I have a newly bought Scarlett Solo, in which I plugged an SM57 using an XLR to jack cable, in the guitar input. When I handle the mic, I see the LED from the gain knob lighting up, probably from static stuff. But when I speak in the mic, I get no sound.
Tried everything, installed the Focusrite USB (ASIO) driver, I made sure to set the proper input device in Windows 10 (default recording device) and output to my headphones, I switched to the Instrument line on the interface, I bumped the gain to the maximum, etc.
I plugged the XLR female in the SM57 mic and the jack in the interface guitar input. First installed all the drivers and set the interface as the default audio input device. Then I tried to record in Adobe Audition, Audacity and in Reaper. No sound whatsoever from the mic.
Could it be that the mic is not working? The interface works ok, as far as I can tell. I logged in another mac system and tried to make it work there too, but same result. No sound. It seems the cable works, because it produces static noise when I move the mic around and the interface picks up that noise and shows that in the input LED. Some of that noise gets recorded even. But nothing seems to go through the mic capsule. It's as receptive as a rock. How can I tell if the mic is not working?