balanced mike -> PC sound card?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by mark kaye, Feb 5, 2002.

  1. mark kaye

    mark kaye Auditioning

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    I have a balanced mike (w/phantom P/S) that came with an RTA (1/3rd octave)

    I want to run this mike into my laptop so i can run some 1/24 octave RTA software

    What do i need to convert the mike? I have built lots of projects in the past so building isn't a problem. Is there an off-the-shelf solution?

    mark
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    You can just run a straight converter(XLR- 1/4", convert that to 1/8") in, or you can run it through a mixer and then go out with RCA jacks and convert those to 1/8".

    OR you can get one of the doohickys for Camcorders that will keep the balance, they run to 1/8"
     
  3. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

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    Jeff, "dohicky", huh? That's very "advanced" terminology there. [​IMG]
    Jeff's solution would work in many cases, and I've done that kind of thing before with a balanced mic. However, I think he missed the part about the mic requiring a phantom power supply. I think your best bet would be a low cost microphone preamp from a pro music store like Mars Music or Guitar Center. Something like this model at Musician's Friend would do the trick.
     

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