The Ultimate DIY Microphone (super low self-noise!)

  • Published on 2 years ago

    DIY PerksDIY Perks

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    In this video I'll be showing, in overview, the design of my super-low-noise self-contained ORTF microphone rig. It features superb stereo, a built in recorder, triple shock mounting, and of course a noise floor that is so low that you can record the beat of ones own heartbeat in a quiet enough environment. Impressive to say the least!!!
    AudioBlocks link: audioblocks.com/DIYPerks_0417
    And the Rode NT1-a (for those interested): amzn.to/2BsJkwI
    In this video I'll be showing you how I made a portable studio microphone that has an extremely low self noise and a wonderful stereo soundscape. The quality of this thing is insane!
    Here's the preamp schematic:
    sound.whsites.net/project66.htm
    Video sponsored by Audioblocks. ablocks.co/x/abdiyperks0915

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Matthew Toledo
Matthew Toledo

This is awesome... You could sell this

5 days ago
Robin Storå
Robin Storå

You know a mic is good when it can capture your heartbeat pretty far away with litterly no noice! Great job!!!

10 days ago
Anonymous Anonymous
Anonymous Anonymous

Really good work. Very thorough.

12 days ago
jason waterfalls 2012
jason waterfalls 2012

you could do some wild asmr

14 days ago
Cread134
Cread134

Thought the thumbnail had a dog. Turns out just mic

26 days ago
James Van Damme
James Van Damme

I'd like to find a mic that doesn't cost >$200 each. I'm willing to make my own preamp.

Month ago
ONKC123
ONKC123

Lol this shit turned into some ASMR

Month ago
Comfy 1
Comfy 1

Wow, this is great!

Month ago
RacialZ
RacialZ

7:38 drops mic

Month ago
Horrorgraphy
Horrorgraphy

WOW! ... JUST WOW! You can be a Foley artist with this.

Month ago
Eric Choi
Eric Choi

This is a very cool project but it is very complicated for beginners like myself. something more practical would be like this example. I bought a Bluetooth to FM radio transmitter device for my car. It works ok but when I use to make a phone conversation, the MIC is so terrible that no one can hear me and I end up just using speaker phone feature. but I was wondering if I can replace the MIC somehow. Can I replace the MIC on the device? is it even possible?

Month ago
MHY
MHY

Hi this is an amazing build Cheers !Is it possible to link your Fritzing Project ? there is not much of information about ,how you integrate the phantom power into the amplifiers circuit ...Thank you

Month ago
Tetra Sky
Tetra Sky

When your mic look like a dead cat...

Month ago
Lucas Sanctus
Lucas Sanctus

OMG! 8:23 this would be GREAT for ASMR.

Month ago
Siddharth Dixit
Siddharth Dixit

How can you recharge the battery

Month ago
Vin Jak
Vin Jak

Great project-Im good with electronic circuits-i understand well what you did and all i can say is Great!

2 months ago
protools fanatic
protools fanatic

wow...thats cool.

2 months ago
Jonas Neumann
Jonas Neumann

nice, Peter Parker

2 months ago
hai DIY
hai DIY

hey nice project

2 months ago
RJ Infusino
RJ Infusino

If you ever decide to do another build similar to this, I would recommend using 2 omnidirectional microphone, and add some mass in the middle. The overall goal would be to make a binaural microphone, meaning a microphone that can pick up perceivably 3D sound.

2 months ago
TheBurek88
TheBurek88

brilliant!

2 months ago
Fsilone
Fsilone

Had to grab my headphones for the sound test, since I couldn't hear the difference over my own computer's fan noise -_-

3 months ago
RGon
RGon

How did you get the 48V for the NT1A's phantom power? Or are you running them @ 25v? And how did you get the dual supply required for the preamps? Two LM2577s? A second rectified capacitively-coupled output from the boost converter? Virtual ground? I'm just curious, this microphone performs pretty well :)

3 months ago
HaiHai
HaiHai

Your video is very inspiring and pump up my passion. but after i check out the description and see the basic mic that you use x2, RIP wallet :(

3 months ago
questionable
questionable

you honestly should make this into a product

4 months ago
Brian O' Shea
Brian O' Shea

And also, finally, something useful to do with the NT1A, apart from suprising your neighbours on a sunday morning when the last thing they're expecting is a LDC microphone flying through their kitchen window during breakfast

4 months ago
Brian O' Shea
Brian O' Shea

I was be to comment "Hey where's the audio, well I guess that's what you get for using a DIY mic", ..........but my soundcard had just crapped out haha. Guess it's better to think before you......comment like a shithead.....or speak or whatever

4 months ago
Robert Coffey
Robert Coffey

You have a better audio recording setup than pretty much any actual audio installation professionals posting their builds on YouTube.

4 months ago
NikoxD93
NikoxD93

Your audio samples sound REALLY awesome! With headphones

4 months ago
Tarik Ahmia
Tarik Ahmia

Ingenious audio hack!

