Q: I need to use a mic splitter with my rig so that I can record my band playing live. One side of the splitter will go to the house mixing console, the other side will go to my recorder. I’m using some condenser mics. So the question is, can I use phantom power with a mic splitter or do I have to have separate phantom power supply boxes for my microphones?
A: Most mic splitters have a “direct” out and one or more “isolated” outs. The direct out can generally carry phantom power. The isolated outs usually pass through a transformer in the splitter, so they may not work with phantom power. The answer to your question is: double-check with your Sales Engineer or the manufacturer of the splitter, but in most cases, connect the phantom power source to the direct out and you’ll be fine.