Poor volume with mic recording - please help!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Phineasblam, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Phineasblam

    Phineasblam Guest

    I have been doing a lot of MIDI (software synth) and guitar line recordings through a Tascam US-122 external sound card without glitch. Come recording with an XLR-attached microphone, and the signal in both Logic 5.5 Pro and Adobe Audition 1.5 is frustratingly low, so that I need to go hard right on the US-122's gain (inevitably giving plenty of noise and STILL not reaching the same levels I was attaining with a guitar line).

    Can anyone help?

    I am using a Shure C606 dynamic mic and the OS is Windows XP. Be happy to provide further specs if you think they'll be useful. So far I the only solutions I can think of are:
    - add a new pre-amp to the setup (will a cheap behringer do?)
    - invest in a more expensive mic
    - pull my hair and curse at the sky in some twisted manner of rusticism
  2. bpatram

    bpatram Guest

  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    A little compression goes a long way. A behringer preamp could end up adding noise. Try a little compression to the track first and hear how that goes.
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