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Problem with Condenser mic and USB interface, PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Recording' started by THoTprocess, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Hey everyone.

    I have an E-MU 0404 USB interface. I just recently bought a R0DE nt1-a and Planet Waves gold-plated xlr-xlr cable. I plugged it all in, turned on the phantom power from the interface, and I get very very low signal, even when I turn up the level all the way for the mic's channel.

    I don't know what it could be. I do have an incredibly low signal coming into cubase, but it's unintelligible and I'm sure if I were to boost it, I would get a lot of background noise, too.

    Please help me. I'm new to this, so don't assume I connect my chain correctly (although I checked it over and over again).

    Thanks a lot.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    What you do is is to try basic troubleshooting. Break down the problem until you identify what it is the problem. Try using a different mic and/or non phantom powered dynamic mic. Try a different cable. Try the other channel of the 0404. Try using a line level source such as a guitar/bass, drum machine, keybaord, Ipod ect...

    E-MU has excellent tech support. You can call them and have them walk you through it.
  3. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Okay I took your advice and plugged in my dynamic with the cable I'm using, and it works perfectly. I also already tried both inputs and same exact results.

    Here's the thing--when I turn on phantom power with the DYNAMIC, I still get the exact same level of input. I always thought phantom power should affect the signal when using a dynamic.
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Ok, It appears that there is a problem with your unit in regards to phantom power. Assuming that you bought your 0404 new from a authorized dealer, contact E-MU to obtain an RMA for repair or replacement.
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    No, the point is that, as long as it is correctly wired, there should be no difference having phantom power on or off when using a dynamic mic. In this way, you can use any combination of condenser and dynamic mics on a mixer that has only a global phantom power switch. Don't try it with ribbons, though.

    Either the phantom power on your 0404 is not working correctly, or your NT1-A is faulty.
  6. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Thanks a lot guys! I'm heading to guitar center right now to test the interface with new mics and pinpoint the problem.

    The help was much appreciated.

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