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Why do some XLR connectors take batteries?

Yes, microphones like the AT899 give you the option of using internal battery power OR phantom power (from the XLR). Yes, microphones like the Rode Lav require phantom power without the option. ...
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Does a lav mic pickup noise?

'Sensitivity' is a measure of 'how much electric it puts out for a given level of sonic input' It has nothing whatsoever to do with its ability to separate wanted from unwanted sound. Microphones ...
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Does the RODE Lav mic need a pre-amp?

Yes the Lavalier can go to directly into a smartphone, just make sure you purchase the Micon11 connector together with the Lav. The Lavalier needs one of the "Micon" connectors to work anyway, it's a ...
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Mic'ing character inside full animal costume?

As it will not be seen, you have the freedom to attach it to the actor's head or face, rather than any clothing/costume. You could use a boom version, over the ear & just to the side of the mouth,...
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Recording using multiple lavalier mics

You don't need 3 different sets of recording equipment. All you need is a mixer and a recorder. The mixer allows you to take inputs of varying impedances and levels, balance them, and pass to the ...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

There are some USB audio adapters which provide 5 or 7 channel output on 3.5mm TRS sockets. Those tend to have microphone inputs with bias voltage on them, too. Only problem is that the quality is ...
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Is there a wireless mic system that can use both lapel/lavalier & reporter/interview mic?

No. Each of these are a separate channel and will require a separate transmitter. You can purchase wireless mics that have multichannel receiver units, for instance a bundle will come with one ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

The manual for this device states it provides stereo line out (>250mV) on a pair of RCA (phono) connectors. If the microphone signal is routed to the line out you can record that with no need for a ...
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What is the proper name for the type of cable that can combine two mic input into one?

You want a 'headphone splitter' because what you're trying to do is divide the contacts equally between two identical devices by simply running them in parallel. You're running two TRS jacks to one ...
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Is there a wireless mic system that can use both lapel/lavalier & reporter/interview mic?

It seems like you are in deep water with a client insisting on influencing technical solutions that should be up to the sound person to handle. I would probably simply hire a professional for the job. ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

You are approaching this from the wrong direction. You are not going to be able to successfully reverse engineer this RF link. Could be any frequency, even 2.4GHz. Could be any modulation. You are not ...
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Can a lapel / lavalier mic be attached to a boom or mic stand?

A 'wireless' lav mic is wired to its transmitter, so you'd still have a couple of metres of cable to deal with - otherwise, sure, you can tape a lav mic to a stand, or buy a specific gooseneck. I ...
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Can a lapel / lavalier mic be attached to a boom or mic stand?

Why do you want to create a problem? Get a wireless podium mic instead. Examples at the low cost end includes "Shure BLX24/PG58" (included as search example, not as specific equipment advice)...
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Why my lav mic makes static when connected to PC, but not if connected to mixer?

Without any additional information, this sounds like a balanced v unbalanced issue. In very simple terms, a balanced connection uses 3 contacts in a way that helps to cancel out cable noise or other ...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

If you're getting an external USB audio interface, get one that supports phantom power [48v]. The Shure [& many other pro-level lav mics] comes with interchangeable adaptors for connectivity to ...
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Connecting two lavaliers to DR-40X as stereo audio

The Rode SmartLav+ is a high impedance [high-Z] mic, suited to computer headset/mic inputs. It also sounds like the pin-out of TRRS is designed to not confuse a computer's headset input. It's not ...
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Could a 3.5mm to usb adapter stand as a subtitute for external power for a condenser mic?

It depends on the power expectations and circuit design of the microphone. Some phone lavalier mics use a LR44 battery. Maybe yours does, too. The LR44 battery, for example, has a nominal voltage of 1....
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Recording using multiple lavalier mics

Here's my thinking, which considers "I'm on a tight budget" the #1 concern. True, lavaliers are standard for this type of work. But if you are on such a tight budget that you don't have a mixer, my ...
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Wireless system (transmitter and receiver) for XLR lavalier microphones and audio recorder?

There are a number of options here. The most practical will be a wireless lavalier kit. Typical devices are the Rode Wireless Go or the Sennheiser G3. Some manufacturers also offer a 'butt-plug' style ...
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Why does this cheap mic not pick up background noise?

From your link... "Clip the microphone onto the headphone cable as close to the mouth as possible" Sound follows the inverse square law - to massively over-simplify, twice as far away is a quarter ...
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Sennheiser mke 2 and ew100 g3= cable noise. Any ideas why?

This effect is known as 'microphonic' which is ironic in that the device that is being 'microphonic' is actually a microphone itself. Having said that, 'microphonic' normally refers to a device or ...
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How to connect lav mic to an audio interface?

I have the same mic (ATR3350) and was dealing with this issue. The tip and ring are the same output, so you can use a splitter, that would divide the TRS to TR(left)/TR(right) and use either one of ...
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Looking for voice recording setup w/ lavalier to laptop or phone

This is one of those questions that comes with a pre-wrapped preferred solution. Sometimes the solution requested just isn't the best - either from a practicality perspective or a cost perspective. ...
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Microphone for two presenters while screencasting?

Let's take the elements of your question in order: Background noise - as @tetsujin said, move all noisy equipment out of your recording studio. Ideally, run your noisy PC in another room and just use ...
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Does an XLR adaptor provide higher quality audio?

The quality of a signal isn't directly related to the connectors or the cables used. A balanced audio signal can have lower noise than an unbalanced signal in the same environment, because the ...
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Can I record 2 Audio-Technica ATR3350 lav mics split into a zoom recorder on different tracks?

You should be able to make this work with a couple of 1/8" female to 1/4" male adapters. Plug a lav mic into the adapter, then the adapter into one of the inputs on the bottom of the Zoom. Press and ...
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What's the right (low cost) equipment for a two-person in-person interview setup?

One setup that I've found to work pretty well is an all-in-one field recorder, such as a Zoom H6 or a Tascam Digital Portastudio. Such devices can often be found for cheaper than the cost of a full ...
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What's the right (low cost) equipment for a two-person in-person interview setup?

Have you actually TRIED recording with a phone in your conference room? If you identify exactly where is the microphone and hold it around 8 inches from the subject's mouth you may be surprised how ...
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