Moderator: Captain Ned
Captain Ned wrote:Your best bet is to get a microphone pre-amp. You can get the gain you need by moving sliders in Windows, but you're constrained by the quality of the op-amps on your soundcard or mobo. Much better to raise the signal to full line-in voltage with a separate box not swimming in the EFI/RFI environment of your computer case.
StefanVonS wrote:Not having any idea about most of this stuff, I googled what phantom power is instead of asking you guys like a newb. It might be the case that the microphones require some phantom power. Any way to tell for sure? Most preamps have built in phantom power supplies, correct? So either way, I'll need to get one.Is it possible that the microphones you have require phantom power? This could be the cause of low-levels when directly input into the computer.
Nowin wrote:Any way to tell for sure?
Captain Ned wrote:Nowin wrote:Any way to tell for sure?
Phantom power mics MUST be wired for XLR plugs. If your mics are 1/4" TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) plugs, they are NOT phantom power mics.