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NT1A no signal in sequencer

I have a brand new Rode NT1A that i'm having trouble getting a recording signal with. Even with Phantom power on and levels up crazy high it won't pick up a vocal, or very little. If I tap the mic head it spikes sharply in the sequencer yet it won't pick up any spoken sound. I'm hoping there is a simple answer, any help appreciated.

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Re: NT1A no signal in sequencer

I bought a nt-1a a while back never got it to work, was planning to sell on ebay thought id best get it to work first. Had same problems as you.... it seems the nt-1a requires absoulte silence (no ambient noise) i hid it under my doona and it picks up me singing from 4 metres away... where i have never got it to work before.... my suggestion either make an enclosure where there is no ambient noise (as in a recording booth at a studio) or simply shove it under some blankets and put up with a slightly muffled sound.... might be worth trying closing windows, covering your computer and other devices.... hope this works for you.... did for me.

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Same problem here!

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I have the same problem, haven't found the solution...

but you might wanna make sure that the preamp has the 48v phantom power on...

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Re: NT1A no signal in sequencer

Try cleaning your plugs before inserting them into the machine. a dry clothe will do nicely. polishing the plug heads in a twisting motion.

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That all you will need .

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