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Microphone distorted i have an at4040 hooked up to a firewire solo, and i'm using pro tools. i have recorded with this set up all the time.but yesterday i started to speak into the microphone and my voice was all distorted and mest up. i have never dropped the mic and i always had the dust cover on it. and its never left my studio. so i thought it might be the cable so i grabbed my voltimeter and checked the xlr cable and it checked out fine. my audio interface outputs to my speakers and headset i'm thinkin that not the my question is do u think its the mic? and how much am i lookin at to get it repaird?

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Re: microphone distorted

Is this a power mic? check with a back up mic if it does it with the backup its not them its past them.

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1) if you are using the PC sound card to record this is where your hiss is coming from. you need to get a recording card that has low noise or some other recording USB input device to get CD quality recordings


2) if you have to use your PC sound card check your PC volume level for line in, don't let it get high or it will distort. you will have to experiment with the MD4 levels and PC sound card level to find a good middle ground with low hiss and no distortion
and a singer that sings away from the mic to reduce distortion.

hope this helps
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