Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?
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Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?

When studying microphones and audio, the topic of unbalanced and balanced audio is sure to come up. Unbalanced and balanced audio are the two common ways to send audio from one audio device to another (for example, a microphone to a mic preamplifier). Do microphones output balanced or unbalanced audio? The vast majority of professional…

Does A Microphone Change Your Voice? (Natural Hearing Vs. Playback)
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Does A Microphone Change Your Voice? (Natural Hearing Vs. Playback)

We’ve likely all heard ourselves in a recording before and thought, “do I really sound like that?” How we hear ourselves speak is often vastly different from the way our voice actually sounds. Does a microphone change your voice? Microphones, like all audio equipment, will alter the sound of your voice. Some microphones capture voice…

Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?
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Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?

When dealing with analog audio, there are a few signal levels to be aware of: mic level, instrument level, line level (consumer), line level (professional), and speaker level. It’s critical to know the differences between these nominal signal levels when working with microphones and other audio equipment. Do microphones output line level signals? No, microphones…

Are Microphones AC Or DC Devices?
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Are Microphones AC Or DC Devices?

Microphones act as transducers, converting sound waves (mechanical wave energy) into audio signals (electrical energy). The movement of this electrical energy is called current, which happens in one of two ways: alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Are microphones AC or DC devices? Some microphones require DC voltages to power their active circuitries (internal…

What Is Microphone Gain And How Does It Affect Mic Signals?
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What Is Microphone Gain And How Does It Affect Mic Signals?

Recently, I was setting up a public address system for a presentation and was thinking about the importance of microphone gain. I decided I’d research a bit to improve my knowledge of gain and share the details with you all! So what is microphone gain, and how does it affect mic signals? Microphone gain increases the…