Problem with Audio-Technica AT2035
I bought an Audio technica at2035 and attempted to use it on my computer. I have a usb XRL cable and I set it as the default audio recording device on my computer. However, whenever I try to record my voice in Audacity nothing happens. I have tried a headset microphone and once I select that as my default audio device it record just fine so it isn't my computer. Could it be that my microphone is broken? I haven't dropped it and it is always safely in it's cushioned case whenever not in use. I am very new to this and so the solution could be quite obvious I simply haven't found it.
The best thing you can do is to buy an audio interface.
The 2 cheapest that is of acceptable quality are the Presonus Audiobox or the Focusrite 2i2
checked to make sure you are using the latest drivers and firmware updates for the device ?
checked to make sure your computer is recognizing the device?
selected the mic as your input device in your recording software?
contacted AT tech support ?
As mentioned an audio interface would be a better device and have more features and functionality for monitoring.
Look at getting an entry level USB I/O mic pre. You'll be much happier. Besides having the phantom power necessary to operate the mic, you will also have the ability to control the gain, and you will have a HP jack as well.
Here's one for $99.
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I would really recommend an audio interface, but if the budget is really tight something like this>
and does provide phantom power for the microphone and also includes a preamp to boost the audio signal from the microphone. I don't believe the connecting cables are included with this device. There may be other similar devices costing more or less and this is just one I found on Amazon with a quick search.
USB condenser mics work on a much lower voltage than standard condenser mics do, and accordingly, the sound isn't what most pro engineers would consider to be "acceptable". These mics can suffer from distortion at lower levels, can be noisy, and many are even "fixed" at a sampling rate of 44/16. Also, the converters in these mics are almost always the cheapest available.
It's not as if the 2035 condenser mic that you have is considered to be a pro standard - it's an average, low budget, entry level condenser mic - but it will sound much better when put through a decent entry level pre, as opposed to a cheap USB mic that is self powered at very low voltages. Anyone who is looking at recording with any sense of decent fidelity will probably not choose a USB condenser.
- Solid Phantom power
- In and out convertion at 24bit/96khz gives you a better signal to noise ratio
- Monitoring options
- better quality preamps
- possibly better latency by using the same unit for record and playback
class="xf-ul"> Return that usb cable, get a proper audio interface and start making quality sound !! ;)