Why is my mic not picking up noise like it did when i first gotit
I got my behringer b-1 about two weeks ago and it was working great. i have it hooked up though a tascam us122 driver, into a windows xp, and i'm using some recording software called n-track. a week ago it was recording sound great. two days ago i plugged in the mic and it is still picking up noise, but not nearly as sensitive as it used to be. even with the driver turned all the way up and my face to the mic the vu meter on n-track was not going into the red zone. so i'm not sure if this is a mic problem, driver problem, or software problem. i'm quite new to this whole recording process and thought i'd start by asking you. thanks
Re: why is my mic not picking up noise like it did when i...
Double-check on the side of the microphone to make sure you didn't inadvertently activate the 10db pad. If so, switch it back to the center position.
Also, on the US-122, make sure that the input is set to "mic" and that you have switched the Phantom Power to the "On" position.
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Yes, you need the PS400 with the B-1. Alternatively, you can connect the mic to a mixer with built-in phantom power.
The PS400 shouldn't go directly to to the TA2020 because the power supply is providing a mic-level signal and the amp is looking for a line-level signal. Either add a mic preamp after the power supply, or if a mixer is used, that output can be fed to the amp.
Cabling will depend on what you ultimately choose to do. But, you'll at least need a mic cable to go from the B-1 to the power supply or a mixer.
You posted this in questions about the Shure PG42 mic. That mic comes in two versions. There's the USB version which connects direct to a PC. Then there's the standard version which is used with a mixer. I presume you have the standard version as the Behringer doesn't have inputs for USB mics.
The standard version is a condenser mic. It needs power. The power is supplied by the mixer. It is known as phantom power because it travels up the mic cable from the mixer to the mic.
Make sure your mixer has phantom power switched on.
Use the correct mic cable: Either a 3 pin XLR to 3 pin XLR, or a 3 pin XLR to 3-pole jack (TRS). The leadis a balanced mic cable
Check the setting on the mic for attenuation. 0dB is no reduction in signal level. 20dB is a large reduction
Look at the Behringer's settings. Make sure you know what each control does and how it affects the sound. Pay particular attention to the effects send and return (FX SND RTN)
Most times there's an issue with no sound from a mic, it's usually down to a poor quality or broken cable; or no power; or the settings on the mixer.
The C-1 is a condenser microphone, which means that it requires phantom power in order to function. Most M-Audio products will provide phantom power, so it would just be a matter of pressing the button or switch (it might be marked +48 or +48v). If your M-Audio device doesn't have such a button or switch, you'll need to upgrade to a preamp that does in order to use that mic. If you do turn it on and it still doesn't work, there's something wrong with either the cable or the microphone itself.
Buy a better mic! This question reminds me of the musicians who invest in a nice JBL public address system but then use Radio Shack microphones. A good quality mic, not GREAT but just good will cost you a minimum of $100. Quit playing with toys and invest in real recording gear. Computers and hard drive recorders can easily record CD quality audio, and-so why would you use a $70 mic?
This mic is a condenser type microphone. It needs phantom power (48v) to operate. Might want to buy a USB mic preamplifier box, like an M-Audio product, which will provide phantom power, xlr/1/4 inch inputs and USB output.
Check the input and output settings. Look in the preferences or settings menu for "i/o settings" or "i/o setup." You're going to set it from the default internal mic input to this one. It sounds like it may be that simple.
The microphone needs a phantom power supply to work. In your case you need a 48volt phantom power supply. Some mixers have this feature built in.The Micropower PS400 by Behringer would probably be a good choice.