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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 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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Can you use XLR "microphone cables" to connect an RME AD converter to studio monitors?

"Microphone" cables are suitable for all balanced, analog audio signals that use XLR connectors, whether they are mic level or line level. So yes, you can use these cables with the "...
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How can I connect my condenser microphone to my PC using a Saffire PRO 24?

The Rode needs phantom. The Saffire can supply phantom, on XLR. Nothing is built to run phantom along a TS/TRS jack, because the chances of shorting the socket or accidentally sending it to something ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?

For a historical perspective: Before the use of vocal microphones, singers needed to be heard , unaided, at the back of the hall.  In classical music, for example, the development of opera-singing ...
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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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Saxophone mute - or mic

People often think the sound of a saxophone comes all out of the bell, but a large part of it comes from the tone holes, particularly for the higher notes. Aiming a mic directly at the bell gives you ...
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How can I connect my condenser microphone to my PC using a Saffire PRO 24?

Yes it’s true that a 1/4" input will not provide phantom power. We want it this way because phantom power on 1/4" cables is dangerous for the power supply and devices. A 1/4" connector ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You won't learn anything useful singing through studio monitors. Don't even bother. You will learn some useful things by singing through a powered PA top that is on its side in wedge configuration ...
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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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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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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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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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Does it make sense to invest in a better microphone if my recording room doesn't have good acoustics?

Room acoustics is indeed a very important and often underestimated component of good recordings. However, that doesn't mean microphone quality is less relevant. It's impossible to say which of the two ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You can't ever really tell what you sound like though either a PA or studio monitors… because you're singing at the same time. If you really want to hear what it sounds like to others, you'll have to ...
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