4 months ago
TechZone Productions
TechZone Productions

How did you get 48 volts of phantom power if the voltage booster only goes up to 35 volts?

4 months ago
George Rene Biol
George Rene Biol

Hi there, really love this project of yours. I just wanted to ask if you could provide the schematics on how you connected the two microphones together, apply power to both, know if each has a pre-amp circuit and how you mixed them both to create a stereo output to the recorder?

4 months ago
Robin Verschoor
Robin Verschoor

0:03 What did you do to your dog?

5 months ago
JD2308 !!
JD2308 !!

Hamster on a handle

5 months ago
Pier Bover
Pier Bover

Woah the heart beat was very impressive. Do you have more hi quality recording of that to download?

5 months ago
Sarajen
Sarajen

How do you add the phantom power to the excellent amp circuits ?

5 months ago
Sarajen
Sarajen

Just fantastic.... Imagine if you mass produced these... Being new to audio recording I am a little excited as my second 'second hand' large diaphragm AKG SL mic is on it's way in post.. I don'y have a portable recorder but I do have a Mobile Pre (Older model) and my old XP laptop has great battery so I will be mounting the two mics like these in a furry cage ! I have already tried recording outside using laptop and Mobile Pre in shoulder bag with mic in hand with no problems except I will say it's awkward and a bit heavy ! So if you can afford a recorder forget dragging. laptop and USB interface around....

5 months ago
Balan Bogdan
Balan Bogdan

Nice man,i initially want to buy an professional microphone until i saw this video!

5 months ago
Prince Westerburg
Prince Westerburg

Oh - Change that TL071 for a TL072, higher quality. Also, solder the chip in, those chips sockets are great for digital but oxcidise and drop in sound quality over time. Also, why do you need them - are you going to change the chip ever? :o)

6 months ago
tecnovlogger
tecnovlogger

Hello, nice project. The link for the preamp schematic don't work anymore. Can you be so nice to supply a new link? Thanks

6 months ago
MyPalden
MyPalden

Who else thought he put it on a dog 🤣

6 months ago
Безлимит
Безлимит

What about "kickstart" that?

6 months ago
SNORKYMEDIA
SNORKYMEDIA

link for the preamp schematic is BROKEN

6 months ago
The Kaveman
The Kaveman

Great build

6 months ago
Crown ollie crusher less go Ollie
Crown ollie crusher less go Ollie

Build a new chanle

6 months ago
Gökhan Özdemir
Gökhan Özdemir

Dead Link

6 months ago
「The Flashbolter」
「The Flashbolter」

DIY house

6 months ago
MrGTAfan93
MrGTAfan93

If you can record ghost evp-s whit somethind then this is :D

6 months ago
deadendkid1968
deadendkid1968

Boy did you go the hard way...ive got 2 matched AT3035 mics in an XY pattern that mounts on my tripod...or a mic stand if I like going into my Tascam DR40...with deadcats...better results and no hoops to jump through...

6 months ago
TheDankAtheist
TheDankAtheist

Who else the thumbnail had a floofy doggo

7 months ago
Mike Benjamin
Mike Benjamin

Please make more PLEASE.FANTASTIC VIDEO.

7 months ago
SunnyShawFilms
SunnyShawFilms

The preamp is mono in diagram. How you connected two mics with it? Lol

7 months ago
Βеʀƙ Ӧzcẫñ
Βеʀƙ Ӧzcẫñ

You should make ASMR videos

7 months ago
Aldo Andrade
Aldo Andrade

You take diy to a whole new level

7 months ago
TechPakTech
TechPakTech

Really is it possible to make a mic without sound knowledge of electronics?

7 months ago
Danny Blue
Danny Blue

Dude, I am totally going to hit up a buddy to help me make an updated version of this sometime soon. This is fucking incredible. I'll have mine on a boom, but still..... this is amazing. Very nice job.

7 months ago
Andrew Perkin
Andrew Perkin

Great rig, great sound I could never build it as a non techy, big huge respect to those that can. Would using primo EM172s not cut down the size even further, they have a very nice sound?

8 months ago
Mahad Dayyan
Mahad Dayyan

I do love the concept and it's one of the few times in my life that something practically realistic was so amazing that it made me go wow. I hope I can make this one day and show this vid to my grandkids like... See this son, this is how we used to make our own stuff instead of (whatever the new norm will be)

8 months ago
Mahad Dayyan
Mahad Dayyan

Too cool for words, too expensive for my wallet :D But as they say, you crush on the things you can't have.

8 months ago
Adam Rainstopper
Adam Rainstopper

While I do very much enjoy hearing you say "Aluminium," I still have to dislike, as this is NOT a DIY *Microphone,* it is two commercial microphones and a preamp, with a battery-pack and a portable digital audio recorder. Sorry, but bad title, as you did not build a condenser mic from parts or even from a kit, you just put two NT-1's inside a piece of luggage with the rest of the equipment conveniently mounted in a single ....... uh, pocket-book. Very useful, but mislabeled. Try searching youtube for "DIY Microphone" and see what comes up. It's usually an actual *microphone* that the uploader did him or herself, hence the "DIY" being in front of the word "microphone." This is a "DIY Mobile Recording (rig, outfit, setup, etc)."

