Have above mike. Actually, 6174 with trackball. It has a serial cable (presumably for mouse control which I don't need) and white and black miniplugs, stereo.
I want to convert it to mono USB. Don't need any controls other than start-stop.
Using sound card, I can hear, but not speak.
Do I need a stereo to mono adapter first?
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This can be a software or a hardware problem. Try your mike on another computer to see where the fault lies. Try another mike to check software All I really can think of is a loose connection or short somewhere. What is the condition of the connecting cable? As you can see without being able to test it myself physically the fault can be anywhere even on the computers' printed circuit board.
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.
you could get away with getting a small behringer mixer that has +48V of power for the mic. Put your mic cable into there and then run straight out using 6.5 (guitar) cable to your computer. you may need some connectors to convert your jack.
Depending on the DAW software, you can record just his track at that time. Mixing can be done later with multi-track software, such as Cubase or ProTools.
There should be an extra device in the volume controls under your OS's control panel. That extra device will be your USB mic. Select this device for recording. Monitor the input recording levels BEFORE actually recording to check for clipping. When you are adjusted correctly, you should have plenty of volume, and no clipping. From there, you can modify that waveform like any other track.
Some users have reported problems with this microphone not working properly with Windows Vista operating system but it is fine with XP and Windows 7. Some MAC & Linux users have also encountered installation problems.
All condenser microphones require a power source to make them work. In the case of USB mics they take their operating power from the computers USB port. If you have a lot of other USB devices connected then there may not be enough power available to run them all at the same time. Disconnect any devices that you do not need.
First step would be to make sure that you connect to a main USB port (not a separate hub). If you are using a desktop or tower computer use the USB ports on the rear of the computer, which are mounted directly on the motherboard. Front panel USB ports are normally on a hub and may therefore prove unreliable with some devices..
Next try to diagnose the problem by process of systematic elimination
Test your sound-card - does it work okay with other sound sources such as a microphone plugged into the normal microphone input (red socket) on the sound-card or on your front panel.
Do you have another USB sound source that you can plug in to make sure that your computer will accept sound from that route?
Now check the microphone for faults. Is the LED on the microphone coming on to indicate it is getting power?
If no the microphone itself, or the cable, may be faulty. Try plugging it in to a different computer, games console, stereo or audio device with a USB input to see if it will work there (note not all audio devices will have sufficient power on the USB socket so this test may not be conclusive)
Is the computer operating system actually recognising the presence of the microphone in the first place?
Does a little balloon pop up to say a device has been plugged in - and does it correctly identify what that device is by telling you it's name?
If the system recognises the device but doesn't correctly identify then you may need to install a driver for the microphone.
From the windows start menu go to CONTROL PANEL.
Click on SYSTEM, then HARDWARE, followed by DEVICE MANAGER
Scroll down to SOUND VIDEO & GAME CONTROLLERS. Does the microphone appear here? If yes does it have a little yellow asterisk next to it? If so it is a driver issue.
Sometimes a USB driver issue can be resolved by uninstalling the USB controllers and reinstalling them. Scroll down the list of devices in DEVICE MANAGER until you get to UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS CONTROLLERS. Systematically uninstall every device listed here. To do this RIGHT CLICK on each device and then click UNINSTALL. Then on the TOOL BAR click CHECK FOR SYSTEM CHANGES. this will reinstall all USB devices and controllers.
If that does not solve the USB problem go to your computer manufacturers website and download the latest USB drivers for your machine.
Assuming you have overcome the USB issue (or if this was not the problem anyway) you now need to check that the microphone is selected as your default audio device.
To do this go back to CONTROL PANEL, followed by SOUND & AUDIO DEVICES
Click on AUDIO and, under the SOUND RECORDING tab select your microphone from the drop down list.
Then click the VOLUME button which will open a window called RECORDING CONTROL
Make sure there is a tick (check mark) against microphone and that the slider is up at the top of the scale.
If everything is okay up to this point the problem may well lie in the settings for the audio / recording program that you are using. Most programs have some sort of wizard for testing audio settings, which you will need to work through.
Professional condensor type mikes require a phantom power source to work. That will be a balanced (read XLR) connection from source to preamp and the preamp must be capable of supplying the power. These units cannot be used in an unbalanced circuit (like 1/4" or computer mini-pin). Your best bet for the setup would be to get an external power supply box that can also convert the signal from balanced to unbalanced. That would be what the mike plugs into and then that plugs into the computer. You're probably looking at about 50-100 for even a cheap one that will work well. Companies like Sweetwater and B&H should be able to steer you toward a decent basic unit. If you happen to have a mixer (which is why you bought the good mike) then it may have phantom power for some of its mike inputs.
Adapters are available to convert it to the type that you need. Go to any good electronics store and tell them what your problem is and they will sell you what you need. I am assuming that somewhere on the edge of your laptop there will be an 1/8" jack for your headphones. The mike input should be adjacent to it.
hi only if you have some experience on how to add a mic in fact is a electret mike and are very cheap you joust cut one wire to hook the mic and thats set.....as you do this take a especial attention on which wire be the mic and the ear.......so you connect right..................saludos