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Rode NTK into M-Audio 1010lt?....its too hot?..its too cold?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hornkiku23, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. hornkiku23

    hornkiku23 Guest

    I just got this setup the other day mainly to record french horn in a mix and alone for practicing.
    I guess I just assumed I would plug it in and there would be a slider on the mixer that I could control the gain with and if it was too hot I would turn it down until it is just right.
    The NTK is powered like most of you know and I plugged it into the xlr of the 1010lt and on the "standard settings" in the manual.
    I fired up soundforge and it clipped no matter what i did...so I change the jumper to the one with less input and it still clipped...then I changed to liine level and it was then too cold....

    But then I fired up cubase and record with the mic in and it was much less...cubase has its own gain but to be honest it did not sound very good when I messed with the gain...
    In fact the mic does not sound as good on the horn as the usb snowball thing I return but I know that this type of mic should have much better results....
    any idea of how to set this up on a 1010lt to be able to use correctly...where should I adjust the "input?" the "gain" there is just too many places to mess with it
    thanks for any help
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Are you going straight out of the NTK power supply into the soundcard? If so, this is a no-no. You need a microphone preamplifier (preamp) between them.
  3. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    has the microphone got a built in pad? have you tried using that?
    maybe you should get a proper external preamp.
  4. hornkiku23

    hornkiku23 Guest

    1010lt has mic pre amps...xlr in
    I thought my descrition of the different setting would imply that this card has a preamp on it???
    people have nad success with the 1010lt on a number of microphones using its "built in mic pre amp..."

    I have had some luck today swtiching the mic input to a striaght balanced line level...I still get a decent signal and the sound is clean...

    but it is strange..
    I have heard rode mics are just really hot....

    any other thoughts

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