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just brew it! wrote:Looks like you need something with a preamp designed to be used with professional condenser mics, or a separate power supply. This mic is not designed to be used standalone with a standard PC mic input.
Ari Atari wrote:I got the very same mic for the very same reason. The listing on Amazon was a bit confusing and said that a desktop could use it without phantom power... this is half true. My xonar D2X can just barely make things a good volume with microphone boost and 100% volume. My onboard sound just can't. If you don't need this right away, I'd say get the mic and try it out to see if it's too quiet and get the power supply if it is. Personally this is the best mic I've ever used, but then again, I've only used cheap mics and I failed a blind test of better ones. If anything else, the blue is rather striking.
rahulahl wrote:just brew it! wrote:Looks like you need something with a preamp designed to be used with professional condenser mics, or a separate power supply. This mic is not designed to be used standalone with a standard PC mic input.
Do you have any recommendations for the preamp? Or should I just get the phantom power and go with that?
NovusBogus wrote:$10 clip-on USB mic, like this. It's a gaming session, not Morgan Freeman narrating a $200 million movie.
cynan wrote:A popular PC mic interface are the Focusrite products - something like this. In addition to phantom power, this contains a ADC and USB connection so it behaves as its own audio device, obviating the need to use your soundcard.
But if you only need it for a single, low end mic, then this might be overkill. And just getting a USB mic might be an option. Snowballs are popular choices - or this one for something around the price of the one you listed (though I have no experience with the latter).
If you prefer to use your soundcard, want something that doesn't require phantom power, and want a drop in replacement for you snapped boom mic on your headset, then the Antlion modmic is a popular choice (I think you can find this a bit cheaper if you look around).
Edit: That said, the obvious choice is to chuck your headset out and just get these...
meerkt wrote:Yeah. For a voice comm mic get something simple and cheap. Definitely not condensers+preamps+phantom power+XLR...