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Thread Basic vocal micing q

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1 Basic vocal micing q
Hi, reasonably simple question which requires a simple answer...i hope.

I am running an SM-58 into a Motu Ultralite which is connected by firewire to my G4. I am recording spoken vocals into bias peak and only require a dry signal as all the effects will be applied after recording.

My problem is that the levels i am getting are very low, even with the trim on the channel set at +24dB it barely tickles the signal meter. I know i don't need phantom power on the channel since it's a dynamic mic. Apparently the pad switch on the Motu can add up to an extra 36dB to the signal but this isn't having any effect.

At the moment i have the shure connected via TRS into the combo jack input but would the lower impedance of an XLR connector make any difference?

Do i need to pay close attention to the bit depth, sampling rate and clock source settings? What about balanced/unbalanced (clear that up?) there is only one insulating ring on the TRS connector so does that mean it is a mono jack. is this XLR to TRS cable even a suitable microphone cable...

I'm sure there are some obvious solutions but any help will be greatly appreciated

thanks in advance
tim
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Hmmmm, normally that's what preamps are for, to boost your level, amongst other things.

also, i have a silly question: are you sure the mic works? :oops: have you tried it with other stuff?
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The mic works perfectly through other mixers.

i'm off to buy an xlr-xlr cable and will give that a go
4
The xlr - xlr cable got me the extra signal i needed.

apparently the jacks are for guitar signals not microphones
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Yes, exactly!

And just for you to know, the "Pad" switch only lowers the gain trim( for use with very sensitive microphones on loud sources), it does not add any gain.