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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by aaaltomare, Nov 3, 2005.

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  1. aaaltomare

    aaaltomare Guest

    so i've seen people do this and want to know if its a simple thing or
    will take me some time and effort (which is totally okay). Basically I
    want to use a telephone receiver for live performances with my band and
    have the ability to use it in the studio. Does anyone know the makeup
    of the microphone and wiring inside the receiver? would I be able to
    phantom power it? any thoughts/ideas?
  2. Externet

    Externet Guest

    Do you mean a telephone handset instead of "receiver"? Yes. Two wires
    go to the microphone and two wires go to the earphone. And electrets
    do need phantom power to work.
  3. aaaltomare

    aaaltomare Guest

    so could those wires that go to the mic be wired directly to an xlr or
    1/4 inch cable? or would is there a need for a circuit to route
    phantom power into the mic?
  4. Considering that a standard Bell System-type phone's microphone
    element is a carbon-button design, and optimized for a 300-3kHz
    bandpass, I have to wonder why in the Multiverse you'd want to waste
    your time with one if recording music is your ultimate goal.

    Even the modern 'electret' elements in the cheap knock-off phones
    have poor response, at best, for music.

    If you're looking to do quality recording of your band, and you
    care about your music, you should invest in decent-quality mics that are
    designed for music recording to begin with.

    Happy hunting.

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  5. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    either a ordinary electret or some sort of dynamic mic (or if it's a really
    old phone a carbon mic)

    yes or no or yes
    (but none of those with studio 40V phanotom power)

  6. aaaltomare

    aaaltomare Guest

    Dr. Squeegee:

    Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to reply to my
    original post. I understand the poor frequency response that telephone
    microphones have and under most circumstances (depending on if your
    mic-ing vocals, amps, saxes, violins, etc) you'd want to use a variety
    of good, professional microphones. however in this case, I am looking
    to achieve the sound that a telephone would make for effect. not
    everything needs to be perfect and clear all the time.

    everyone: i am simply looking for a yes or no answer as to whether or
    not cutting open an xlr cable and connecting it to the two wires coming
    off the mic in the telephone will produce a usable signal.
  7. Don Bowey

    Don Bowey Guest

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