This question, I know, has come up many times before, with many other users. I have read some of the threads, but was hoping someone could help me to reduce the background noise from MY system. I will provide as much info. as possible:
-The only problem I am experieriencing is with background noise through my mic.
-I am using a Marshall MXL 2003 condenser mic into a Behringer MX602A mixer
-My computer is a safe distance away, and is covered with towels while recording (to reduce noise)
I use a gate for vocals when I record, but that still does not get rid of the background noise. This is very apparent if you listen closely (ie. with headphones) to the tracks Running Away and Beginning Of The Road by Travis Reid:
I figure the problem is "possibly" due to crappy mic cables, but before getting new ones, I thought I'd try some other stuff.
-Microphone: my mic has a -10dB setting. Should I use this? Or will I lose quality
-Mixer: each channel has a volume level and a gain level. Should I be leaving the gain levels low (or even zero) when recording vocals? Is there an optimum, or standard gain level when using a condensor mic for vocals?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.