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Microphone to a computer

Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:21 pm
by ZK-TUI
Ok,
not quite bass but still recording.
My brother is doing a college science fair project on headphones. Hence we need to use a microphone to record a sound through the headphone into audacity for a audio spectrum analysis. However the microphone (my Band's AKG D5) doesn't work through a simple 1/4" converter.
What would I need to enable the mic to be picked up by the computer to record with...?

Thanks

Re: Microphone to a computer

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 8:15 am
by GrowlerBox
You need a mic preamp to raise the signal output from the mic and some sort of audio interface to convert that into a digital signal usable by your computer, which are most easily obtained in a single box connected via USB or Firewire to your computer, and into which you can also plug headphones, external monitors, keyboards/MIDI, other instruments, depending on the input/output options. There are hundreds of options ranging from the very cheap to the absurdly expensive. There are also USB microphones (most often used for podcasting) which have the minimum requirements built in and plug directly into your USB port.

Re: Microphone to a computer

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 3:55 pm
by timi
Keeping in mind that using cheap stuff won't actually be giving you accurate spectrum analysis...

Re: Microphone to a computer

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 6:49 pm
by model.citizen
you need a condenser mic to capture the level of nuance you need to look at anything in detail. that will need, in additional to a mic preamp, a preamp that can deliver 48v phantom power (to power the mic).

Re: Microphone to a computer

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:56 pm
by ZK-TUI
Cheers,
yeah figured that would be the problem.
I'm gonna take him and do it at uni. Better equipment and easier to do and (though I'm yet to ask) they seem quite friendly towards us doing stuff like that.

Re: Microphone to a computer

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 5:24 pm
by nzsimon