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Windows 7: Microphone (TRS) on a pc?

04 Mar 2011   #1

Win7 Pro 64
Microphone (TRS) on a pc?

i have a mic laying around and the connector is XLR to TRS.

The mic was originally for karaoke but i was wondering if it's usable on a pc?

i would have to find an adapter for the TRS to a regular microphone 1/8" plug right?

i was thinking something that looks like this:

i don't really know a lot about these audio devices so i was confused as to how i was going to pull this off.

the TRS 1/4" cable would go into the adapter and the mini plug would go into the microphone port..

is this the right setup?

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04 Mar 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

I believe that's the correct sizes, or my math is bad again.
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04 Mar 2011   #3

Win7 Pro 64

yeah thanks im looking for something like that but im wondering if the method i thought of is the proper method to get the microphone up and running to use on a pC?
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04 Mar 2011   #4

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Windows 7 x64

You would only need a mono adapter most likely.
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04 Mar 2011   #5

win7 ultimate 32bit

Monster MCLMSTMINIFM 1/8 St M to 1/4 Mono FM
about $17---or go old school and buy an 1/8" TRS plug and rewire it, but that would make the mic useless for other purposes.

or there is this XLR to 1/8"
Hosa XVM105F 3-pin XLR female to 1/8" TRS male stereo mini plug, 5-ft | Full Compass

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04 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

PC mics are condenser types and require a 5VDC to operate. The 5VDC is supplied by the "ring" connection. Thus the the "tip" is the actual audio signal. It's not a "stereo" connection as many think it is. Although the plug is the same in the Karaoke mic you show it may not work in the PC.

The XLR to 1/8" (3.5mm) is misleading as a standard P.A. mic will not work with a PC as the output level of a standard P.A. mic is too low for proper PC operation. Most P.A. mics are dynamic mics (e.g. a Shure SM58) and are low level. There are condenser type P.A. mics but they require 48VDC, not the 5VDC that a PC provides so they won't work either.
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