Microphones: XLR -> jack plug?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lawkeeper, May 24, 2012.

  1. Lawkeeper


    Mar 12, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Microphone noob here.. I have an old 50w Gorilla bass amp lying around, and I read that it's useful for almost anything including vocals. So I figured I could use it as such.

    Most microphones (if not all) have an XLR-output, which obviously don't fit the old Gorilla. But what if I bought a XLR-to-jack plug cable and put that between the mic cable and the amp? Would this allow me to use the bass amp for vocals?
  2. Yes (providing your mic doesn't require phantom power, but I'll go under the assumption it doesn't. most vocal mics don't . . .)
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    It will work, but it won't sound all that great.
  4. Lawkeeper


    Mar 12, 2011
    The Netherlands
    As long as it gets a voice over the din of rushing guitars, rumbling bass and a drum kit I'm very happy ;) Thanks, guys!
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    It'll work a lot better with most mics if you use one with an impedance matching transformer built in.
  6. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011

    This is vid of me singing into a 1973 fender twin. I'm using a crummy audio technica mic and a XLR to 1/4" cable. I wouldn't use this for any loud volume requirements, but it's fine for goofing around at home.
  7. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    It's not just the connector you need to worry about but the impedance. As mentioned get a XLR-1/4" transformer and you will have better results. It'll probably run you 20 bucks. Standard mic level doesn't play nice with a preamp built for guitar.
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