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Have you ever used your headphones as a microphone in a recording environment? haha

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I have just for fun, the cheapo headphones I don't care too much about. Anyone else ever do this?
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post
I have just for fun, the cheapo headphones I don't care too much about. Anyone else ever do this?
Not exaclty, although i did use a cheap pair of sony streetstyles as a mic for VoIP once.
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lol.. how is this made possible?!?!
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Originally Posted by judas391 View Post
lol.. how is this made possible?!?!
A headphone is just a transducer, which is in effect what a microphone is. A headphone converts an electrical signal into sound (airborne vibrations), a microphone converts vibrations into electircal signals, but they will both work backwards, just not very well.

Edit: When talking about dynamic headphones/microphones. i have no idea what would happen if you tried with electrostats etc
post #5 of 17
Yeah, I did it the other way around once on accident. Plugged a mic into an amp output and started hearing music.
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Cool, I've got to try that with my HP-2s!
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A headphone is just a transducer, which is in effect what a microphone is. A headphone converts an electrical signal into sound (airborne vibrations), a microphone converts vibrations into electircal signals, but they will both work backwards, just not very well.
Indeed. Headphones and microphones (well, some types of microphones anyway) are very similar technologies. There is a reason why all of the top microphone manufacturers also make headphones. In some cases, the diaphragms are even made using the same machinery. Like headphones, different microphones have different frequency responses as well. The biggest difference is that headphones are designed with producing a sound that is pleasing to the ear in mind, rather than picking up the sound of a voice.
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No! I won't even attempt to use an electrostat that way...
post #9 of 17
Guys please help me!! I tried it with the HP2 and now the left side is very quiet and has no bass and distorts like mad!!! omg please is there any way I can fix it?
post #10 of 17
Maybe the high sensitivity ones will work well?
post #11 of 17
Announced some chicks birthday last week DJing. Used headphones to rap out of quite a few times at various bars. On the cover of "Return of the Boom Bap" KRS ONE is yelling into some cans.
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Originally Posted by 003
Guys please help me!! I tried it with the HP2 and now the left side is very quiet and has no bass and distorts like mad!!! omg please is there any way I can fix it?
LOL, did you really try that with your HP2 ?

I do it with my HQ-1700 all the time for VoIP, it gives very good quality too.
post #13 of 17
Used some earbuds as a mic long time ago when I was a child and fooling around with tape recorded. Worked really well.
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back in high school my best friend got hold of a mouth harp that we played around with a lot. we used a cheap set of ear buds, one side in each cheek, to record it into his tape deck. came away with some really interesting sounds.
post #15 of 17
Ok for anybody that was worried, I was kidding about doing it with the HP-2s.
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