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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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  • jamiesteedma Jan 05, 2009

    Yes it is a condenser mic. What is phantom power? Is that from a battery? The microphone can be screwed apart at the bottom and the middle section slides off from the top but all that is inside is some circuit board. There doesn't seem to be anywhere for an external power cable or a battery to go. It is an M-Audio Nova (Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone. 


    Thanks for your help. 

  • jamiesteedma Jan 05, 2009

    I am using this Audio Interface device called an M-Audio Fast Track. It is a USB device and I have the mic connected to it via a XLR cable and then it is connected to my mac with the USB. I think I've realised from what you've said that I'm going to need either to get a new mic that doesn't require phantom power or I will have to get another Audio Interface or preamp that actually is powered from the mains and has something like a power switch (which will give power to the mac). This makes sense as just now the Fast Track is only drawing power from the computer via the USB. I hope I can resolve this without having to buy another mic - it cost about £100.


    I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with M-Audio - there was no instructions on how to set up the equipment at all. We've all got to learn from somewhere.


    Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it! 

  • jamiesteedma Jan 05, 2009

    I am using this Audio Interface device called an M-Audio Fast Track. It is a USB device and I have the mic connected to it via a XLR cable and then it is connected to my mac with the USB. I think I've realised from what you've said that I'm going to need either to get a new mic that doesn't require phantom power or I will have to get another Audio Interface or preamp that actually is powered from the mains and has something like a power switch (which will give power to the mac). This makes sense as just now the Fast Track is only drawing power from the computer via the USB. I hope I can resolve this without having to buy another mic - it cost about £100.


    I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with M-Audio - there was no instructions on how to set up the equipment at all. We've all got to learn from somewhere.


    Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it! 

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Turn on the phantom power in the back of the fast track!

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Is It A Condenser Mic? If So You'll Need Phantom Power

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    Michael Fisher Jan 05, 2009

    Well If You Have A P.A It Would Have a Phantom Power Button And Like Me I Have A Br-1180 And It Has It Built In As Well. Phantom Power Is More Power. You Dont Need A Battery You Need An Inline Phantom Power For What Your Trying To Do. You Know They Sell A Usb Version Of The Mic Your Using. Call Your Local Guitar Store And Ask Them About Something To Go Inline Or Maybe You Can Exchange Them For The Usb Version Of These Mic's.
    Hope This Helps You.


  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher Jan 05, 2009

    No Problem. You Record Music Or What?

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