How to Setup a Condenser Mic

If you are on this page, that means you purchased a condenser mic. Congrats because you just stepped up to a new playing field. Now you just gotta figure out how to set it up. In this guide we will be teaching you how to setup a condenser mic. If you don’t have a condenser microphone and you want to follow along, check out this Blue Baby Bottle mic bundle below. I personally own this mic and I can tell you… it’s amazing:

Blue Baby Bottle SL Studio Condenser Microphone with RF-5P-B Reflection Filter, Tripod Mic Stand, Pop Filter & XLR Cable Bundle
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Useful for Voice, Strings, and Piano
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Gold-Sputtered Hand-Tuned Mylar Driver
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response

Okay… let’s get started!

Requirements

Before we begin, you will need 4 things

  1. An audio interface
  2. XLR cable
  3. Condenser Microphone
  4. Microphone Stand

We have a great guide on How To Connect A Condenser Mic to a Computer. This post covers a lot of the information on the above three.

Setup

Step 1 – Microphone Stand

The first step is getting your microphone stand ready. You want to make sure that the microphone stand is sturdy and its not moving too much. If the microphone stand moves too much, then there is a possibility that the microphone will pick up a lot of unwanted noises including a lot of low frequency noises thats traveling into the microphone.

Related: Best Microphones for Singing

Step 2 – Condenser Microphone to Stand

Most condenser microphones come with a shock mount. If yours does, then connect that first. Follow the manual that comes with the condenser microphone or the shock mount (if you bought the shock mount separately).

Next we will connect the condenser microphone to the shock mount. This should be a fairly simple process.

Once the microphone is connected, adjust the microphone stand to a height that you are comfortable with. If you are recording vocals, the microphone should be comfortably at the mouth level. Make sure the person has some distance from it. If you are recording an instrument, adjust the microphone stand to how ever it makes sense for your application.

Step 3 – Connect XLR Cables

Now we will be connecting the XLR cables to the condenser microphone. Take the male part of the XLR cable and push it into the condenser microphone thats connected to the shock mount and the mic stand. Most XLR cables come with a clamp that you can push in. Once you push in the XLR cable, you should hear or feel a click. This indicates that the XLR cable is secure to the microphone. If the XLR cable you have does not come with it, then no worries. As long as you are sure that the cable is secure then you are good to go.

Related: Best Microphone to Record Pianos

Step 4 – Connect to Audio interface

Finally we will take the other side of the XLR cable and now connect it to the audio interface. This should be a fairly simple process. Once its connected then you are good to go!

If you are looking for an audio interface, I personally recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen. This is another piece of equipment I own and the best way to describe it is… simply works. 10/10 would recommend. Here are some details:

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To learn more about audio interfaces, check out our full audio interface guide here.

Conclusion – How to Setup a Condenser Mic

As we learned today, setting up a condenser microphone is a very easy and straight forward process. If you are having any trouble then you should always consult the manufacturers manual or help desk.

Let us know how the process went in the comments!

Last update on 2021-04-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

1 thought on “How to Setup a Condenser Mic”

  1. Thanks for advice! To make a microphone stand, use ordinary tripods and camera holders. They are perfect for this purpose and are used by many musicians at home.

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