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Is phantom power ON a problem for a dynamic mic (it is put ON for the condensator mic)

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asked Jul 26, 2016 in AudioBox USB by olivierjambois (140 points)
Hi,

I want to use a non ribbon dynamic mic and a condensator mic on my AudioBox 44VSL. I have to put the phantom power ON for the condensator mic and I understand it applys to the 4 inputs. May this damage the non ribbon dynamic mic?

In the manual it is said that a ribbon mic woul be damaged, nothing about the non ribbon.

Is there a way to supply phantom power to just one input?

Thank you.

1 Answer

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answered Jul 26, 2016 by PreSonuSales2 (68,350 points)

Usually, phantom power won't damage dynamic microphones. There's actually a Sweetwater article with a really good response (http://www.sweetwater.com/insync/phantom-power-dynamic-mics-again/):

For those seeking the quick answer, phantom power can be left active for virtually all dynamic microphones. The word “virtually” is used only because there probably is some obscure microphone somewhere that can’t deal with phantom for some reason. If you’re using dynamic mics made in the last 30 years you should be fine. 

And to answer your second question: No, there's not a way to send phantom power to just one input on the AudioBox 44VSL.

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