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Low audio levels with AT875R shotgun microphone. Is this due to missing a preamp/mixer and/or other hardware?

Background: I recently decided to move away from my AT2020 USB microphone and jump on the next tier up— AT875R Shotgun microphone. I like the fact it'll be more directional, won't need to be directly ...
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How can I avoid the self-noise of Electro-Voice RE-20 microphone?

I use my dynamic RE20 mic with Focusrite 2i4 preamp/USB-interface. I have some noticeable hiss with this setup. The least noise I can get is when the gain knob is on maximum (which is not what you ...
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What cables for electric bass+preamp+pc?

I wan't to record a bassline using my PC. I have a passive electric bass, a behringer mic100 preamp, and a PC with soundcard emu 0404 PCI. What audio cables do i need for Bass->Preamp and Preamp->PC? ...
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Testing low-end turntable performance [closed]

I've found an old low end turntable on a garage sale, and I was trying to get it to work with some of my LPs. It's an AKAI AP-M393, very low end and very basic. I've realised I need a phono preamp ...
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Preamp for Sony ECM MS907 mic

I'm pretty new in the audio world, I'll try the best I can to explain. I recently bought a Sony ECM MS907, a capacitor microphone with the idea to do some voice recording and maybe music. At first, ...
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How to record audio directly from a preamp using a regular android smartphone?

I connected my HTC Desire android smartphone directly to the pre-amp-out jack of the amplifier of a public-address (PA) system for recording it. Even though the sound is recorded (used an app), I ...
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Sound Devices 744t - Preamp / Self noise or Mic?

Recently purchased a used Sound Devices 744t and have been very impressed with it in general, however as purchased 2nd hand I have had some minor worries about it (most of which are probably ...
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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

I am a newbie to studio recording (voice artist) . I have decided to purchase a condenser mic for my recording (audiotechnica). However, I am confused as to whether I should purchase a Pre-amp/Mixer ...
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obviate extreme gain noise

Anyone knows about the lack of preamps to provide extreme gain setups? Even my sound devices 702 gets very noisy at the end of the gain range. Today i stumbled across this little device. It's a ...
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How do I know if I need a microphone preamp?

I don't often record with microphones (mostly with synthesizers patched directly to an audio interface, or in-computer with virtual synths). However when I do, I've never been very happy with the ...
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How do I run this setup?

I have an Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Capacitor Microphone with an ART Tube amp. The mic has a Low Cut switch and an -10db to 0dB switch. The preamp has 2 dials: Input and Output, along with 4 ...
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Mic input vs Instrument input

I just got a Focusrite iTrack Solo. This has two inputs. One has an XLR jack and one has a TRS jack. It appears that the idea was that you would use the XLR jack for a mic and the TRS jack for an ...
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USB power enough for a Mic preamp?

I've seen some vague claims that an XLR microphone-to-usb that's powered solely by USB will necessarily sound worse than one powered by a separate power source (a wall wart) because the preamp will ...
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Interface/preamp/mic upgrade options

I'm a composer that is looking into recording sound effects and foley in my studio. Right now I've got the Alesis IO2 Express, and the Rode NT1-A as a mic. I would like to record quiet sounds with ...
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How do I make my AutoHybrid louder? (connected to my PA system)

I'm not an audio engineer, but I could sure use the help of one! Recently I helped my church purchase a little box called an AutoHybrid by JK Audio. It basically takes a balanced line-level output ...
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Suggestion on preamp, RME QuadMic 4 channel preamp?

I'm looking for a 2 channel, preferably 4 channel, mic preamp for the studio. My budget is around €350, which is what the RME QuadMic is going for in Europe. It seems to suite my needs but I'm not ...
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Connecting Turntable to Mic input to bypass preamp?

Would it be possible to connect a turntable to a mic input to completely bypass the preamp?
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Is this audio signal path enough/correct?

