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#1 Timbers

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 03:17 PM

    So recently purchased my AT2035 and Line 6 UX2. While I have some knowledge of audio interfaces, I find myself a bit lost when it comes to my microphone's specific issue. I have found that the microphone levels are very low and even with a volume boost it sounds rather low quality. 

 

     I have tested my mic with no presets and it sounds very quiet reaching only roughly around -25 db. Attached File  Screenshot_4.png   472.03KB   1 downloads

 

    I have also tested various presets and have found using the default studio vocal preset to be the best; a bit louder, but still very quiet. It may also be important to note that the Mic 1/L Gain is in this position: Attached File  20150822_161018.jpg   109.53KB   0 downloads

 

    Below I have posted screenshots of my UX2 audio interface and have given a small audio sample. The first half of the audio file is with no pre-amps or effects added and the second half contains the default studio vocal preset. I still believe the mic to be too quiet and am at a loss as to what is causing this. Any help is greatly appreciated!

 

 

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 03:56 PM

Do you have the phantom power on the UX2 turned on?


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 05:22 PM

Yes. The +48v button is on and my UX2 level meters are registering my mic. I turned on the DUAL button in Pod Farm and set the second input to "Same as tone A". It is a little better now, but it still comes out pretty quiet.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 05:44 PM

You know, I missed the picture of your gain knob before. Am I missing something or is only at about 10 o'clock? I've found with most condensers, I have to have the gain up above 3 o'clock or ever higher. Do you have the meters on the UX2 set to be pre? If so, you should be able to see what kind of levels you're getting from the mic from just reading them.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:07 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by "set to be pre", but I have my meters set to show input. The meters on the ux2 go up a little more when I put the gain to 3 o'clock and it's a bit louder, still a bit to quiet from what i've seen others experience, but it's not as crisp now. I'm guessing that's just a side affect of raising the gain. 

Attached File  Mic 3 oclock.mp3   164.31KB   17 downloads No effects

Attached File  Mic 3 oclock effects.mp3   173.49KB   14 downloads Studio Vocal Preset

 

Any tips on making it sound a bit cleaner? Perhaps a noise gate or equalizer?

 

Edit: added mic test with Studio vocal preset


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