my at2020 gives me nothing but hiss and very low signal

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by Travis, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Travis

    Travis Guest

    Recently we have had rediculous amounts of rain and humidity in my town, i have a home studio/practice space in my basement which tends to get a little humid unfortunately. last week my friend and I sat down to do some acoustic recording. i put the at2020 in front his guitar. when i turned on my Behringer mixer all i got from the mic was hiss. i tried everything, and then it occured to me to replace the power cable to the mixer. when i did this it worked fine. but this week we did the same thing but yet again all i got from the mic was buzzing and hissing. i replaced the power cable with two diferent ones and it still did not work. tonight i read on the instruction panflet that extreme humidity should be avoided. is it my fantom power or my microphone? im pretty bumed because if i buy a new mic then i will be out annother 100 dollars. does anyone know how i can fix this problem?


    -Travis :D
  2. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Behringer ??????!!!!
    Did you try another mic pre and mixer????

    When you get a decent pre, open your AT2020, and remove the foam glued to the inside of the grill, and it will sound like a AT4040.
  3. Travis

    Travis Guest

    i took the mic into a Daddys Junkie Music store and asked if i could plug iit in to one of their mixers. when i pluged it in it worked fine. so i believe the problem may be a lowsy mic cable.
    thanks for your help.

  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Very high humidity conditions can make some condenser mics behave as you indicated, on a temporary basis. And you may have a bad cable. But I wouldn't be surprised if that mixer was the culprit.....
  5. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    TVPostsound; I'd like to know more about this mod you suggested to the AT 2020.

    Is it really that good with the foam removed? Inquiring minds, and all that.....

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