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X-V tube kit microphone schematic

X-V tube kit microphone

From 2006-2007 I built the MSH-4 tube microphone.  Of all of my discontinued products, I’ve gotten more requests to revive that microphone than any other.  It was popular because of the “secret sauce” of the 6418 tube, which is a generous helping of the “good” kind of harmonic distortion (lots of second-order, plenty of third, some fourth, and not too …

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Naiant microphone history 2006 - 2016

The Future of Microphones

  Microphones and preamplifiers are drastically inefficient devices in the modern age. But before we explore that thesis, let’s review the development of microphones. We can very crudely divide the world of microphones into dynamic and condenser microphones (let’s ignore the exceptions for a moment). Dynamic microphones are characterized by very low output (voltage), but good current drive capability (low …

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VU Meter Mono VST Plugin

VU Meter

VU is a VU meter for your DAW . . . and that’s all it does!

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Organ Monkey MIDI Multiplexer VSTi plugin

Organ Monkey

Organ Monkey is a MIDI multiplexer application designed to control a real or virtual pipe organ. It allows use of a single MIDI keyboard controller as one or many virtual manuals, and creates a complete registration to address multiple ranks of pipes (or a following VSTi), including functionality of a single or multiple ranks as a mutation or mixture.

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Balanced vs. Unbalanced Guitar Noise Comparison

Balanced Guitar Wiring

A guitar pickup is essentially similar to a dynamic microphone coil. For decades, dynamic microphones have been wired with the voice coil attached to the primary of the microphone’s transformer, and not referenced to ground (‘floating’). The microphone’s case is typically connected to the cable shield, which is connected to the microphone amplifier’s ground (see Rane’s website for more discussion). …

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MSH-4v2 Condenser Mic Schematic

DIY Microphone Design

The development of the MSH-1 began as a result of Joel Cameron’s Tape Op mic. In fact, it was after I had mentioned on a few occasions that it wouldn’t be too difficult to build a phantom powering circuit into the XLR connector instead of building an external power supply, which is expensive and less practical. But the Tape Op …

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