Circuit diagram:Room Recorder Circuit Diagram
The preamplifier was plugged into a Sony Cassette-Corder (any similar device will work) by means of a long, screened microphone cable and placed in a central location in a room or on a bench. The circuit will pick up every whisper, so background noise should be considered when choosing a location. A 2-terminal electret microphone picks up the sound, which is then amplified by a TL071CN low-noise op amp. Note that the microphone’s negative terminal is connected to its case. Negative feedback is applied to the inverting input through a 10kO resistor. Increasing the value of this resistor will increase sensitivity, and vice versa. For ease of use and quietness of operation, the circuit is powered from a 9V battery. The power switch is mounted on the case. The circuit draws about 2mA and would therefore give about 10 days continuous service from a 9V alkaline battery.
Author: Thomas Scarborough - Copyright: Silicon Chip Electronics