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Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Highbrid, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I have been getting very frustrated lately trying to figure this out. So I ditched the Audiobox USB I had because it started producing a loud noise when the phantom power was engaged for my Rode NT1, and bought a Focusrie Scarlett 2i2. I was having problems with self noise from the Presonus, not at first but a few times after recording with it. I thought buying a different pre would help, but the same noise is still there. I unplugged everything electrical that I didn't need, ran off of the Mac's battery, changed cables, tried all I could think of. My MBP is from 2007, don't know if that matters but it recognizes the Scarlett so I didn't think that was the issue. Other people record fine with itso iI am at a loss as to what the problem might be. Any helpwould be greatly aappreciated..
     
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Is this noise occurring when the mic is disconnected as well?
     
  3. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    Haven't tried that yet.. The Mic is brand new, I haven't damaged it in any way that I know of.. I will try that though.
     
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    how are you bringing the scarlet into the DAW? though the mic input on the computer into the internal soundcard or through USB ... and the associated monitor mix in the software?
     
  5. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    USB into the DAW software
     
  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    That doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't perhaps something defective, especially with mics in this price range. Rode makes some decent mics, even some very good ones, but there have been complaints about some of the newer versions of this model not working correctly - even right out of the box. Rode relies on a surface mount technology, which implements a PCB. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It saves on wiring, which saves on labor, which eliminates more hands touching it than need be, and, it also helps in terms of making a much quieter mic ... but, those surface-mount PCB's can also be pretty fragile as well.

    You have to remember that in-between the factory where it's made ( in Australia) and where its final destination is located ( your music store) there a lot of miles and possibly multiple shipping load-off/transfer points between those two locations.
    LOL... All it takes is for one pissed-off UPS or FedEx guy who had a fight with his girlfriend before his shift started, who then and in turn he just "tosses" those boxes into his truck, and damage can occur.

    I'm not saying that there is something wrong with your mic... you won't know until you test your i/o without the mic connected to see if the problem is still there or not... but if this does turn out to be the case, you certainly wouldn't be the first person to have purchased a brand-new but defective microphone.

    FWIW
     
  7. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    OK will let you know when I try that. Good thing there's a 10 year warranty on the Mic. Like I said though it was working fine at first, maybe it was at its breaking point.
     
  8. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    Here's a sample of what it sounds like.. Should definitely be able to hear it.. Another thing is I have to turn the gain up a huge amount to capture my voice, which only makes the noise worse.

     

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  9. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Could be a faulty phantom power regulator in the NT1A. If the mic is new, see if you can get it exchanged under warranty.
     
  10. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    Thanks for the help guys! Is that a frequent problem in these or other budget mics?
     
  11. Highbrid

    Highbrid Active Member

    BTW its the "new" NT1, bought the one in the display case at GC. The problem also occurs without the +48v engaged. Waiting on my friend to let me know if it happens without the Mic plugged in..
     
  12. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Just a minute - are you saying you get the same noise (but no audio) if you switch off the 48V phantom power? What do you get if you firstly unplug the microphone from its end of the cable and then with the cable unplugged from the interface? It's not unknown for this sort of problem to be due to a faulty cable.
     
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