dynamic mics and phantom power?

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Member Since: Oct 25, 2004

This is goint to sound strange but currently I have a small Berhinger 802 Desk(going in to my PC) and two mics a Condencer and a SM58 dynamic..
I was messing about when I noticed that I could use phantom power to power both mics which givs me a better signal with the SM58

Im just worried this might not be right and could coause me problems later on?
So does it matter?


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Since: Jan 12, 2004

Nov 27, 2004 11:18 am

I use an SM58 for all vocals and have never used phantom power on it...dunno what the effect is but I know it dont need no power!!!

Good luck


Since: Aug 29, 2003

Nov 27, 2004 12:42 pm

phantom power does not affect the SM58. The mic is made to ignore it.

Since: Oct 25, 2004

Nov 27, 2004 12:48 pm

But I can get mor elevel out of my SM58 with phantom power on?
Doesnt that mean somethings happening

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 27, 2004 12:52 pm

SM58 is a dynamic mic as I recall, phantom power would accomplish nothing.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Nov 27, 2004 01:06 pm


I would have to say it's wierd. As above the SM58 ignores phantom power. I have had 58's plugged to channels in my board with phantom power applied and noted no change in the mics charisteristics. Many boards switch phantom power by banks making it necessary to plug both dynamic and condenser into powered mic pres.

Since: Oct 25, 2004

Nov 27, 2004 01:56 pm

Sorry its the input I was using as I had gain control whihc was letting me put more level in

Does anyone know if Im supposed to pan the mics hard Left and Right?
Od just leave them in the center...Im recording an acoustic guitar

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Nov 27, 2004 11:07 pm

Well if you are rcording them to seperate tracks then you would want to pan them left and right. That will allow each mic to be recorded to a seperate tack.

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