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question for newbies

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by biggiestickz, May 26, 2009.

  1. biggiestickz

    biggiestickz Guest

    recently i bought an at2020 from audio technica, i bought the phantom power to go along with it its all hooked up but everytime i try to record with it it doesnt pick up any sound granted i dont have a mixing board i just have all electronic ones with the programs im using my buddy had the same predicament as i do but he messed with some stuff with his computer and fixed it up he just forgot what he did since it was such along time ago
    does anyone know what i can do to start recording and such?? im pretty sure i have all the equipment i just need to rig my computer the right way im just lost at this point
    thanks in advance for any help it is all appreciated
    and if this isnt the right place to ask could you please direct me to the right place? id really appreciate it
    i just need help hooking an at2020 to your computer without a mixing board and NO i do not have the usb one
    thanks in advance
  2. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    read your manuals...that's the best advice I can give you
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You need an interface of some type even if it is the Blue Icicle. Your pc sound card is not designed to receive a balanced signal.
  4. biggiestickz

    biggiestickz Guest

    ok that makes sense thanks for the help! is a blue icicle the cheapest solution to this?
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    The icicle is certainly one of the cheapest, but it has only the most basic functions. In particular, it doesn't convert the digital back to analog so that you can monitor your recordings. Look through the beginner forums and get some more info about what an interface does and what your options are before blowing your money one piece of cheap gear at a time.
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Bob is correct of course. I wasn't recommending the Icicle per se, it is just the barest minimum needed to get a microphone into a computer.

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