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Gxl 2200 how to connect the microphones into a laptop

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The easiest way to do it properly would be to use a small mixer, with an adapter cable from the outputs (usually 1/4") to the line-in of the laptop (usually 3.5mm stereo).

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    Julie Mar 29, 2014

    Oh so I have to buy a adapter cable because right now I just have the microphone

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    John Bonnell Mic Mods Mar 29, 2014

    You will need several things.

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    John Bonnell Mic Mods Mar 29, 2014

    You will need several things.

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    John Bonnell Mic Mods Mar 29, 2014

    A phantom power source, such as a mixer or preamp. A mic cable between the mixer/preamp and mic (XLR). An appropriate cable between the mixer/preamp and the computer. There are also USB adaptors available, but I strongly recommend against that route.

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    John Bonnell Mic Mods Mar 29, 2014

    A mobile recording interface is also a good choice, in place of the mixer or preamp.

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But John is forgetting one VERY important thing .... Your laptop does not supply the 48 volts 'phantom power' that the microphone needs to work. You have two options: 1) buy a "Phantom Power Supply" from someplace such as Amazon.com and get an appropriate 'XLR female to mini-phone plug adapter' to plug into your computer .... or 2) Buy a USB Preamp that plugs into your laptop and the preamp will supply the 48 volts for the microphone. I use an M-Audio preamp for mine. There are lots of different models of preamps to choose from. Just make sure the description says it is able to supply 'phantom power'.

Once you have the mic plugged into the preamp, and the preamp plugged into a USB port on your computer, then you need to startup your favorite recoding program (I use Sound Studio on my Apple Macintosh) and open the Preferences, or the Audio Control Panel, and select the USB preamp as your sound source.

In other words ... that microphone cannot be plugged directly into your laptop through the factory supplied jack and have it work. It MUST have the 48 volts 'phantom power' to operate.

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