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Discussion in 'Recording' started by SopieMunky, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. SopieMunky

    SopieMunky Guest

    Hi. I'm not only new to the forum, I'm new to recording in general. I'm probably going to type way too much for the simple question I'm going to ask, but oh well. Better safe than sorry.

    I don't even know if this is in the right forum (there are so many to choose from, I don't see how it's possible to get the correct forum unless you've been posting here for a while).

    This is a pretty embarrassing situation, because I thought it would be common sense, but here goes...

    I want to record some guitar stuff. Nothing huge, I just want to get into recording one foot at a time--test the water out, so to speak.

    My friend suggested that I purchase an M-Audio MobilePre USB to get started. He also suggested I purchase a Shure SM57, because apparently those bad boys are put to good use even after you've gotten past your beginner gear.

    Seeing as how I couldn't afford to get both of these at the same time, I settled for a little less, and purchased the Musician's Friend Podcasting Kit (for PC, I'm not using a Mac). From the stuff that's included in the kit, I am using the M-Audio MobilePre USB, the MXL V63M Condenser Studio Microphone and the cables and stand, of course. To record the actual music I am using Adobe Audition.

    My question is (this is the real funny part), how the crap do I get everything set up with my guitar amp to actually record?

    I just need a diagram of what needs to be hooked to what. A description would be nice in lieu of said diagram, though. :)

    I know that the Phantom Power button on the M-Audio MobilePre USB has to be turned on because it's a condenser microphone, but that's pretty much as far as my knowledge goes.

    Here's how I have it set up now (and probably what's wrong):

    Note: The Phantom Power button on the M-Audio MobilePre USB is on.
    - I have my guitar amp plugged into the wall, and the guitar plugged into the amp, naturally.
    - The M-Audio MobilePre USB is hooked up to my computer (I'm using a desktop, not a laptop).
    - The MXL V63M Condenser Studio Microphone is hooked up to the Ch 1 XLR Mic input on the rear of the M-Audio MobilePre USB. The microphone is sitting in front of the amplifier.
    - I don't know how the headphone inputs work entirely (I only hear the sound out of one ear after plugging it into the "headphones" slot in the front of the M-Audio MobilePre USB). But that's not really my concern at this moment.
    - I have Adobe Audition open and ready to record, and I have a track assigned to record. But, when I press the record button, nothing registers on the screen, and I do not hear any recorded sound when played back.

    When I try to record on Microsoft's (my operating system is Windows XP: Pro, if that helps any) basic sound recorder program, I hear a distorted sound of the recording, but very faint. So, I'm not sure what's going on.

    Also, I'm aware the M-Audio MobilePre USB has instrument inputs on the front and back. But, I don't understand how the computer would record the music coming from an amp that has no guitar plugged into it in this case. Or maybe I'm absolutely stupid and don't understand the simplicity of how this works. :?

    Please, you can point and laugh all you want, but I just want to understand how this works and what I'm doing wrong. I'm pretty positive it's something that I am supposed to have additionally plugged into the M-Audio MobliePre USB with the microphone (the manual that came with the M-Audio MobilePre USB doesn't really help, because it assumes you know what you're doing).

    Also, if it's not too much trouble, how do I get the headphones to play out of both ears? In the manual it says one input is for the left speaker, and one is for the right. Do I have to get some type of adapter that splits the headphones jack to accommodate for this?

    I apologize again if this is the wrong forum, and thanks in advance if you do not mock me for my ignorance. :p
  2. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

  3. CombatWombat

    CombatWombat Active Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Portland, Or
    Hello there. Assuming that you installed the drivers for the mobile pre correctly, you need to go into Audition, go to the options pull down menu, click on "device properties" and make sure the mobile pre is recognized as the 1st order device to be used on the "wave in" tab. If your speakers are also connected to the mobile pre, then you need to set the mobile pre as your 1st order device on the "wave out" tab as well.
  4. SopieMunky

    SopieMunky Guest

    I assume I installed the drivers correctly, too. I actually went by the manual to do this simple instruction just in case something different had to be done.

    I had the MobilePre set in both the "wave in" and "wave out" sections. Although, I did not have anything other than my headphones and the microphone hooked up to the MobilePre.

    Should I somehow hook my computer speakers up to the MobilePre? Or should I just un-check MobilePre as the 1st order device for "wave out," and switch it back to my computer speaker (meaning the speakers hooked up to my computer and not the MobilePre in any form) setting (as in not the MobilePre)?
  5. SopieMunky

    SopieMunky Guest

    So I've tried everything I can with Adobe Audition in hopes that I just had the wrong settings.

    I've installed the drivers over and over, just in case that was the problem too.

    Could it be possible my XLR microphone cable is messed up?
  6. SopieMunky

    SopieMunky Guest

    P.S. I still have this problem and any help/suggestions would be appreciated. :?

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