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    NI Komplete Audio 6 & Audio Technica AT2020 Issue

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    Hey everyone.

    I recently invested into Home Studio Equipment including DAW for Production in music, so my choice for an Audio Interface was the NI Komplete Audio 6. Everything works so far. Headphones (Currently hooked up on it are Pioneer HDJ 1500s, will be replaced by Sennheiser HD650, just mentioning it in case it sucks out power or whatever the case might be) and the sound on it is great, all LEDs are indicating and no Software Errors, the DAW (FL Studio) is also accepting it when I pair it with my Midi Controller (Novation Launchkey 49 MK2). Now though with the Audio Technica AT2020 XLR Version I have a very odd issue. I can't for the life of me get the sound level correct. The gain on the TLR Input 1 (Also tried 2) is on 100% and I have to shout that it registers everything in a NORMAL level. On the other hand, when my wife drops the key DOWNSTAIRS which is around 20 meters away, the microphone registers this tiny sound just as much as if I would hold the microphone on the floor besides it.

    The Phantom Power 48v is on, system volume 100%, I connected the Interface with a 3.0 Hub, without it directly into different USB ports, reinstalled the Driver, disabled every audio device besides the Audio 6, recorded Audio with Audacity and Reaper, both on the same level of Audio, which on top of it is in Mono so I have to fake mirror it over so it's Stereo even though it's a Stereo Microphone...

    What am I doing wrong or is something here defective?

    I'm very glad for any help given upfront.

    Have a good day!

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    Are you talking into the right side of the mic? Are you using an XLR to XLR cable to connect it?

    It is a mono mic so you only need to set up a mono input in your software.
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    By chance ... are you using a laptop with a built-in mic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesperrett View Post
    Are you talking into the right side of the mic? Are you using an XLR to XLR cable to connect it?

    It is a mono mic so you only need to set up a mono input in your software.
    It's connected over xlr from the mic into the tlr socket of the audio 6 with the other xlr end, so yes. I recorded in mono but there is a print around the rim of the microphone that said Stereo. I tried talking into every side except the one facing back which is adjusted towards the backside.
    Last edited by Subfraction; 4 Days Ago at 18:08. Reason: Clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    By chance ... are you using a laptop with a built-in mic?
    No I use a PC with high specs. I7, 32gb RAM and so forth. I have a webcam hooked up but it is disabled in the audio panel of windows and the audio 6 has been made standard.

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    The AT2020 is definitely not a stereo mic. It's a mono cardioid pattern condenser.

    That aside, I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your problem. If the mic is completely insensitive to yelling into it with the preamp gain cranked, then the issue is either that the mic or your preamp are defective or that phantom power is not being delivered to the mic (which would indicate either an issue with the XLR cable or the preamps on your audio interface). But the fact that it is picking up very quiet sounds such as keys being dropped in the next room means that the gain is appropriately set and the mic is functioning properly. To me, that combination of issues sounds like some sort of heavy compression or a limiter is being applied somewhere along the signal chain. Does the KA6 have built-in compression that you've turned on accidentally? And how the hell has Dave not chimed in yet? Shouldn't a mention of the KA6 trigger some sort of bat-signal to him?

    I'd say that it's time for some experimentation. Find another cable, another mic, another interface to swap in and out to isolate the issue. My money is on the cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadpui View Post
    The AT2020 is definitely not a stereo mic. It's a mono cardioid pattern condenser.

    Does the KA6 have built-in compression that you've turned on accidentally? And how the hell has Dave not chimed in yet? Shouldn't a mention of the KA6 trigger some sort of bat-signal to him?

    I'd say that it's time for some experimentation. Find another cable, another mic, another interface to swap in and out to isolate the issue. My money is on the cable.
    My bad with the stereo, I must have had something else on my mind as I mentioned that.

    As far as the compression goes, no. I haven't changed anything in the settings of the KA6, it's factory default so if there is a compression turned on which I can't find in it's interface since it doesn't clearly state compress/limit, then that's not the case. The only thing I tried to fiddle with was the sample rate but I set it back to normal with the reinstalling of the drivers, checked on it if the values were the same afterwards.

    I will try another cable in this case and see if it does anything. Electronics in Brazil are stupidly expensive to just get some and try them out sadly.

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    Grabbing for straws............

    "I recorded in mono but there is a print around the rim of the microphone that said Stereo."
    Is there a really, really remote chance it might be an AT2022 x/y Stereo condenser mic shown below which does have 'Stereo' imprinted near the top.

    "I tried talking into every side except the one facing back which is adjusted towards the backside."
    - This got me wondering if it was an AT2022 when you mentioned "the one facing back which is adjusted towards the backside". I couldn't see how you might 'adjust' an AT2020 or I'm confused .

    "It's connected over xlr from the mic into the tlr socket of the audio 6 with the other xlr end, so yes."
    - 'tlr socket' - I'm not sure what 'tlr' is. The KA6 has a 'combo' jack that accepts XLR and 1/4" plugs, but I've not heard it called 'tlr'.

    If is indeed an AT2022, it very well could cancel out close sounds if connected to just a single input of the interface by XLR, but possibly pick up a far away transient sound such as a key dropping.
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    "Is there a really, really remote chance it might be an AT2022 x/y Stereo condenser mic shown below which does have 'Stereo' imprinted near the top."

    No, there is not. In my post above I already said that it's my bad, I must have seen it somewhere else with the Stereo. It is for sure an AT2020.

    This got me wondering if it was an AT2022 when you mentioned "the one facing back which is adjusted towards the backside". I couldn't see how you might 'adjust' an AT2020 or I'm confused

    I mean I adjusted my Microphone stand which is connected on my desk and the mount on the microphone directly so the print on the AT2020 which says "back" faces directly away from me. I will attach a picture.

    back-jpg

    'tlr socket' - I'm not sure what 'tlr' is. The KA6 has a 'combo' jack that accepts XLR and 1/4" plugs, but I've not heard it called 'tlr'.

    The ones on the front, yes the combo jack that accepts both the plugs you mentioned. I grabbed the manual again and saw a mention of the "TRS" jack for the headphones in there. Thats where I got my words twisted. " 1/4" TRS jack headphone socket..."

    frontka6-jpg

    If is indeed an AT2022, it very well could cancel out close sounds if connected to just a single input of the interface by XLR, but possibly pick up a far away transient sound such as a key dropping.

    It is for sure not, no.
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    The usual steps here: make sure the DAW track you are expecting to be recording on is set to the input where the microphone is plugged in, i.e., #1 MONO, and the level in the DAW for that track is zero, i.e., that software fader is in the default spot. Then, swap cables and swap mics to identify the culprit. Or, change the input to the System if you have a built-in mic on the computer and can test with that to confirm FL Studio settings are correct.

    You might also try using Audacity instead of FL Studio, but I'd want to try another mic and cable as well, even USB.

    Maybe a FL Studio user here can walk through its settings, because I'm not familiar with it.
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