Which external microphone to use with OP-1?

Can I run some sort of external microphone straight into the line in on the OP-1? Anyone have suggestions of which is the best one to use? Thanks for any ideas you might have!
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  • I'd also be really interested in hearing peoples' thoughts on this. TE recently posted a video (maybe on their facebook page?) of a guy singing into a mic plugged directly into the OP-1 and it sounded really good.
  • edited April 2016
    This one looks interesting for not a lot of money:http://www.amazon.com/Movo-Stereo-Condenser-Microphone-Cameras/dp/B00TIZ1YQW
  • Any dynamic mic with an XLR to mini jack adaptor will work.
  • edited April 2016
    There's another thread about this, somewhere, but I don't find it.
    I've got a H2N and I love it :)
  • Any dynamic mic with an XLR to mini jack adaptor will work.
    I tried a dynamic mic, and it didn't have enough volume. A powered condenser mic does the job, though.
  • I tried a dynamic mic, and it didn't have enough volume. A powered condenser mic does the job, though.
    Got an example of one that worked well for you?
  • Any dynamic mic with an XLR to mini jack adaptor will work.
    I tried a dynamic mic, and it didn't have enough volume. A powered condenser mic does the job, though.
    I use a Behringer XM8500 dynamic mic via an XLR - mono jack cable >> 6.35mm - 3.5mm (mono) adaptor >> 3.5mm (mono) - 3.5mm (stereo) adaptor. Have to turn the red input gain up a fair bit but can easily clip without too much noise (to my ears anyway!).
  • The Zoom H1 works well if you happend to have one of those laying around...


  • Got an example of one that worked well for you?
    The one I tried is just a cheap shotgun style condenser mic from RadioShack that I've had for about 20 years. It's powered by an AA battery.
  • I've actually had luck with using my phone, not wanting to buy a separate microphone (yet). There are a number of apps for Android as well as iOS that let you monitor the input on your phone. You can just run a 3.5mm cable between the phone and OP-1. Sounds significantly better than the OP microphone and you have more control over placement. A cheap option (unless you don't have a phone) to try out some recordings if you aren't sure buying an external microphone is worth it.
  • Has anyone tried this microphone on the op-1?

  • I think the OP1 does not supply power for a (powered) microphone. Mics you can plug in there:

     - dynamic microphone (e.g. shure sm57/58, ev-re320, md421) though dynamic mics are quiet
     - battery-powered mic, e.g. electret mics and condensers running on 1.5V or 9V battery - the superlux above is not very sensitive (4.4mV/Pa)
     - a piezo mic/transducer (i'd exercise extra caution doing this, really depends on what you plan to mic)
     - any mic through a preamp, that includes line output of portable recorders

    the input is mono I think
  • edited November 2016
    I like Sony ECMMS907 , it is a video camera mic but it works real nice for stuff like tape recorder, minidisc, sampler, op, etc... Unfortunately they are like $80 but it has been my preference...

    Anco used them for like campfire songs and some field recording stuff for sung tongs
  • I like Sony ECMMS907 , it is a video camera mic but it works real nice for stuff like tape recorder, minidisc, sampler, op, etc... Unfortunately they are like $80 but it has been my preference...

    Anco used them for like campfire songs and some friends led recording stuff for sung tongs
    I've had this one and hands down it's the worst microphone I've ever used. Once you go to something like even the Rode NT4, or a condenser, or capable electrets like the sennheiser mke2, you can't go back.

  • Ipad can be a pretty cool lofi mic for portable recording with fx in to OP. Using an app like Tonestack you can get some cool/interesting sounds from the ipad mic.
  • edited November 2016

    I've had this one and hands down it's the worst microphone I've ever used. Once you go to something like even the Rode NT4, or a condenser, or capable electrets like the sennheiser mke2, you can't go back.


    haha woah and I thought mine was pricey... The Sony sounded nice in a tape recorder though but I make lofi trash haha
  • I run a Samson Meteor into my iPhone, and then the 1/8" out from the phone to the OP. It allows lots of creative app options (reverbs, etc.) in between.

