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How do you test a mic?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by rabid_granny, May 22, 2002.


  1. I'm looking for used microphones. Probably SM57 or SM58 unless someone recommends another type.

    What kind of tests should I run to ensure that the microphone works and will last a long time?

    Ideally, I would plug it in and speak into it, listening for crackling or distorted sound.

    Anything else I should do?
     
  2. LowEndRider

    LowEndRider Guest

    Mar 4, 2002
    Australia
    It might be a good idea to also jiggle the xlr connector while it's plugged in - and believe it or not....Smell the diaphragm end!
    A lot of used 57s and 58s have been abused in the pub circuits and a quick sniff will let you know which ones to avoid (I've also cleaned out a few and the contents you don't want to know about!)

    -cheers
     
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    "TESTING! TESTING! TESTING! kof kof IS THIS THING ON?"
     
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    "This is mic one, this is mic one. Isn't this a lot of fun?"
    or

    "Check one, check two. Check one, sibilance, sibilance."
     
  5. Uhhh, do you guys actually read newbie posts or do you just bust out the stock jokes?
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The latter, but mine was first.
     
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Only because you responded first!
     
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Good call, Hategear.