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Old 28th May 2011, 04:45 AM   #1
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Default WM-61 wired directly to soundcard for headphone testing. Adequate or not?

If I wire up a WM-61 capsule to my computer's mic port will I get a decent recording off it?

I am a complete newbie to condenser mics and I want to make a cheap rig for testing the frequency response of consumer grade headphones. The measurements don't have to be perfect, I'd just like to compare different sets of headphones. I've read about the WM-61 and the linkwitz mod. My understanding is the linkwitz mod only allows the measurement of louder volumes which I wouldn't need for my purposes. My question is, if I wire up a WM-61 capsule directly to a 3.5mm jack and use my computer's mic in port, will I get a decent recording off the mic? I have tried wiring a very cheap condenser mic in this way and naturally I have to use the "mic boost" function at +30db which results in a huge amount of background white noise.
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Old 28th May 2011, 05:51 PM   #2
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It'd be best to build up a quick preamp as this will be a much quieter option than a computer input - Powering microphones There are some ideas there. The simple one is just a few resistors and capacitors and a battery.

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