I've encountered a problem. I recently bought a condenser microphone and I wanted to have some fun, so that if I said something into the microphone, I'd hear myself in the small 8 Ohm 0.5W speaker.

I have used an LM386L amplifier and there seems to be no sound at the output. It seems like it's not amplifying anything at all. Here's the circuit on the breadboard:

photo of breadboard

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What I have basically done is:

  • I took an output from the microphone and put it on pin 3 of LM386L.
  • Pins 2 & 4 are all connected to ground.
  • I used 10 uF between pin 1 and 8 to obtain a proper gain.
  • On pin 7 I used another 10 uF capacitor.
  • Pin 5 represents the output of the amplifier, where I put 100pF ceramic capacitor in parallel to the 600uF electrolytic capacitor and 8 Ohm speaker to get rid of all unwanted frequencies. 600uF capacitor should get rid of any DC voltage.

When I talk into the microphone, nothing happens although when I connect it to oscilloscope, I see a voltage, so the microphone works. I'm powering it with 5V.

If anyone knows the solution, please help me. And do not mind the soldered pins on the female jack.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does it amplify anything from other sources? What powers the microphone? Can you please draw this as a schematic? \$\endgroup\$
    – Justme
    Oct 2, 2019 at 19:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ Even with an AC short between pins 1 and 8, the gain is still only 200, which is probably not enough to take mic level all the way to speaker level. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dave Tweed
    Oct 2, 2019 at 19:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ If it's an electret mic, have you biased it correctly? ( 4K7 to +9V will probably do, and a DC blocking cap to the amp) See any "electret mic" circuit for details \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Oct 2, 2019 at 19:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please add the full mic circuit to the rest of the circuit you have already. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aaron
    Oct 2, 2019 at 19:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Condenser microphones require a bias voltage. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:30

1 Answer 1


Googling "condenser microphone circuit" shows lots of schematics that have three things yours is missing

As does the image in this Question on biasing a condenser mic

  • Where does the other side of your mic connect?
  • What is your biasing?
  • Where is your DC blocking cap?

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I've used the LM386 to power 8Ω woofer speakers, and you will hear audio, once you have your mic set up correctly.

  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks, I will give it a try tomorrow. \$\endgroup\$
    – MerryGR
    Oct 3, 2019 at 19:31

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