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Rode SmartLav+ does not work with Scarlett 2i2

Rode has now a device which allows to plug in microphones which need to be powered by power usually provided by smartphones (2.7v) through TRRS such as Rode's Lavalier Go or Shure's MVL/A to a USB ...
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Would I benefit from a preamp?

The Scarlett has a pre amp built into it. Most likely the issue is the distance you have the microphone from your mouth. An SM57 is not ideal for podcast recording because you will need the microphone ...
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What are the audible consequences of preamp impedance mismatch?

Speaking as an electronics engineer, the general rule (below radio frequencies), when designing amplifiers and various audio interfaces is try and make outputs low impedance and inputs high impedance. ...
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What are the audible consequences of preamp impedance mismatch?

It depends a lot on the kind of equipment. Sometimes equipment is designed to have a low impedance output and be connected to a much higher impedance input. Other times equipment is designed so that ...
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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

Go with the audio interface. The "mixer" borders on useless. It is basically just a cheap interface with some near useless features worked in to it. You are paying for unused features rather than ...
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obviate extreme gain noise

I've no experience with this type of gear, but functionality depends on the use-case. This device (and there are several others available with similar function) is mostly useful on ribbon and dynamic ...
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How do I know if I need a microphone preamp?

Yes you need a preamp, but you already have one (its just not that good) A good preamp is one of the most important tools in a studio and perhaps one of the most important in the recording input ...
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Neumann RSM-191 - Can I use a Sound Devices 302 as a substitute for the MTX Box?

The MTX isn't just a matrix box that you could do on a mixer but actually the power supply of the microphone. Think it like two neumann km100 bodies for two ak20+ak40 capsules. The signals that the ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

Actually, the mic pre amp you are mentioning is a pre amp plus a processing chain (a dynamics processor and some filters and eqs). You cannot emulate the pre amp itself in software as amplifying the ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

I'm in full agreement with audionuma's answer, but just to add that a 3 grand mic preamp will not fix a 10 buck microphone. As you didn't mention in your question what mic & preamps you currently ...
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How do I add 3V plug in power to a 3.5mm lavalier microphone?

The standard electret bias network is simply a 1.5V - 3V battery with a 2k2 or so resistor in series. Connect the sleeve connection to ground and connect the free end of the resistor to the plug tip ...
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Connecting two dynamic microphones to one preamp

if your mics are getting phantom power via the Behringer interface, then I'm not sure a splitter would work. Or two mics needing phantom power from a single preamp would probably draw too much current ...
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Combining several inputs to a single headphone output?

As a theatre technician for a multitude of shows that involve everything from bands to 60 people musicals, you have a few options. You can go with a mixer as mentioned above or you can use something a ...
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Combining several inputs to a single headphone output?

You just need a mixer (before the headphone amp) to control what and how much goes into your in-ears. In live situations this is a very simple task for a monitor engineer but if there isn't one, the ...
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Low/distorted signals from headworn microphone

Here's some basic checks you can do at each stage. This applies more generally to pretty much any signal chain too. I'm sure if you go through and check everything, you will find a place where your ...
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Rode SmartLav+ does not work with Scarlett 2i2

Just rang Rode directly as I needed an answer myself. SmartLav+ = you use the Rode SC3 adaptor. The VXLR+ adaptor that someone linked here is for the traditional lav microphones that have a TRS ...
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Rode SmartLav+ does not work with Scarlett 2i2

From the manual for the Scarlett 2i2: The preamp gain is appropriate for microphones when an XLR plug is inserted, and for higher level signals when a jack plug is inserted. Get a jack->XLR ...
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Rode SmartLav+ does not work with Scarlett 2i2

Since this is a condensor mic, you should activate the 48V phantom power switch and try again; this may be required to power the active electronics in this specific mic. You could also try actually ...
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Playing MP3/AAC music on powered loudspeaker

Remember that the output from your iPhone or Mac is likely stereo. Do you have TWO of these speakers? Or do you want to combine the Left + Right signals together into a monaural signal? You will ...
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Practical difference between channel gain, fader and amp gain

In theory there shouldn't really be any difference: Lets say you add some gain at the channel input, and reduce it equally by turning down the fader. Then there should be no difference. But preamps ...
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Microphone preamplifier for live stereo recording

I suggest considering the wide range of small mixing consoles that Behringer make. The one I've been using for the last 10 years or so doesn't appear to be on the market now, but this one looks ...
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Microphone preamplifier for live stereo recording

Most of the popular-priced two channel mic preamps as you are asking about include USB audio interfaces built-in. So keeping your UCA-202 while finding a low-price standalone dual mic pre severely ...
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How do I know if I need a microphone preamp?

If you are using a mic, you need a pre-amp. Microphones produce weak signals (mic level) which must be boosted up to line level. This is what a pre-amp does. It may be integrated in to the ...
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How do I run this setup?

For reference, such a mic is typically called a condenser mic rather than a capacitor mic. Condensor is a former term for capacitors, but condenser continues to be used to describe microphones that ...
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Interface/preamp/mic upgrade options

I haven't used the NT1a in a very long time, but the issue I remember having with it was being pretty cold and not having a firm core to the sound. The NTG-2, on the other hand, sounds awful. I've ...
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Low audio levels with AT875R shotgun microphone. Is this due to missing a preamp/mixer and/or other hardware?

Actually, there is already a preamp stage of sorts in your signal chain in your PC's in-built MIC IN (I assume you're using mic in, and not line in, right?). In-built sound inputs, however, are ...
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How can I avoid the self-noise of Electro-Voice RE-20 microphone?

The problem with the RE20 of current production is that they make use of an SMD PCB and the PCB has errors in the layout and components which are noise generators. This can be verified by taking any ...
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