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Why can't we leave all mics on during a gig?

Well, every mic you toss into the mix also adds more ambience, a bit of feedback from PA and monitors, and will pick up sounds that aren't really supposed to be heard at all, like breathing. Now, this ...
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What type of microphone is this?

It's not a microphone; it's directional antenna for wireless microphone systems. See http://www.shure.com/americas/products/accessories/wireless-systems/wireless-systems-antennas for details.
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What is the difference between high impedance and low impedance microphones?

The simplest difference to grasp is 'intended use'. In one sentence, professional vs consumer. High impedance mics are cheap & cheerful, designed to plug straight into computer headset sockets. ...
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Why can't we leave all mics on during a gig?

Never understood why any mic needs to be live when not in use. Every mic I use on a gig will be equipped with an on/off switch, and it's expected to be used. My own vox mic is only ever on when I sing....
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Why are condenser mics so much more expensive than dynamics?

I think your question is sort of backwards. The cheapest condenser mics are very inexpensive. Electret condenser designs are used for small and cheap headset mics, phone mics, and PC/laptop mics. I ...
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Why does my mono microphone have a three-pin plug?

XLR is designed to carry a "balanced" signal. Pin 1 is ground, Pin 2 is "in phase" or "+" and Pin 3 is "out of phase" or "-". See for example http://www.clarkwire.com/pinoutxlrbalanced.htm The reason ...
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How much would cable quality affect the audio quality coming from a microphone to a laptop?

Audio cables - don't believe the hype! I'd say the difference between a $2 cable & a $25 cable would be completely & utterly undetectable. Your laptop's DACs will lose more than the cable ever ...
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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

Micing upright pianos is hard because of the limited space available. The usual way is to take the panels off and use a stereo micing technique with some distance. But that won't work on a live stage, ...
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Microphone pick up patterns for live performance - advantages/disadvantages of cardioid, supercardioid or hypercardioid?

I see in the comments that you are already familiar with the polar patterns. For the readers that don't know them, here they are: Polar pattern: A microphone's directionality or polar pattern ...
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Can phantom power pass through a compressor?

The short answer is no, and don't do that. :-) Your mixer contains a very important component, which is the mic preamp. The compressor wants to use line-level signal as input and output. Even if you ...
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Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?

The proximity of a mic to a singer will have a profound difference in the sound captured. Good vocalists use this phenomenon a lot - you'll see someone holding a mic at various distances from the ...
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Why are most microphones XLR and not USB?

Simple answer: because microphones are analog and USB is digital. The only way you can make a "USB microphone" is to build an analog-to-digital converter into it. Of course you can buy the electronic ...
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Why are most microphones XLR and not USB?

A USB microphone is essentially a microphone, preamp, and audio interface in one. They're convenient when you're recording or streaming with a single microphone that can be placed within a short ...
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Health Issues at Open Mics

As you can't clean the mic capsule itself, or any integral pop-shield… One 'mickey mouse nose' foam pop shield per user, which can be sanitised afterwards. Alcohol wipes for the mic body, between ...
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Do I need Phantom Power?

3.5mm mic jacks might (sometimes supported by a jumper or different sound card setting) provide "plugin power". It can power electret condenser capsules with the typical single-FET preamplifier and ...
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

Should I buy an audio interface to support my AT2020USB mic? Is it necessary to buy it... If you keep the existing microphone, than no. The primary purpose of an audio interface is to convert an ...
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Why can't we leave all mics on during a gig?

In principle, I agree with him. If you don't need a channel, mute it. In practise though, I would disagree here. It sounds very much like he's heard that principle but hasn't yet got the experience ...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

The first hint is that they both sound like an 'electro-acoustic' [especially the second one] with an internal piezo-type pickup & the second is you can see the cable out to what is probably a ...
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How to take care of a microphone?

In general, Dynamic Mics are the most durable. That is why they are so popular for stage use. There are some electrical soldier joints inside (connected to the diaphragm) that could potentially come ...
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Zoom H6 - Record electric guitar with pedals

The H6 offers Mic and Line inputs. If your effects chain ends up at Line level you can connect it directly. If it ends up at "guitar" level, you'll need to run it through something that makes it ...
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My USB microphone creates so much white noise in Fl Studio while recording vocals; why?

If your characterization of "white noise" is somewhat accurate, you are out of luck. You can get various bits of noise from unstable power supply and inverters for step-up DC/DC converters and ground ...
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Getting used to singing into a mic

I'm a sound guy. And I make it a point to educate singers about the acoustics of your projected voice. It is pretty simple: Think of it as like a bubble that you are blowing out of your mouth. ...
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Solving volume drop when using impedance matching transformer

The problem you are looking at is that the 1/4" jack input is set for Line Level, and the Mic is producing the lower Mic level. The Impedance transformer is merely adjusting the impedance levels to ...
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Doubt regarding Frequency Response & Polar Pattern

The -10dB shown in the second image of the polar pattern is a rather generous 'average' of some sort. This pattern is typical for a super-cardioid mic & it will display similar characteristics at ...
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Record condenser mic and acoustic guitar in the same time?

The phantom power is only applied across pins on the XLR connections. A guitar plugged in with a 1/4” cable will not have the phantom power voltage on that connection.
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Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

sound different Yes. Mic preamps with transformers tend to color the sound more than their transformer-less counterparts. Mic preamps utilizing transformers tend to have: lower sensitivity higher ...
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Audio level on recording a piano

Distortion cannot be fixed after recording, you want to keep safely below it. Recording with too low volume will mean that the "noise floor" is amplified along with the useful data. Recording ...
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Using two microphones for vocals

It was for noise canceling not recording. The Mics are out of phase so no feed back. this is the time when they used there own PA called " wall of sound" only used for one year. all the speakers were ...
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Are microphones meant for Karaoke and PA bad for recording vocals and instrument music?

You note that your ears are untrained. This is probably the biggest factor in how you will experience recording and sound engineering in general. Just like learning to play an instrument better helps ...
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