is Saramonic Blink 500, which has TRS output on its receiver, and my audio mixer is ...
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Doubt regarding Frequency Response & Polar Pattern

Given this Frequency response for my Microphone. At 180*, Polar Pattern says -10dB. Say Frequency response for a specific frequence is -x at 180*, So will the mic pickup (-10 - x) or just (-x) and ...
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I am mic'ing my amp and running it through Garageband, and it sounds really bad! Is it something to do with Garageband, or is my mic setup wrong?

My set up is as follows : Fender Tele --> Zoom G3XN --> Blackstar ID Core 10 --> Behringer Dynamic Mic (1 inch away from speaker) --> Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (Line Setting) --> Garageband. The tone ...
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Condenser mic to two xlr inputs, would phantom power destroy it?

I just got a condenser mic that uses phantom power and I connect this to both of my inputs (using xlr female to 2 xlr male y-Cable) on my scarlet 2i2 audio interface. I needed to do this to record in ...
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Splitting guitar signal and mic signal for recording in a live setting

I've read already some things about splitting signals here but im still unsure about how to make mine. So what i have is one acoustic guitar with an undersaddle pickup and a mic (K&K). Both ...
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Can my XLR microphone connect to both inputs on my audio interface?

So I have a basic audio interface (scarlet 2i2) and a shure sm57 microphone that uses an XLR cable. But when I screen record with quicktime it records to just one channel (the left channel) through my ...
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