Recording with microphone problems...

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Member Since: Oct 10, 2004

I bought some kind of cheap microphone (stagg MD 500)and when I plug it to my computer, i can record only noise. I use adapteur from big jack to small jack. Can anyone help me with this problem??

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Since: Jan 28, 2003

Oct 10, 2004 04:32 pm

um, is it a condensor microphone or a dynamic mycrophone. Most likely, if it is a condensor microphone, you will need a 48V phantom power hookup, and either way, you may need a mic pre of some sort. What kind of soundcard are you using, and what jack are you plugging the cable into, and what kind of cable are you using.

Since: Oct 10, 2004

Oct 11, 2004 11:30 am

It is dynamic microphone. I use Avance AC 97 "soundcard"(integrated on the mainboard), microphone jack, and Stagg XLR/big jack cable(which was packed with the microphone).

When I plug my guitar directly to the mic. input, it records, but the recording has much background noises.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Oct 11, 2004 12:59 pm

The AC97 is the standard motherboard preamp = very little or no sound with a microphone. Thats the problem there.

The guitar may work slightly better (I done this when I started out) but again, a poor soundcard (its not meant for audio work) and no preamp means your results wont be very great.

Thats where the background noise is coming from. You'll also experience latency (delay in sound being in sync) ...

Good luck


Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 11, 2004 01:08 pm

Well, not to be condesending or speak out of turn or anything, but ACp7 isn't even really a sound card. It's really not even a chip as I understand it, AC97 is a codec standard that your chip complies to. The actual chip could be anything. That said, what Coco said was right, it's not meant for recording, and even a higher end SoundBlaster would serve the job better, though you would be far better served with a card actually meant for recording (available for less than $200 USD new, under $100 used at times).

Never plug a line level signal (guitar, keyboard, drum machine, etc) into a micrphone input jack, those inputs are meant for microphones, all line level signals should go into the line input. Even then, it would be better with some sort of preamp, the preamp of a mixing board or a standalone pre would do the job.

Since: Oct 10, 2004

Oct 15, 2004 01:44 am

OK. Will it get better when I buy for example SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 ?????? They are very cheap now in the Czech Republic.

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