So I bought a Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic on Monday to record vocals for some of my songs.
I bought it used from Guitar Center but they said it worked fine and obviously tested it. As a matter of fact, it was only a month old and the salesmen had literally just bought it back from the same guy he sold it to a month before.
The problem started once I set it up. I bought an additional XLR female to XLR male cord to plug into my Akai EIE Pro midi-interface. I then attempted to plug the female end of the XLR cord into the mic and it looked like it should fit fine but it would hardly budge...
At first glance alone it appears that it should fit. After some carefully applied pressure I was able to insert the cord about 3/4 of the way in but not enough to engage the clip built into the XLR cord. I did this a couple time just to see if it would get any easier and it didn't. Here's a gif I made of me trying.
I checked the prongs on the inside of the mic and they are all normally aligned. Non are bent and the cord does work its way in slowly so it obviously is supposed to fit, its just EXTREMELY tight for no apparent reason and will not go in more than 3/4 of the way.
This should be enough to get it to work correct? I checked all the settings on my Akai EIE Pro to make sure it should be working and checked to make sure that it provides phantom power(which it does).
Is there any other reason why I'm not thinking of why the cord wouldn't fit? And also why it wouldn't work? I'm assuming (and probably incorrectly) that it would work if plugged in 3/4 of the way.
Oh, on a final note, I tried to see if it was receiving any input at all and it wasn't. Didn't show up on the display on my EIE Pro, my midi input settings on my computer, or the configuration in Ableton (which my EIE Pro came with, another useless Albeton Lite serial).