# Electret mic circuit

#### Mr.Whatever

Joined Jan 25, 2007
3
So I duplicated the following circuit on the breadboard:

It works great. But my problem is that the omni-directional electret microphone that I'm using cannot pick up my voice from 5 inches away. I have the output of this circuit connected to a PC speaker with built-in volume control (i.e. has an amplifier built-in). I even turned up the speaker volume all the way up.

How come I can't speak 5 inches away from the microphone and hear my voice?

#### hgmjr

Joined Jan 28, 2005
9,029
What power supply scheme are you using? The circuit you have posted is an instrumentation amplifier with the final amplifier stage's positive input referenced to ground. That would normally be the case if it is used with a dual power supply. For example, +5V and -5V would be one possible choice.

Is it possible that you are trying to power the circuit with a single supply?

hgmjr

#### beenthere

Joined Apr 20, 2004
15,819
Hi,

Some electret mikes have three leads - the + voltage and audio are separate.

#### Mr.Whatever

Joined Jan 25, 2007
3
What power supply scheme are you using? The circuit you have posted is an instrumentation amplifier with the final amplifier stage's positive input referenced to ground. That would normally be the case if it is used with a dual power supply. For example, +5V and -5V would be one possible choice.

Is it possible that you are trying to power the circuit with a single supply?

hgmjr

Hmm.. I do have it in single supply configuration. I'll try out dual. How would I convert this into single supply?

#### hgmjr

Joined Jan 28, 2005
9,029
Once you get it working with the dual supply we can then look at conversion to a single supply.

The basic requirement is that a voltage reference created that would be equal to your positive supply voltage divided by 2. That voltage reference would then become the point to which you would connect the 10K ohm, the two 10 nFd caps, and the two 1.6K ohm resistors.

hgmjr