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Recording with Peavey 480 mic

I have a Pesvey 480 mic that requires phanom power between 9 and 52 volts. I bought a xlr to mono 1/4 " cable...changed to external input, tried both 24 and 48 phanom power and could only hear a hum on the headphone. Is the 1/4 mono jack OK or does it require a stere 1/4" Is the power applied to the audio input?
Earl askearl@bellsouth.net

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  • ng7p May 21, 2008

    Thanks for your response. AFTER A CLOSER LOOK, it appears the H4 accepts both a 1/4 " and XLR connector...Thanks for putting me on the right track.
    Earl


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In order for phantom power to work, you need a balanced cable. That needs 3 conductors. With the mono cable you do not have the phantom power available.
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