Help: Condenser Mic without mixer ?

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by h2Z__, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. h2Z__

    h2Z__ Guest

    i have a 32-bit Creative sound card and i wanna purchase a new semi-proffisional mic for home recording using a pc BUT i dont have a mixer.
    my question is, do i need a mixer to be able to use Condenser Mics ?
    and what Mics do you reccomand in my case
  2. bpatram

    bpatram Guest

    You don't need a mixer. But you do need a preamp. Mixers include the preamps so you will need a stand alone preamp box.

    A product like:
    Can amplify your microphone, give it phantom power since it is a condenser and output a line level signal that you feed into your soundcard.
  3. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    You don't need a preamp if you buy a USB mic.
  4. h2Z__

    h2Z__ Guest

    thanks for the info bpatram but what if the soundcard contains phantom power would that be enaugh

    and sheet, can you reccomand some good USB mics ?
  5. h2Z__

    h2Z__ Guest

    one more thing, i just reviewed my sound card and it says that it has an integrated Audio Amplifier, does this mean that the sound card has the phantom power required to run condenser mics ?
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    No, Creative soundcards don't have phantom power out for microphones.

    If you were to get a decent microphone and pre-amp, you would soon find that your Creative soundcard was the weak link in the chain. You would do better to consider one of the many pre-amp/interfaces that are available, such as a Firepod.
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