8 months ago
Nicola Di Iorio
Nicola Di Iorio

I would chose 18650 batteries instead of AA. btw your channel is amazing!

8 months ago
Mubashir AR
Mubashir AR

1M sooon !!

8 months ago
Douglas Bennett
Douglas Bennett

I found the schematic page in the Wayback Machine. Here it is as of October 11, 2015. http://web.archive.org/web/20151011081157/http://sound.westhost.com:80/project66.htm

9 months ago
Fisher Leung
Fisher Leung

you should really start making them in the market...

9 months ago
Kazemito Haruhi
Kazemito Haruhi

the schematic link just died, give us the other one pls..

9 months ago
Kenny S
Kenny S

I want to know how you learned to do all these stuff?!!! Did you go to some design school??

9 months ago
Sacco Belmonte
Sacco Belmonte

I could also hear Zoom's digital high pitched whine.

9 months ago
BuzzaB77
BuzzaB77

you should totally sell this design back to rode!

9 months ago
Samer Henen
Samer Henen

My dumbass thought you put the microphone on a dog in the thumbnail

9 months ago
Brooze Fall
Brooze Fall

I thought the first scene was a dog with a microphone on top

9 months ago
dot TBP
dot TBP

hope u could do some nature sound recordings.. that mic really captures it all

9 months ago
dot TBP
dot TBP

wow.. the sound of nature..

9 months ago
Swift Productions
Swift Productions

imagine hanging this from a boom pole

9 months ago
Chris Chronos
Chris Chronos

That is an incredible build! well done

10 months ago
Soumyadeep Bhattacherjee
Soumyadeep Bhattacherjee

Man you are a genius!

10 months ago
Brandon
Brandon

You need to start selling your builds

10 months ago
Einfach nur Mattes
Einfach nur Mattes

omg I thought the microphone was sitting on a dog the whole time until he lifts it up xD

10 months ago
Pa Dam Tuts
Pa Dam Tuts

And nobody will repeat this tutorial because nobody has the schematic for the CNC

10 months ago
Peace and Love
Peace and Love

at 4:22 , you said Fritzing ?

10 months ago
JGR Studios
JGR Studios

hi, the schematics links are dead can you provide a new one please?

10 months ago
Lucrezia Pretto
Lucrezia Pretto

I'm amazed! That microphone is super powerfull

11 months ago
Leon Parker
Leon Parker

Why are you using your dog to record the surroundings?

11 months ago
Elias's Account
Elias's Account

that's really amazing. you could totally do some ASMR with this haha

11 months ago
Tom Whitington
Tom Whitington

"Man Walks Around on Beach with Boris Johnson's Head"

11 months ago
Isaac Erickson
Isaac Erickson

that is the best sounding mic I have heard

11 months ago
The Polymath
The Polymath

Amazing

11 months ago
alex O
alex O

I tried building my own but a day really come out the same way I was wondering if you saw your own but have you sell another one that you have bulided I'm willing to buy it

11 months ago
Armin Fatol
Armin Fatol

Awesome!

11 months ago
Nife AB
Nife AB

hey guy... great job.. congratulations

11 months ago
Dylan Belle
Dylan Belle

How is the sound stereo? You are only using one mic... Or did I miss a part?

11 months ago
mezcel
mezcel

slick mic. did you post a parts budget?

11 months ago
Orlando Florence
Orlando Florence

kind of going beyond the diy here mate

11 months ago
_Thunderbolt_
_Thunderbolt_

Shut up and take my money. How much money to build me one ?

11 months ago
bloodswarms
bloodswarms

Ah, I used web cache to get the schematic. You maniac, why haven't you put the PCB design on google drive for your tribe? ahhh

Year ago
bloodswarms
bloodswarms

DAMN THE LINK TO THE SCHEMATIC IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Year ago
Ramón BS
Ramón BS

this is so AWESOME!!!! and... I can't do it, haha

Year ago
MrHamit64
MrHamit64

Wow that was pretty cool. Also makes me say ah if only the H1 or the H2N actually had XLR and stuff built in. Which by the way an H4NPro would've saved you a few steps. Maybe? I don't know. But the H4NPro does have 2 XLRs and can spit phantom power. I love the NT1-A. It's real epic!

Year ago
Timur Nuriyasov
Timur Nuriyasov

Do not power a low noise analog amplifier with a switch-mode voltage booster!

Year ago
DIY Perks
DIY Perks

+Timur Nuriyasov I did my testing and the added signal noise is negligible, and far less than the microphones own self noise, so it is all good.

Year ago
Monika Błażewicz
Monika Błażewicz

This is great! Thanks for sharing =)

Year ago
Draginduster
Draginduster

The link to your preamp schematic no longer works. Might you recommend another?

Year ago

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