There are many articles on the web about making condenser microphones. These projects are usually relatively easy. However, trying to make one that allows X-Y and Wide Stereo positions for the mics that some professional recorders offer (and in an inexpensive way) may seem to be a difficult task.
This project has been in my mind for a couple of months and I have finally reached a simple yet (cost-) effective solution. I would like to share my steps of making it and hope that someone out there would find this instructable useful.
Step 1: Mounting the Condenser Mics
6.3mm Right Angled Plug x 2 (I took them off from a fender patch cable)
Panasonic WM-61A Electret Condenser Microphone x 2
Silicon Earphone Bud x 2
Some Silicone Sealant
It is easy if you have the right parts of the right size.
- Put the silicon earphone bud to the end of the right angled plug. It should be a tight fit as the bud is slightly smaller than the end opening of the plug.
- Apply some silicone sealant to the inside of the plug to secure the bud.
- Solder the wires to the mic and to the connectors of the plug. Remember to run the wires through the bud and the plug housing before soldering (which I often forget to do...).
- Insert the mic to the bud and it should be another tight fit. Remember to push the wires with some tool in instead of forcing it in by pushing the mic, or you may break the soldered joints.