Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33

Thread: My mic is too quiet through my audio interface

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    86
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    My mic is too quiet through my audio interface

    Sign in to disable this ad
    This is very annoying, I have bought 4 different audio interfaces and the same problem occurs. When I connect my Audio Technica AT2020 condenser mic to it I barely get any sound when recording. If I turn the gain all the way up the recording is still extremely quiet but now has a very loud white noise along with it. I connected the mic to an amp and the worked fine. I connected it to a different computer and the problem still occurred. I am using a 2012 Mac Mini running Yosemite, but I tried it on a imac running Mavericks, and a PC running Windows 7. I tried using an Avid Fast Track Duo, Solo, and Presonus Audiobox and I got the same problem on all 3 with phantom power turned on. I tried using, Pro tools, Logic, and Audacity but it's still the same. I connected it using an xlr to xlr cable, I used the same cable to connect it to the amp and it worked fine.
    What can I do?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    20,197
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 622 Times in 434 Posts
    silly question

    have you set the input on the interface to mic level rather than line level? if it is set to line level you will experience exactly what you describe
    Last edited by bandcoach; 11-13-2014 at 02:16 PM.
    BC: I've been making music since Before Computers were common in music
    Abnormal thoughts and insights available here
    Tutorials and other ideas available here
    My SoundCloud

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    86
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    yes, with it turned off I get no sound at all, with it on I should get a normal volume level but it's extremely quiet.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    2,997
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
    Assuming you are doing everything right as far as configuring inputs and outputs.....how are you powering your audio interfaces?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    86
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hollandturbine View Post
    Assuming you are doing everything right as far as configuring inputs and outputs.....how are you powering your audio interfaces?
    Through my mac. I also tried connecting them to a powered USB hub.
    I'm not sure if my inputs and outputs are properly configured.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    USA: NorthEast Coast
    Posts
    2,592
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 230 Times in 206 Posts
    Yes, I would check internal input/output settings and routing. Something is amiss...

    GJ

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    20,197
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 622 Times in 434 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by ls2013 View Post
    Through my mac. I also tried connecting them to a powered USB hub.
    I'm not sure if my inputs and outputs are properly configured.
    ok, so give us a run down on how you have configured your current interface (a pic would help)
    BC: I've been making music since Before Computers were common in music
    Abnormal thoughts and insights available here
    Tutorials and other ideas available here
    My SoundCloud

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    86
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    I added a pic of the interface itself with a guitar cable and mic plugged in. The mic was plugged in using an xlr male to xlr female cable, 48v phantom power and input monitoring were both turned on and the interface itself has separate inputs for mics and instruments so there is no switch to change line level to mic level.
    The second pic is of the audio midi setup of my mac and the audio setup on logic. The recording on logic shows how low the volume is because I strummed a chord on my guitar very close to the mic as loud as I could but the recording still shows up as a line and is extremely quiet.
    Let me know if there is anything else I should of taken a pic of, I'm a noob when it comes to recording so I might be making a very stupid mistake.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails img_0231-jpg   screen-shot-2014-11-14-19-46-27-png  

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    370
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
    Phantom power may not be required.

    Never use phantom power umless the manual for the mic directs you to do so.

    Phantom power is dangerous when used incorrectly.

    Guitars do not require phantom power.

    As for you daw here are some tips next.

    Make sure you are using an audio lane.

    Make sure your preferences are set up correctly for your audio.

    Make sure the audio lane is switched to the mic number you are using. Just speak into the mic and look for green in the audio lane input choices. The numbers where the input level is fir the audio in is seperate than the main meters most likely.

    Do NOT turn everything loud. Ofcourse.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    FP Taliban
    Posts
    20,962
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 34 Times in 28 Posts
    An AT2020 mic absolutely needs Phantom power. Hit the button that says 48v

    If you've tried with 4 different interfaces...the mic is probably broken. try a different mic and see if results vary.
    Last edited by deRaNged 4 Phuk'dup; 11-15-2014 at 08:58 PM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •