Introduction: Earbud Microphone

Picture of Earbud Microphone
Another one from the vault of howtern.


Dimension7. (author)2017-03-13


pokemoneg (author)2010-06-03

I did that once by accident and messed up the earbuds. Now the left ear is quieter than the right ear. I used the earbuds that come with iPods.

mr.break_it (author)2009-10-26

is this traveler? (hoseholdhacker)

fireruler12 (author)mr.break_it2010-04-11

it sounds like him maybe it is

Einsteins Circuitry (author)2008-01-15

How sensitive is it?

REA (author)Einsteins Circuitry2008-08-13

not that has to be about 1 cm away from your mouth to pick up your voice completely. you could try talking louder than normal.

cd41 (author)REA2009-01-03

I already talk loudly to people over the internet without knowing it i don't i'll try this i have used 5 different sets of headsets around my house and none work

ledonint (author)cd412009-11-03

Try going into your audio properties and setting the mic volume to max. When i first tried it I could  not get it to work.  Then I checked my audio settings and found that the mic setting was muted. Also one side will not work.  Talk into both to determine which side works.

ledonint (author)2009-09-12

I used an earbud and it worked pretty good for me. I am getting a little background distortion but that may just be the headphones I'm using with the earbud.

mattyuke (author)2009-07-19

I tried this with a 4 ohm speaker wired into the input on my stereo. It worked quite well if i had my strereo on full volume but i couldnt get it to work with a headpnone

hoihoi151 (author)2009-01-03

technically microphones and speakers are the same thing the only difference is direction of input. the only reason u cant use a regular speaker ie desktop. is cuz u would need a very loud noise 2 resonate the cone. unlike headphone spkrs

Mexicalex (author)2008-02-29

I've tried with 2 different headsets and it's just whisperingly quiet. Yes, the input volume is turned all the way up. Any other suggestions? a

REA (author)Mexicalex2008-08-13

turn down the imput volume for one thing. try other input channels.

James (pseudo-geek) (author)2007-07-18

cool :) I'm gonna build one.

mattbeddow (author)2007-05-27

This is kinda basic but it is good for all of those who didnt already understand the basic principles of electronics and magnetism+motion=a current.
It does work with both earbuds so long as you have a stereo input and you set your computer up to use this stereo-ness and not mono

i_make_stuff (author)2007-05-01

i love this...i needed a cheap mic solution for another project...THIS IS AWESOME...mainly cuz im cheap and too lazy to go out to radioshack...

PSPerson (author)2007-04-13

I needed a new mic since mine went out on me. i even have and old half-broken pair of buds

santiagomtzl (author)2007-04-09

Cool Glases

hedgiehog (author)2007-04-07

This is cool!!!! only works with the left earbud

Alphaviking (author)2007-03-26


Trimaster (author)2007-03-18

Wow...... good idea man

RobbyTheSheef (author)2007-02-04

Cool idea, why didn't I think of that? Oh yeah, I'm dumb. Why the duct tape? Maybe he has warts on his hand?

gruaqt (author)2006-11-03

Looks cool what's with the duct tape on your hand? I'm curious as I've seen your other projects (some involving duct tape).

fungus amungus (author)gruaqt2006-11-03

That's not me, that's howtern aka Will Bosworth. I was the one shooting the footage. This is one of four videos I put up after he left his internship.

MP (author)fungus amungus2007-02-01

All right. There's a fungi amungi!

strings3002 (author)2006-10-08

I used an ear bud to amp up my accoustic guitar. You have to move far away from your amp or the squeal is awful !

Myself (author)2006-09-23

Depending on whether your soundcard puts out power to drive an electret microphone element, or expects a dynamic mic, your earphone-turned-mic's coil might have a few mA of current running through it. This shouldn't harm anything, but don't be surprised if it gets slightly warm just sitting there. Oh, and just for the record, trying to wear a set of over-the-head phones sideways so one earpiece hangs in front of your mouth doesn't really work. You end up "chewing on" the windscreen and making a fool of yourself. Trust me.

Fireflash13 (author)2006-09-22

Do you need a mixer to do this, I'd like to just hook up my earbuds to my mic port or something. Is this possible?

Yeah, try it. We could've hookd the earbuds directly to the camera, but we wanted to show that the output was really coming out of the earbud with the visible sound levels.

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-09-21

flippin sweet

KoolKat (author)2006-09-21

I'm liking it!

aquax (author)2006-09-21

Something about the fact that you're using the cheapest mic possible -- some earbuds, and hooking it up to a ginormous mixer just makes me laugh.

cry_wolf (author)2006-09-19

I do this all the time =D

kawouter (author)2006-09-19

Cool glasses

mikesty (author)2006-09-18

Nice specs, and sweet - I was thinking I could give this a shot since I'm too cheap for a mic.

leevonk (author)mikesty2006-09-18

looks like they don't have lenses..

g0pher (author)2006-09-18

i used to do this years ago when i couldnt afford a mic :P

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