ECM Mic Preamplifier

A microphone amplifier that may be used with either Electret Condenser Microphone (ECM) inserts or dynamic inserts, made with discrete components. Both transistors should be low noise types. In the original circuit, I used BC650C which is an ultra low noise device. These transistors are now hard to find but BC549C or BC109C are a good replacement. The circuit is self biasing and will set its quiescent point at roughly half the supply voltage at the emitter of the last transistor. The electret condenser microphone (ECM) contains a very sensitive microphone element and an internal FET preamp, a power supply in the range 2 to 10 volts DC is therefore necessary. Suitable ECM`s may be obtained from Maplin Electronics.
ECM Mic Preamplifier - schematic

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