What is the symbol for a mic?

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by Eddie, Oct 15, 2009.

1. EddieGuest

I want to write (by hand) if some voice recordings of mine are in
mono or stereo.

Are there some standard symbols used for a mono mic and a stereo
mic?

Are there mono/stereo mic symbols used in schematic circuit diagrams
which could be used?

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I've seen two overlapping circles used for stereo. But for some
reason a mono mic is one circle PLUS a short bar

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2. Michael BlackGuest

There are rarely stereo microphones. Usually just two microphones. Even
when something has two microphone elements in close proximity, on a
schematic they would appear as two microphones, since there would be
two elements hooked up to separate circuitry.

Why not "M" for mono, "S" for stereo?

That's so much simpler than drawing a symbol, even if you had something
that was standard.

Michael

3. Michael BlackGuest

But he wants something to indicate mono or stereo. I agree, that's a
fairly standard symbol for a microphone, but he wants something to
indicate stereo. And I would argue that an "M" is still simpler than
drawing the mic symbol.

Michael

4. ehsjrGuest

Simpler is irrelevant. It's all about clear communication, not
about whether a symbol is easier or harder to draw.

If it is not a standard symbol, then the person looking at the
schematic may not understand what the symbol is supposed to
mean. D= is a mic symbol (when properly drawn) - there is no need
to identify it as mono with an M, it already is mono. If you
replace the symbol with an M, you still need to show the two
legs. And someone could still mistake it - for example, maybe the
"M" means meter. If you want to show a mic as stereo, then you
have to show where the other two legs connect, so merely adding
an S is not enough. And if you show it as just an S, someone might
think it represents a sine wave.

Ed

5. Michael BlackGuest

drawing a schematic. What's relevant for a schematic is not relevant in
this case.

Using letters or full words, "Mono" and "Stereo" fits the scenario far
better than trying to find some imaginary schematic symbol for a "stereo
microphone" which will take a lot more effort to draw for his purposes.

Michael

6. ehsjrGuest

I was answering what you were talking about, which seemed to be
schematics: "There are rarely stereo microphones. Usually just two
microphones. Even when something has two microphone elements in close
proximity, on a schematic they would appear as two microphones, since
there would be two elements hooked up to separate circuitry."
Right. If it's just about labelling the recordings, then Mono or
Stereo works well, and better than making up a symbol.

Ed

7. Rich GriseGuest

Just use two mics, one labeled "Right" and the other labeled "Left."

Sure, there are "stereo mics", but they're really just two mics in the
same package.

Cheers!
Rich

8. ehsjrGuest

I have to tell you, I don't get it. 5 years down the road he may
look at the symbol and wonder "whatinthehelldoesthatmean?" 5 years
down the road, if he looks at "Mono" or "Stereo", he will know.
And if it is just an M or just an S he'll have a very good shot at
knowing.

Of course for labels for ones own use, each to his own.

Ed

9. Archimedes' LeverGuest

THIS is the correct response!

10. Rich GriseGuest

When's the last time you needed a schematic of a scissor or a trouser? ;-)

Why do they wear a pair of panties but only one bra? ;-)

Cheers!
Rich

11. CellShockedGuest

Then, there is the hot dogs / buns thing.

12. CellShockedGuest

Hot dogs are sold in packs of ten, while hot dog buns are sold in packs
of eight.

13. Rich GriseGuest

That's so you can take the two leftover weiners, cut them up, and put

Cheers!
Rich

14. CellShockedGuest

I do Mac-Chee-Tuna-Pea.

I don't do Mac-Chee-DogBits.

15. CellShockedGuest

Go away, stupid troll.

16. CellShockedGuest

It is a reference to a spreadsheet, you absolute fucking total retard.

17. EddieGuest

Hello Lostgallifreyan, thank you for the detailed reply. I'm the
original poster. (Sorry for the delay in replying.) I'm not sure I
can see what you are describing.

(A) What does the following mean?

"bar joining tangents on each"

Does it mean a bar which passes thru the intersection of many pairs
of tangents where each tangents in a pair is drawn from a points
which is situated as if it were the mirror image of the other? This
would be a bar drawn down the middle of the overlapping circles.

"extending to a point at each end coexistent with
a tangent on the points most distant from each
other on the double-circle pattern"

Those "Points on the double circle pattern most distant from each
other" would presumably be those points on the 'outer edges' of the
double-circle. I don't see a single tangent which passes through
those two points. Perhaps you mean a tangent which touches each
circle at the point(s) which are the furtherest possible from one
other while still permitting the existence a common tangent.

(C) What about the overlap of the circles? Do your circles overlap
by a radius? (Such that one circle goes through the other's centre).
Or is the overlap more like half a radius?

Can you give us a drawing. It must be easier to understand than any
more of this? In the end I only want to know see what symbol you're
suggesting for stereo!

18. EddieGuest

I am the OP. If I understand you correctly, that symbol would be
tricky to draw by hand and if it was not drawn accurately it
might look strange.

OTOH maybe I've misunderstood you. Do you have a link to an image
of what you have in mind?

19. CellShockedGuest

You are attempting to converse with a total retard.

But then... you are the idiot that wants to put a schematic symbol that
no one else will even recognize onto discs where a SIMPLE TEXT label will
suffice, and will convey the info CORRECTLY.

So, you are only about two steps above the twit you are responding to.

20. Archimedes' LeverGuest

That covers OMNI mikes. Ther are other symbols for cardioid and
hypercardioid, and Supercardioid.

Jeez, you DOPEY FUCKS, just put a TEXT label on the fucking disks!

Only the DOPE that puts the UNKNOWN symbol on the disks will understand
it.

In other words, do not make the jump from dopey fucktard to total
retard by actually printing stupid schematic symbol labels for your
disks.