I’ve been looking all over the internet trying to see if the mic was either stereo or mono. I want to know this because I plan to use this mic for vocals and I only see stuff about it being a dynamic microphone. I plan to use an adapter for XLR to a mic jack in my computer. I need to know to get the right adapter (there is the stereo kind and the mono kind) so the sound comes out right.
I’ve seen something along the lines of “listing the mic as stereo/mono” and it will function properly with that. I just have so many questions.
Mic-In on a computer soundcard is a mono connection. If you use the wrong stereo adapters for your single microphone, some very nasty things may happen. Plug the computer end in first, and then the microphone. There will be a lot of physical stress on that connection. You might want to tape down the cable so when you’re performing, it can’t move the computer around.
The build-in sound card is not collecting any awards for high quality. They’re usually high noise and slightly ratty sound quality. Just enough to Skype in to the home office for that business conference call that you didn’t really want to be there for anyway.
If you’re not completely snowed yet, I can do more.
The three pins at the bottom of your microphone are sound (your voice, usually pin 2. Look at the pins with a strong flashlight. They’re numbered) the sound protection signal (pin 3) and the protective shield (pin 1). If you have a good performance sound mixer that can use a microphone like that, you can run a sound cable a hundred feet between the mixer in the sound truck and the stage.
Contrast that with computer microphones which don’t have a protection signal and are designed to run six feet (2M) from your desk to the computer. Very basic mismatch. The adapter in that posting makes your microphone as bad as a computer microphone. The computer doesn’t suddenly get as good as a rock band microphone.
I once found a maker that actually offered the right cable, but it was so much of a pain to find and order it, I settled on the rock band cable (wired right but the wrong plug) and simple adapter. Those are cheap and common as dirt, but they are a little more fiddly to use.
I’ll see if I can find the one I saw a couple of months ago.