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Everything is really quiet

Discussion in 'Recording' started by saxoonist, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. saxoonist

    saxoonist Active Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    New Jersey
    Hey guys! I am using my ~6-months-old Dell, Windows 8 laptop, a couple-years-old Lexicon Alpha, and what I think is a fairly nice Electo-Voice microphone. I was doing some basic recording in Audacity, and it was working, except that the tracks recorded really quietly. When I tried to bring them up to normal volume, there was a large amount of background static.

    Is this problem just a limitation of my equipment, or is there some setting I can change to fix it? I have Cubase (idk which version, but an old one) LE that I could try to download. Would that be likely to fix anything?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Moderator (Distinguished Member) Resource Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    Which EV mic?

    The Lexicon Alpha is a very cheap audio I/O - Preamp, and is notorious for lacking gain in both the input and output stages, particularly if you are using a dynamic mic... which is why I asked you what mic you have.

    You probably need to step up to a better pre with more headroom.

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