Questions tagged [microphone]

A microphone is a device that converts a physical vibration (such as sound) into an electrical signal, that can be stored and/or processed.

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Using external microphone with Microsoft Surface

I have a colleague who needs to run a zoom call presentation of a singing group. I am proposing to connect an external microphone to the Microsoft Surface he will running the zoom call on. I can ...
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Would I benefit from a preamp?

When does it make sense to use a pre-amp? I'm using the Shure SM57 with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) to record my podcast. This mic requires a lot of gain - I always have the gain on the ...
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Weird hissing/static sound from dynamic microphone

I recently bought a Behringer XM8500 dynamic microphone, plugged it into my audio interface (Focusrite Solo first generation) and noticed that no audio was coming from it (no signal was being produced ...
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Mic bodypack with wired output?

Is there such a thing as a wireless mic bodypack that also has a 3.5mm output? I want the flexibility to connect an earset mic to a computer headset input jack.
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My brand new AT-2035 mic sounds EXTREMELY muffled. Can someone help me solve the problem?

I have the mic hooked up to a Scarlett Solo and just as of recently my vocals are so muffled to how it sounded just a few months prior. I haven't recorded in a while and when I decided to start ...
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Zoom H5 External Mic (1/2) not visible on Screen of

When H5 is turned on, screen does not show external mic (1/2) only L/R. I can connect an external mic - Shure sm58 - & it will record input in only one, but screen shows L/R. What do I need to ...
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7.1 Sound Card not taking Mic Input [duplicate]

I've BM-800 Microphone, it's working perfectly fine when using my internal/integrated sound card but the internal card has some hissing sounds, I'm trying to use an external sound card but it isn't ...
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XLR-1/4'' vs XLR-XLR cable

I recently bought a Shure SV100 dynamic microphone that came with an XLR-1/4'' cable, which I'm plugging into a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd gen. interface. This interface has two input jacks: a line/...
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White noise through mic even when muted

I am trying to record audio but even when the mic is muted the recording picks up white noise. It's not the mic because I've tried it with my headset mic and the same issue occurs. Not software either ...
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My Windows 10 PC isn't picking up any sound coming from my BM-800 Mic wired through my pre-amplifier [duplicate]

I bought a BM-800 Condenser Microphone The Mic has a 3.5mm jack so I'm using an adaptor (3.5mm female to 6.5mm male) I have it hooked up into the Mono 6.6mm jack of a Joseph MIX-278 Phono/Mic Pre-...
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Best hidden device for sound recording outdoor interviews

Hello sound enthusiasts! I have been looking for a good sound recording device to use outside for interviewing people. I do want it to be hidden, so that it's invisible to the person I'm interviewing. ...
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Build specs for a budget parabolic microphone for recording bird song

I'm planning a custom parabolic microphone build for recording distant bird sounds. Next to sound quality, my priorities are budget (up to $300) and portability (lightweight). Parabolic dish: $130 22&...
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What shock mount setup is being used in this picture?

I was doing some research before purchasing some audio recording equipment, and came across this interesting combination that I can't quite identify: From this 2016 video: ...
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Should i upgrade my Microphone or my Interface first? [closed]

Good Day, Im searching for my next upgrade in Hardware. At the moment i am working with: Steinberg UR MKII (Audio Interface) Rode NT1A (Microphone) KRK RP5 G4 (Monitors) My Room is sound-treated. As i ...
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Decomposing audio signal into constituent waves

When it comes to sampling sound with a microphone and performing analysis on it, I have the following understanding: Most things produce multiple "sound waves", typically a fundamental base ...
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Can the way a vocal microphone makes you sound be defined by its technical specs?

