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Phantom power

Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by audiokid, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Phantom power: a method of powering condenser microphones by sending DC current (typically 9 to 52 volts) over the same mic cable that carries the audio signal.

    "Phantom" is derived from the fact that there is no visible power cord and the voltage is not perceptible in the audio path. Condenser microphone need a source of power to function and nowadays most consoles and preamplifiers provide this feature.

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