Will Phantom Power Damage My SM57?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by arnieguitar, May 31, 2007.

  1. arnieguitar

    arnieguitar Guest

    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?
  2. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    nah, generally its ok to send phantom to a dynamic mic like an sm57.

    its ribbon mics that'll get blown if you send them phantom. you'd know if you had a ribbon mic (y)
  3. arnieguitar

    arnieguitar Guest

    Thank you.

    Is there a preferred way to use my SM57 with the E Mu 1616,
    Phantom on or off?


  4. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    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.
  5. arnieguitar

    arnieguitar Guest

    Thank you very much. :D


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