Go Back   Home > Forums > >
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Blogs Gallery Wiki Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Parts Where to get, and how to make the best bits. PCB's, caps, transformers, etc.

Electret Mic, Quick & Dirty for PC
Electret Mic, Quick & Dirty for PC
Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 20th June 2010, 03:58 AM   #1
tommy_o is offline tommy_o  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Default Electret Mic, Quick & Dirty for PC

Hello there,

I'm trying to throw together a workable PC mic for skype and the like. I picked up a Radioshack mic element to put together, but need some advice on a simple circuit to use. The only lead I have is this one, but wanted to ask advice before I put it together. Does this circuit seem appropriate for my application?

Thanks everyone.
  Reply With Quote
Old 21st June 2010, 02:34 PM   #2
Th3 uN1Qu3 is offline Th3 uN1Qu3  Romania
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bucharest
Send a message via Yahoo to Th3 uN1Qu3
Your soundcard already has the required polarization voltage on its microphone input. You need to do little more than solder two wires and a jack. On the mike, one of the leads is connected to the case. That is gonna go to jack ground. The other lead connects to the tip of the jack. Preferably use a mono jack if your soundcard has a stereo microphone input, so it detects it as such instead of playing the mike in the left channel only. That's all really.
  Reply With Quote
Old 22nd June 2010, 02:22 AM   #3
tommy_o is offline tommy_o  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
The first mic I put together from a salvaged element worked easily with just two wires and a jack, but this Radioshack element didn't. When connected, I could record audio but it was so quiet that I could not reasonably amplify it with software to regular listening levels even for Skype calls. Oh well, I'll put together a proper one in the coming weeks. Thank you though.
  Reply With Quote


Electret Mic, Quick & Dirty for PCHide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quick And Dirty ~75W Guitar Amp sorenj07 Instruments and Amps 7 4th June 2007 11:00 PM
Quick and Dirty X-over bjackson Solid State 1 16th August 2005 06:32 AM
Dirty PC board, spider assemble, Ugly circuit, terrible amp, can you show us? destroyer X Solid State 4 11th September 2004 06:03 PM
How do a quick & dirty non os in a CD650 Bernhard Digital Source 17 7th April 2004 07:18 PM
pre amp blend system piezo/electret mic partyjups Solid State 0 17th July 2002 01:12 PM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:56 PM.

Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Resources saved on this page: MySQL 15.79%
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2018 diyAudio