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I bought an Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone off eBay which works fine most of the time but sometimes picks up noise as heard in this recording. Can anyone identify the problem?

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The noise you can hear is someone snoring. My advice would be to attend your local GP for assessment and possible treatment.

There's also a bit of static on the track, which is possibly due to a faulty capsule or excess humidity.

  • Yes, it's me snoring, I am recording it in order to detect sleep apnoea, which I suffer from. If you listen past about 20 seconds, the 'static' gets gradually worse until it almost drowns out the recorded sound completely. After a while it subsides. This happens only occasionally. Any idea why? – drkvogel Feb 7 at 15:55
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    It may be dirt or contamination on/in the capsule, or the associated wiring. Condenser mics have a very high impedance sensor that is vulnerable to leakage currents. You probably need to have the mic cleaned/serviced by someone who knows what he's doing. – sh- Feb 7 at 23:05
  • Again, I believe it's a faulty capsule. It could be that excess humidity in the room is causing the diaphragm to break down. Any dirt on the diaphragm would exacerbate the effect. I have no idea why this is an intermittent issue, but I do believe that this is a faulty mic which needs servicing and repair. – Mark Feb 8 at 0:01
  • I would also recommend testing the mic with a different power source. There is a small possibility that it might be a phantom power issue. – Mark Feb 8 at 6:36

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