Building a quality USB-C microphone

ืคื•ืจืกื ื‘ืชืืจื™ืš 2 ื ื•ื‘ 2021
Quality audio for cheap? Sounds good to me! Also, don't forget you can get one free share valued up to ยฃ200 by creating a Freetrade account at: freetrade.io/diyperks
Official forum for further development/help/discussion: forum.diyperks.com/microphone...
Parts list:
PDF template and schematic: drive.google.com/drive/folder...
Microphone capsule UK/EU/Global: micbooster.com/jli-microphone...
Micropone USA: www.jlielectronics.com/microp...
eBay UK: ebay.us/AZW5xw
Transistor US: ebay.us/3m3kyV
Transistor UK: ebay.us/KYIbZB
THAT1512: ebay.us/wvJUzJ
USB Audio interface: amzn.to/3k43hy7
USB C breakout board: amzn.to/3EJa0Fs
7mm brass tube Amazon: amzn.to/3BFJ086
7mm brass tube eBay: ebay.us/pZfjF7
6mm brass rod Amazon: amzn.to/3mEPDDr
6mm brass rod eBay: ebay.us/LAdYfs
3mm brass rods Amazon: amzn.to/3bCP9Hu
3mm brass rods eBay: ebay.us/32ofym
72mm 1.5mm nitrile o-rings Amazon: amzn.to/3q6fvtV
72mm 1.5mm nitrile o-rings eBay: ebay.us/y37Lmz
Brass mesh: amzn.to/3mG1Zet
15v +- isolator: ebay.us/YIIMNe
Cheaper version (but should work): ebay.us/Bwgafo or uk.rs-online.com/web/p/isolat...
For the resistors, capacitors, wire, stripboard etc: www.bitsbox.co.uk/
USB C info: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-vFt...
Please email any comments about the circuit here: DIYPerks at gmail.com
Audio Tests: currently recording them, check back later
I've had may folk ask if I hold the design copyright to this, so I'd just like to clarify that yes, I do. This is targeted squarely at companies: you'll need to get in touch if you intend to copy my design to sell. For individuals reading this, making one for yourself (or a couple of friends) is fine of course, and encouraged! I just want to let companies know that they can't steal my design for profit without prior arrangement... it's happened before ๐Ÿ˜„
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  • 5 Minute crafts: _gluing pipe cleaners to a tin can_ DIY Perks: Here's the 10th free tutorial for a literal market beating product this year

    • Five Minute Crafts is a company that just wants more money by making trsh over complicated "Life Hacks"

    • @Luckygame02 to be fair, the tools and materials can ALL be had for less than $60, and $20 of that are the tools that you don't need to buy again ๐Ÿคฆ

    • @HAIZE 419 don't worry, your spam has been reported.

    • @Luckygame02. I disagree. The materials genuinely would cost about $40. The only tools you would need are a junior hacksaw, some pliers, a drill, a screwdriver, and a kitchen blowtorch, which you could buy all-in for way under $100. Most hobbyists (at whom this channel is aimed) would have most of those tools already.

