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A good microphone for picking up small sounds.
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A good microphone for picking up small sounds.

Hi, I'm new to this kind of stuff so i don't know a lot about mics and your help is greatly appreciated. I'm looking for a microphone for a project which would involve picking small sounds from a table on which sound some mechanical machine would be working (like gears and some moving objects which usually produce very little sound). If i increase sensitivity mics pick up a lot of noise which i don't want. So what would be a good mic under $250 for this purpose. Thank you.
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It is not easy to give a simple answer to your question. The noise you are hearing might come from the mic you are using but it is just as likely to be coming from the other electronics that are amplifying the signal. If you want a quick fix for your problem without having to learn a lot about audio and you don’t anticipate having more complex needs in the future, you might find a high quality usb mic is a good fit for you. I can’t make any specific recommendations as I’ve never used one but it seems like an all in one solution that is well suited to people who want decent sound without a learning curve.
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These mics are great and you're in luck as they are available for pre-order-
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There is Lewit mic (LCT 540s) that has close to zero self noise. Think some of their other mics are the same but not sure, but definitely low noise. Plenty of mics under 7dB of self noise these days, even the inexpensive 3U Audio CM1.
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Shotgun mic..
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Originally Posted by Mr Funk View Post
Plenty of mics under 7dB of self noise these days, even the inexpensive 3U Audio CM1.
A 3U Audio CM100 would be well less than $250. They're around $170-$200 I think? You'd get a professional, quiet, sensitive SDC for the price. Would be great for this situation and within the OP's budget.

We have two 127's (basically the same thing but with transformers), for $250 each and I absolutely love them. Excellent value.

Email the owner and ask for a price on CM100-C, the Cardioid SDC Mic: [email protected]
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