Help with vocal recording setup/settings

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by NoSavvy, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. NoSavvy

    NoSavvy Guest

    I've been trying to set up for home recording and am loosing my mind trying to get vocals into the computer.

    Here's what I have: Studio Projects C1 mic, Studio Projects VTB1 pre-amp, M-Audio Firewire Audiophile, Sonar 4, Sound Blaster Live soundcard. None of these is very intuitive or came with an adequate description of how to link them together, and no setup I've tried works.

    Can any of the folks here who speak audio language and know the above components explain to me how to properly combine them? Am I missing something? Do I even need the audiophile or can't I just run the pre-amp into the mic port on the computer and why can't Sonar hear anything I say into the mic? The mic is a refurbish, so I have some concern it doesn't work, but I can't tell because I have no idea if I've set everything else up right...

    Sorry if this is all a ramble but I've been working at this for hours and can barely think through my rage/frustration. Any help would be vastly appreciated. :x :x
  2. mark02131

    mark02131 Active Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Boston, MA
    First you need to check the signal coming out of the Preamp, maybe plug it directly into an amp and make sure that works, That will test the mic and pre.

    If that is ok you should be able to go directly into the input of the sound card. I would open the control panel for the sound card and make sure the input is not muted. A lot of times they are muted by default. Also the input volume may be all the way down in the control panel or the application you are using may not be reading the correct input device.

    Good Luck
  3. NoSavvy

    NoSavvy Guest

    OK, solved. Power supply to the preamp that came with it (eBay purchase...) was DC. Back of the preamp says it requires AC; easy enough for an idiot like me to overlook. Got an AC power supply and I'm up and running.

    'Course, now I've got a different recording problem (the recorded vocals don't play back at the speed I recorded them), but I don't know if that question belongs here.

    Thanks mark02131 for your helping troubleshoot.

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