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Old July 4th, 2003, 12:29 PM   #1
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Phantom Power

Hey, I jsut bought a shotgun mic that has the ability to take phantom power and a mixer with the ability to give it. The only problem is that the mixer is small and can only give the power to all of its channels. I am wondering if it is ok to plug a microphone that dosnt need phantom power into this mixer when I have the mixer giving the phantom power to the shotgun mic. Thanks

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Old July 4th, 2003, 07:19 PM   #2
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Using your mixer with phantom power on mics that don't need it is no problem. They simply ignore the fact that it's there. Not to worry.
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Old July 4th, 2003, 07:22 PM   #3
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cool, thanks for that bit of information

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Old July 5th, 2003, 09:17 AM   #4
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I'm not sure that is always the case. I've used phantom powered mics since I started in the video business, so it's not a problem for me. But I have heard of mics being damaged by sending them 48v. I would check with the manufacture of your specific brand, just to be safe.
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Old July 12th, 2003, 05:37 PM   #5
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Jeff's right. It's not a problem with dynamics and condensors... but a big problem with ribbons.

The ribbon turns into a fuse - that fries rather quickly.
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Old July 12th, 2003, 06:43 PM   #6
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You could solder a blocking capacitor into a barrel adapter or an XLR end.
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