#1
Ok I bought a condenser mic and I thought my recording interface had phantom power but apparently after doing some research I found it doesn't. So for the last few hours I've been recording like that. I was just wondering if I hurt or if I'm just being paranoid. Also when ever I record I get this annoying hum, I'm assuming its because I havn't been using phantom power, but I'm not sure. If any of you guys can help with either of these questions I would really appreciate it.
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#2
No it won't hurt it, only causes a humming sound which I think answers both questions? The mic will sound wayyy better with phantom power. Some don't even work without it so your lucky. What kind of mic is it?
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#3
Yeah man, your fine.

Just by a preamp to provide phantom power to the mic, or return the mic you have and get a dynamic mic. (option one is def. the better option here)

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#4
Its a sterling st44.
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#5
Yeah, it won't work properly without phantom power, but I can't see a reason why it would cause any damage. I've made that mistake loads of times with no detriment. You need to really do one of the options that Jared said.
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#6
i'm sure its fine. generally.. things only get damage when you run voltage thru it when its NOT supposed to have it.
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#7
ok well I got the power supply so thats taken care of but I still have that annoying um in the backround. Any idea how to get rid of that?
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#9
k I will try. I'm thinking it might be a grounding problem
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#12
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Ok I bought a condenser mic and I thought my recording interface had phantom power but apparently after doing some research I found it doesn't. So for the last few hours I've been recording like that. I was just wondering if I hurt or if I'm just being paranoid. Also when ever I record I get this annoying hum, I'm assuming its because I havn't been using phantom power, but I'm not sure. If any of you guys can help with either of these questions I would really appreciate it.


Plugging a condenser mic into an interface without phantom wont harm the mic in any ways although you wont get any sound from the mic...even if you pinned your preamp.

Buzzing means you have a grounding issue which should be fixed before turning on the power for the mic. Swap cables and try different power sockets.

Also be sure to turn down the preamp and levels knobs, then plug in your mic...after all that you can turn on the phantom power. It's best to keep phantom power off when wiring your mics.
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#13
cool thanks I will try that.
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#14
Well its official, I'm an idiot. I found the problem, I had forgot to change the microphone setting under sound in my control panel. I had been using my laptops microphone this whole time to record....
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#15
i had the exact same problem when i first started recording. I found out i'd been using my webcams mic for weeks.