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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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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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XENYX Q502USB and Neewer NW-700 Mic not working

As the title says, im using a Behringer XENYX Q502USB mixer and a Neewer NW-700 mic and get no microphone signal on my pc. What I currently have: I got the mixer plugged in via usb in my pc and the ...
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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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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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