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DJ Dowling
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2001 - 9:00 am:   

Greetings All,

I could use some help, I have a Shure (Realistic) highball pro style mic,
also a 4 Channel sound mixer my mic hooks into there and the mixer hooks
into my soundblaster mic input my soundcard is a soundblaster live. My
problem is I get a lot of hissing in there, I need to know how to filter it
all out or get rid of it etc... because I need my vocal cd quality. Can
anyone help or email me with help

I am signed with Criminal Records and I am working on a cd and I will put
your name in the CD with a credit. Anyways looking forward to a solution,

-DJ Dowling-
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2001 - 11:31 am:   

You are dealing with both the analog and digital domains. Deal with the analog first.

Make sure that the mic and the mixer are a good match. I am assuming that the mic is dynamic (does not require a power source such as a battery or a phantom power supply). If this is the case you may need to boost the output of the mic to better interface with the card. Generally speaking mixers, especially low quality, low priced units do not provide mic pre-amp capabilities. Low outputs (mic) with cranked up input controls (soundcard) leave you with a high noise floor (hiss).

If mic is electret (requiring a power supply) output volume should not be an issue but impedance is. Check again that the mixer is reasonably close match to the input impedance of the mixer.

Filtering and other general manipulation of the incoming signal is in the digital domain and is largely controlled by the software you are using. May I suggest CoolEdit Pro? Best multi track recording and editing software I've seen yet!

Finally I am also assuming that that SBLive is configured properly. Ensure that device settings for input and playback are set (SBLive Wave In (DC00) and SBLive Wave Out (DC00).
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 12:46 am:   

can i use normal speakers for my pc
that is i will take output from cpu and amplify it
will it effect my sound card

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