help do I plug a normal mic in the place of a pc mic.....

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Member Since: May 27, 2005

i'm tired of my pc mic so I got a normal one.......the end of the cable is like the one in a guitar......I bought an "adapter" ( ? ) and the pc doesn't get the do I make this work without buying something complex
sorry for the language

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Since: May 26, 2005

May 27, 2005 07:50 pm

What kind of sound card do you have?
Are you sure it's in the right hole???
Have you checked to make sure the input on your software mixer isn't x'd out (muted)
Since: Feb 07, 2005

May 27, 2005 07:57 pm

You may have a stereo (2 channel) adapter.

Look at the end of the adapter and make sure it has the same amount of "rings" as the one on your mic. There should only be 1 black ring and not 2.

the only problem with this therory is that I would have thought it would work anyways.

Oh ya, one other thing, the impedance may be different. Can you hear anything at all or is it completely silent?

Since: May 27, 2005

May 27, 2005 08:39 pm

no it's completely sil˝ence........and my card is I don't know.......not a good one I guess............the one tahat comes in te pc......thanks

Since: Jan 12, 2004

May 27, 2005 08:57 pm

The problem will almost certianly be related to the fact you are pluggin in a MIC with no preamp.

There wont be any preamp to speak of in the internal card (probs an AC97 chip) which has no pre at all.

Thereofre, you need to boost the signal by uisng a preamp or mixer or something to bring the level of the MIC up.



Since: Aug 17, 2004

May 27, 2005 09:04 pm

My first EVER band recording was on a AC97 sound card, you should have no problem plugging a dynamic in to it. Youve got the adapter, have you checked the sound card settings to make sure its not muted?

Maybe your mics a condensor? If it is then you'll need phantom power, with a solution being what coco mentioned above.

Other than that, if it never ends up working, send the mic to me!


Since: Jan 12, 2004

May 27, 2005 09:18 pm

I also had an AC97 and it wont boost the signal to the volume level you need as it has no preamp.

Therefore, at best you'll have a weak signal which will be noisey. You may be able to normalise it but you wont get the volume you need for any serious (or even decent) recording.

Solution is to get a pre and fight wiht the latency of the ac97 (if it is that of course) or to get a proper sound card.

good luck to ya.

Sanders - nice try for the mic :-) !

Since: Feb 07, 2005

May 27, 2005 09:24 pm

...but wouldn't you hear "something" even without a pre amp?

Since: Jan 12, 2004

May 27, 2005 09:27 pm

Aye, ye would for sure which is a side-note my point I guess...I should say, you should check the internal sound card sound volumes etc (Windows sound module) which may be accessible on your task tray or more likely, control panels.

Ensure its turned up fulll so you can hear it.

THEN, you'll hit the probs I mentioned!

sorry, good point Beerhunter.



Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 27, 2005 10:59 pm

Just FYI, AC97 isn't a "sound card" it's a standard that many cards use...basically it's like saying I have a "tube amp" or a "solid state amp", it's not a brand or model, it's a standard...and a poor one at that.

Since: Jun 02, 2005

Jun 02, 2005 10:47 am

i got a question...whats tha difference between a condisor mic and a "regular mic"

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Jun 02, 2005 12:12 pm

there is no such thing as a "regular mic"

Each mic is different. Search around the forum a bit and you will find many threads going over the difference between condensors and dynamics.

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