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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External microphone, with windows 10, says “Not Connected”

I have a Pioneer DM-DV20, It's my first microphone, I would like to record sounds with this mic connected to my Windows 10 laptop. My laptop is a HP Pavilion 15 it has only a Realtek driver with one ...
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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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Why are most microphones XLR and not USB?

Wouldn't it be easier for the end users if all microphones were USB? Then why are most of them using XLR?
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Can I use a ribbon/dynamic mic preamp with a Condenser mic?

I have a Condenser Mic, phantom power, a sound card, and a preamp designed for ribbon and dynamic mics. I bought the Preamp thinking it would work but apparently it draws power from the phantom source,...
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Mic Placement for Live Percussive Guitar

Like the title says: Does anyone have tips for mic placement that will help pick up and project percussion (generally through a PA system). I'm beginning to get more into the "live performance" scene ...
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Can I connect a microphone to a valve amp? [closed]

Is it possible/a good idea to plug a mic into a valve amp? I've heard that the output of a mic is too high for it. Anyone know if this is true? Since I don't want to try it out.
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Plugging Shure 520DX harmonica mic straight into audio interface

I plan to buy Shure 520DX microphone and plugging it straight into my audio interface. Do I need to add an amp simulation plugin in the signal chain to achieve the desirable sound or will it sound ...
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Make mic sound stronger

I don’t know if it’s because I plugged my mic directly into my keyboard but i wanted to ask... I bought a yamaha dgx 660 keyboard Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano -... https://www.amazon.com/dp/...
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Why are condenser mics so much more expensive than dynamics?

It seems that you can get a good dynamic microphone for < $100, such as a Shure SM58, which is a very widely-used and well-regarded mic. However, even low end condenser mics seem to start at around ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

I am playing rhythm guitar in a big band, which is a new project for me. The guys whose sound I like the most in this context are Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt. What they have in common is that ...
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How to mic a flute for live performance

Would you place the mic at the mouthpiece or the end of the flute?
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What is that product he is using? The sphere I mean

Imgur image I think it's used to put a microphone in it.
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Purpose of XLR - mono jack cable

I just got an XLR-mono jack cable from a friend and am trying to understand why such a cable exists and what problems would it solve. I have those combo XLR/jack inputs on my speaker so I tried ...
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Mircophone: mono or stereo [closed]

When we record and save audio using our cellphone's inbuilt microphone and it is saved in stereo, does it mean that it uses both the microphones in a smartphone? Can someone explain by what it means ...
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Help/Question about Microphone / Phantom power and audio interface

Just a quick short question, I have a USB audio interface (emu0202) which plugs into my pc but of course, the interface (emu0202) isn't 'Phantom Power' capable, So I wanted to know if it's possible ...
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USB Audio Interface or Phantom Power Supply?

EDIT: SOLVED! I'm just going to use a "Plug-and-Play" microphone (the Samson Go Mic in my case). No need for extra hardware, easy to use, good quality, only $30! I know this exact question was ...
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Recording guitar & voice simultaneously: which microphone type(s)? [closed]

I wanna record some songs, which I sing and play on the acoustic guitar (+ some harmonica here and there). I wanna get two microphones: one for the guitar and one for my voice/harmonica, in order to ...
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How can I connect pedals and amplifiers without accidentally damaging them?

I've understood that there are some risks with connecting pedals, amplifiers, instruments and microphones and that I should be aware of what I'm doing, or it could damage my equipment. How can I ...
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Boosting signal of a dynamic microphone

Recently I've bought a Shure sm57 mic and I want to use it for vocals and acoustic guitar that I will record into my DAW on computer. When I bought it I didn't know this mic needs a lot of gain (...
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Voice training and microphone tech

How can you balance your sound on microphone when switching between chest voice (low register) and head/falsetto voice (high register)?
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Best way to connect a decent vocal mic to an Android phone

I'm considering purchasing a Shure SM58 for use both in recording and when busking (street performing). When doing the latter I use iReal Pro on my Android phone as a backing band, and have a UE Boom ...
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Are there mics that need an external sound card or audio interface?

I've bought an acltron mc410. It's a FET condenser mic that requires phantom power. I hooked it up to phantom power with XLR to XLR and connected the power to the laptop with XLR to 3.5mm audio jack. ...
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Boss RC-300 low microphone volume issue

I am using Boss RC-300 to loop acoustic guitar and vocals. I have no issues with the guitar signal on the line input. The gain knob is turned to approx. half of its maximum input and I have a lot of ...
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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 ...