Phantom Power Supplies
Condenser microphones require phantom power, which is a direct current (DC voltage) transmitted through an audio cable. If you've ever wondered why phantom power is referred to as such, it's because the power is transmitted through the same cable that is used to transmit the audio signal. As a result, it allows for the simultaneous transmission of both power and audio signals to the microphone or audio tool through a single cable. You can think of a phantom power supply as a great way to make sure that you always have enough power when you need it.
Is it possible to tell which voltage range to use? You only need to check the product specifications of your microphone and look for the voltage range that is most optimal. Once you've determined the voltage of your microphone, you'll need to find a phantom power supply that works with it. The voltage supplied by the most common phantom power units is typically in the range of 12 to 48 volts. Input and output connections are made through XLR female inputs and XLR male outputs.
A dependable phantom power supply will also be compact and portable, allowing you to take it with you wherever your music takes you or move it around the studio with ease and convenience. Some models can even be powered by internal batteries for complete portability and convenience on the go, as well as by external alternating current power supplies for extended sessions. Highly-regulated phantom power supplies will provide you with a constant voltage source even when the input is heavily loaded.
Choosing the most appropriate phantom power solution can be a difficult decision to make at times. In that case, please do not hesitate to reach out! Tell us about your microphone, and we'll assist you in locating a suitable method of supplying phantom power in no time.