SM10A Using Phantom Power to increase the output level

FAQ #2986 Updated February 21, 2018

Question:

I have a Shure SM10A and I am having trouble with the signal. I am not getting a very hot signal to the mixer. Should i use phantom power with this mic? I have 2 other regular mics also when i play live and they have plenty of power. Is this just that the SM10A does not work in a live vocal?

Answer:

I have a Shure SM10A and I am having trouble with the signal. I am not getting a very hot signal to the mixer
* Correct. The SM10A has a very low output level when compared to a larger dynamic mic, like the Shure SM58.

Should i use phantom power with this mic?
* The SM10A does not require phantom power. This will have no effect.

I have 2 other regular mics also when i play live and they have plenty of power. Is this just that the SM10A does not work in a live vocal.
* The SM10A must be placed VERY close to your mouth, no more than 1/2 inch away. Plus the input gain on your mixer must be increased to use the SM10A.

*The SM10A has a very small magnet and thus its output level will be much less than an SM58 that has a much larger magnet.

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