  • Just prefacing this with the fact I'm a professional audio engineer, with a Masters degree in microphone preamp design. For the price and required skills, this is AMAZING! such a cool build idea! I'm currently out on tour so don't have access to my workshop, but will be attempting to replicate this as soon as I get back home, with a few minor tweaks. 1) really simple, you even touched on it in the video. The rear porting for that capsule is compromised by the brass casing. Instead of using a brass ring with holes drilled into it I would suggest soldering the two brass grills together directly. A little bit of thought will have to go into shock-mount mounting rings but it will be worth it. You're effectively making the Mic HyperCardiod in its current format. 2) this will sound really stupid, but placing a stretched piece of thin breathable fabric such as a pair of low denin tights (stocking for my American readers) will really really help. As it stands the microphone is slightly more simple and than I would like it to be and I found myself noticing S's and the odd plosive here and there. the next two are completely optional but could be really cool additions to the project and help the sound quality. 3) whilst I can see you are using basic filtering in the preamp stage I would suggest adding an R/C C/R EQ filter to roll off everything below 30 Hz and everything above 18 kHz as the capsule will struggle to reproduce anything outside of this frequency range however the preamp will still be wasting energy amplifying noise you can't hear. These are a few of the additional components found on a lot of pro microphone circuit boards. a really simple step, massive quality difference. 4) sorry the audiophile in me had to... Try and use film capacitors where you can. Basically anything other than electrolytic as they start to introduce undesirable noise into the signal chain. On something like this, it wouldn't be the end of the world but when you get a few going into each other the effect really starts to add up. 5) I'd love to see this with the Texas Instruments INA217 mic preamp integrated circuit. It's quite possibly the best budget preamp circuit you can find, period. 6) I love your idea about using a simple premade USB to audio adapter, why don't you integrate the headphone output as well with simple passive volume control this would turn the unit into an amazing audio interface. I'll drop you an email with these comments and a few other really nerdy ones as well for you to use or ignore at your own call haha. But overall, I can't say how cooll this project really is! I'm going to try it out with the weeks mentioned above and see if it's worth it. Would you be interested in doing a comparison video? I have a couple of Neaumanns & AKGs in my touring kit and would love to do an A/B. All the best, Arran. P.S. If anyone else wants a list of the nerdy stuff just drop me an email: info@ArranHeaton.com

    • Hey you seem like the right person to ask this to: I already have a dbx 286s and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo... my mic isn't bad (a Rode NTG4) but something like this looks amazing... but I'd like to just plug it in to my preamp/processor using an XLR connection instead of going through all that trouble with the USB stuff. How much of a PITA would that be?

    • One correction: Americans call the thing your describing "pantyhose". I know because I've made a few pop filters in a pinch out of them and they work very, very well.

    • @J C M In what way is this "shit talking"? Listing improvements to a project in the nicest way possible seems far from that.

    • Posting for a possible update

    • Been 2 months already. Are you really gonna come up with the tweaks or are you just shit talking everyone here. I'm frustrated for waiting.

  • Using the braided de-soldering wire in the way you have is a masterstroke. Incredible.

    • Only problem is its impregnated with flux to improve its desoldering capabilities. Not sure what effect that could have long term, I suppose the biggest issue would probably be if the flux had some kind of chemical reaction with the enamel on the copper wires. I dunno if that's something that could actually happen tho.

    • โ€‹@Mr. Rich B.O.B That braid itself is conductive. It's made of copper after all. It has to be conductive in order to work as an RF shield. Also, the wires that go inside are enameled, so that is no issue at all.

    • @Fang Burn just noticed him sayin it. Ups my english just aint good enought. Thx a lot. Gonna post here once i build this thing myself.

    • @GuluBear Petzi The wires inside are enameled.

    • how does it not short the circuit?

  • I was so surprised by the "you've been listening to it this whole time" that it put a great smile on my face. I truly love the elegance of the result and its quality. Well done mate!

    • Superior beings being superior

    • I thought all along that a plot twist like this will come

    • @Cristรณbal Fuenzalida theres no benefit, just an observation ;)

    • Well... It being a surprise to some of us was a great thing. Iโ€™m glad some of you saw it coming, but I just donโ€™t see the benefit of pointing it out as an obvious thing

    • it is nice dont get me wrong, but it was clear to me from the start of the vid that this will be the demo the mic gets.

  • Matt, you are seriously dangerous for being able to destroy big brands and their products by building them for a percent of their price. And also record all the process. Awesome!

    • Read my name-

    • Not really. The difference between a DIY microphone and a big brand microphone is simple; he made one microphone for one person. A big brand has to make millions of microphones for millions of people. The companies digging up and processing the base materials need their profits, the companies sending the materials to the factory need their profits, the company designing the microphone needs their profits, the factory building them needs their profits, the various companies across the distribution network need their profits, the marketing firm needs their profits, and theirs are not the only microphones out there. Of course big brands are building them for a percent of their price. They wouldn't survive if they didn't. But they are providing millions of people with millions of microphones at a competitive price. That's the difference; mass production.

    • @Blender Wiki but at the same time, within that same time, you would learn some things and do something productive for an equally good mic. Obviously time is money but especially for those with less expendable income as well as are willing to spend their free time making this, itโ€™s probably worth it

    • With the postulate you count the value of the work to built it equal to zero. If count the time I need to build this with my skills multiplied by my main work quote hourly I will buy probably 2 Neumann.