I have a gaming headset (Razer Kraken) that has the following microphone specs: Class: Electret Condenser Microphone (ECM) Frequency response: 100 Hz - 10 kHz Signal-to-noise ratio: 60 dB Sensitivity:...
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Plug and Play Condenser Mic not working on my USB Mixer Interface [closed]

I recently bought a new condenser microphone online to replace my old BM800. My problem is, the new condenser mic only works when directly plugged into my pc with the 3.5mm TRS connector. It does not ...
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Subtle Static Issues When Recording Audio

having some static problems; particularly when my voice is picked up. I'm using an AT2020 paired with a Line 6 UX2 interface and ART Tube Studio V3 Preamp. POD Farm is set up following some YouTube ...
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Recording acoustic guitar with Dynamic and condeser at same time

It's possible or a bad idea to use a condenser mic and a dynamic mic simultaneously to get body details with the condenser and neck Brightness with the dynamic? There will be seriuos phase issues? ...
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Record a room with people without miking them individually

Hey I need to record a room of up to 20 people. (Its a so called hybrid seminar in which some people are participating via zoom and some are physically attending it). The goal is that the people in ...
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Suggestion for microphone / setup for recording noises from neighbors

I'm unlucky enough to have noisy neighbors above me (living in a flat). Yes, I tried talking to them like 10 times, but then I had to involve the landlord who eventually gave them a 1st warning. This ...
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Static of death. Is the microphone or the sound card the problem?

I have an old Line6 Toneport UX2 and a Studio Projects C1 MkII large diaphragm condenser microphone that I haven't used in a long time (8yrs+). I just bought my dream guitar and thought I might do ...
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How can I create a decent video conference setup with a standalone microphone and speakers?

Since COVID hit the world we've all been doing a lot more video calls for work. For me that's been no different and I'm doing calls every day. I had a steelseries arctis 7 headset for a while, but ...
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Do microphones have noise gates or pre-processing in hardware?

A follow-up on Is this blip due to the voice actor or the recording equipment? : I noticed on different microphones and computers that I sometimes get a subtle and sudden drop in volume at the end of ...
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Mixer and audio interface combined with a mic

I'm hoping to present this to you guys the best way possible to describe my intentions and the available equipment. I have: Behringer X2222USB mixer PreSonus Quantum 2626 interface Blue Yeti Pro ...
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My BM800 wont condensate [duplicate]

I have a BM800 and when i plug it in it wont condensate. I used it before and it sounded perfectly fine but now its not working right... When I speak directly to it, the sound quality was very weak ...
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Can I gauge the performance and richness of a microphone from the spectrum plot?

I am preparing an audio recording studio at home and want to understand the traits of microphones before I get one. I recorded with actors in a semi-professional studio with a Neumann condenser ...
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Why is my input from my microphones so low?

I have 4 Behringer microphones (around £20) and a “SOUNDLAB 4 CHANNEL MONO MICROPHONE MIXER WITH EFFECTS“. I am attempting to start a podcast. When I record the audio, unless it is on full blast on ...
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Best ultrasonic microphone for recording mouse squeaks? [duplicate]

I need to record mice squeaks which range from 20 - 100 kHz. Are there any good American-made alternatives to the co-100k? https://www.sankenchromatic.com/products/co-100k/ I'm not a sound ...
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High pitched noise in my condenser mic

I am having a high pitched voice in my microphone wherever I speak and am quite troubled by it. I read some similar questions to this problem but still haven't find a solution for it. When I plugged ...
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How to use Sennheiser e945 mic as input for Smartphone

I have Sennheiser e945 microphone. It says it is a Dynamic microphone. I have OnePlus 7/8T phones and have been trying to figure out how to use the mic for singing and recording (wirelessly) directly ...
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Condenser Mic is having a high pitched white noise (tzzzzz voice) [duplicate]

I just bought a condenser mic today and when I tried to use it, there is a constant white noise which is quite loud. I checked my window settings and found out that the mic is constantly having that ...
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Is the microphone's self-noise the main source of background noise in a quiet room?

