Does Phantom Power Matter? 12V? 48V? It Makes a Difference...



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Phantom power changes the sound of microphones, but is it better or worse and can microphones work with 12v if their specs says 48v? Let's find out.

In this video I test and compare multiple small and large diaphragm condenser and shotgun microphones with both 12 and 48v phantom power and use frequency analysis to find out how phantom voltage affects sound. If you have ever wondered whether phantom power really affects your microphone, this is for you.

Links (not affiliate):

Audio Technica AT2021: https://links.askdrtk.com/at2021
MXL 606: https://links.askdrtk.com/mxl606
AKG P170: https://links.askdrtk.com/AKGP170
Audio Technica AT2020: https://links.askdrtk.com/at2020
Maono AU-P320S: https://links.askdrtk.com/au-pm320s
MXL 990 Blaze Edition: https://links.askdrtk.com/mxl990-blaze
Warm Audio WA-47jr: https://links.askdrtk.com/wa-47jr
Synco Mic D2: https://links.askdrtk.com/synco-mic-d2
Behringer PS400 Phantom Power Supply: https://links.askdrtk.com/ps400-phantompower
Focusrite Scarlett 8i6: https://links.askdrtk.com/scarlett8i6
ART Voice Channel: https://links.askdrtk.com/art-vc

You may also like:

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 Review: https://youtu.be/VVW_44Y1ers
Focusrite Control Guide: https://youtu.be/bwwNlOaGZbw
MXL 990 Blaze Edition Review: https://youtu.be/a7n2jQuLd24
Audio Technica AT2021 Review: https://youtu.be/ltiLDIf-QdQ
Large vs Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics: https://youtu.be/yRWXvS9XwuQ

Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction to Phantom Power
01:31Testing Methods 12v vs 48v Phantom Power
02:42 Audio Technica AT2021 Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
03:15 MXL 606 Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
03:58 AKG P170 Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
05:00 Audio Technica AT2020 Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
05:44 MXL 990 Blaze Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
07:05 Maono AU-P320S Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
07:59 Warm Audio WA-47jr Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
08:41 Synco Mic D2 Phantom Power Tests and Comparison
09:24 Spoken Word Comparison 12v vs 48v
10:06 Is all 48v Phantom Power the Same? Testing 2 Power Supplies
11:30 Final Results - Does Phantom Power Matter?
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