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Re: buzzing sound in microphone
5/6/2005 1:18 PM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
This could be a few things...as has already been posted.
First and foremost, you said "I am using a fairly cheap, high impedance mike"...this would be my first suspect right there. My first question would be, does this mic buzz when plugged thru other equipment (like a PA amp)? If so, thats your problem, the mic itself. If it's clean thru other equipment, then the next thing I would suggest is try turning off your computer's monitor and see if the buzzing stops. I have this problem with my bass...it picks up my studio PC monitor really bad, so I have to setup my recording, hit record and kill the monitor. Also as was already mentioned, check for flouresant lights in the area.
My second question is how are you hookin the mic into the computer? If your just pluggin the mic right into the sound card, don't! Get a small mixer or something with a decent mic preamp and hook your mic to that then hook that too the computer. Something like those little Behringer mixers for under $100 have both low and high imp inputs as well as very decent mic pre's...that "might" fix your problem without having to get a new mic....although a new mic is definatly a very worthwhile investment either way :-)
If push comes to shove, you may simply have to get a new mic. Most cheapy hi imp mic's are what they are. I have 2 that aren't too bad, but most of them are more for things like dictation into a cassette player where audio quality isn't really a factor. Some of them aren't too bad for the kids to use for Kareoke either, but the majority of them really aren't for any kind of serious audio applications. My advice here is; if your looking for something relatively decent but affordable, check Ebay. No your not going to get a Sennheiser 835 or a Shure SM58 for $20, but you can pickup some pretty decent mic's at -very- good deals. I got a number of CAD MP-10's brand new in the box for $8 a piece and 2 AT headset condensors (used) for $15 as well as a number of other mic deals. I've used all of them on stage and in the studio at one point or other, although for -serious- stuff like vocals and mic'ing acoustic guitars, I still usually use the wife's Sennheiser 835 (incredible mic!).
Okies, hope this helps ya!