How to Make a USB Mic
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Microphones are used to transmit voice or other sounds to another audio device, such as an amplifier, PA or mixing board. You can even connect a microphone directly to your computer.
To do this, you need to create a USB microphone cable that has a USB male connection on one end and the connection for your microphone on the other end.
Remove the existing connecting end of a microphone cable.
Strip 1/8 inch of insulation off each wire in the mic cable, and twist the wire strands together.
Solder the ends of the cable to the pins of a male USB cable adaptor using a soldering iron and electrical solder. The cable adaptor will indicate pin connections on its packaging.
- Microphones are used to transmit voice or other sounds to another audio device, such as an amplifier, PA or mixing board.
- Solder the ends of the cable to the pins of a male USB cable adaptor using a soldering iron and electrical solder.
Connect the USB end of the modified XLR cable to an available USB port on your computer.
- Microphones can connect to any computer that supports USB devices. They don't need additional drivers or programs to work on a computer system.
- Condenser mics needs phantom power. Most computers are not configured to work with condenser mics, and most good-quality sound cards do not possess phantom power, either. In this case, you need an external mixer or phantom power interface.
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