condenser mics - battery powered?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by PetSounds, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. PetSounds

    PetSounds Guest

    Can anyone recommend some nice condenser mics that are self-powered (battery)? I would like to do some field recording (sampling, sound FX, as well as some vocals & acoustic guitar) and won't have access to phantom power with my setup. I'd like to have some great mics to make this sound as good as I can... suggestions?

    Thanks much!
  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I deleted your post in the other forum.

    Generally, it is confusing to post the same topic in two separate forums of the same site. (kind of an unsung web rule)

    Audio technica makes a phantom power module taking two(2) 9volt batters to provide the 48 volts so you can use a 48v mics on the road.

    Cost about 80 bucks give or take.
  3. PetSounds

    PetSounds Guest

    Thanks Bill. I checked Audio-Technica's website and the only products listed are the CP8506 and the AT8801, both of which are powered by AC power; no mention at all of battery power. This includes the PDF brochure.

    I'm really needing something that would work in environments without power outlets.... anyone have any suggestions?
  4. arnoldb

    arnoldb Guest

    Years ago, I bought a pair of SONY ECM-100 cardioid electret condensers for my portable cassette recorder. They use a AA battery for the FET preamp, which uses almost no current, so the battery will last for years. They were about 100 bucks, if I remember right. I don't know if they still make 'em, and though they aren't studio quality by any stretch, they're quite decent sounding on acoustic guitar and percussion, and extremely light weight. A little flat on vocals, but the excellent transient response makes them very good for sound efx. I have great samples of a 50 mm Howitser, and fire crackers that I recorded with those (on cassette, no less).

  5. mixman77

    mixman77 Guest

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    [ January 29, 2003, 12:35 AM: Message edited by: SonOfSmawg ]
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The AKG C1000-S has a nine volt battery. It will run quite a long time on that. Most battery power condensers are of the "electrit" type. One exception to this are the mics made by CAD. These use a Ni Cad and hold a charge that is good for 5 or 6 hours. Hope that helps ...... Fats
    Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
  7. mgraffeo

    mgraffeo Guest


    The Rode NT-3 can be powered by a 9V battery. I have one, and find it quite useful, esp. on acoustic. Not my first choice on vox, but it'll hang in there. Usually available on ebay for around $100.

  8. route909

    route909 Guest

    The Røde NT4 also has battery power. The body looks like the one on NT3, but it has better electronics, and two capsules (it´s a stereo mic, duh). Supposed to be really good.

  9. tony moore

    tony moore Guest

    i'll second the nt3. great mic for money, very versatile.

  10. Violin Dan

    Violin Dan Active Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Kansas City, Mo, USA
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    Two thoughts:
    1. The shure sm-94 runs off a AA battery. This is a cardioid mic with no bass rolloff
    2. The Crown web site shows the schematic for a phantom supply that runs off a 9v battery. Think it was on the page for the boundary mic. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll look it up.
  11. downshift

    downshift Guest

    check out AudioTechnica ATM-31a's and 33a's. I have a pair of 31a's and have used them a lot. They run off of AA. Akg c1000's are pretty nice too.
  12. Gabriel Sousa

    Gabriel Sousa Active Member

    Dec 15, 2002
    Old u87's like "u87" "u87i" "u87p" and "u87ip" :p
  13. d franko

    d franko Guest

    Shure's BG4.1 is powered by a AA, and was at the time it was made(i think they stopped making them), and a mic used for sampling. It is similar to the Sm81 in many respects.
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