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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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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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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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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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) singing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 recommendable?...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 http://www.amazon.ca/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/...
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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 ...