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Standarduser 09-29-2012 01:31 PM

Should the mic always be plugged in?
 
Ive got a samson q7 dynamic mic and it doesnt have a switch so basically(my observation anyways...) is that its always on. Is it good?

Sethis 09-29-2012 01:53 PM

Don't you ever unplug the cable you use for your mic? :p:

chaosmoon 09-29-2012 02:16 PM

Yep, it's fine. That's how most microphones are. I would unplug the mic when you're done using it, but that's probably more for good housekeeping rather than mic health.

mikey85123 09-29-2012 03:14 PM

It's perfectly fine. The microphone generates it's own electrical current/signal when sound waves hit the diaphragm. That is going to happen whether it's plugged in or not. The cable only transfers that signal to the mixer/input.

Standarduser 10-01-2012 06:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikey85123
It's perfectly fine. The microphone generates it's own electrical current/signal when sound waves hit the diaphragm. That is going to happen whether it's plugged in or not. The cable only transfers that signal to the mixer/input.


So every mic is in perpetual recording phase?

Wow thats awesome XD

mikey85123 10-01-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Standarduser
So every mic is in perpetual recording phase?

Wow thats awesome XD


It's just dealing with a magnet and a diaphragm. It's like a speaker in reverse. Whenever sound waves meet the diaphragm it causes movement and therefore a small signal through electromagnetic induction.

Same concept that allows a dj to reverse polarity on their headphones and speak into them as a mic.

kyle62 10-01-2012 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by mikey85123
It's just dealing with a magnet and a diaphragm. It's like a speaker in reverse. Whenever sound waves meet the diaphragm it causes movement and therefore a small signal through electromagnetic induction.

Exactly this. It's so simple really.


In fact, a decent sized speaker (like an 8"-15" studio monitor or guitar speaker) can make an awesome kick drum mic.

oneblackened 10-01-2012 07:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by kyle62
Exactly this. It's so simple really.


In fact, a decent sized speaker (like an 8"-15" studio monitor or guitar speaker) can make an awesome kick drum mic.

Yup, for the subkick.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Standarduser
So every mic is in perpetual recording phase?

Wow thats awesome XD

Nope, condenser mics need electrical current (known as phantom power) to operate.


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