Can not set device input level in system preferences for MAC
I tried to set up the G-Track as described in the manual on both my Intel iMac with OSX 10.5.6 and my G4 Powerbook with OSX 10.4.11. On both systems I was NOT able to set the Input Volume because the system just did not recognize the device is able to use this feature. Instead there is the message >device does not support input level control< (translated from the german system, sorry for inaccuracies).
Nevertheless the G-Tracks seems to be installed correctly because it is working more or less in all programms BUT recorded audio levels are very low despite setting the controler on the G-Track to MAX.
Does anyone know why this happens? Or have a solution for the system pref. error?
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Try flipping the connection at the back of the mic. If you have it hooked up upside down, the light will come on, but the mic will not be recognized either in your recording software or in system settings.
There doesn't seem to be any indicator on the cord as to which way is up. I marked mine with a marker. Problem solved!
It sounds like you have done everything right. It would be a good idea to check both the mic and Protools system separately. If you can, verify that the mic works using another device such as a mixer. Also try getting a level into Protools using another mic, preferably a dynamic which doesn't require phantom power. If you are trying to use an original MBOX under Windows 7 or the latest version of OSX then it may not work at all.
Make sure you have selected the audio input when it is plugged in by opening System Preferences -> Sound -> Input -> Highlight "Line In" and see if the volume is set high enough and test again. Make sure you have plugged it into the right port of the computer.
I'm not familiar with Macs but try going to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_mac and look at the system requirements for the version you need. The Help tab on the site contains lots of info too. Great program. I'm using the newest beta version om Windows and found that the manual is quite useful once you find it on their site.
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
The behavior you describe suggests that the mic is not getting power. Since it is a condenser mic, it requires what is usually called "phantom power". This should be provided thru the USB port. Check to be sure that the USB port is supplying that power. Check with another port for example. If that fails, you may have a defective mic.
You probably connect the Audio Buddy via a USB or firewire cable. I use both types of audio interfaces. Your mac will sense which bus has audio. Go to System Preferences panel and select sound. Select input. You should see your Audio Buddy listed if it is connected properly. You can set levels from this panel and test the device by looking at the two level meters. Speak into the mic; the level meters should move from left to right.
Go to the output panel and chose your monitoring device. I prefer the built-in speakers, but you could also connect your monitor to the USB interface or even the Audio Buddy. If I need better quality monitoring I plug a mini cable into the earphone jack and use a desktop speaker. Don't try to use that headphone jack for anything but monitoring - the quality is not great.
If the Audio Buddy software requires that you select an input source, always use USB, never line or built-in mic.
Another way to capture audio from an Audio Buddy or similar device is to use Wiretap Studio Pro or Roxio CD Spin Doctor for audio capture. I use both.
the Samson C01U picks up the noises running inside the computer, or laptop whichever you have. You can't change that. But if you want to get rid of it. I use Cool Edit Pro. There's this effect we have for Noise Reduction. I won't go further on unless you have this program, or something similar. But basically it takes out any unwanted static