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Hardware setup for perimeter array of microphones

Choosing microphones

Before you can do cool things such as beamforming by processing signals from microphones, you need a wayto gather the signals. A few essentials components in this are the microphones themselves, the analog-to-digital converter, and inmany cases a preamplifier for the microphones.

The type of microphones we used in our project were Electret Microphone Elements. We chose these because they:

  • are omni-directional
  • have a good, even, frequency response
  • run off a battery
  • are small (and inexpensive too)

Data acquisition

The analog-to-digital converter we used was a DAQPad device generously lent to us by National Instruments.


The DAQ device requires an input signal of 50 mV to 10V, and the Microphone Elements output signals in the 20-200μV range. So we built preamplifiers that took in the signal from the microphones and amplified it 3158.44x. We used LM324quad-operational amplifiers, with 56.2 kOhm and 1 kOhm resistors. At the inputs of each amplifier is a 2.2 uF capacitor designed to eliminate a slight DC offset produced by each microphone.

Preamplifier schematic with lm324

The configuration for preamplifiers with a LM324 opamp.

Putting it all together

The next step is putting everything together. We built the perimeter array of microphone in a shallow box. To make a perimeter array we put 8 microphones in a pattern around the edge of a square 5.5 centimeters apart. The preamps and batteries were housed under the box, with the outputs coming from the side to connect to the DAQ card.

Microphone perimeter array

The box housing the perimeter microphone array and preamps.

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