Equipmet upgrade...mic problems.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by herbycanopy, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I am in the process of upgrading my home studio from a "jam" setup to being able to record on a computer. I got all the parts in the mail and got it so that the keyboard, base, and guitars are working get but the mic is killing me. Here is what I am using.

    Mic: MXL 992
    Preamp: Tube MP Project Series
    Amp: Behringer Ultraacoustic ACX1000
    Interface: M-Audio MIDISport 1x1
    MIDI: Yamaha PSR-275

    Computer: AMD 3.0Ghz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM
    Sound Card: Realtek ALC888 (onboard)
    OS: Windowns XP sp3
    Program Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

    I have this setup...

    Mic OUT to Preamp IN
    Preamp OUT to Mic IN (front plug on amp)

    This is were I am stuck...I can not even get any sound from the mic to come from the amp. So to test this I used the old mic (Carvin CM 68) and it works great. Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong?
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    Does the amps' XLR mic input have a " phantom power" switch on it? That mic needs phantom power.
     
  3. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    My preamp has Phantom +48v that is on. The amp has a thing that says "+48v" I assume that is the phantom power. I have tested it with this...

    Preamp OFF - Amp OFF
    Preamp ON - Amp OFF
    Preamp OFF - Amp ON
    Preamp ON - Amp ON
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    Try the mic into the amp without using the preamp. The phantom power on the amp will have to be on.
     
  5. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I tried that and got some out of the mic but even working with the settings it sounds like the person is on the inside of a box and really quite.
     
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    There is a "pad" on the MXL - probably marked -10dB. Play with that switch.
     
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

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    When in doubt, blame Behringer.
     
  8. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I played with the Pad and it does not help. I should not be the Amp because I used the same setup but with the old dynamic mic and it worked great.
     
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