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Old 09-29-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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Don't you ever unplug the cable you use for your mic?
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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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
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:47 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:51 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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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.
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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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