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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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1/8 mic to 1/4 input wiring?

I am trying to connect a headset with inline microphone to my computer through my NI Komplete Audio 6 audio interface. The headphones have a 1/8" TRRS male cable which I have plugged into a 1/8&...
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How to merge two audio outputs to one output

I'm trying to merge two audio outputs which are my microphone and VB-Audio Virtual Cable, to one output, and maybe make one of the outputs quieter when my microphone is making sound. I'm looking for a ...
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Quiet place sound meter

Is it possible to sense small audio signal like 30db with electret microphone? Is there any module to do this manually?
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Is it okay to connect Belden 8412 to condenser microphone?

I know there is Belden 8423 which states that it's specially made for phantom power, but I currently only have Belden 8412, since I only had dinamic microphone(before you ask, yes I am planning to buy ...
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Audio interface and mic monitor for video conferencing

I am thinking of getting an XLR microphone for video conferencing. Will the mic monitoring output of the audio interface only output my voice or the audio from the video conferencing software mixed ...
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Is there equipment capable of recording the entire audio spectrum (audible through ultrasonic)?

Title pretty much says it all. I imagine it would take specialized gear through the entire signal chain - more like lab equipment than studio recording equipment. Probably a combination of inputs to ...
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Features suitable for a home studio microphone

In an untreated room, so we are talking about a very normal home studio without particular sound-absorbing panels or soundproof walls, what is the most important technical specification to take into ...
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Detect which microphone is spoken into

I have a couple (10 or so) microphone XLR inputs that goes into my analog mixer Allen & Heath PA20. The problem is that the channel inputs don't have a signal LED that lights up when someone ...
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Understanding microphone and recorder/preamplifier noise specifications

I am currently trying to understand the connections between microphone sensitivity, decibels, signal-to-noise ratio, bit depth, dynamic range, etc. A picture from which I expect a lot to understand ...
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Switch one microphone between multiple different output destinations

I am not an audio guy so apologies up front if the terminology I use below is incorrect or otherwise. I am trying to consolidate all of my USB headsets/integrated microphones that I have on my desk ...
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RC300: using a dynamic mic via JACK or XLR

Does the RC300 (or any audio device in general) have a special internal gain for the XLR input? When using a dynamic mic via JACK the sound level is very minimal, whereas when using it with the XLR ...
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What are the frequency dependent design components of microphones?

I would like to know what are the frequency limiting design factors and components in microphones? Why are some microphones able to detect sound up to 100kHz and others only 20kHz? I know that the ...
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Weird hum with Dynamic Microphones

I have a new Rode PodMic (or Procaster) plugged into a Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD and I experienced a very weird hum problem. If I place the mic on different locations / angles, a very weird hum ...
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Will a cloudlifter get rid of noise for (RE20, Focusrite solo) combo for talking?

Currently, I own an RE20 along with a focusrite solo interface. I find that recordings of me speaking is quite noisy. Two questions: What's the purpose of a cloudlifter? (is it solely to increase the ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

I am in a situation where a UHF mic is being used to transmit audio to a speaker with a built in receiver. In this case, the speaker in question is a Pyle PPHP1241WMU. The actual transmitter has no ...
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Can I send mic-level audio out to body unit of wireless lav?

I'm hosting an event in an auditorium with a number of audio feature's I like, and some that get in my way. The room is controlled by a Creston system -- which is simply a black box to me, and I'd ...
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Can a microphone suddenly stop picking child voices [closed]

My parents are complaining that on the last Zoom call (last week was fine) they couldn't hear their son (6 years old) until he used the microphones on a headset. I run a mic test Quality Rating: 1334 ...
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Purchase process for piano microphones

I will purchase microphones for recording pianos, and I need advice on how I reason about it. My criteria for the microphones are (therefore): For piano exclusively, upright and grand. I have long K&...
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How to record a multi-host podcast with a dedicated microphone on an iPad

Trying to get a podcast started with two host that are working remotely. The simple environment I am trying to work with recording with a discord bot. I have a gaming headset that I want to try using ...
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Recording quiet sounds in a loud environment

Is there a technology which allows to record relatively quiet sounds even in a (very) loud environment? To perhaps better explain what I'm after, picture a small ballerina music box at a loud ...
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Tascam dr40x 'stereo mode' with built0in mics yields doubled/strange audio

I have a Tascam Dr40x. I have mainly the default settings, recording as mp3 192. When I record in 'stereo record mode' with the built in mics I am getting this weird 'doubled voice' sound. However, ...
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Angle at which to aim a microphone to pick up voice

Consider the case where a person is making short videoclips of themselves talking and preparing food and they are using the kind of mic that needs to be quite close to their mouth. So it is not a ...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

I give a lot of live (but recorded) seminars over zoom and need high voice quality. At home I use a Rode NT5 plugged into a focusrite 2i2 in a room with some sound treatment, and am pleased with the ...
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Low end is missing from audio through sound interface and condenser mic going to macOS

My setup is very cheap. I consider myself a beginner, so I wanted to learn and let this learning journey progressively unveil the need for better gear. Mic: Neewer® NW-700 Professional Studio ...
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Mic with character, or transparent + DAW?

