Introduction: Build Your Own Microphone

Ever wanted a microphone to chat on skype or yahoo or aim with your friends but dont wanna buy one well heres your answer to that dilema.

Step 1: Materials

Well the first thing our gonna need is a set of headphones(or earbuds preferably) that you wont want back. You will also need an altoids tin (It can be any type of tin or even a box, i just love altoids tin projects), A pair of scissors or a razor, paper or some kind of tube the headphone jack(part that fits into mp3/cd player or comp) can fit through easily i used paper. Thats about all you need.

Step 2: Figure Out Which Earbud Will Be the Microphone

Ok for this step plug the jack into its place(pink audio slot). After that click Start>Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound Recorder. It will open up a box, when holding one of the headphones up to your mouth click the red circle and say something like "Test Test, This is a Test" now press the square to stop recording and then press the forward arrow to play. If you hear your recording then the headphone you tried first is the microphone is not click File>New when it asks to save click no and test with the other earbud, keep track of which is which otherwise you will mess up ruin your microphone and waste a set of perfectly good headphones.

Step 3: Cut Away the Pointless Bud

Well you could have a useless bud there but i found it to be annoying so with your scissors or other sharp object as close to the jack as possible cut away the second bud

BE VERY CAREFUL AT THIS STAGE, ACCIDENTLY CUT THE WRONG BUD OFF AND YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER WITH A DIFFERENT SET OF HEADPHONES!!!

Step 4: Paper (or Tube)

Fold a sheet of paper in half, tape the cable in it, then roll up the sheet of paper. If you think it is too bulky then cut the paper in half or so that way theres less material making it bulky.


With a tube just slide the jack down and glue the bud in place so it doesnt slide when pulled

Step 5: The Altoids Tin

now use your scissors, sharp object, or my favorite power drill, to make the holes which your paper and jack must fit through.

Step 6: Almost Done

Now take the jack and feed it through the hole ontop of the altoids tin and then feed it through the hole in the side as well. Bring the paper(or tube) through the hole then close the tin plug in your microphone and your ready to go.

Step 7: Done

congrats on finishing and thanks for reading my first intructable< hopefully you enjoyed it and your microphone works great. I'm not sure if its just because I used 2 dollar headphones for this but mine doesn't pick up sound to well, but others do so try using a pair that cost you 10 dollars but one of the buds died(hopefully not the one you need) Enjoy skype and all that stuff me k? :p ttyl


Minisharkx

Comments

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AnandG8 made it!(author)2016-10-06

I will Try it Today Whether it works or not

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Yan-BrJailson made it!(author)2016-09-28

i made something much better using basically the same idea, i got a microphone from an earphone and put a p2 on it :)
works perfectly and sound quality is the same as a microphone from a cellphone.

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PankajJ8 made it!(author)2015-10-20

If we have a headphones, why we need a mic.

please spend some money for headphones with mic.

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BobJ2 made it!(author)2014-11-06

ITS A PHONIE! DO NOT ATTEMPT!

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Conesco3 made it!(author)2015-10-05

It isn't actually. I don't think the maker made this entirely clear but still you should have spotted it. Your earphones need to support a microphone connection. At the jack of your earphones there will be small lines going round the metal. If your earphones have two then this isn't going to work for you as that means your earphones only support audio output. If it has three then you should be good as the third loop means that there is an audio input connector for the microphone but I would go and do his check using the sound recorder as well to double check.

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mist.form.7 made it!(author)2014-11-24

Any speaker can actually act as a microphone but with varying quality because they were designed to use electrical signals to vibrate a "drum" that produces sound. Then it requires a sensitive "drum" to convert sounds into electrical energy and the quality of this depends on the material and manufacturer of the speaker/earbud you are attempting to use.

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Danielac made it!(author)2014-10-01

I cant understand what bud Im Supposed to do and you should also put what to do with headphones

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Hzavial made it!(author)2014-09-06

plzzz give me video of this.because i cant understood.

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TheDIYHacker made it!(author)2014-07-30

I tried the Ible but the sound is Waaaaaaay to quiet even on the loudest setting I can barely hear it. I am on a Mac please help

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zrobles made it!(author)2012-06-03

i did what you did but didn't work you lied

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LiftAndLove made it!(author)2013-07-08

Maybe you did it wrong, but I know he didn't lie.

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obimaxharry made it!(author)2012-07-10

I can hear myself, but it is really really quiet! Help please!