After reading on the forum here, I have narrowed down some options to record classical solo flute (recital style in concert hall or similar) via the following setup. This is where I will start looking ...
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When should I use a separate preamp or field mixer when recording from a mic?

I'm quite new in sound recording - I'm only starting out with this as a hobby, and have yet to invest in (most of) the equipment... Let's say I should record voice with a microphone into a mobile ...
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lack of gain, Zoom H4n with Rode NGT2

I have just recently purchased a Zoom H4n and Rode NTG2 and I am also having the same problems with not enough gain (recording in stereo, with or w/o channel 1 and 2 linked and with or w/o mono mix ...
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what is an A/D converter? and a recommendation about it

So its an analog to digital converter that uses sampling and quantization? I understand all of that but it sounds to me like it would change the outputted sound. How exactly is this performed? The ...
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Vocal recording - Output level is too low even though the preamp show it's clipped

I'm using behringer B-1 mic and a Roland UA101 interface, trying to record vocals. I'm using the 1st preamp input (with phantom enabled) and although the input is clipped, it's still really really ...
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Does the Signal/Noise ratio keeps constant as you rise the gain?

I have written about this question in my blog. I appreciate your opinions. http://javierzumer.com/en/test-niveles-de-ganancia/
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How to connect Sound Devices MM1 Mic Pre with Zoom H4n

Hello Audio Pros, I have a Zoom H4n & a NTG2 & the levels are low - i have previously asked for help regarding this & someone suggested to go with Dan McComb way with the SD mix pre. I ...
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Beginner question on how to connect a microphone to my TV's external speakers

I have a new set of karaoke microphones that I need to connect to my speakers. I have heard that I would either need a pre-amp or a mixer to connect the microphone to my speakers. I'm not quite sure ...
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Sound Devices MixPre-D vs USBPre-2

Although my question is similar to another about an interface for Pro Tools/Preamp for field recording with a portable recorder (H4n aswell). I'm not as experienced as others on this site so I was ...
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h4n+sd preamp or just r44?

hello all, ok the thing is, i already have h4n..the quality is emmm...kinda ok for beginning, now i'm thinking about upgrade and as far as i know, the audio will be cleaner with h4n with sd, but the ...
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How to connect unbalanced output to balanced input?

I would like to connected my bass guitar, which has an unbalanced tele output, to a preamp/mixer with balanced XLR inputs. Currently, I simply have an unbalanced cable with a tele male connector on ...
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ART Tube MP doesn't register any input.

I have a NADY SP-4C mic plugged into an ART Tube MP Studio preamp which, in turn, is plugged into my laptop's mic/line-in. All connected via 1/4" (laptop is 1/4" to 1/8", of course). The Tube MP does ...
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I am purchasing an active mackie speaker - do I need a preamp?

I am purchasing either an Active Mackie srm 350 or srm 450. I understand that these include an amplifier (as they are active speakers) as part of the design. As a simple example, if I wanted to ...
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How do I match a microphone to a preamp

How can I tell if a microphone with work with a given preamp? Some preamps don't have the power for dynamic or ribbon mics. How can I tell if a certain mic is extra needy in the gain department? ...
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How do I fix USB Mic Static through a preamp?

I am trying to setup a semi-pro recording area for creating a podcast and I am quite new to audio recording. I have a KAM C3 (Bottom one on the site) Mic going into an ART Tube MP - Project Series ...
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zoom h4+rode ntg-2(other external mic, too) = extremely low volume

greetings, I like field recording both in city and nature environment and have a question: I've been using Zoom h4 with its internal mics and really like it. I tried three different types of ...
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How to judge preamp and A/D quality on a USB audio interface?

I'm looking for an audio interface for casual recording. There are things it's easy to tell from specs -- number of channels, connectors, phantom power, etc. -- but I don't know any way to tell if an ...
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Distortion on Digi PRE

One of the inputs on my Digidesign PRE preamp recently started producing a distorted sound with a lot of static. Are there some basic things I can do or check for to fix it before I send it in to get ...