Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006
Do you have the Mackie's 48V phantom power switched on?
Posted on Oct 07, 2008 01:07 am
Member Since: Oct 07, 2008
I'm setting up a three- to four-person podcast. I have four Behringer C-1 condenser mics going into a Mackie CR-1604 mixer, running into the input on my Creative Labs X-Fi sound card. Alternatively I can run it through a Digidesign M-box 2 Mini, but it doesn't seem to make a big difference either way.
It seems like I really have to be extremely up close to the mic to get it to register much at all, and even with the channel and output levels maxed, the actual volume of the voice recording is quite low. Meanwhile, ambient noise (or noise introduced somewhere else along the chain, I don't really know) is quite audible--no surprise there, since all the levels are up so high. The signal to noise ratio is pretty bad.
Are there some basic recording principles I may be neglecting? Is my equipment ill-suited to this task? I did some research on the mics and I read a number of guides and posts indicating they're a pretty good compromise for the price--I couldn't afford to go much higher.
Thanks for any help.
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