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Equipmet upgrade...mic problems.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by herbycanopy, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I am in the process of upgrading my home studio from a "jam" setup to being able to record on a computer. I got all the parts in the mail and got it so that the keyboard, base, and guitars are working get but the mic is killing me. Here is what I am using.

    Mic: MXL 992
    Preamp: Tube MP Project Series
    Amp: Behringer Ultraacoustic ACX1000
    Interface: M-Audio MIDISport 1x1
    MIDI: Yamaha PSR-275

    Computer: AMD 3.0Ghz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM
    Sound Card: Realtek ALC888 (onboard)
    OS: Windowns XP sp3
    Program Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

    I have this setup...

    Mic OUT to Preamp IN
    Preamp OUT to Mic IN (front plug on amp)

    This is were I am stuck...I can not even get any sound from the mic to come from the amp. So to test this I used the old mic (Carvin CM 68) and it works great. Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong?
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Does the amps' XLR mic input have a "phantom power" switch on it? That mic needs phantom power.
  3. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    My preamp has Phantom +48v that is on. The amp has a thing that says "+48v" I assume that is the phantom power. I have tested it with this...

    Preamp OFF - Amp OFF
    Preamp ON - Amp OFF
    Preamp OFF - Amp ON
    Preamp ON - Amp ON
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Try the mic into the amp without using the preamp. The phantom power on the amp will have to be on.
  5. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I tried that and got some out of the mic but even working with the settings it sounds like the person is on the inside of a box and really quite.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    There is a "pad" on the MXL - probably marked -10dB. Play with that switch.
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    When in doubt, blame Behringer.
  8. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I played with the Pad and it does not help. I should not be the Amp because I used the same setup but with the old dynamic mic and it worked great.

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