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Microphone records too quietly!

Hi there, I bought an Audix i5 today, to use with my m Audio Delta 44 breakout box, to record my guitars and drums, as well as vocals. However, when I came home and tried to record, even though my level on my Delta was all the way up for input, the mic still recorded REALLY quietly! I had to turn my speakers all the way up, and I just barely heard myself. I had my amp at a fairly loud setting, I dont see how it recorded so quietly. The guy said that I didnt need anything extra, just a cable, but no preamp or anything. Whats going on?


Boswell Mon, 02/26/2007 - 01:40
You were misinformed. The Delta 44 has high-level inputs only (+4dBu or -10dBV). To use it with a microphone you need a pre-amp. I would suggest that you try to find a low-cost second-hand mixer to act as a pre-amp, but cheap mixers tend to be noisy and not to have very much headroom, especially for drum recordings. I'm curious, though - how did you envisage doing drum kit recordings with a single Audix i5?

Boswell Mon, 02/26/2007 - 15:28
insideac wrote: No, if this one worked good I was gonna buy 3 more... Ill see if I can find a nice preamp then. Would a preamp stomp box for guitar work?
It would work fine - for a guitar. It won't work for a dynamic microphone.

I don't know where you are located, but I've just had a quick look on US Ebay and there's a Yamaha MG10/2 going Buy it now for $50, a Mackie 1202, a Tapco 6306, Spirit Folios and an Alesis Multimix all going for not much money. These are the sort of products to look for. The preamps in these are adequate for what you are trying to do and would be better value than buying 4 channels of just preamps.

Before you shell out for more microphones, try using this forum's search engine to search for "micing drum kit" (or similar) to learn about what type of microphones are good for for drums and where to put them. You will probably need at least another two or three of differing types.