I cannot get it to work with garageband - won't take any sound in
I've tried everything. It's connected to the M-Audio Fast Track Audio interface. Sound Input on my computer is set to the device. Sound output on my mac is set to the speakers. I can't hear any sound through GarageBand and it wont record my voice. Curiously, when I unplug the XLR I can get feedback from the end of the cable, like when you bang it. You can hear the banging sound through the XLR.
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You need a USB interface such as an M-Audio M-Track and a standard XLR male to female audio cable.
You use the cable to connect the microphone to the interface using the XLR cable, then you plug the USB cable on the interface to a USB port on your laptop. Finally, you go to System Preferences - Sound - Input and select the USB interface as the input source.
Depending on the software you you use for recording sound (I use Sound Studio from Felt Tip Software) you may need to go into the Preferences for the program and select the USB interface.
Try increasing the latency. Depending on your computer, it may not be able to handle low latency levels. Latency is a measure of the delay between the time you make a sound and the time the computer records that sound. With the Mbox mini, the unit for latency is the number of samples the driver collects before sending them to an application as input. Lower latency can make recording easier and more accurate, but not all computer systems can operate at the lowest latencies without introducing noise.
Open the Mbox mini dialog and select the latency tab. experiment with higher latency levels and see if it goes away.
This is what the dialogue might look like.
another solution would be to try a different DAW. I had the same problem with my Fast Track Pro in ProToolsand it worked fin on Reaper, Garageband and Logic.
First, Make sure you are speaking into the front of the microphone. there should be a logo or brand name at the front to show you. because of the cardioid pattern, sounds behind the mic are not picked up; good if the sound you want to isolate is at the front, not so good if it's at the back.
Second, make sure the gain on the fast track is turned up.
And third, try using a different program. It's unlikely to be the problem, but if it is, it's an easy fix.
If you are sure that the microphone and the cable is OK, it could be that you're phantompower is to low.
Normally you need 48 Volt, you can check that with voltage meter between pin1-2 and 1-3 from the XLR.
Look man just use the input as a way for your pre-amp's to plug in.... you don't want any of those built in guitar effects anyways... You just need a good multi pedal.. There are many good recording Pre-amps out there that work great and are fully adjustable for easy recording.. You can do what you want but, I think you will like the sound of pre-amp effects pedals in your computer set up....
To get sound in both channels in Garageband for a podcast using the G-Track Microphone:
select a voice track to record into
make sure the Track Info window is open (blue i button in lower right region of screen)
at the bottom of the Track Info window you will find Input Source:
Change the default setting of Stereo to Mono 1 (USB Audio CODEC)
This assumes you have gone to Garageband preferences and changed the Audio/Midi settings for audio input to USB Audio CODEC which appears when you plug in the G-Track Mike