|FAQ 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.
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".
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.
You would get the same signal on both channels.
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.
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.
If you have any questions regarding this topic, please contact
us. Not sure which digital audio recorder you want yet? Click here to see all of the latest models compared side-by-side! Instrument Amps and Gear
Not sure which digital audio recorder you want yet? Click here to see all of the latest models compared side-by-side!
Instrument Amps and Gear