Unlike dynamic or ribbon mcs, capacitor or condenser microphones require power to operate. Typically these mics need 48 volts, although some condenser mics will draw less are usually three ways to supply the power to the microphone . Some condenser mics have internal batteries that provide the power. Most tube condenser mics have a dedicated external power supply that goes in between the mic and the , the most common way to supply power to these mics is called “phantom power”. This is where the console itself sends power to the mic. It’s called “phantom” because instead of a visible external power supply, the phantom power supply is invisible.