This mic produces a lot of noise. Good sound, but there is a lot of steady, soft hiss in the background. My question is this: Is there a way to remedy this? Is that as good as it gets? Is this normal? Should I just throw it on the bone-yard of not-so-good microphones growing against the wall of my basement? Clearly, this was a good microphone at one time.
This is a wonderful microphone that I used for years without any problems. Then it developed a background noise (a hiss, or buzz, or sound like a bad ground; it's been too long and I don't remember the specific sound now). I checked the integrity of the ground and other wires in the cable and didn't find any problems so I replaced the old cable with a new cable, but I still had the noise.
I use the microphone with the microphone head separated from the microphone body, so I have a cable that runs from the head to the body and a separate cable that runs from the body to my inputs. I don't have either an electrical or logical explanation for why the following solution got rid of my noise, but it worked for me.
On the cable that connects the head to the body, simply take an insulated wire, strip both ends and with electrical tape, tape one bare end to the metal plug shell on one end of the cable and then do the same with the the metal plug shell on the other end of the cable. You can add some tape wraps along the length of the cable so it doesn't look so funky and is a little less cumbersome. I didn't do anything to the cable that runs from the body to the inputs. This got rid of the noise for me. REALLY. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT IT WORKED FOR ME. Maybe it will also work for you. It's certainly easy enough to try. Good luck. Bob
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Hi, you didn't say if the mic actually passes sound? The C-1 is a condenser Mic & needs phantom power - switch on the rear of your mixer. If that's no help, what happens if you disconnect the mic, then turn the levels back up? Still hissing or gone? If it's gone then it's the Mic - must use a 3 wire cable, preferably XLR so it gets the phantom power. If the hiss is still there without the Mic then sounds like the mixer is faulty - try some of the other channels..... How loau is the hiss - just in the background or as load as a vocal "one, two" test? A few things to check anyway...... Good Luck!
sounds like a ground issue to me. that sounds like either 60 cycle hum, or a loose or broken ground. You can probably do an ohmmeter check, first, with no power, and see if you have continuity. That's not unusual for mikes of the seniority of your equipment.
You have described a grounding issue. This "hiss" is due to one or more speakers &/or the radio itself not grounded properly which is producing the "hiss". I would take it back to the installer and have him correct this problem. They have a responsibility to make sure it's working 100%.
There is not enough info here to provide a complete answer, but let me give you some background:
There will always be some hiss. This is due to general amplification where a small amount of noise is amplified along with the general signal. In most cases, the signal is strong enough to overpower any noise that is present (vocals in your example). This noise should not be that noticable in normal cases. If there is an automatic gain control in the line, this could account for it as with "silent" times, the gain will automatically be increased potentially to the degree where the noise is noticable.
Barring that scenerio, if the input signal is too low, the overall gain necessary to produce reasonable volume at the speakers will also be such that the noise is noticable. In order to track this down, please provide details about the current setup including:
1) Microphone make and model being used
2) Input being used on the mixer
3) Gain level being used for the mic channel
4) Gain level being used at the master level.
If the mic is a condensor you would need to have phantom power, or it will not work. Use a small mixer or externat power supply. We here at Pro Line Music Have small mixers that have phantom power. 215-736-8055
sounds like you are using the wrong fx... acid studio comes with some professional plug ins. use those instead. they have one that allows you to take background air, and noise out of your recording it's call background gate. none if this may make any sense to you so i have pictures.
after you click your green FX icon next to your track don't use the features below. go to where the read arrow is pointing. click that green fx icon instead.
click the all folder on the left side. on the right side will appear a list of plug in's/special effects (red arrow is pointing to the list). their is one called a noise gate use that to remove background sounds and air.
they have other features like chorus and reverb... these plug in's do great. i hope this helps.
you can add whatever effects you like on one track and save the effects as a name. that way you can add it to every track and don't have to go through the whole process of selecting the same fx for each track. i really hope this helps i'm not very good with explaining things. ha ha ha.
Hook a graphic equalizer between the piano and speakers, and turn down all sliders above 8 kHz. Since the highest note of a piano is 4186 Hz (4.186 kHz), you'll still hear all the notes but cut the hiss. If the hiss is coming from the speaker's power amplifier (in which case the equalizer won't help), turn down the speaker volume and turn up the piano volume. Live instruments generally need some doctoring to sound good through high-quality stereo equipment, as they only produce a limited range of frequencies whereas good speakers reproduce a lot more - including hiss.
I presume you are going in through the mic socket on the audigy?
If so the most likely cause is a mismatch between the mic and the mic amplifier on the card, they are designed for cheapo condenser mikes that have a fairly high output.
Also make sure you disable any inputs that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.
If you have the Mike plugged into the line in you have it in the wrong socket.
The best way to get a good result is use an external mic amp or mixer and go in through the line in. Again make sure you disable any inputs your not using (in the computer mixer) and turn down any sliders on the external mixer that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.
If you'r still having problems get back to me with a more detailed description of your setup, whats plugged into where etc...