I recently purchased a ‘real’ microphone for use with my PC. It has an 1/4" connector and I have a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter. I can not get this new microphone to work no matter how high I put the volume. I have an old PC microphone that works in the same port. Do ‘real’ microphones require more power than is provided by my onboard sound?
AFAIK, regular microphones don’t need any power, as the coils in them generate the power when they pick up sounds (vibration of a piece of metal inside a coil).
Why it doesn’t work? Hmm it could be in the connectors, or maybe you’re using a mic that’s out of your sound card’s specs and your soundcard prevents it from working (that last doesn’t sound all that realistic, but it could be possible).
What to do:
- test your new mic on another device (computer, cassette deck, mixtable etc)
- test your adapter plug
- compare your mic’s specs with your soundcard’s specs
- report back