Condenser microphones are not unfamiliar to us, they will inevitably have some wear and tear during use, and they also require maintenance. So the question is, how to maintain the condenser microphone? Let's share some maintenance guidelines for condenser microphones, hoping to help you maintain your condenser microphones.
1. If you are in an area where the seasonal humidity may be high, try to find a closed box for the opened condenser microphone, such as a small shockproof box. Put some moisture-proof beads inside. If the desiccant gets wet, it means that the humidity is too high. Open the microphone hood and check whether the metal inner wall is wet. If the metal inner wall of the microphone is wet, dry it with a hair dryer, then plug it into the device and power on for ten minutes and test it.
2. Rainwater and dustproof. Rainwater is the natural enemy of condenser microphones. The diaphragm of condenser microphones will accelerate the corrosion of metal materials due to water, and will short-circuit the internal circuit wires. Don't rush to put it in the box at the end, apply a hair dryer to blow-dry it before putting it in.
3. There is another small detail, that is, when you use the microphone, it is recommended to mainly use a desk stand to avoid holding the microphone for a long time, which will produce sweat, which will affect the microphone.
4. Anti-drop, pay special attention not to overturn the microphone stand when the wire is pulled. Impact may reduce the sensitivity of the condenser microphone or even damage it.
5. If you find that there is a problem with the connection fastener of the locked microphone, you must not hard lock it. Instead, you can use electrical tape to tie the condenser microphone directly to the microphone holder instead of risking it because of its beauty.
6. Try to avoid hot plugging operation, that is to say, do not remove and plug frequently when the condenser microphone or microphone cable is energized, because large voltage fluctuations will not only affect the system, but also reduce the life of the condenser microphone .
7. At present, most of the condenser microphones on the market use phantom power supply, that is, most of them are connected to the mixer through the microphone cable to achieve power supply. Therefore, you should try to avoid hot-plugging the microphone. Frequent large voltage fluctuations will greatly reduce the service life of the microphone. So try to connect the microphone to the mixer before starting a channel, and then turn on the power. If your vacuum tube microphone can be connected directly to a power source, it is equally important to avoid hot plugging. Do not turn on the power switch of the microphone before you connect the microphone to the mixer.
8. For many vacuum tube microphones, it takes a period of time to warm up before reaching the optimal working condition. Microphone manufacturers often recommend that you use two to three minutes to 15 minutes to warm up the microphone. So once you turn on the microphone, keep it working until the end of the recording.
9. Use the XLR plug correctly. Sometimes the microphone is temporarily added or replaced. When the XLR head is picked up and plugged in, it is easy to twist or break the three male feet.
Those who have condenser microphones but don't know how to maintain them, may wish to try the above-mentioned condenser microphone maintenance guide, I believe that under your careful maintenance, condenser microphones will be more durable.