mic combining

Discussion in 'Live Sound' started by levimonday, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. levimonday

    levimonday Guest

    I have seen a couple of guys who will combine two different mics using a y-cable claiming that it helps correct phasing issues. There are no resistors inline. I don't think "phasing" is the word they were looking for, but I can't figure out what the actual purpose of it is. (Its not for saving inputs). Thoughts? Benefits or drawbacks of this technique?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    This is a bad idea generally. It is specifically a terrible idea unless a combining device is used (something with proper resisters). A plain old y cable is a VERY bad idea. Phase is controlled by proper mic placement not combining mics.

    If you really feel you want to try combining mics get an ART SplitCom.
  3. JoeBurge_ESP

    JoeBurge_ESP Guest

    I agree. Bad idea. Enough signal degradation is present in headphones with a Y cable- I would never ever have thought to combine mics with one.
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    This archaic method of combining mics with a Y-cord CREATES "phasing issues" by sending 2 mics down 1 channel, with both mics picking up some of the other's source and combining them. In the "old days" we had to do this with sources like toms and double kick drums simply because the consoles would run out of available inputs (like a PM-1000/16). This is the 21st century, we have "megaboards" now, so we don't need no stoopid Y-cords!
  5. levimonday

    levimonday Guest

    well, it so happens that I agree with all of you. Thanks for your input. Get it?


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