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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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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How do I make a recording of a group of people playing a tabletop rpg?

I'm in front of small challenge. I'll be recording group of 6 people playing tabletop RPG. They'll be all sitting at one table but game master (person who narrates thru game) will be hidden behind his ...
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How would I route iPhone vocals into my DAW?

I have an iPhone 6s Plus with a cool vocal effect app. I also have a "Blue" condenser microphone, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, and I'm using Ableton as my DAW. What adapters and/or ...
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what essentials should I have for recording

I have Ableton and some Native Instruments plug-ins on Mac. I'd like to record for some educational music to put on YouTube. I would also like to take a first step into building a home recording ...
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Apollo twin and Sterling ST55

I plugged my ST55 into the Mic one channel of my Apollo twin. The cable is XLR and I turn on the +48V phantom power. But even if I crank up all the gain to the max in the apollo console, I get ...
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Røde NT-USB produces static noise depending on the USB cable

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, so please remind me if this is the case. The problem I just discovered that my USB microphone produces static noise (not sure if this is ...
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Unknown polar pattern on bought MXL 990 mic

I just got MXL 990 Heritage Edition, for recording guitar and vocals. However, when opening the box I saw the polar pattern on the box. It's something like this. It doesn't fully resemble a cardioid ...
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How Are The Mic Placement Standard Techniques Desided On

Most information I can get on the internet about mic placement is on specific placements for certain recorded instruments or sounds but I was wondering how those recommendations are decided on. Is it ...
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Unique setup for spatial mic array and phase issues?

I am working on a project that uses a grid of 16 speakers roughly 8 feet on center. The speakers are ceiling mounted and down fire into a space. The playback/spatialization is a custom system that ...
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How to get rid of persistent mic buzz?

I have a Shure SM57 running into a behringer UMC202HD Audio Interface. It records all sound fine but when i try to record my acoustic guitar, there is a persistant buzz at a G2 in all the track and it ...
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Sennheiser K6 making purring sound?

I have this ME66/K6 combo mic. It randomly started making this purring noise. I changed the XLR cable, audio interface, battery etc.. still nothing. However, After removing the ME66 portion, the ...
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Loud audio recording microphone

I'm trying to record really loud audio - a jet engine, actually. I'm limited to recording in a 20'x 20' cinder block test room. We have cameras in the room, some that record audio, but the audio is ...
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Sound Card Creating Mic Static

I am using a generic karaoke microphone with a C-Media Pci sound card (an older one). If I enable playback, (you can hear what your mic is recording) I hear copious amounts of static. I can find no ...
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I bought a Floureon BM-800, and neweer 48v phantom power, but still no sound?

I bought a floureon bm-800 under the impression it was a plug and go and it didn't work, so upon further investigation i have found some versionS require phantom power. however, even after buying and ...
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Sennheiser MKH 418S power adapter

What is the power adapter for Sennheiser MKH 418S Stereo Mic? I've an adapter MZA 14, provided by the reseller, but it gives a mono output only. Is there any other adaptor recommended for the same Mic ...
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How can I hook two headsets with mics up to the same PC/laptop, allowing them to freely talk to each other?

I am involved in broadcasting for a school and want the two broadcasters to be able to communicate with each other through the headsets. We had this setup functioning properly on a laptop using a ...
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Can anyone identify the source of these recording artifacts?

I have a setup with a pair of high-frequency (200k) ultrasonic microphones which I am trying to run from a Raspberry Pi Zero. The microphones are attached to a USB hub, and both the hub and the Pi ...
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XLR AT2020 Problem

My Audio Technica AT2020 is plugged into a interface called the Scarlett solo. For some odd reason I will be recording when randomly I will look at the audio bar and is not going up and down it's ...
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Subtle high-pitched tone from Samson C02

I'm wanting to use a Samson C02 going into a Zoom R24 to dabble a bit in recording music, gameplay commentary, and other miscellaneous things. However, whenever I use the mic, there's a rather quiet ...
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USB condensor Mic schizophrenia

I have a Audio Technica Atr and I've been using it for about a week now with Garageband/Mac. Today, after creating a new track (compressed) the sound was off. We've built a very professional ...
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Microphone Preamplifier for Condenser Mic - Research Application

I've looked around and am having trouble finding an answer to a somewhat specific question. I hope that an audio engineer can help. I have a Dayton EMM-6 microphone I'm using to characterize acoustic ...
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Condenser Shotgun Microphone Their Limits And Use In Dual Applications

I have an condenser shotgun microphone made by Audio-technica. Top of the line, I'm sure. It has a tip-ring-sleeve aka stereo jack on it. (I would gladly buy two Sennheiser $1,000 condenser shotgun ...
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Why do I get low frequency audio buzz during recording?

