Question about Samson G-TRACK USB RECORDING MICROPHONE Microphone

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NO SOUND ON PLAY-BACK

I can only get sound back through my speakers if I unplug from the USB port each time. I am running Audacity and recording OK, with the USB going into the PC rather than an external soundcard. Any ideas?

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  • ledezearn Jul 11, 2008

    I have very weaK SOUND in the headphones on playback, or computer sounds. Running XP, no problem with Vista

  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    I have the same exact problem using an "MXL" usb mic

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    You can see the file in the recording window, but can't hear the audio thru the speakers unless you unplug the mic from the usb interface.


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Hi,

I think this is because the G Track is an output as well as input - try plugging headphones into the headphone socket on the mic to prove this theory. To resolve it, you need to go to system preferences (MAC) and select sound. There you will find an output and input selection. You may want to go to output and select the inbuilt speakers rather than the USB Audio CODEC.

Hope this helps all! ;)

GypsyKingThing

Posted on May 14, 2009

I had a similar problem but I just plugged in some heaphones into the mic and I got everything in the DAW to play back through them.


Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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