Condenser, small diaphragm microphones are known for transparent sound, while the large diaphragms often have an (appreciated) coloured sound. That is my understanding, correct me if I’m wrong. ...
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Sporadic, hissing, wind-like noise from condenser microphone - what cause/fix?

There are acoustic glitches in my recordings, and I would like to know the cause of the sound anomaly and possible fixes. This is what our spectrogram looks like: And here are the example recordings ...
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Difference of a normal(Dual array) microphone and a Digital Microphone

backstory: So I have been searching for some laptops, and stumbled upon this question. The laptop A has an Dual Array Microphone, nothing special; the laptop B has an Digital Microphone - Digital and ...
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No external mic input can be given to Laptop

I have a ASUS A555LF laptop. I facing an issue with microphone, my laptop only detects in built mic but any other external mic source like headphones or condenser mic. I used OBS as audio monitor for ...
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Why are studio condenser microphones typically oriented pointing upwards rather than towards the subject's mouth?

Why are microphones used for recording vocals in a studio typically oriented pointing orthogonal to the speaker's mouth, such that the subject is effectively speaking into the side of the mic? I.e. ...
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With a dynamic mic is it possible to have as low noise as a condenser?

This is a question just out of curiosity. I have a Rode NT1-A microphone and also a Rode Podmic. I run both of them through a Yamaha MG12XU mixer. The Podmic goes through an sE Electronics DM1 ...
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Why are microphones so expensive?

I bought a pair of RØDE NT5 for about 350 EUR, while Shure's KSM 141 is about 750 EUR. The latter has more features and for instance lower noise level. Still these are not exactly the latest ...
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Good way of clamping things to a mic stand

I'm starting to think about audio recordings that I want to make in the next few months and one of the sounds I'd like to capture is rain on an umbrella. My first thought was that I could stand ...
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Headphones (presumably without mic) Shows Microphone Output when Plugged into Mic Port [closed]

OK this is probably a really dumb question, but I haven't been able to google my way out of this. I have some headphones I want to ensure do not have a mic. I'm 99% sure they don't, but to be cautious ...
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How to get rid of a hiss in my Behringer Q802USB?

I recently purchased a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB, which I intend to use for inputing three Rode Wireless Go mics into my computer. I am using these adapters to use the "line in" inputs. But ...
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Signal in one channel, noise on both – tool to exploit this for noise reduction

I have a stereo microphone recording that features two sources: The signal is considerably more prominent in the left channel than in the right one. The noise is present in both channels but slightly ...
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Would the Focusrite Scarlett be a good pair with the Samson Q2U

I'm looking at getting an XLR interface for my Samson Q2U as right now its just usb and while it works fine I want to keep improving my setup. The Samson Q2U claims it has a sensitivity of -54 db ...
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How to supply a microphone with plug-in-power via TRS or TRRS plug?

I would like to use a Rode VideoMicro microphone requiring low-voltage phantom power, or plug-in power, on a device which does not supply plug-in-power. There seem to be commercial options, though I ...
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Connect BM800 condenser microphone to LG-OK55 Karaoke System [closed]

I just bought BM800 condenser microphone to play karaoke. I have LG-OK55 Karaoke System. When I plug BM800 into my PC, it works but with a high latency. If I plug BM800 directly into LG-OK55, it doesn'...
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What determines the 'innate signature' of a person's voice?

You can have two men who have grown up in the same country and place (let's take south London in the UK for example) who are the same age, went to the same schools, and the same pitch (depth) in their ...
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what model is this Sennheiser shotgun?

I'm having the opportunity to buy by second hand a Sennheiser shotgun, but there is no written the model. Does anyone recognize it?
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Force use Headset's microphone over AUX [closed]

My bluetooth headset has a built-in mic (which works great over bluetooth) but it also comes with a TRS-TRRS cable (TRS on the headset side) with another mic in it. When connecting the headset with ...
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Vocal Microphone: How critical is published frequency range?

I'm looking to acquire a vocal microphone for a bass singer who can hit a reliable F1 (about 44 Hz). Points where the singer reaches down to this F1 would be some of the highlights of a performance. ...
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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?

We all know the problems it causes for the sound engineer at concerts when the guitarist raises the volume mid show. "It goes to 11" But why are amps always behind the artists aimed out at ...
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How do I capture individuals speaking in a 75' X 50' space?

At our place of worship, we are doing a hybrid In Person / Zoom Sunday School. We are currently using our condenser mics to pick up questions from the "In Person" crowd. The issue is, we ...
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How should I mic my upright piano?

I would like to record myself playing a piano part on my upright piano at home. Things of importance: The piano is in a smallish room with very little resonance/reverb going on. I have to hand a ...
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getting a wav file from a mic while also using it to record a zoom call

I have a project in which I'll be using a Blue Yeti X (or something like it, podcasting type mic) as a mic on a macOS computer and recording people on it using Zoom. I want linked audio and video ...
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Tips for second microphone for audience comments? From the rear of the auditorium?

As with many churches during COVID, we went to a recorded/streaming service. When we returned to properly cautious, in-person gatherings there were several who appreciated the ability to watch the ...
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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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