    • He can reveal every brands

  • Can we all just appreciate Matt for a second: he's spent who knows how many man hours researching, designing, and testing all of these builds, and then puts it out there for free when he could easily just sell them. He's not even selling the plans when they do truly belong to him. Matt, you're a super guy and I hope I can learn how to be more generous because of your example.

    • Some people but then only some know how not to be greedy. And the fruits they get from that is an awesome community with good people.

    • @Jestix then I wont skip ads to his video if that's a payment for all his hard work

    • โ€‹@Jestix a hundred folds better than paying money from your wallet.

    • @Tut M There was a sponsor in the middle of the video which is technically a commercial

  • It's crazy just how similar the DIY mic is to the $3,000 one. You can hear the differences, and I would say the $3,000 edges out over the DIY one, but only in a subtle way that isn't worth the price difference. You could take the DIY sound and punch up the bass a little and probably derive a similar sound at the end.

  • The $3k Mic does sound a bit clearer, but... not 100x clearer. Like the difference is almost up to preference. Wonderful job Matt! You never cease to impress with your ingenuity and hard work.

    • To be honest I like the sound of his mic better. It was slightly louder.

    • @The Man Of Marvels None of us really stated it mattered, that's just you reading into it. You are correct that youtube compresses audio and makes for a bit of a hard comparison, though hearing a difference is definitely a valid statement. I'm mostly interested in how the actual sound quality (raw formats) compares, I'm sure a lot of empoverished yet thrifty people would love high quality mics for the price of two books.

    • Why does it even matter on ILaward lol. This diy mic is the best choice as it's cheap and Sounds good. And youtube compresses any audio to the same bitrate, we can't find a difference unless we hear of both is them simultaneously

    • The Neumann sounds a bit 'fuller' in the deeper frequencies, though not 100x the price deeper. Myself not having any of the required materials or workshop equipment at home, this thing would probably cost me an initial $800 to build (though I could keep the equipment as well obviously)

    • @howard baxter Decent?... The DIY mic beat the 3/4 mic on the market High End included and for only 40$ That's far from decent in my opinion! Yes the 3k mic is better but just check the price difference, that don't seems right to buy it.

  • One thing i think people dont value from this when they tell you to just dump cash on something on a shelf, is the fact that videos like this are also trying to encourage you to build your skills and your confidence to DIY. I wish more people trusted themselves to learn more its invaluable

  • Just built mine, and it sounds amazing (Thank you Matt for the amazing video), But I didn't want to spend much on brass so instead I used a donor mic body to hold the capsule. My pc has a dedicated mic port so it simplifies my build by a lot, meaning all I need is the mic capsule and a transistor (that's it). The one thing I had trouble finding was the transistor as the 2n4416 doesn't seem to be made anymore, so I used a J305 which works just as well (and cheaper). Overall, it costed me $25 with shipping and is well worth it, it sounds much fuller compared to the old tiny capsule.

    • @theduckom Hello, what happens if you connect the signals separately? Tip, Ring, sleeve I have a bm800 microphone and I want to change its scheme to this one.

    • @Johannes Schwarzer I connect the microphone ground and negative together and connect the positive to the signal

    • @theduckom Am i right that you connected the mic negativ to the tip, the mic positiv to the ring and ground to sleeve?

    • @theduckom im sorry to bother you but stuck on the grounding bit again. after seeing the inside im still not quite following how i ground this and to what. so i sand some paint off the mesh, and then how do i connect the mesh to ground? ive got various wire i can use, but idk if thats the right way or how lmao

    • @theduckom Oooooh ok sweet. Yeah I was super confused lmfao. Thanks again for the reply!

  • This man just allowed people with time on their hands and passion in their hearts to corner an entire market lmao, love this

    • @pumpkin1escobar Profit.

    • @Sean Mac Laziness.

    • Maybe the cheap crappy usb microphone market. This blows a yeti snowball out the water but nobody is going to trade out their good microphones for this.

    • Just finished getting all the parts, that werenโ€™t already on-hand, ordered. Plan on beginning my own build this weekend!

