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how do i get rid of fuzz

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by space-eel, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. space-eel

    space-eel Active Member

    i have an akg perception 220 condenser mic running through a tubepre v2 preamp. the preamps unbalanced output is going straight to the mic input on my pc and im usisng cubase 5 as my program of choice. after reading alittle about condenser mics i learned that they normally have some fuzz from having to amplify the sound internally. i have the preamps gain at zero and ive used the de-noiser in cubase but it doesnt work all the time and leaves wierd noises in the background. also my recording area is in a basement, if i turn everything off i can get to the point where the only noise is the hum from the lights, i would record in the dark if i had to. are there any other ways to reduce or cancel out this noise?

    and i am brand new to this site, so hello howdy. -Dane
  2. rmburrow

    rmburrow Active Member

    Dane: Try the mic directly to the mic level input of the PC. Use a mic input transformer if necessary and see if the noise goes away. You have a lot of stuff (mic, preamp, etc.) out there going back into a unbalanced mic level input. Unbalanced mic level is asking for hum and noise. IN A PINCH, a resistive pad to reduce the preamp output 40 db or so to work into the PC mic plug may be a "halfway" answer, but doing this effectively sums noise from two stages of mic level amplification.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The mic/line input on a computer was meant for video chatting mostly and not for audio recording. You would be better with even a cheap USB interface like a Blue Icicle than the computer input. If you have to use the computer input then a combination of attenuator and adapter can be bought created to get it done.
  4. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    As stated I don't think the mic input on the computer will do very well.
    I agree some kind of interface will be needed.
  5. space-eel

    space-eel Active Member

    thanks all for the help, i found an old cheap audio to usb cord and its working much better!
    the mic requires phantom power and i have no way to run it to the comp without the preamp,
    but the noise level is tolerable anyway so thanks!
  6. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    You can probably find a phantom power supply?
    I would check ebay.
  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I'm not sure where you read or heard this, but a condenser, run through a nice pre amp with proper gain staging, should be crystal clear.

    Also... define "fuzz"? Are you referring to distortion?

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