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Fast Track M-Audio Problems?

578 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2006 3:29 PM by ellie dexter RSS
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Jun 28, 2006 7:48 PM
When I record a real instrument track for female vocal using a few effects and my SM58 the recording cuts out, pops, etc.
The vocals sound low and weak. Do I need additional hardware for this mic?
I have correctly set my input/output through preferences, the interface is set at mono.
Help?
Thanks.
Ellie D.
G-%, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Jun 28, 2006 8:32 PM (in response to ellie dexter)
    Try recording without effects, wiggle the mic cord around to see if it's quiet, make sure the gain is turned up on the fast track, don't plug the fast tracks into usb hub. And make sure you have the latest drivers and your system preferences > sound are set right.
    Dual 867 MDD / 12" powerbook , Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • porcupine Calculating status...
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    Jun 29, 2006 6:41 AM (in response to ellie dexter)
    I don't know about the pops, etc., but I do know that I have to use a preamp before my FastTrack USB to get a decent mic level. I use a Joe Meek ThreeQ.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Jun 29, 2006 5:53 PM (in response to ellie dexter)
    I sold my Fast track about a year ago but I remember I was able to use a 58 with no problems. If you go to system preferences > Sound > input , does it let you adjust the volume?
    Dual 867 MDD / 12" powerbook , Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • ginnboonmiller Calculating status...
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    Jun 30, 2006 9:21 AM (in response to ellie dexter)
    Check the obvious before you complicate things -- is the line/mic selector on the back of the Fast Track set for mic? From the problems, it sounds to me like you have it set for line and you're compensating by cranking the Input level.
    Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
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    Jul 9, 2006 11:55 AM (in response to ellie dexter)
    Even the condenser mic with the battery boost


    Just so you know, the battery doesn't "boost" the signal, really. A condenser requires power to operate, either from a battery or a Phantom Power supply.
  • Cory Cooper Level 4 Level 4 (3,495 points)
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    Jul 9, 2006 4:02 PM (in response to ellie dexter)
    And, the SM58 is a dynamic mic, not a condenser...no phantom power needed.
    VT 2x2GHz G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 4GB RAM; ATI 9800 Pro SE; 22" Cinema

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