XLR to 1/4" Mic Audigy 2 Input

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Member Since: Dec 07, 2004

I have a sound blaster audigy 2 sound card with a 1/4" input. Would it work to get a mic with a XLR to 1/4" adapter and plug it straight in, or do I need other equipment. Thank you

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A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 01:02 am

If the mic doesnt need phantom power your in business.

I'm pretty sure the Audigy doesnt have a pre-amp!

Since: Dec 07, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 01:29 am

The mic I'm getting is the MXL 990. I think it needs phantom power. What do I need between the mic and the audigy then? Would a Direct Box do the job?

Since: Dec 07, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 01:33 am

I also have a V-amp 2 if that would bridge the gap. Thanks.

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 01:55 am

I use a pre-amp - compressor - mixer - Soundcard config but you could get away with just the mixer if it has a pre-amp in-built.

I dont know about using the v-amp. in theory it might work but as for results i dont know.

I'll let the experts hadnle it from here as i'm mainly still learning myself.

Czar of Cheese
Since: Jun 09, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 08:50 am


You really don't say enough about what you want to record to make a very helpful recommendation.

You can't plug that mic directly into your sound card, so you need either a mic preamp or a mixer (which has preamps and phantom power.)

If you are serious about recording, and want to do more than just a few tracks, before you spend all of your money on mics, preamps and mixers, you should seriously consider upgrading your sound card to something designed for recording. Again, that all depends on what your intentions are.

On the other hand, if your just looking to fiddle around with recording, I'd get a good dynamic mic like a Shure SM 57 or 58 (whatever it takes) and a small Behringer mixer with phantom power and preamps built in. That will handle your v-amp as well.

Good luck! And welcome aboard!

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Dec 08, 2004 09:05 am

By the way the MXL 990 Will need phantom power.

"Would a Direct Box do the job?"

I dont know much about DI's but here is an article that might help


There are heaps (and i mean heaps) of awsome articles here


Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 08, 2004 09:08 am

Most DI boxes that I have seen don't have phantom power. You would be in a better position if you either get a standalone preamp w/phantom power or a little mixer with it.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Dec 08, 2004 11:46 am

If you're using the Audigy 2 with the breakout box (the only way I could imagine you having a 1/4" input), it has a preamp built in, but no phantom power.

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