Help I can't find a adapter for my Microphone?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Colbert, Feb 3, 2009.

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  1. Colbert

    Colbert Guest

    It's an old Sony Condenser Mic with a double plug. One mini 2.5mm and the other is slightly smaller. I can't seem to find an adapter so I can use the mic.

    Anyone have any ideas? appreciate any advice
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    One of the plugs was used to turn the recorder on so it would record the other is the actual microphone connector. Probably NOT a condenser microphone and more probably a crystal or ceramic microphone. The recorder was probably used as a dictating machine.
  3. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Vintage! I remember those. Use an 1/8" head phone extension cord on the larger of the two. Then a 1/8" to 1/4" headphone adapter into your mixer. If you have a DI box use that at the end to get it to an XLR input so you don't have to crank the gain on the 1/4" line. That should work.

    Ideally you want a mono 1/8" jack to XLR plug with pin 3 tied to pin 1 , but you might have to build that.
  4. Colbert

    Colbert Guest


    Ok thanks for the advice, yea it's battery operated (ECM- 955)

    I just wanted to get the strongest signal possible out of it.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    you might want to still consider purchasing an actual studio condenser microphone even if manufactured in Russia or China?

    Yes, a simple adapter on the large 1/8" plug to a high to low impedance matching transformer would provide you with a studio like microphone albeit rather goofy looking. It won't be able to handle high sound pressure levels. So don't put this on drums or guitar amplifiers. Vocals & acoustic instruments are as far as you are going to get with this microphone. You might also want to put a piece of foam over top of it while doing vocals. But I will tell you that just about any cheap Sony condenser microphone won't sound that different from any of their professional lavalier microphones. So go to it.

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