I don’t know much about phantom power mics, or what power delivery they can handle. If I hit the +20 gain button on my amp, an ART Tube MP Studio, will the added wattage have a negative effect on my Sterling Audio ST151?
This last year I spent a good amount of cash to have a good-ish audio setup. Its nothing audiophile or anything, but its significantly better than a logitech mic.
In case you’re wondering, heres everything together:
with an XLR cable that was 2 bucks but is way too long and a good quality 3.5mm line going to whichever computer (hopefully, soon, I can drop 150 on a USB C dock soon and I’ll use the proper 1/4 jack with my laptop.
Anyways. I’ve never had phantom powered mics before, and I’m unsure what to really expect. I chose this mic, however, because of its audio signature. It sounded really close to the ribbon mic I listened to and really the only difference was low band pickup was better on the other mic and less noise.
But plugged into the amp, kinda quiet. So I put the input and output volumes up, I have to be a bit closer but the mic works like I’d expect. But I’m worried I’m driving too much demand on the amp (40 dollar amp open box, but it has an actual tube and sounds really nice). So I turn the knobs down, hit gain +20, but then am I driving too much wattage to the mic? Should I even be worried about that?
With the gain turned up with the simple button on the amp, I don’t need to be shoved up to my microphone as much. It would be really nice if I could leave that on and going so I wouldn’t have to constantly adjust volume levels, but I don’t want to damage something I worked hard for and hold value to.