Urgent help - I'm at the end of my tether!

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by shangtsung101, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Right, here's the deal. The other day I bought a dynamic mic and preamp after years of recording with a measly PC mic (lol). I bought a Shure PG58 and Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic100. Yes, maybe poor choices but I dont want to spend alot, and I know that if i ever get it working i can get good results.

    Anyway, I have setup everything, but everytime I record it's silence. I've tried EVERYTHING. I've messed with the windows volume levers, I've tried sticking the jack into the other mic hole, everything. PLEASE someobdy help me, what could possibly be the problem?

    And PLEASE, nobody tell me how crap the behringer is or the pg58. I know this and I dont care to hear about it, as i stated, I'm on a budget and have to work with this. so someone help me and I'll be eternally grateful!
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    what sort of cable do you use to get from the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic100 to the computer ?

    What on the PC is the audio input ?

    If it is a typical SoundBlaster arrangement then it will be an unbalanced 3.5mm stereo connector.

    Do you have a set of Two RCA to 3.5mm ?
    I would expect you could record some scratchy noise by touching the RCAs with your finger.

    If so then it is the way you get from the Mi-pre to the card.

    Then do the same from Mic to mic-pre.
  3. Do they function when used aside from recording?If they can produce sound when hooked up to a amp and speaker, then it's a problem with your PC.
    Could be a problem with your soundcard. (If you plugged the preamp into the Mic In on your soundcard, you may have damaged the soundcard) Test another soundcard, using only the Line In, because you are using a preamp.

    If that doesn't work, than the mic or preamp may likely be defective. If this is the case, try to obtain a different mic, and see if that mic works, and try to test another preamp as well.
  4. thanks for the help. what is rca tho?

    and also, i was under the impression you use the mic in hole and not line in?
  5. the cable i use from the behringer is is a1/4 to 1/4 with a little adaptor to 1/8.

    also ive tried the line in hole more than once, still no results
  6. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    Is that the shure with the off/on switch???
  7. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    do you have a guitar you can plug into the 1/4 also use the line in with a sterio adapter i will have a headphones plug (typicly known as a TRS) that goes down to two RCA type conecters.

    an RCA connectos is like the kind you find on most VCR DVD Record players.

    your problem is most likly the adapter from 1/4 to 1/8. try it like this.

    pre --> 1/4 to RCA (adaptor) --> RCA sterio trs 1/8 (adaptor)

    one more thing are the levers that you are messing with in windows the play back or recording volums? there are two difrant panels the recording one will have a select check box insted of a mute check box. also there will be a "what you hear" on the recording pannel.
    this is also how i started recording, i used a four track tape then inputed the tracks two at a time into cakewalk lite, i choise that programe because it came with an adaptor to turn my game port into a midi i/o SWEEET
  8. everybody else i know uses the 1/4 to 1/8 adaptor?

    also yea i know about the playback and recording volume levers, i made sure to change the recording ones =(

    keep it coming
  9. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    The Shure PG 58 does have a switch. Is it on???
  10. lol of course^
  11. and its definitely not the mic because I can record directly from the mic to PC using the XLR to 1/4 cable. But it has horrible static and the quality isnt brilliant which is why I NEED this preamp to work.
  12. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    i still think that your problem lies in the adaptor, i know that monster cable makes a cable espealy for this porpose that goes from 1/4 to 1/8.

    you said that you have a xlr to 1/4 inch and it worked? why not used this to hook up the mic pre to the computer.

    get it working with the mic jsut the way you did before, then unplug the mic and plug in the mic pre and pluge the mic into the pre, if that does not work your pre might not work.
  13. hahah thanks!

    what an idiot ive been, finally got it working. thanks!!!!
  14. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    youve got my interest up what was the problem?
  15. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    if you use the line-in (which you should) then it is a stereo in (2 channels L & R) your pre amp is a mono preamp, so you need to get a stereo splitter (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=rec/s=accessories/search/detail/base_pid/335224/) and you need to hook the 1/4" output of your preamp into the 1/4" mono input of the adapter i have linked. or you get a 1/8" TRS to 2 1/4" TS adapter that has male 1/4" so you can plug it directly into your preamp.

    DO NOT USE THE MIC INPUT. you will get TERRIBLE quality if you do that. most soundboards have a built in preamp that adds all kinds of noise and like 20db gain. use the line-in.


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