Got the mic, now what?

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Got the mic, now what?

Post by Duncan » January 14th, 2004, 9:39 pm

Hey, I have a shure SM57, a mic stand, 20' of XLR cable, and an XLR to 1/8" adaptor.  I have all this plugged into the microphone input of my soundblaster live 5.1 soundcard.  Now, I'm trying to figure out how to record!!!!  Obviously I don't want to use the sound recorder program in windows.  However, I did try to use sound recorder to record a test sample but it didn't work.  What's wierd is that AFTER I started the program, when I spoke into the mic I heard sound, after this I hit the record button but nothing was recorded and I couldn't hear myself through the speakers anymore.  I have a freeware copy of cubasis inwired and cooledit 2.0 pro.  Do you guys have any recomendations on how to get this to work?  If so I would appreciate it!

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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by Alan Green » January 15th, 2004, 4:18 am

Hi, Duncan,

You might need to specify the Input Source so that the software records what is coming in through the mic input rather than (say) the MIDI port.

Secondly, the mic outputs at Line level, so once you get it into your PC you need to Normalise the sound by somewhere between 50% and 100% depending on your kit. Otherwise, it's still going to be a very faint sound.

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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by hueseph » January 15th, 2004, 5:54 pm

You could also make sure you're plugging into the mic input. right click the speaker icon in the bottom right hand corner. Click open volume controls/options/properties/recording/select mic/ select 10db boost. If this make sure that it isn't muted. Make sure the volume is up. If the mic input doesn't work for you. Select line input and use that.

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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by Duncan » January 16th, 2004, 12:18 am

the mic input worked!
But isn't the line input supposed to work better or something?
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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by forrok_star » January 16th, 2004, 1:25 pm

Yes, it will with a line level signal. Your not using a line level signal. Sorry but just plugging into a sound card dosen't work for myself. If your looking a getting a great quality sound then I would recomend getting a small mixer or pre=amp designed just for that propose.

Just my thoughts.

I haven't tried this software but for free maybe worth a look
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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by forrok_star » January 17th, 2004, 4:53 pm

Well I'm a fan of an older TOA D-4 mixer it's like the swiss army knife of rack mixers and it looks like patchbay on the back. meaning it gives you lots of options for plugging things into it. There are many company's now that offer small mixers, I wouldn't even be able to touch the surface on naming them.

As for pre-amps they make so many today that I haven't been able to keep up with them. Many of the newer guitar pre-amps will have a matched line out to plug into anything that offers a line in. It will give you a better sound transfer. and less noise.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Got the mic, now what?

Post by hueseph » January 17th, 2004, 5:21 pm

There's quite a few of those Toa's on e-bay.

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