So I have a semi-ghetto system set up for recording on my PC using a shure sm58 microphone, it is on a modified lamp stand to suspend it in mid air, so it has no chance of vibration interference, and ...
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Sennheiser MKH70 temperature range

I can't find any information from Sennheiser about temperature range (specs here). What is the Sennheiser MKH70 temperature range? For example, is it possible to use in -15 C?
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Condenser Mic - Constant white noise (hiss), can't get rid of it

I've been reading through the posts and learning a lot. Thank you all for sharing and helping! I'm new to recording and I just set up my recording system to do voice overs and audio books. Here is ...
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Condenser Mic Not Working

I recently got a new mic since I am in a video game development course and I will need it for voice acting for my later projects. I have been trying to make it work, but not matter what I try it just ...
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Use of a Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3-A in China

I am travelling to China (Sichuan and Yunnan) and planning to use a Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3-A Wireless Lapel Microphone System - bought in Australia. I would like to know: whether the use of ...
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How to mic a sleeping baby's breathing?

I have a project for uni, I want to be able to detect if a baby has stopped breathing from one point in the house away from the baby. This would prevent cot death and could have lots of uses. Maybe in ...
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How do I improve the recording levels when rcording from mixer to laptop?

I'm an amateur when it comes to all things audio, but I've been put in charge of the audio system at our church. We're making the switch from recording sermons directly to CD to recording to a laptop....
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Stereo Microphone (BeyerDynamic MCE72)

Hi, Just wanted to know if anyone had any reviews or experiences with using the BeyerDynamic MCE72 stereo mic? How does it compare with other stereo mics? Thanks.
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Anyone used a Sanken CS-2?

looking at getting one, anyone used it sound quality good for home recordings?
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Can I stack Microphones on a Nexia mixer?

We have a small meeting room, and we just bought some new wired microphones to replace the wireless omni mics we had in there before. The sound is infinitely better, but we're realizing there were ...
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Input sound has latency when the computer is connected to a speaker

I have a Mid-2014 MacBook Pro, and a very basic USB microphone. When I connect the USB microphone and use a software like Line In or GarageBand, I can hear the input clearly from the MacBook's ...
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USB microphone introduces buzzing after a few minutes of listening

Preamble I recently bought a new AT2020 USB condenser microphone. Tossed up going with the XLR and getting a dedicated interface, but I'm not a sound engineer - I'm a computer programmer - and this is ...
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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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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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What type of microphone is best for a medium space room mix?

I'm looking for a way to record a live dance class in a 25' x 20' space. I want the classroom ambience but also want the teacher's voice to be clear. I'll be using a PA system either in the back or ...
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Stream Ubuntu Microphone to Mac

I have a mac without a microphone, however I wish to use Garageband with one. I have an Ubuntu 18.04 laptop which does have one, and I wonder if there's a way to stream the microphone to mac over my ...
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Can I use one of these common USB audio interfaces with Sony F-99B dynamic mic?

I got an age-old Sony F-99B dynamic microphone lying around while I was looking for gear to shoot an interview-style podcast. Now, I understand that dynamic mics output mic level signals that should ...
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How to connect my ModMic Uni (3.5 mm plug) to my MOTU M2 audio interface (6.35 mm jack)

The title says it all: How do I connect my ModMic Uni (3.5 mm plug) to my MOTU M2 audio interface (6.35 mm jack)? I'm very much a newbie when it comes to audio. I bought a 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm ...
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Correct gain structure cause me more problems with audio feedback

In the gain structure process of my mic with the mixer, I was always taught to back off the gain a little bit before it peaks. But if I do that, it seems I cannot reach very high volumes of my voice ...
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How do you wire a 5wire mic to a 3pin connector?

I have an old table mic with a 5 wire cable that someone had hardwired into a small amp. I've repurposed the amp, and now I want to fix the mic, but I'm not having much luck finding a wiring diagram ...
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Headphones and XLR mic wont work with DAC at the same time

I have been using a Neewer XLR mic paired with the Behringer UM-2 DAC for a while now and have had an ongoing problem that had not bothered me until quarantine happened. I can not get the headphone ...
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Does the Superlux ps418s work with lc97-tws

I purchased some https://www.tbone-mics.com/en/product/information/details/lc97-tws/ from Thomman, but un-noticed by me, when I went to check out my saved cart a week later, the (cheap) tbone mini xlr ...
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Line level to mic level on PC - lower output volume | use a direct box | use other options?

In this instance, I would like to hook an output of my audio interface (1/4in output on a focusrite 18i20) to the mic input on my PC (just standard 3.5mm input on the motherboard). I see a bunch of ...
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How to record ultrastound with phone?

For an experiment, I need to record ultrasound using my phone. Is there an app for it? Can my inbuilt phone do? Is it at all possible (Are today's phones capable)?
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Application to stream the microphone

I am looking an application for a piano teacher. He has to give piano lessons to one student at a time. Currently he does video lessons using the Zoom application, but the Zoom application transmits ...
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Acquisition setup recommendation: insect monitoring

I'm building an audio-based insect / pollinator monitoring device for crowdsourced biodiversity assessment. I want to record sounds of bees, bumblebees and other pollinators arriving, departing and ...
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What is causing static while I am recording?

I am fairly new to recording and I am having an issue. I am using an AKG c214 Microphone, a Focusrite 2i4 interface, and running Fl studio. I am getting a static/robotic sound when recording or ...