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I bought a LightSnake, a mic-to-USB cord. It came with an installation disk, which I installed. Plugged in my M-Audio Nova mic that I picked up from a pawn shop. I'm using a Windows 7 laptop. It recognizes the microphone, but there is no green bar, it seems as though its not picking up sound? I even tried the "set up mic sound" option, but it just wont pick up sound. I have the mic enabled in the sound settings, and I have the right playback settings all figured out.. but why cant I record? I'm trying to use Audacity to record. I tried recording on the default recorder that came on the computer with no luck. HELP!! :(

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Anonymous

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Im having the same probz, got a Hp Pavilion Vista using mobile pre amp usb when i record using a condenser mic XLR nothing is picked up from the channels in Cubase or Nuendo. Im trying to record vocals but the Mic is not picked up and i cannot hear myself in the headphones and it wont transfere to cubase.

It has worked before when i had a desktop, but this only worked with a separate m-audio sound card inside the desktop and i plug in the output jax leads from the desktop (soundcard) to the m-audio usb pre amp

Is this why it is not working for the laptop do i need a Jax connection and where is this audacity

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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Dan Balmer

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Without knowing your setup or the mic model, my guess is that you need to run a phantom power supply to the mic to get it to function. This is done either by using an outboard analog mixing console or mic preamp with a phantom power switch, or using an inline phantom power supply. The microphone plugs into the mixer or mic pre with the phantom turned on, and then into your DAW system.
The phantom power works with condensor microphones like the one you have. It sends a 48v signal to the microphone element, which in turn energizes the element and makes it function. Dynamic mics, like a Shure SM 58 for example, do not need the phantom power and will even ignore it if run on a phantom powered channel. condensor mics however must have it to function, otherwise there will not be any sound. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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