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Using Helix mic for vocals barely audible through headphones

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Has anyone else tried to use the mic input on the Helix for vocals? When using just headphones, are you able to hear anything without turning the mic gain way up (which causes distortion) as well as the headphones volume?

 

I've tried with a few different mics of varying types and nothing really helps (SM57, Neumann TLM102 w/phantom power turned on).

 

I tried the template for guitar and vocals and I notice the same issue there. 

 

Its just entirely too quiet. Forget about hearing any sort of vocal if you are playing a guitar/bass at the same time.

 

Am I the only one encountering this volume issue with the mic input?

 

Thanks!

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Did you use the mic preamp block ?

Yes. Didn't seem to help with volume issue.

 

I tried the guitar + vocal template as well, which has the pre-amp block. Same sort of issue.

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I've found a couple of times, if I plug in a mic when the Helix is on, things don't quite work. Power cycle the unit with the mic plugged in and it works like a charm.

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I've had no issues with no preamp block at all just straight in with a bit of reverb but I did have to give the gain a bit of a crank

I'm using an Audio Texhnica

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I've had no issues using a dual input guitar and vocal patch. Plenty of mic volume.

 

I know you've tried different mics. Have you also tested the cable?

 

 

Can you post your patch and we can try it on our devices?

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Thanks for the replies everybody.

 

After further investigation, It looks like I just needed to add a noise gate to the chain to get rid of the extra noise created by pumping up the gain (in global settings I set it about 40db). My patch's mic preamp had the gain at 5 and level at 10. 

 

I guess I'm just used to a better mic pre with a lower noise floor.

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