How to Connect a Studio Microphone to the Raspberry Pi

Studio microphones are typically defined as mics that adhere to ‘AES42’. Published by the Audio Engineering Society, AES42 is a standard for connecting microphones to digital recording equipment. In a nutshell, an XLR cable (the three pin variant is the most common) sends audio to your computer (analog-to-digital converter) and power to the microphone. Oh. Power. Chances are you going to run into the phrase ‘phantom power’. Your microphone needs power, and your audio interface is what usually supplies it. So phantom power is just the electricity that your microphone needs. Make sure the voltage requirements of your microphone matches the audio interface (There are three variants of phantom power, 12, 24 and 48 volts).

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