Samson CO3U USB mic pattern selection switch broken
I have a new Samson CO3U USB mic. There is a switch on the back that lets you select which of the three pickup patterns to use. My switch only has two positions, far left and far right. I was expecting it to have three positions - left, right and centre.
Re: Samson CO3U USB mic pattern selection switch broken
I have not used that particular mic, but have a AKG 414 which offers the same three patterns and there are three distinct and separate settings on the switch. Maybe take it back into the store where you bought it and ask for clarification there? Hope this was helpful. Peace
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Is there some reason you can't use one of you're aux sends for the compressor? You can then dial up as much compression as you want on each individual instrument. If you're determined to get the 4 mics into one compressor input.... Only thing I can think of is use TRS insert cables on the 4 mic channels - tie them all into one compressor input through a small patch bay or similar. Then bring your return from your comp to a 5th channel. Impedance matching is completely out the window so no promises on results.
That's normal. You're supposed to record a track and then play it back. In order to hear it live you would need to enable "software playthrough" in your recording software, but there will be a delay, so it probably won't be much use.
The problem is the PC thinks the Mic is attached to the Alpha rather than through the USB directly.
The Alpha software probably ALSO assumes this. Look in the "Sounds and Devices" page of the control panel and check to make sure the appropriate device is selected for voice input. If you don't see the Mic selected, select it, and if it isn't in the list, then it needs a driver installed or activated. Often the PC's audio system wants to "fight" this and it takes some "persuasion" to get it to cooperate.
The phantom power is used for condenser mics. MAKE SURE you do not plug in other mics or devices that do NOT have balanced, isolated outputs as they will short out the phantom power to others.
You should find between 15 and 48 volts between BOTH pins 2 and 3 of each mic connector when measured to pin 1 of the connector. There is about 6K ohms impedance from the phantom supply to pins 2 and 3.
IF you have an accident and connected high voltage to pin 2 or 3 it COULD back up and blow the bypass cap for the 48 volts.
Please note: ALWAYS power ANY interconnected equipment from teh SAME receptacle to avoid damage due to ground bounce in the event of a fault in a piece of equipment.
exactly how did you place your mic? Because in the picture you are showing there are placed two or three mics. The best sound quality does not always depend on the up or down position of your mic. It has a lot to with the acoustics of the room you are recording in, the distance you vocalist is standing and even of you use a windscreen or a reflection wall. The best advice is clap you hands a few times in your room and make sure the clap turns dead. If you clap go's silently dead, without hitting any walls or windows that reflect the sound, than you will have a good position to record.
I don''t think you can solve this problem. The problem is that the computer has to digitize the incoming audio, then echo it out. This conversion takes time and is also governed by the real time clock servicing of the devices. You could try upping the priority of the conversion process, but I don't think you are going to be satisfied with the result either.
You would be happier to use a mic and external mixer where the audio is true real time rather than having the conversion latency time.
This could be caused by a faulty cable or a fault on one of the ends of the cable. Open each side of the cable, the jack should screw off. Once it is open check to make sure that both of the wires are connected firmly. If they're not, you will need to solder them on properly and if they are, then this is not the problem.
This could be a due to the settings on your speaker or the mixer you are using. On the speaker, check that the low's mid's and high's are set correctly and then check the mixer to see if the line in from the guitar is set correctly and check that the line out is set correctly. If all of this is fine then it could be due to your guitar DI.
Check that your DI is set correctly,e.g. Make sure that the DI is not set to run a link between both lines, it should be set as single.
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