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  • I am actually quite impressed with the built-in mic, at least for sampling when ultimate sound quality is secondary or even undesirable if you're going for the kind of lo-fi grittiness that the OP-1 seems perfect for. But of course, sometimes it's convenient to have an external mic you can place in front of your mouth when playing the OP-1, too.
  • Ok. I will try a Rode NT3 which you can get used for under 100,- and it can also be battery powered and has a very low noise. For half the price there is also the M3 which should be a bit more "noisy" but still quiet good.
  • I like Sony ECMMS907 , it is a video camera mic but it works real nice for stuff like tape recorder, minidisc, sampler, op, etc... Unfortunately they are like $80 but it has been my preference...

    Anco used them for like campfire songs and some friends led recording stuff for sung tongs
    I've had this one and hands down it's the worst microphone I've ever used. Once you go to something like even the Rode NT4, or a condenser, or capable electrets like the sennheiser mke2, you can't go back.

    I use this microphone going first through a minidisc which makes it sound really great, not as good as my AT4050 but not bad at all!

    The greatest thing about this setup is that everything runs on batteries so you can make some fantastic recordings outdoors
  • the input is mono I think



    Really ?

    On the OP1 documentation (chapter 12.3) it says that you can use the input line to connect a second OP1 and control both with on volume knob. Because of that I tought it was a stereo input.

    I didn't find any info here or on the doc, can someone knows a bit more ?

  • Ok. I will try a Rode NT3 which you can get used for under 100,- and it can also be battery powered and has a very low noise. For half the price there is also the M3 which should be a bit more "noisy" but still quiet good.
    How did you get on with, it @dinraum ?
  • Can never go wrong with a Sure SM57. To be clear I do not own a OP-1 yet. Just a great all purpose Mic.
  • +1 on SM57. Great value and never breaks. I use the SM58 for vocals then unscrew the pop/spit guard for instruments/drums, 2 for the price of 1. Also, the green bullet is quite handy for lo-fi vocals.
    Both can be had for cheap if bought used.
  • +1 on SM57. Great value and never breaks. I use the SM58 for vocals then unscrew the pop/spit guard for instruments/drums, 2 for the price of 1. Also, the green bullet is quite handy for lo-fi vocals.
    Both can be had for cheap if bought used.
    Yep, got a few much more expensive mics here but most of the time I use a 57 for everything. How lofi is green bullet for vocals? Like extreme 'telephone' vibes or something more useable for everyday vocals for lofi? Any recordings you can point me at?
  • edited January 2017
    Any recommendations for much smaller mikes going? (But still powered, to work with OP-1)
  • +1 on SM57. Great value and never breaks. I use the SM58 for vocals then unscrew the pop/spit guard for instruments/drums, 2 for the price of 1. Also, the green bullet is quite handy for lo-fi vocals.
    Both can be had for cheap if bought used.
    Yep, got a few much more expensive mics here but most of the time I use a 57 for everything. How lofi is green bullet for vocals? Like extreme 'telephone' vibes or something more useable for everyday vocals for lofi? Any recordings you can point me at?


    To me, it's closer to am radio than telephone type vibe with a nice mid range saturation when pushed. It rolls off at around 4khz so it doesn't have sm's peak around 5khz. I've heard the black keys like to use these types of high impedance/harmonica mics to get their sound.
  • Hello, I've just bought one of these. It works fine with an iPhone but when plugged into the OP-1, with Line in setting selected, it simply doesn't pick up sound. The mic doesn't require phantom power so I'm not sure whether I'm doing something wrong. 

    I saw the Cuckoo video demonstrating vocal effects using the CWO and thought that I'd be able to mess with effects live, but can't seem to figure that out either. Pointers most welcome
  • edited September 2017
    I'm not sure what type of mics can be used directly with the OP-1, but in general these mics are lovely for recording quiet/delicate sounds. 

    They come in 2 version. Add your names to the waiting list, as they always make new batches.
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