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How to use electret mic with non powered line input?
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How to use electret mic with non powered line input?

I recently bought a ModMic 5 to use my studio heaphones as a headset. The mic uses a 3.5mm mic output and of course plugging it straight into my pc causes horrendous static as most onboard sound cards do.

I use a Steinberg UR22 mk2 interface for my condenser mics and figured I'd try and run the modmic through that to get better quality. Turns out the interface can only provide two types of power, +45v or none at all. I didn't think this would be a problem but apparently the modmic requires a small amount of power to function (usually gets the power from the pc mic port itself but I guess the ur22 doesn't do that). I wanna say it needs between 3-12v. So plugging it straight into my ur22 with a 1/4 adapter does absolutely nothing.

I've been looking for an adapter or power supply that could get that little voltage into the mic but I can't seem to come across anything. Is there anything I can do in this situation?
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strange the computer doesn't work for you, because its phantom is the same as a smart phone (5V).

I would check to see if it could handle 10V, because if so, you could use a standard P48 xlr to Lavalier adapter like a Nady XM-10.
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I also want to comment about the 5V on computer mic inputs. Sometimes you need to install a jumper on the sound card to enable the 5V phantom, alternatively they could have engineered this as a software controllable option too buried in its control panel.
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if it is a 5V mic then you would use: VXLR+ from RØDE
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if it is a 5V mic then you would use: VXLR+ from RØDE
Yeah to comment on your other replies the issue was that the interface doesn't provide any 5v power through the input like my pc would, only the 48v. This adapter looks like it should do the trick, I'm gonna order one and see if it works. Thanks
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