    • @john sherby Use your eyes lol. It says they're out of stock.

  • This is so amazing! I could even imagine owning an $800 microphone so attempting this build is a no brainer. The best DIYs are the ones most people can build with minimal tools and expertise and walk away with a professional-level product. This is no exception!

  • This is absolutely stunning and it's so cool how knowledge can be used to leverage all possible components for a given need. As a tiny heads up, that's more likely a knitting needle than a knitting stick (which would also be far more easily available).

  • I'm considering building this but I'd probably want to make a few modifications to the overall design and perhaps have a way to mount it to my desk so that it won't interfere with anything.

  • If you could sell a build kit for this I would drop 100 dollars for it. This is just to cool

    • ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    • Mostly it isn't the parts that add the cost, it's the pay and transport, so I am not sure he would come out on top on that one.

  • Steampunk microphone. I love it. I worked in radio for a while, so I've experienced a few different microphone alternatives. Overall, I think your DIY alternative stacks up really, really, REALLY well. It has some more top end, but it does not sound "tinny". However, the Neumann sounds more "balanced" between the top, middle and bottom end. Something I think can be remedied easily and cheaply by changing some of the capacitor values. Overall: I think it is a thing of absolute beauty, both in sound and appearance. I would actually happily buy one of yours instead of a Neumanns... It sounds THAT good.

  • Going to have to inspect which parts of this are core/necessary, and can be modified from the design (soldered wiring bits). Curious to see how customized/personalized you could make this, if I can even fathom to do this in the first place.

    • Theoretically the only required parts are the circuit and the base part of the mic. If you wanted, you could build this However you want? When I build this, I'm probs gonna make a different support system, and make it look like an old plane flight stick

  • The DIY seems to do an amazing job with a just sounding clear and is extremely impressive and with the right software could easily be tuned to sound almost if not just as impressive as the Neumann. Thank you for posting this video, hopefully the prices of these parts to built it haven't sky-rocketed. :)

  • This is amazing! I am very interested in building one (or a couple) of them myself. As stated, shipping is quite expensive. Please update me if and when a groupbuy is possible. Amazing work Matt! This is clearly an example why I love your channel and why I never miss a video!

  • This channel feels like if Leonardo da Vinci had a ILaward channel

  • Great video! The do-it-yourself microphone does sound great. I absolutely love brass, and I see You are a professional with that precious of material. Please keep up what You do! Suggestion: Would You be interested in creating a brass telegraph? I would love to see that.

  • Hey Matt, this is incredible. In the 80's I made a Condenser Deck mic with compression, from CB radio mag. I got so many great audio reports, I was so pleased with myself. No idea what happened to it but you have inspired me. I will have a bash at making this mic, it looks and sounds gorgeous. I love your videos, thanks and Merry Christmas x

    • random comments like this makes me trippy in very goooooood way... ty Chris!

  • Wow, that was amazing! IMO, the DIY mic has much clearer consonant sounds when compared to the Neumann U87-AI. The result is that the spoken voice comes through sounding more artificial and muddled through the Neumann, whereas the DIY mic sounds like we are in the same room as you, listening from your mouth to our ears... a much more natural sound. While some might prefer the softer consonant sounds of the Neumann, IMO I like the natural sound better. I'm a bit hearing impaired, and being able to clearly hear consonants often makes the difference on whether I can actually understand the word that was spoken. Yup, I'm going to be building this project for my daughter and her new ILaward channel.

  • Hyy i experimented this someone loved it so much that person took it with and person is nice vocal artist i did some experiments with suspension at the end i made it vertical as well as horizontal with rhombus like structure made of bronze spings and at the front of it some dense black thin foam sheet to reduce unwanted frequencies and it sounds stupendously great and with dolby atmos sound tunner it sounds like rode with some tunning n twiqing

  • This man is a wizard

    • true

    • @hooman I prefer hirsute.

    • Mr hairy pawtah

    • @waffleman95 Dwemer also love sound, youโ€™re onto something waffleman

    • @Miles Doyle ma'am, this is a Wendy's.

  • I am quite impressed. I'm in the process of trying a similar design but I may just go for an adaptation of yours. Great stuff.

