Differences Between 2.5mm, 3.5mm & 6.35mm Headphone Jacks
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Differences Between 2.5mm, 3.5mm & 6.35mm Headphone Jacks

Although the popularity of wireless headphones continues to increase, wired headphones and their associated headphone jacks are still used regularly. There are a few different headphone jack sizes we should be aware of when using our wired headphones. These sizes are 2.5mm (3/32″), 3.5mm (1/8″) and 6.35mm (1/4″). What are the differences between 2.5mm, 3.5mm…

What Is An Audio Snake And Are They Required?
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What Is An Audio Snake And Are They Required?

The audio world is full of neat gadgets and devices that make the lives of professionals and amateurs easier. One such optimization is the audio snake. What Is An Audio Snake And Are They Required? An audio snake is essentially one physical cable that combines multiple audio cables within its body. Snakes come in a…

What Do Microphones Plug Into? (Full List Of Mic Connections)
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What Do Microphones Plug Into? (Full List Of Mic Connections)

A microphone is an important transducer that converts sound waves into audio signals. However, microphones need to plug into mixers/recorders and, ultimately, a playback system to be heard and truly enjoyed by the listener. What do microphones plug into? Microphones typically plug into mic preamplifiers (which can be standalone devices or built into mixers, recorders,…

Do Microphones Plug Into Amps? (Guitar Amps, Preamps, Power Amps, Etc)
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Do Microphones Plug Into Amps? (Guitar Amps, Preamps, Power Amps, Etc)

When dealing with any kind of audio signal, amplification is often a necessary step between devices (microphones to mixers, mixers to loudspeakers, etc.). Amplifiers, as the name suggests, are needed to provide such amplification to the audio signals. Do microphones plug into amps? Microphones output mic levels signals which require amplification to become line level…

How To Plug A Microphone Into A Guitar Or Bass Amp
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How To Plug A Microphone Into A Guitar Or Bass Amp

Some situations may call for plugging your mic(s) into a guitar or bass guitar amplifier. You could be in a jam space without a PA system or be looking to add crunchy distortion (and other effects) to your vocals. How do we plug a microphone into a guitar or bass amp? To plug a mic…

How To Plug A Microphone Into A Speaker
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How To Plug A Microphone Into A Speaker

Generally speaking, there are multiple devices and gain stages before a mic signal is sent to a loudspeaker and projected as sound. However, it is certainly possible to connect a microphone directly into a speaker. How to plug a microphone into a speaker: To plug a microphone into a speaker physically, we must identify the…

How To Use A Microphone (Connections, Applications, Miking Technique)
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How To Use A Microphone (Connections, Applications, Miking Technique)

If you’re reading this article, chances are you use microphones regularly: on your cellphone, on your computer, etc. But if you want to learn how to optimize your use of more professional microphones for better audio, this is the article for you! How to use a microphone: To use a microphone properly, we must power…

How To Connect An External Microphone To A Smartphone
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How To Connect An External Microphone To A Smartphone

The cameras on smartphones are continuously improving while the microphones remain functional but low-quality. When recording a video with your phone, it’s nice to have excellent audio to go with the amazing picture, which is where external microphones come into play. So how do we connect an external microphone to a smartphone? Connecting an external…

How To Connect A Wireless Microphone To A Computer (+ Bluetooth Mics)
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How To Connect A Wireless Microphone To A Computer (+ Bluetooth Mics)

I was recently on a live gig that required wireless microphones and a mobile Pro Tools rig. While on the job, I figured I’d write about connecting wireless mic systems to a computer to help those who have similar jobs! So who do wireless microphones connect to a computer? Wireless mic systems have transmitters (connect…

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…

What Is The Difference Between A Microphone Plug And Jack?
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What Is The Difference Between A Microphone Plug And Jack?

A microphone by itself is not very useful. To properly use a microphone, it needs to be connected to an audio device that will properly process its signal for recording and/or reproduction. The connections of microphones happen via plug and jacks. What is the difference between a microphone plug and jack? A jack is a…

Are Microphones Input Or Output Devices?
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Are Microphones Input Or Output Devices?

To fully understand microphones, it’s critical to comprehend how audio works in terms of inputs, outputs, and signal flow. When working with computer audio, it’s critical to understand the system’s input devices and output devices. Are microphones input or output devices? When a microphone is connected to a computer (via an audio interface or another…