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Difference between microphones
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Old 18th May 2006, 06:40 PM   #1
Mike150 is offline Mike150  Austria
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Default Difference between microphones

Hi everybody!

Thatīa very important question, so please help me....

Whatīs the big difference between condenser and tube microphones?

I hope thatīs the right forum.


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Old 19th May 2006, 01:33 AM   #2
jon_010101 is offline jon_010101  United States
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Generally, a tube microphone is a condenser microphone that uses a tube (often a 12AX7 or similar) for gain and to help drive the mic cable. Condenser mics that don't use tubes have a FET or op-amp to do the same task. The catch (cost aside) is that tube condenser mics require a dedicated external power supply, while solid state condenser mics can run off standard 48V "phantom power" provided by the mic preamp.
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