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Depends on the kind of microphone. Some mics use PHANTOM power, a small 24 -48volt signal that makes the microphone operate. Mics that don't need it will ignore it, but mics that do will require it to function, otherwise they will not work at all. If you have a mixer with a PHANTOM power switch, turn it on and try it, otherwise you may need to get an outside phantom power supply from a music store or pro audio shop. Another possibility is the microphone is not the same impedance as the input you are plugging it into. You may need get a line transformer to step up the volume of the mic to work with your system. Again, check with the store. Always read your manuals too if you have one. Good Luck.
This mic is a condenser type microphone. It needs phantom power (48v) to operate. Might want to buy a USB mic preamplifier box, like an M-Audio product, which will provide phantom power, xlr/1/4 inch inputs and USB output.
i know this might sound a little obvious and maybe irrelevant to the problem, but did you press the switch on the mic? it will turn the mic on and off. make sure sound and mic are unmuted in windows volume control. if both are these didnt solve the problem, test the mic on another computer. if the mic works, maybe its not the mic that has the problem. if the mic doesnt work, then your mic may be defective or damaged in some way or other.
Could be the wiring in the RCA cable.
Swinging mike to and fro can wear through the power wiring inside the cable.
I'm on my 3rd cable.
Manufacturers have said they recognise this is a common fault with product but it seems they are not taking any steps to rectify.
I found that using the mike with batteries sometimes works.
If you get a new cable may be a good idea to reinforce the top 12 - 18 inches of the cable to avoid same problem in future.