USB Condenser Mic - Input/Gain Staging

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  1. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Hi,
    I just grabbed an USB Condenser Mic for Podcasting. STRANGE! Input Level was so HIGH, peaked though I just turn the input level to 1/10 !

    Need your help... what should I do? Is it Mic Faulty? Or...

    Appreciate!
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Make, model?
     
  3. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Hi Boswell, how's day? thanks for help, again! appreciate!
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  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Did you use the headphone output to your computer or the USB cable.
    In the driver, there should be a gain adjustment or boost, set it there...
    Also check what is chosen as mic input your recording software.
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    That's a pretty reasonable microphone, of its type and cost. When you said it overloaded even though you turned the input level to 1/10, exactly which control were you using for the input level? I'm hoping you are not referring to the knob on the front of the mic, which is the volume control for the headphone output.
     
  6. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    PC,
    I was recording via USB port and I was with GarageBand, therefore the setting via selected audio interface (USB of the mic in my case), input level adjust from there. And that was the 1/10 that I've mentioned.

    Boswell,
    Absolutely...NOPE, haha. Yes, it's the volume control or input monitoring volume knob. As above mentioned, i adjust the volume via the Selected USB Input from GarageBand.
     
  7. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    I'm no mac user but I think, the record level in garageband is good for fine tunning but you should change the level in the sound adjustments of the OS first :
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  8. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Correct, PC, this is the setting preferences! Input Level was peak even just 1/10 from the input volume! Headache! Defeated on Mic?
     
  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    HUmm.. That's weird. I wonder if the mic is outputing line level signal and the OS may think it's mic level and therefor overloading...
    Are you using the drivers on the mic website or it's a plug and pray thing ?
     
  10. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Yup. It's plug and play on Mac. And this is my very first time for USB Mic with such weird situation! What else can I try to troubleshoot?
     
  11. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    No idea?
     
  12. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Other than trying it on another computer, no...
     

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