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Maxaxle made it!(author)2012-01-16

Actually a really good idea, but I bet it sounds slightly tinny.

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Kundancool made it!(author)2011-11-20

Waste of time its not what I was searching for its like preparing a stand for microphone not building it

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ChrisOmonoiaDIY made it!(author)2011-07-24

Etsi mannakas ise. OMONOIA

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kdrivas made it!(author)2011-09-15

gamw tin omonoia kalamaruia reeeeeeeee

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wii552 made it!(author)2011-07-03

it will always be the earbud that is labelled left (with an l on it). If the labelling is worn off, then you can do this, but that will save you a bit of time

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ibot6500 made it!(author)2011-03-14

wood wood work

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Hmff made it!(author)2011-02-02

Can you make a head set of the two combined?

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ski4jesus made it!(author)2010-08-17

NICE KNIFE!!! haha, yah, i just made almost a studio quality microphone with some really nice speakers that i found, so i reversed the wires and attached them to a guitar cable and plugged em' in to my amp! it does work, and great job.

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yugankarya made it!(author)2010-08-06

how we can downloade

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theexpert made it!(author)2010-07-07

actualy that other bud isnt useless you can use it as a regular headphone so you can hear the people

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s117 made it!(author)2010-06-01

Niether Ear bud works

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Aaditya+tamrakar made it!(author)2010-01-15

nice u should upgrade this ......................................................

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rockfan187 made it!(author)2009-12-14

Dude that's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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joinaqd made it!(author)2008-12-29

nice job making this...i made an instructable about how to make homemade headphones lol...check it out sometime.here's the link Homemade headphones

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rada194 made it!(author)2008-12-04

Thanks man i did that and now i can talk to my friends online. I used a fat marker tube for my headphones it worked so perfectly. thanks for the idea.

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mason0190 made it!(author)2008-08-13

Looks like an elementary school intercom.

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cd41 made it!(author)2008-10-29

when i find a working pair of headphones and a altoids tin(how do i not have one sitting around?!?!?!) im gonna paint the tin black of white or something, maybe even put a little fake toggle switch to enhance the effect

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luchfo made it!(author)2008-09-19

thanks a lot.you just saved me about 20 dollars.

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mason0190 made it!(author)2008-08-13

Maybe you could use the other bud as a speaker.

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mason0190 made it!(author)2008-08-13

*quote* I just love altoids tin projects.*unquote*
GASP!!! Me too!

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mason0190 made it!(author)2008-08-13

Altoids tins yay!!! :D

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lupinesoul made it!(author)2008-08-03

Skype? Yahoo? Hah! Ventrilo is the way to go.

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Z-and-B-inc made it!(author)2008-01-14

I can't get it to work all I get is bzzzzzzzz. Can you give me some help.

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Mr.Cire made it!(author)2007-04-27

Its you're ready to go. Not your. Thats just a pet peeve of mine.

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Matthew+Chinn made it!(author)2007-10-04

lol

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Yerboogieman made it!(author)2007-07-09

i tryed it and the earbuds as microphones it was different on 2 computers

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minisharkx made it!(author)2007-07-09

O.o well i only use mine on my laptop so i havent experienced that problem i have also since bought an actual microphone (birthday money who woulda figured thats how i could get cash)

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Yerboogieman made it!(author)2007-07-09

true...i could use them for only one computer, yeah normal mic's have a bit better quality but it did work, nice work!

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nathan42100 made it!(author)2007-04-09

Now, make it light a small bulb with your voice.

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i dont think many eople got the n64 reference lol

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nathan42100 made it!(author)2007-05-08

n64 reference? it was another instructable on here.

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DIY++Dave made it!(author)2007-04-24

Can I add others instuctables to my group? If I can, can someone tell me how?

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darkmotion made it!(author)2007-03-27

I thought this was actually going to show how to create one with an inductor or something. I thought anyone would have known you can just plugin some headphones in the mic socket as a temporary microphone.....

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ich+bin+ein+pyro made it!(author)2007-03-27

heh i didnt

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Weissensteinburg made it!(author)2007-03-26

well, it's the third instructable about ear buds for a mic. At least you went farther than than that and built a stand. Kudos.

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minisharkx made it!(author)2007-03-26

yea like an hour later i grabbed a roll of electrical tape and wrapped the paper in it b/c i dont like white in my room at all

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dcshoeco33 made it!(author)2007-03-26

waste of an altoids tin