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Problem with Condenser mic and USB interface, PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by THoTprocess, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Hey everyone.

    I have an E-MU 0404 USB interface. I just recently bought a R0DE nt1-a and Planet Waves gold-plated xlr-xlr cable. I plugged it all in, turned on the phantom power from the interface, and I get very very low signal, even when I turn up the level all the way for the mic's channel.

    I don't know what it could be. I do have an incredibly low signal coming into cubase, but it's unintelligible and I'm sure if I were to boost it, I would get a lot of background noise, too.

    Please help me. I'm new to this, so don't assume I connect my chain correctly (although I checked it over and over again).



    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

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    What you do is is to try basic troubleshooting. Break down the problem until you identify what it is the problem. Try using a different mic and/or non phantom powered dynamic mic. Try a different cable. Try the other channel of the 0404. Try using a line level source such as a guitar/bass, drum machine, keybaord, Ipod ect...

    E-MU has excellent tech support. You can call them and have them walk you through it.
     
  3. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Okay I took your advice and plugged in my dynamic with the cable I'm using, and it works perfectly. I also already tried both inputs and same exact results.

    Here's the thing--when I turn on phantom power with the DYNAMIC, I still get the exact same level of input. I always thought phantom power should affect the signal when using a dynamic.
     
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

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    Ok, It appears that there is a problem with your unit in regards to phantom power. Assuming that you bought your 0404 new from a authorized dealer, contact E-MU to obtain an RMA for repair or replacement.
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    No, the point is that, as long as it is correctly wired, there should be no difference having phantom power on or off when using a dynamic mic. In this way, you can use any combination of condenser and dynamic mics on a mixer that has only a global phantom power switch. Don't try it with ribbons, though.

    Either the phantom power on your 0404 is not working correctly, or your NT1-A is faulty.
     
  6. THoTprocess

    THoTprocess Guest

    Thanks a lot guys! I'm heading to guitar center right now to test the interface with new mics and pinpoint the problem.

    The help was much appreciated.
     

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