Re: Seeking Computer Microphone

Eleni Vamvakari

Gene, you're right about microphones specifically designed for tape
recorders. However, there are many computer microphones which use a
standard 3.5mm plug. I have even used regular patch cords and y
adapters to record things and they worked without any issues. As for
my friend's mic, it was originally for a phone, such as an Iphone or
an Android.

On 30/05/2018, Gene <> wrote:
The microphone your friend told you about probably requires the adapter to
be used in devices that aren't computers. The adapter produces a current
which can be sent through the microphone circuit in a tape recorder, P.A.
system, etc. When no adapter is being used, the device will only work in a

----- Original Message -----

From: Gene
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 3:41 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Seeking Computer Microphone

A microphone with a plug, not a USB connection, and that works in devices
like tape recorders is not compatible with computers and is not a computer
microphone. I'm not saying it can't be used with all sound cards, but as
far as I can tell, most sound cards require computer microphones. Most
sound cards send a current through the microphone jack. the microphone
allows the current to flow through it and when sound is encountered, the
diaphragm modulates the current. It doesn't produce current, as a tape
recorder compatible microphone does. If you plug a computer microphone into
a tape recorder it won't work under those conditions.

I don't know how many tape recorder type microphones are available in the
cheaper price ranges these days, but you can't assume that any microphone
with a plug is compatible with a computer.

----- Original Message -----

From: Michael Boyd
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 2:03 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Seeking Computer Microphone

A microphone should be compatible with any device that has the proper jack
to accept it's plug. The sound quality produced by a fairly inexpensive
microphone is probably high enough to produce what you are looking to do.
Very high quality microphones are seen in the prices, and really should only
be needed for people such as musicians, recording engineers or audiophiles.
Your best bet to find a good price on a decent computer microphone is
probably eBay or Amazon.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Eleni
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:56 AM
To: main <>
Subject: [TechTalk] Seeking Computer Microphone

I am seeking a new (to me, not necessarily modern) computer microphone. My
criteria are that it works with Windows XP and 7, that it's small, portable,
doesn't require batteries, is omnidirectional with a decent range (20 feet
at minimum), and has no built-in noise cancellation. It can use either usb
2.0 or a 3.5mm jack, though I might prefer the latter, as it won't drain the
battery, and I can use it with my Logitech sound card. To put things into
perspective, right now, I use an original Samson Go Mic and a Go Mic direct.
The issue with the original is that it tends to produce static if I'm not
paying attention. If I move the Direct, even slightly, it loses the usb
connection. But when they work properly, the sound quality of these
microphones is excellent. I can't get the Go Mic Connect for my laptop,
because it's apparently huge! I have also used a wonderful ear-hook
microphone with a 3.5mm connector that came with a camera, though
unfortunately, I don't know the brand. Finally, my best friend owns both an
Iphone 4 and an SE. While the SE is obviously better in most regards, I
find that its microphone lacks the richness of the 4.
Is there any way that I can reproduce that sound on a pc? I really like it!
I found some Apple Plaintalk microphones on Ebay, though I'm not sure if
they can be used in Windows or not.


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