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Unable to record with external microphone

Hello,

I have a Sony MZ-B3 Portable Minidisc recorder. The internal mircrophone in it works just fine so I know that it is capable of recording. Recently I was given an Electrovoice RE50/B Microphone as a gift. I went out and purchased a connector cable that had an XLR 3F on one end and a standard TRS 1/4" plug on the other. I also purchased a 1/8" mini adapter in order to make the cable compatible with the input on the MZ-B3.

But when I plug the external microphone into the MZ-B3 using the above mentioned cable assembly, I am unable to record any sound. At first I thought it might be due to a faulty mic input on the MZ-B3. So as a test, I plugged the same microphone assembly into an MD Walkman that I also own and achieved similarly unsuccessful results.

So I'm stumped. Is the Electrovoice RE50/B somehow incompatible with the minidisc? Or could the problem be due to the the 1/4" TRS - 1/8" mini adapter that I'm using? Or any other possible explanations that I can't think of? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Norm Goldstein

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    When I record into my B3 with an external mic the results are broken sound. How do fix this. These babies are hard to find.

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You may have ruined the phantom power source in your minidisc recorder. XLR microphones use a 48 v power supply.

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