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buzzing sound in microphone

Does anyone else get a buzzing sound in the microphone when recording onto the computer?

If so, what do you do to get rid of it?
I am using a fairly cheap, high impedance mike.

Ken
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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/9/2003 7:37 PM

Greg Johnson (2721) wrote:

the only thing i can think of is make sure its not crossing any electrical wires



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10/10/2003 7:14 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I will look into that. Its kind of hard to connect anything to the computer without crossing a wire, or some kind of equipment.

A new mike would be nice, too.

Thanks.



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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

5/2/2005 4:46 PM

Jeff Aldrich (2) wrote:

The buzzing sound seems to me to be a phantom power
issue(48V). Some microphones will work without phantom
power but will have the buzz. It could be a ground loop issue as
well, it's hard to tell, more than likely the phantom power. What
exactly are you recording into, just a computer or Pro Tools?

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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/9/2003 10:15 PM

Tom Woods (2420) wrote:

Ken
It's either not properly grounded or near fluorescent light. A cheap mic is not the way to go. Try for a good upgrade.
Warm Wishes
Tom



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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/10/2003 7:15 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I am lucky enough that I don't have fluorescent lights at home.

A new mic would be nice, too.

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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/10/2003 1:33 AM

Randy Evans (6449) wrote:

Sounds like yer Mic is bad... Can you plug it into an amp and see if it still does the same?? Did you use a adapter to drop the Hi-Z down to 1/4"?? Sometimes these do not pan out. Buzzing is one of 2 things, RF interference(lights,other electrical) or a bad wire in the cord(ground). But like the first post said, get a good mic, a Shure SM 58 works great for recording, Live sound and can be seen on most any televised Live venue...they aint the best but if everybody uses them!?? SM 57s are still used on the Presidential Podium(20 or more years now!!) and they run a hundred bucks with a new cord and mic clip!!



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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/10/2003 7:16 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

A new mic might do it, and would sound better, too.



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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/11/2003 10:29 AM

Randy Evans (6449) wrote:

Keep your old buzzy one around, in case you get a track that needs that ol lo-fi treatment. I have sung through pop cans before to get a funky sound!! I love singing thru a Chorus pedal!!!Thats my Fave!!



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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

10/12/2003 10:00 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I thought I had invented the technique of singing thru a chorus pedal!!! I will keep the old Radio Shack mike.

Anyway, I found my old mic, an Altec Lansing 655A, and opened it up to see if I could repair it. Last time I tried it , no sound.
I cleaned it up some, tried (and failed)to get the XLR connector out, cleaned out some rotten foam that was sitting on top of the capsule, and lo and behold it works! I will see how this one performs, so far no buzz from it. This mic has a metal body, so I suspect that helps shield it.

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5/6/2005 1:18 PM

James Walczak (4510) wrote:

Hey Ken,

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!
Bright Blessings,
Jim

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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

5/6/2005 2:40 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

James,

This was an old post!! I have been away from the recording side, money got tight as of late (taxes mostly) so I had to put my guitar building project off another month.

Those Sennheiser mics are great! Several years back I worked as a radio DJ and we used the Sennheisers - all of them sounded great. Have seen pros like Elton John singing into them on TV also.

Have been working on some songwriting, but have not been recording...old Altec was working OK as I recall..

Thanks for the input

Ken

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Re: buzzing sound in microphone

5/8/2005 1:22 PM

James Walczak (4510) wrote:

Hey Ken,
Sorry bout that...bad habbit of mine, I never really look at the posting dates. I guess I assume that if I see it on "the list" that it's usually pretty recent or something.

Yea, Sennheiser's are great mic's! I know Stevie Nick's used to use them pretty exclusivly as well and I even remember seeing them in Pink Floyd's "Live From Pompii". Back when I got my wife her new mic, I was going to get her an SM 58 since my bass player at the time was using one and my regular Pro Audio sales guy (who knows us very well) talked me into trying one of those e835's (which were the same price). My wife and I are both -very- glad he did...that 835 is incredible and aside from my wife using it as her "stage mic" I also use it -a lot- around the studio! Just about the best $100 ya can spend on a mic in my opinion :-) One of these days if/when I get the money, I'd like to get a pair of Senn 421's for down in the studio. I can think of 100's of uses for them! LOL!!!!

Anyways, glad to hear you got things worked out and again, sorry about responding to the old post!

Bright Blessings,
Jim