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I recently just purchased a sterling st-51 condenser mic with the Lamda Lexicon usb interface. When I plug in the condenser mic to the interface, and activate the phantom power, the mic does not work at all. It has to be something simple. I just can't figure it out. Thanks in advance for any help.

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  • HPARER56 Feb 19, 2009

    I HAVE THE SAME MIC AND SAME PROBLEMS BUT I HAVE WIDOWS VISTA 64 BIT

  • matthew2157 Mar 10, 2009

    Dynamic mic works; condenser does not. In both mic inputs; there is a distant buzz sound when turned up loud.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I have the same problem - I tried an AT4033a condenser mic and got nothing, the phantom power light comes on but - no signal from the mic. The mic checks out fine on my Mackie mixer. Tried another good quality condenser mic and got same results.

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I have a Sterling st-51 condenser mic and purchased a Behringer xenyx 1002b mixer. Similar problem, dynamic mics work in low impedence with or without phantom pwr on. My Washburn acoustic bass with preamp in line input section. So I tried it on my Omega Lexicon interface. The condenser mic and everything else works on the Omega. This unit has a wall wart ( your Lambda is USB powered). I checked the voltages with a meter and found 23 volts from the mixer and 48 volts from the Omega. Further, I have two Shure SM-82 line mics which work on the mixer with the inputs turned all the way down but do not work on the Omega nor on my Spirit SX mixer which has 48 volts phantom power. The SM-82s are old line mics that have a 9.6 volt battery in the sleeve. They overload badly in all but the 1002B mixer. Their voltage should run btwn the 9.6 battery or a 22 volt phantom power.

Check your Lambda voltage, It could be way less than needed by the st-51. I will check with a friend who has the Lambda and check its voltage. Bet it is too low.

Again, My St-51 and 1002B mixer combo barely works at 23volts, the Mic gain is all the way up as is the channel slider and the main output slider. I cant get any reading on my led meters, occasional bump on the first light, no possible way to clip the input or the output and have to turn the high eq off and the mid way back due to hiss noise. Hope this helps,couldn't find minimum voltages on the ST-51 as yet.

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