Focusrite Scarlett 2nd Generation
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Scarlet 18i20 - Inputs with drumming mics audio sound issue


Ron Deangelis

Ron Deangelis
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1 Posted on 10/30/2020 at 09:19:57
I have mics connected to all 8 inputs using XLR cables.

inputs 1 thru 4 - Condenser mics : phantom power turn on
Input 5 snare drum Shure SM57
Input 6 kick drum Shure Beta-58
Input 7 snare drum Shure SM57
Input 8 kick drum Shure Beta-58

I"m only using really 4 mics between 2 drumkits: 2 condensers, 1 snare, 1 kick.

I just use the existing 4 mics to whichever kit i'm using with the cables already attached to the audio interface. For example
kit1 - inputs 1, 2, 5, 6
kit2 - inputs 3, 4, 7, 8

My problem:

Inputs 1 and 2 are picking up the mics kit as expected. But the snare and kick are not. the weird thing is I"m watching the indicator panel and see the display moving when tapping the other inputs connected to the other mics, but no audio is coming through.

Testing further, I'll disconnect the inputs 1 and 2 to make sure they are not picking up the snare and kick. Tapping the snare and kick mics and playing the kit, the snare and kick mics display indicators are moving as expected, but no difference in sound quality?

Cables have been checked out and working without issue.

This all started when i realized using the other inputs 3, 4, 7, 8 where moving on the display panel but getting no difference is sound pickup playing the kit. The condensers are very sensitive. I moved them over to inputs 3 and 4. Tapping o them pr placing the kit did not produce any noticible sound quality, just display indicator movement.

I did have the output 1-2 plugged into my mixer, with phone plugged in the mixer. I also disconnected outputs 1-2, and plugged my phones into the audio interface and have same output result.

Hope this wasn't too confusing.
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