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No mic coming though on vocalist live 4

Just bought the vocalist live 4 My guitar is coming through nice and clean but I can't here any vocals. My leads and mic are all in working order and I have tried many combinations to try and hear some vocals. Also I can only tune the low E on the guitar when using the tuner is there a trick to this as well.. Have you any suggestions that might help me. cheers

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Sounds like the mic you are using requires "Phantom Power." This means, you will likely have to purchase an external unit for this power (+48V) power to the unit. I use a Behringer Ultra-Voice Pro for mine. Works great!! You can find these on Ebay at a steal!

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I'm having a similar problem with my Sterling audio ST-55 mic and a acoustic guitar. I regenerates the signal and sounds like it's under water. I turned down the mic input knob on the back of the unit until I got a clean sound. The only down downside to this is you have to practically eat the mic.
As for solution #1... Another mic choice will do the trick. But the other technique with putting a wall between your guitar and mic doesn't sound like it would work if you are sitting in front of your digital recorder with a mic in front of you and a guitar in you lap.

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Check to make sure the output jack has not broken away from the circuit board. If not it may have to go back to Digitech.

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