on the benefits of "Dual Mono" microphones
1-What does it mean to have a microphone wired "Dual Mono"?
What we call "Dual Mono" is a mono microphone that has it's
signal sent to both contacts of a stereo plug, so that it feeds both
channels of a stereo microphone input jack. Typically, this is a stereo
1/8" (3.5mm) mini plug.
2-Why would I want this?
If you are recording with a mono microphone into a stereo recorder,
and would like to hear what you recorded on both channels upon playback,
you would want your microphone wired "dual mono".
3-What happens if I plug a "Dual Mono" mic into a
If you plug a "Dual Mono" mic into a stereo recorder's
mic input, the mono signal will feed into both channels. The same
signal will be recorded on both channels.
4- What happens if I plug a "Dual Mono" mic into a stereo
set to record in the mono mode?
You would get the same signal on both channels.
5- What happens if I plug a "Dual Mono" mic into a mono
You don't want to do this. Plugging into a mono recorder would short
one contact to ground and the mic won't work properly and you risk
damaging the mic and/or your recorder (although the risk of damage
is remote). If you plan on using a mic with a mono recorder, don't
get the "Dual Mono" version.
6-If I record with a "Dual Mono" mic,
would it be the same as making a stereo recording?
No. Technically, you would still be making a two channel recording,
but both channels will have the exact same signal on them. Therefore,
it really isn't "stereo", since a stereo recording normally
would have a slightly different signal on each channel. This difference
is what aids in the spatial effect you get with a stereo recording.
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