#1
ok, so the story was that i had my mind set on getting some sort of condensor mic purely from hearing about the superior sound quality, and considered the MXL 990.
however, the other day i was just doing a bit of research and i realised it needs an external power source or something called phantom power.
i didnt really understand even after some wikipedia-ing.
could someone explain it to me as though i am four years old , and might it work if i use the XLR bit on my M-Audio Black Box?
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#2
Phantom power is where a mixer to something similar sends 48v to the mic. This is only for certain mics and you can usually switch it on and off
#4
most condenser mics either take batteries or require phantom power (which almost all good mixers provide) , or take both. But yeah it just means that the mixer powers the mic, so if you dont have a mixer or computer interface with phantom power don't bother (unless you plan to buy one)

EDIT

yes it goes through the XLR cable.
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your 4 years old?!?!?!?!
are you a genius or are you foreign and meant 14?
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#7
I know in preamp applications, Phantom power is used to power the foot controller. Instead of plugging the source directly into the foot controller, you would power it through the 7 pin Midi cable. I would imagine your mic application is the same. You are including the signal path and a power source through your cable.
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<B>as though i am</B> four years old

i just meant that i wanted a simple explaination, in a sort of weird sentiment
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