[ProAudio] Microphones in constant use

Louis Judson loujudson at mac.com
Thu Feb 18 13:19:35 PST 2021

I keep my USB mic covered in a lint free cloth bag just to be sure. I have to unplug when not in use or Pro Tools tried to use it :-).

(Rode NT-USB-NTmini) Sometimes I use my vintage Apogeee MiC for fun on calls.
Lou Judson * Intuitive Audio
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> On Feb 18, 2021, at 1:13 PM, David Josephson via ProAudio <proaudio at bach.pgm.com> wrote:
> The only reason I can think of would be if the mic is in an area with lots of particulates in the air, like smoke. Leaving the polarization on will not hurt anything but if there is any amount of junk to be pulled from the air and adhered to the insulation of the microphone that might mean you'd need to clean it sooner, but that's a really long shot.
> David Josephson
> On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 12:12 PM Paul Kraus via ProAudio <proaudio at bach.pgm.com <mailto:proaudio at bach.pgm.com>> wrote:
> I have been using an RE-27 (dynamic) mic for my Zoom calls, so it is always sitting on my desk hooked up and ready to go (just like in a radio station). I needed to add a second computer, so I grabbed my Beta-27 (condenser) for the other computer.
> My question is whether there is a good reason to unplug (power down) the Beta-27 when not in use? I know the electronics will have slight additional wear from being powered all the time, but that is probably less than would be caused by power cycling a couple times per day. The question is more about the capsule. It is externally polarized (not electret) I am not worried about self discharge, but are there other factors that age a diaphragm just by being kept polarized?
> Thanks.
>> PK
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