  • Yours has more presence and clarity than the U87 and it doesnโ€™t seem to compress as hard either. I dig it. Not sure Iโ€™d get that fancy but cool to see it can be done!

  • I'd have twisted the wire pair through the shield. Balanced signals running on twisted pair wires reject noise very well. In combination with the shielding, it'd be dead silent (depending on preamp).

  • As an audiophile, I would drop tens of thousands of dollars on this. It's just .. golden!

  • This is beyond impressive - as a voice actor and microphone enthusiast this is the first project I am interested in actually giving a shot! - Thank you for all your hard work, Matt.

    • Funny meeting you here

    • why does it look so trash though

    • Hey he's here!

    • How do you become a voice actor?

    • Please document the process and treat it like an SCP!!!

  • Amazing work on this project! Would it be possible to swap out the capsule for an RK-87? It's a K67-style capsule based on the Neumann K87. Specs are as follows: Backplates :Dual (insulated), 34.1mm diameter Diaphragms :26.7mm, 6.0-micron Mylar Termination : Center Capacitance: 0.0 pF actual If it'd work I feel like the upgraded capsule could take the build to the next level

    • Or rk-47 ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • I definitely think the diy one sounds a lot better. The sound is more rich in quality and sounds more natural as well. Thanks for sharing and making these videos! I've always loved your diy so thanks!

  • Matt, I canโ€™t believe how amazing the mic sounds and how great it looks. I had an enquiry: is this for sale? I would buy a kit or even the mic for $100 itโ€™s so good!

    • Bro. He showed you how to build it and included everything youโ€™d need. If you have like a single afternoon to yourself, you can do this, while saving money and learning a thing or two. And donโ€™t say you donโ€™t have a soldering kit, you could buy that, a file kit, sand paper, drill and it still would come out to about the same as youโ€™d be willing to pay for it pre-built (And Iโ€™d easily charge triple that)

  • I've been using an entry-level cheap USB microphone for a couple years now and was considering making the jump to XLR microphones since I've been streaming and planning on upgrading my streaming equipment. This changes absolutely everything for me. I'm not sure if I'll make it play-by-play but I know for sure I'll be using a lot of similar parts. Thank you!

  • This man is the definition of quality over quantity

    • @LetoZeth typical cringe edgelord

    • Not without that brass knob

    • Both.

    • So is the mic!

  • Could you do multiple microphones bundled together? Be cool to mess around with the aesthetic/look of it. If you can can you then would you just repeat the process on building the mic but just connecting them to the one cord?

  • 13:27 // So you need to add shielding between the circuit and the brass mesh. but, not between the brass mesh and the brass nuts, that are touching the circuit?

  • Question I'm new to this and very much interested where do you search for parts generally and what are you looking for when buying a good microphone capsule?

  • It may sound silly to any hardcore audiophiles that read this, but I personally think the homemade version outperforms the $3000 mic The expensive one sounds slightly smoother I admit, but also more.. quiet? Not quite muted but just less. Yours sounds crisp and decent loudness to it that I enjoy and doesn't abuse my ears like some youtuber's mics on higher sound settings (using Bluetooth earbuds)

  • Bravo! As an audio professional and microphone designer, I was really scared as I saw this video's title. You did a great job here. Your research seems do be at the highest level. No "Audio-Bush*t" found here. I really enjoy your overall quality, so it would have been a shame to see this video fail, but it didn't. Have a nice day and greetings from Germany :)

    • @TuttoCrafting thank you. That's great to know, as i'm also currently having plans on building an amp circuit in the near future.

    • Haha ich hab mir schon beim lesen gedacht, dass so ein netter Kommentar nur von einem Deutschen kommen kann.

    • @Riv Rammington each capacitor kind have different characteristics. Electrolytic one are less precise than other types. They depends a lot by temperature and they al bulky. On signal paths it not necessarily at all to use hi grade electrolitic capacitors. Probably over there also a good ceramic one might have been enough. Generally electrolitic caps degrades more than others over time, especially if they are cheap. Anyway there is a great article on Altium websites that explain a bit the difference between capacitors types.

