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Microphone Problems

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by DHA2005, May 21, 2013.

  1. DHA2005

    DHA2005 Member

    Hello, just a new beginner starting off with a home studio.

    I downloaded Mixcraft to put on the PC and attached an AT4040 microphone via the Icicle XLR to USB converter, and tried recording some audio. Both the computer and Mixcraft recognize the Icicle.

    I can't hear anything from it, but it worked yesterday with the AT2020 USB mic. It seems to be a microphone or converter problem, because even using Sound Recorder detects almost no audio.

    EDIT: I think it might be a driver issue with the USB Multi-Channel Audio Device.
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    the iclicle is plug and play, and doesn't require driver installation, according to it's write up on amazon. Is phantom power turned on?
  3. Jumpmonkey

    Jumpmonkey Active Member

    Almost no audio, as in some audio, just not near what its supposed to be? Have you checked the gain setting on the icecicle?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    there's a lot of questions coming up regarding the usb mics and pre's .... i thought they were meant to simplify things not make them more difficult.. ??duh
  5. Jumpmonkey

    Jumpmonkey Active Member

    When I started into recording I thought USB would be a great way to get good quality recording done cheaply and efficiently. What I found was almost every product out there had driver issues. You might be fine forever; fine until a firmware update, an OS update, driver update, or just installing a messenger program; or it could be a nightmare from beginning to end. Before I learned this I did have a base model M-Audio unit in my possession for about 4 hours. The reason I owned it for so long was partly due to the slightly over an hour drive between my house and the Guitar Center I bought it from.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The usb mic takes its power from the usb port. The 4040 requires phantom power. The Icicle has a phantom power button. Turn it on.

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