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Carbon Microphone Amplifier Circuit for XLR - Herzlich Carbonator - new and improved

Carbon Microphone Amplifier Circuit for XLR - Herzlich Carbonator - new and improved

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The Herzlich Carbonator is a specialized product for integrating old carbon microphones with modern recording environments via XLR and the use of phantom power. The Carbonator comes ready to use, simply plug your carbon capsule into the jack input, and your mixer, field recorder or preamp with phantom power into the XLR output. Make sure phantom power is on, and you'll be ready to go!

The Carbonator comes in a robust 3D printed housing and is terminated with high quality Neutrik sockets, meaning it will stand up to a long time of use and abuse. Short of jumping up and down on it, it will gladly tolerate mistreatment. Every Carbonator is finished by hand, but notice that there can be cosmetic scarring from the 3D printing process.

Want to save money and DIY? The Carbonator PCB DIY kit comes with everything you need to build the Carbonator - all you have to provide is the XLR connection and the carbon microphone, a soldering iron and an enclosure of your choosing. Easy!

Need something in-between? The assembled kit comes ready to connect, all the necessary parts are soldered and tested, but you'll still need to provide the proper connectors (or just alligator clips!) and a carbon microphone capsule. The perfect balance!

Carbon microphones are often found in old telephones, and can often be identified by the sound of granules inside the microphone. They give a very particular and difficult to replicate sound, which makes it useful as both a vocal microphone or a dirt mic during recording sessions of instruments. For an example of a vocal recording, head on over to @HerzlichLabs on Instagram for a taste!

With the new and improved Carbonator, it's easier than ever to get started - if you are inclined to solder and want to make a permanent connection, simply solder your carbon microphone capsule to a piece of wire of your choice, and terminate it with a 1/4" mono jack. Alternatively, clipping alligator clips unto the phone wire and unto a jack will make a serviceable if temporary connection, for those who prefer not to solder.

Many attempts at building a phone mic limit themselves to just the speaker capsule - why not use the whole carcass, and upcycle that phone mic to a proper, high powered device!

Every unit is tested with a carbon microphone before leaving the workshop, and it will work with any carbon microphone you can find - assuming it's been properly stored and cared for - although I take no responsibility for how you choose to use or abuse this newfound power.

Carbon microphone not included with purchase - but you should have an easy time finding your own with a bit of searching, look for old rotary phones, listen for the lovely shaking of carbon granules, and you should be good to go. Also notice that the XLR connection must supply 24-48V phantom power, or you won't get enough of that sweet, sweet amplification.

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