phantom power

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by -igor, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. -igor macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2007
    So I want to use my condenser in one channel and my dynamic in another. Does having phantom power on affect the dynamic?

    Secondly, what is the proper way to hook up mics? Turn on phantom power, plug in mic? Or plug in mic, turn on phantom power?
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    dynamics are not affected by phantom. common procedure is to plug in all your mics first, then enable phantom.

    when done, turn off phantom first, then wait a good 10 seconds for it to ramp down, and unplug your mic(s).


    i've never had a phantom "accident", even though i've swapped mics w/ phantom on. there's also a cardinal rule about not using phantom w/ ribbons, but apparently it's only an issue (the issue being a blown ribbon) if something is wired up wrong. despite all that, i still follow what i wrote above.
  3. cschreppel macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, that's true about things being wired up properly. I worked on a cranky old Neve console that either had phantom on or off globally...we plugged and unplugged mics all the time - including ribbons.

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