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Four Track Recording - Mic to Pc

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My sound card has for mono inputs (not xlr). I want to recording four drum mics on to four seperate tracks. Two mics are dynamic and two are condensor which require phantom power. Obviously I can't just plug them into the pc becasue the signal will be too low (I think) and there will be no phantom power. Is there some sort of device that I can plug the mics into that will boost the singal and supply phontom power. Also I want each mic that I plug into this device to have its own output so I can still have four seperate tracks (ie not a mixer because they only have one mix output)

Thansks for any advice.


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Scoobie Fri, 12/15/2006 - 20:19
You should have told us what sound card you have, that would be helpful. It sounds like it has line-level inputs.

You need mic pre's, and why not a little mixer.
The Mackie VLZ 1202 is perfect for a four channel
set-up. You use the inserts on the mixer to send the signal to the line-level inputs on your sound card.


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Kapt.Krunch Sat, 12/16/2006 - 04:16
What soundcard? Would be helpful to know. Balanced or unbalanced 1/4" jacks? Switchable levels? Input gain controls?

Actually, some mixers are capable of routing out of each channel strip, which means you MAY be able to use it's preamps, EQ controls and such. Or not. You have to research to find out how it is handled.

You COULD run the two non-powered mics the way you are doing it, and then run the two powered ones through a mixer, left and right out to the inputs of the card.

You could get a couple of preamps that provide phantom power (or a dual one). It may be better to plug all your mics into balanced inputs of some sort, and then run them to your soundcard's four inputs. Depends also on the soundcards's capabilities. Have to watch levels, and all that.

More info will net better info. :wink:

Good luck,


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Member Sat, 12/16/2006 - 07:47
The cound card is a sound blaster live CT4760 with live drive 2 front bay. There are a total of 3 stereo inputs that can be used at any one time. Rear line-in (3.5mm jack), front aux (phono) and from MIC/LINE IN 2 (selectable, 1.4" jack). Splitting these into single L and R mono channels would give me 6 mono inputs (in only need four). So basically I think that means I have six line level mono inputs.

An idea struck me today - but two, two xlr input mixers. One each mixer pan the mics hard left and hard right then connect the REC out to the input of my pc. Thoughts?

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Scoobie Sat, 12/16/2006 - 10:08
I would stay away from the sound blaster audio cards. Thats JMO, YMMV...............

That said, I helped a friend put together a little 4-track DAW on the budget side a few months back. It has been working out real well for him.

He bought a Delta 44.......New $150.00, (I don't like buying use sound cards, been burnt before) And got a used Mackie 1202VLZ...........$120.00.
Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro........$99.00, very eazy to use and works real well. Great for newbie?
M-Audio StudioPro 3 Decktop monitors......$99.00

He already had a good computer. You would be shocked to hear some of the recording he has done just in a short time of learning. For only spending around $500,00. I think that is a great newbie set-up.

Something to think about..........