Category: electronics

a preamp for a piezo-disc microphone

A contact microphone (piezo disc) needs a special preamp to prevent the attenuation or loss of low- and mid-range frequencies in the sound signal. There are some DIY and plug/play options available. I bought a couple of modules from Stompville and installed them into plastic jars for use in field recordings of everyday objects.

EM172 capsules for stereo field recording

The EM172 is a small and highly cost-effective electret capsule that has high sensitivity, low self-noise, and can be built into various form factors, including those for stereo field recording. Internet references are provided for a simple circuit that allows it to run on phantom power. A Neutrik XLR connector can house the mic and related components. This configuration should adapt well to various strategies for acoustic separation in field recording.