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Old 01-24-2016, 04:46 PM   #1
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Hi, I've been recording harsh vocal covers for quite some time now, and I've never had an issue with my microphone. However, I did this on my old Macbook Pro. Recently, I wanted to move my microphone setup to my PC, though every time I check the audio quality, the microphone picks up a heavy amount of static, which gets louder when I speak. Not only this, but the default volume is EXTREMELY quiet. The reason for the static is because I have to turn the microphone boost to +30dB, or else you cant hear me at all.

I've read on many forums that this can be caused by the connection I am using. Currently, i have an ASUS motherboard with a Realtek onboard sound, which can be connected into by a pink 3.5mm jack on the back of my computer. I have read that the 3.5 mm jack is unsuitable for my microphone setup (a CAD GXL3000 which runs into a TASCAM US4x4 that again, runs into the 3.5mm jack) as it is a highly unstable method of connection, and a USB would be better.

However, I cannot connect a USB into my soundcard.

So this is my dilemma:

Should I get a new USB sound card, separate from the motherboard, and plug my TASCAM into that? Should I hook a USB cord from my tascam, and then put it into a female usb to male 3.5 converter which runs into my computer?

Is there a solution I'm missing?

If I left anything out, please ask questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! - a tech newbie
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Any USB type mic doesn't "connect" to your sound card. It will have it's own drivers and show up as a seperate device. The sound card is only used for device directly connected to it.

So you could get a standalone USB mic, or a new sound card (internal or external) which has the port necessary for your mic.
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Ah, alright, I'll try the sound card option. Thanks so much!
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