    • @Riv Rammington I'm not aware of the reason for avoiding them in audo gear, but the reason cheap capicators had a habit of failing in the past is due to industrial espianage gone wrong - a researcher from Japan defected to China with a design for long-life caps, who was paranoid about his lab assistants defecting in turn. To prevent this, he gave the assistants misleading designs, who then passed the designs on to Tiawan, who in turn gave it to their businesses to mass produce - end result was a flood of capacitors on the market that were designed to fail after a short period of time; this is also why there was a period when "Japanese capacitors" were considered better quality.

    • @TuttoCrafting I'm wondering is there any particular reason for avoiding electrolytic caps? Is it because they're generally more fragile/prone to blowing out like the ones on old pc mobos or is there another reason?

  • The DIY mic sounds great, even compared to the Neumann. Iโ€™m sure you could get it sounding even closer with an isolation shield and some tweaking in your DAW

  • wow! this is absolutely crazily impressive! I am beyond excited to see this work! However, I would like to ask how you managed to produce the sound without getting any additional noise? Did you use any software noise gate? Maybe it would be worth doing also a video on how to create your DIY studio noise walls. I would be so excited to watch that.

  • the brass microphone sounds rawer than the neumann microphone, which was to be expected. The brass microphone is overall amazing in many aspects and is a better choice with consideration of the price in mind, but if we talk about audio quality solely, then it wouldn't beat the ace of microphones.

  • That's absolutely amazing. What should I do if I want my microphone to use an XLR cable?

    • instead of two cable(it probably has a better name) to usb use two cable to xlr

  • The neumann definitely has a really deep thick calming sound to it. But the DIY one is very clear and crisp.

    • @Larry Roux a bit of an eq could handle that as well couldn't it? Just so you don't have to disrupt the looks

    • No individual person will buy the Neumann this type of equipment is expended through a studio or a company The DIY is AMAZING value and perfect for the home studio enthusiasts

    • @homebrew it would be fair when youโ€™re comparing price though!!

    • I feel like the DIY would sound WAY better with EQ but that wouldn't be fair

    • While the DIY one is impressive to say the least, the Neumann handles soft sounds like his S's and soft Cs better. In the comparison it definitely jumped out at me how the SSSS like in Sound was far harsher and jarring. Not to say the DIY one isnt amazing, it just might need a sound screen or something to cut down the harshness.

  • Very nice! Some minor attention to capacitor types/quality and bypassing would make a noticable difference in the higher frequencies IMO, going from making analog oscillators many years ago, but definitely covers all the basic noise/interference minimisation aspects that I recall from back then.

  • Very Nice! Listening trough the Bluetooth headphones from my Chromebook, my opinion is that your DIY version does actually sound the same as the $8000 one. I have to say that I don't really "need" one. But I am considering doing it as a project if only to prove to myself that I can still handle a soldering iron and push electrons around some 25 years after having been actively working in the electronics industry. Thank you for the video!

  • I'm not gonna deny you inspired me to actually make this, now I have no choice but to agonize over what I'm doing and rewatch this video a couple hundred times... Thank you!

  • That DIY mic sounds amazing. A touch sparklier than the Neumann, but very nice all around. Well done!

  • I would love to see a whole DIY streaming setup done by Matt. Imagine all the brass and having that antique feel

    • @Fabius d. M. That's a good reply , right there

    • @Primefactors Little more dollars, a lot more rupees

    • @Fabius d. M. Remind me again how much a pound is in dollar or rupees

    • @Ola Eliasson "And this is how to make a 4k streaming carmera in all brass for less than 50 pounds!"

    • How about a DIY streaming camera? Just buy a camera module, do some solder magic, and voilรก! :D

  • Excellent job as usual! I canโ€™t wait to make a similar microphone for speaker measurement and tuning.

  • Pretty cool, maybe someone likes to make a DIY microphone, this video also gives a huge amount of useful information. I love the content!

  • First time viewer, i've been watching DIY videos and creating my own for the longest time and this is the first I am hearing of you. I am incredibly impressed, beautiful production value, great narration and great content. Subbed. Amazing.

  • Man I recently found your channel and already the monitor from an old laptop screen and this microphone are on my to do list. Thank you for the content. The quality is out of this world as well. Nice job!

  • This guy really has a keen eye for industrial design, would love a coffee table book with blueprints, schematics, building & product photos.