I am preparing a DIY home recording studio. I did four experiments a new Samson C01U plugged into a Mac computer and recording into Audacity. I recorded background noise in one room without furniture ...
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Microphone Clipping unless gain is ridiculously low

So i've had an X1 S XLR microphone for a year or two now, and while it delivers clear audio, it seems exceptionally sensitive. It says it has a maximum SPL of 140/150/160 depending on switch setting, ...
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Does microphone recording volume has anything to do with background noise?

I am using a condenser mic with a Mac Book Pro. There are some noise outside the room. Which one is better recording volume? 50% or 100% to get less noise after final production? I will apply ...
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Make quiet quieter and loud louder using vst or equalizer apo

Excuse me for my English and my repeats in advance. So i need to do the exact opposite of what normalizers do. My mic has extreme spatial sensitivity(condenser mic without 48v) and it catches even a ...
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Microphone with wider frequency range or higher sensitivity for better qualtiy?

For instance I've put my eye on two mics (cardioid condenser ones). One has -90dB sensitivity and frequency range of 20 - 20 000 Hz. The other on has -46dB sensitivity and frequency of 50 - 15 000 Hz....
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Is there any difference between Gain and Volume for single input?

I've read a lot about gain when you have multiple inputs, it's best in a digital setup to keep it well under 0. I can't find anything about a single input though, which is what I'm recording for some ...
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Can't get mic into 'yellow zone' in OBS or other programs

I own 3 mics. A Rode NT-USB USB mic A Movo 3.5mm shotgun A Rode 3.5mm lavmic I've read (and agree) that when recording you want the sound level in the 'yellow' (-20 to -9dB) zone in OBS just below ...
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Reparing Flutter in Sterling Audio St55

I recently got a Sterling Audio ST55 for free cause the previous owner noticed a high-frequency flutter in the signal. The mic still works for the most part, but the flutter definitely dulls the ...
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Vocal recording sounds like two voices. Can it be removed?

A vocal recording I made for a gaming let's play somehow sounds like 2 voices are going at the same time. It sounds robotic and extremely annoying, and I don't know how it happened since my microphone ...
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1/8" Headset to XLR

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface connected to my PC. It has XLR mic input and 1/4" headphones output, while my headset has regular double 1/8" jacks. I was wondering if it's safe to ...
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USB mic on Macbook Pro 13" (2019)

Can I connect a usb microphone(Fifine K669) to my MacBook Pro which has 4 thunderbolt ports and no USB-A. I have a cheap USB-A to Thunderbolt adapter, which seems to do very well with usb flash drives ...
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Software algorithm or hardware chips for fixing audio feedback loop

I'm supposed to do a presentation on solutions to fix audio feedback loop (microphone feedback, that issue when you hear the voice echoed multiple times) and I can't find any algorithms for software ...
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MXL 990 Mic, UR22-MKII sudden breakdown

I was using my Steinberg UR22-MKII, MXL 990 setup for 4-5 months without any problems. But today, suddenly when the mic was connected (and working), the mic suddenly stopped giving output. I couldn't ...
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Contact Microphone Noise Isolation

I have a piezo contact microphone which I am using to detect running water in a pipe. I intend to use this signal to determine the time at which water turns on or off in the pipe. However, there is ...
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How to relate audio PCM data to a dB SPL value?

I've got a set with MEMS microphones that measure audio signals at ultrasonic frequencies. The MEMS microphones have a PDM output which is then converted into PCM (this is necessary to allow for a ...
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Mic closest as human ear (not just few inches away)

I am currently working in a project that require microphone which hear as sensitive as human ear do. I.e barking sound of neighbor's dog, boiling water sound in kitchen, etc Is there any? I am fairly ...
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Why is my microphone peaking at -6 dB?

I have a cheap, simple recording setup: a Behringer UMC204HD DAC interface and a Behringer C-1 microphone connected over XLR. For some reason the input from the microphone peaks (clips) at precisely -...
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Thoughts on mics for recording vocals

I was keen to buy a mic for recordings. I have shortlisted two of them - Shure SM58 AT 2020 I have heard people say that condenser mics are mostly used for vocals. I wanted to buy At 2020, but the ...

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