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Will Phantom Power Damage My SM57?

Sorry if this is in the wrong section...

I just bought a used E Mu 1616 interface,
and it warns of phantom power(48V) damaging some mic's.
Is mine one of them?


JoeH Thu, 05/31/2007 - 07:37
The only mics to worry about re: Phantom power, are Ribbons.

But if you don't need it, (as with the SM57) turn it off anyway.

Back in the old days, I'm told they actually used to demagnetize dynamic mic outputs (like the SM57 and others) that had been exposed to phantom power over long periods of time. (I had a nice chat with Wes Dooley about this a few months back.) Some dynamic mics do sound a bit better without the phantom power applied anyway, and it just makes good sense to turn it off if you don't need it.