    • @Conner Anderson .... and water cooled, of course.

    • I would also buy this.

    • Love the idea!

    • Holy shit that is brilliant, leaving this comment so I can get pinged when this hopefully finally becomes a reality ๐Ÿคฉ

    • 12thd it! Seriously I want to see him press his own custom cover at home as a prototype then print a commercial version. Such a talent.

  • Wow, I have been using the same 100โ‚ฌ headset for the better part of a decade and while it is still fully functional, it of course sounds exactly like what you would expect from that time and price. Mostly I have been watching your videos just dreaming about ever crafting something myself, but I lack any experience and tools so I will have to start at zero. This might be something I will actually look into on some semester break!

  • This is an exceptionally genius and high-quality build. Cheers.

  • I can clearly hear your DIY microphone picks up high frequencies much better / more naturally than the Neumann. I always pay attention to how clearly the letter "S" can be heard. With the Neumann it sounds a bit muffled, with your DIY it sounds more natural and crystal clear. So I would prefer the DIY microphone for the audio quality.

    • Same

  • This is amazing. I genuinely want to try making this. That design is gorgeous art deco, retro-futurist.

    • I thought the same thing! Looks like it would fit in with someone broadcasting from the Empire State Building on the day it first opened.

  • I WAS 100% WAITING FOR THE "I've been talking into this the whole time" AND I WAS EXACTLY RIGHT. Love this video!

    • Saaaaame.

    • yep, i knew it! but this is Matt, of course he did it that way

    • He literally showed it at the beginning though....

    • Same here!

  • Beyond impressive. Matt, your electronics and detailed work on any project are phenomenal!!! Thank you!

  • Absolutely brilliant. I am a voice actor and use the CADe100s for all my recordings and hearing your homemade microphone even come close to an XLR mic setup is extremely impressive. Amazing work!

  • I've been thinking about building this, but i have one question. I have a mixing console that takes XLR input, and has phantom power. Could i use this video but not have to build the preamp and connect it via XLR? And if yes, of course, how? Nice vid and build as always ;)

    • ouiiii

  • This is so awesome! I love your channel! Greatest DIYs! I have saved many to do myself! I have a question about this mic, hopefully you get to read this! Would this work for drums? ...I wonder how this idea would be used/work when trying to record drums, or would I need to make adjustments/several mics to record the separate drum components? Thanks! And thanks for such great DIYs and info you share on your channel!

  • Me halfway through the video: "I'm surprised he doesn't show us how to build the amp too" DIY Perks: "unfortunately this is going to mean we have to build this from scratch"

    • He didn't have to at all... Better served buying your own preamp.

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  • Just, wowโ€ฆ this blew my mind and then at the end, blew it again, i cant wait to attempt this! Thank your for all your time and research to give us this jewel of a video good sir! A tip of the ๐ŸŽฉ to you!

  • A very beautiful piece of engineering Matt. Love your stuff mate. Entertaining, educational and downright cool AF mate. More please! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • This has made me want to buy one of those capsules and use it to replace one in an old condenser mic I have. Would be quite the upgrade and should be easy given the housing is already made! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Deep cheers & respect for making these video's. Btw tbh.. i loved your diy mic, because the clear sound. Based on my pov.. wd mate and keep doing your magic โค๏ธ

  • This man is single-handedly reviving the retro-futurism aesthetic

    • @formdoggie5 Ok buddy have a good one. Just trying to enjoy the video.

    • @bababooey right, but you literally just said all squares are rectangles while attempting to correct me for pointing out you're identifying one of many squares for the term defining all of them, which doesnt even apply as there isn't any steam. Additionally, the rectangle containing all those squares can be applied individually while referencing none of them. The fact you're lacking that much self-awareness is even worse than your original comment.

    • Steampunk, that's the term.

    • @formdoggie5 Steampunk IS retro-futurism, the latter is a superordinate term with many subcategories. Don't know what you're on about.

    • @bababooey steampunk and retrofuturism are waaaaaay different things.

  • I love your build. I love how it sounded more warmth with excellent clarity

  • Someone needs to make a cinematic universe where all the technology looks like DIY Perks technology.

