Question about Samson G-TRACK USB RECORDING MICROPHONE Microphone

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STATIC! I just bought the G Track for my Mac and when I record acoustic or voice tracks i get a bad amount of static sound. Ive tried adjusting every thing i can though.

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  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    the static is so loud that when i is actually louder than that of what im actually recording!

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    I am having the same Static problem during playback.  This is my 2nd G-Track.  I returned the first one because of the same problem.  I noticed another gentleman was experiencing STATIC while using a MAC. Any additional info is appreciated!  Thanks.

  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    Hey guys! I've got the same problem. Because of the direct monitoring you don't hear the noise directly. After recording you'll find out that your recording is WORTHLESS! I brought back my G-Track and with no further problems i got a new one. Yuhuhh! So, no... It does the same thing. But what's accactly about the static thing? Can we change a driver setting or something? That thing is so easy that it's not possible to set anything than the volume and things! Am i right? A solution for the guys who hear only mono: set the mic to mono ;) An record in mono (1 channel). When you are recording more than your voice, set it to stereo. (Set input to channel 1&2 (stereo) too. Explaination: You don't need to record in stereo, when there is nothing in stereo. For example Garage Band makes it stereo automaticly when in is setup to mono. When you're going back to the shop because the noise faillure while using a mac, then ask for another, but no G-track. It simply doesn't work well! If it does, let us know how!!

  • ddblakely Oct 16, 2008

    I have the same problem with my newly purchased G-Track,  plus when i make a voice recording, it records in stereo but when i play the track back, it plays back in mono

  • Monsieur O Nov 25, 2008

    Same here : distorision arise here and here using the G track. Seems to be a Mac issue. OK. but where is the solution ? :)

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    It worked with my PC by i get static after recording for a few seconds on my mac.

  • rotey6 Feb 08, 2009

    I've tried a whole bunch of things - creating an aggregate device, trying to output through a line out cable - all to no avail


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I found this on the Apple Website...

This may fix it for you...

Ok, I may have found a solution. (Leopard 10.5.5, fwiw)

The problem, according to some people in a different forum, may be related to the clock source of the USB box.

To fix this, I went into Apps/Utilities/Audio Midi Setup. In the Audiomenu there is an entry "Open Aggregate Device Editor". Click that.
In the dialog, click the + button at the bottom of the list, which was empty on my machine.
It will add a new device and in the bottom pane all the sound devicesin your computer will show up. Only check the ones you want to use (USBaudio). Then use the Clock radio button and select one of the USBdevices as the clock source (I used the output).
Click Done.
Now set your default input and output to "Aggregate Device".

That fixed it for me. YMMV, as always.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

It is being suggested in Apple Support forum that the static is the result of problems with Apple Core Audio software, rather than the G-Track mic. People using any variety of mics, mixers, interfaces are running into loud static when using their macs with 3rd party audio equipment. I would not abandon the G-track immediately, but try out your set up with other equipment (preferably another USB mic) and see if the static is still there.

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Hi philltl89

If it has been doing this since new, there is probably something wrong with it. I would return it to the place you purchased it from and get it changed over.


Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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    Graeme Ross Sep 16, 2008

    If you have ongoing problems with the gear, just return it to the store of purchase and request a refund. If the product has issues with mac's, then it isn't much chop. Should not be your problem. Many people are experiencing this problem. If they are not receptive to your request, ask them to sort out the problem for you. If they cant, REFUND


I had the same problem intermittently with two different ones so I say no more.

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Go ahead and use the usb just for power, but try to plug it in to something other than your mac, like a usb power supply or a PC, and then run a 1/8" audio cable from the headphone jack on the right side of the mic to your audio input on your mac. If you still want to monitor as you record, you can buy a splitter for the headphone jack and run both a set of headphones AND your 1/8" audio cable from that. I've given it some thought, and I think it's better than the alternative of returning it and buying a pre-amp, a good quality mic, and a mixer for $300+

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

Gtrack doesnt work really well with mac.. it does with PC
you can restart your mac, and MAYBE it would fix the static noise, but JUST MAYBE. most of the time, it just doesn't do any good..
and if it does.. the noise will come back soon..
so, i'd say this Gtrack is not for mac..

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

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