Using mxl 990 and Icicle

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by gafadi, May 27, 2010.

  1. gafadi

    gafadi Guest

    Hey guys,

    its good to be in this forums lots of knowledgeable $*^t

    To my problem , i bought a MXl 990 and a Blue icicle

    This is how its setup

    Mxl 990 condenser mic > XLR cable > Blue icicle > USb wire > Pc ( windows 7 )

    I checked everywhere and it says icicle is a plug and play device , so why am i having problem ?

    The audio recorded is way too low

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  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    What are you recording into as far as software goes? Are you using win7 or a daw like audacity or reaper or something?
  3. gafadi

    gafadi Guest

    Like i stated above i am using WIn 7 , i tried recording with windows defult recorder , then with sonar pro , Audiacity
  4. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Boulder, Colorado
    I think you're having two issues.

    First, it is normal to record at -18dBFS to -12dBFS peak, at least in 24 bit. That won't sound very loud when played back on a system set up for finished recordings. Perhaps the gain of the Icicle is such that you aren't going to get much more level, but that's okay because you don't need more at this stage of the recording process. You may have to turn up your playback level a lot to hear what you have recorded at a normal volume. Be sure to turn it back down before listening to finished recordings.

    The second issue is that you may be speaking into the back side of the mic. The MXL logo should be facing you when you are using the mic.

    Here's a test recording I just did with my MXL 990:
  5. gafadi

    gafadi Guest

    Thanks for your reply but do note i am using MXL 990 with Icicle , well now that problem doesnt occur but i am stuck at new problem. I cannot record myself because of the buzzzz sound, the sound is pretty high and stuff but cant record a thing.

  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Either a broken wire in the XLR cable, or no phantom power. Is the Phantom Power Active LED lit?
  7. gafadi

    gafadi Guest

    yes , it is
  8. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Boulder, Colorado
    Do you have another microphone to try with the Icicle?
  9. gafadi

    gafadi Guest

    Thanks for help , yes i went to guitar center and tried with diffrent audio interface and work great , its the icicle thats broken , unfortunately guitar center dont take returns after 1 month but i didnt buy it for 69 , i got it for 37 so no regrets, saving up about $200 to get a better interface

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