  • Sounds great! Those high pitch highs and room noises can be reduced by using digital noise suppression although it might slightly reduce audio quality

  • This man has so much talent, he should just repeat some of these projects and sell them for a lot of money to people like me who would like to do this but know full well it'll go terribly.

  • The 3000 dollar mic is definetly better in quality of sound, but it is no 100 times better, with a little tuning of the DIY mic the average person would not hear much of a difference at all. This is amazing work Matt glad to see this project!

    • You won't be able to hear the difference on a youtube video. The audio codec just isn't capable of reproducing the sounds to a high enough fidelity.

    • @Afto Kinito Totally agree with you. It just needs a pop filter.

    • Sounds like the DIY mic just needs to be a tiny bit warmer to be indistinguishable from the 3000 mic. At least to my ears. That is insanely good sounding!

    • Neumann doesnt sound that better at all. Just a bit different with more hi freq. It was just a speaking test tho. Says nothing about dynamics, processing of complex sounds (like cellos) or loud sounds distortion. Still hell a lot of value for $40 and looks like a piece of art ! Listened on my Adam A8's.

    • @onegrapefruitlover Yeah. The DIY one is very sibelant and those S sounds were a unpleasant to listen to. Fixable problems, though.

  • I just went went online shopping for all the parts, but some are only available in bulk where I live and I either have to build and sell 20+ (which I'm not doing as that would break DIY Perks' copyright, nor do I want to). It would be truly awesome if you could like sell a kit, perhaps with the basic components excl the brass work. I would gladly pay for the overhead.

    • Try to email him, maybe you'll have good luck

  • you are one of the few youtubers who actually provide content worth watching . i personally appreciate the extra ordinary workmanship and the intelligence of your ideas. it is also mindblowing the extent of your knowledge.

  • Dude you're my hero. Liked and subbed. Loved the submarine. I'm inspired. [edit] Just got to the end. I'm familiar with older Neumann U87s, U47s, CADs, Blue Mics, Sennheisers, etc, and only going by your A/B comparison, I have to say the yours is a success. Accounting for gain differences (yours sounds just a bit louder) I discern a smoother frequency response in the low mid to mid vocal range (what my ear perceives as ~800Hz to ~3KHz) which I perceive as "warmth", and slightly less flat. Considering the overall sound reproduction of each, I would say that a preference for either, in my humble opinion, would be a matter of taste. In other words, well done. Bravo. Cheers.

  • This is mighty impressive. Although, 30 $ in materials and (if I were to do this) probably 100+ hours of work doesn't equal 30 $ in real life. Anyway, the end result is nothing less than what was expected from DIY Perks.

  • Speaking as a sound engineer, the quality of your mic is definitely surprisingly good! There are a few issues it certainly suffers from, but overall you've done very well. It certainly seems very useful in a voice over or streaming set up, and certainly exceptional for a usb mic. I was surprised by the frequency response, it is genuinely very clear. The high mids (from what I can tell purely based on the audio from your video) seem to occasionally be a little harsh, and the low mids can get slightly muddy, but that might be an issue with youtube, or worse, me nitpicking. I think it has a great amount of low end of a vocal mic, enough to clearly pic up the full bottom end of voices without overdoing it. It feels almost unfair to put it up against the u87, it's a truly gorgeous vocal mic, even to untrained ears. the u87's only real downside is that price tag, but then again, that's basically everything in the sound industry! I think this was a really cool project and an awesome result! and it's just made even more impressive by the low price tag. Love the look as well!

    • @Sion Theodorus I would really like to see a video where an audio engineer tries to do this. It will never sound as good as the U87 but maybe it will become a lot warmer.

    • @JanTube yes the u87 has a much warmer and pleasing sound compared to this DIY microphone, but pair it with some EQ and filter and you probably can sound as good as that u87

    • The U87 has a warmer sound and I would definitely prefer to hear it on a radio station but I think the DIY mic is a big step forward for many youtubers and streamers that don't have a good microphone yet.

    • Totally agree. :-)

    • Agreed on all points. It's pretty gorgeous. I think it sounds great, considering there's no EQ circuit. I'm very impressed. I could work with this signal. Cheers, Lydia! Pleased to meet you!