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    I need help with my mic and preamp!

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    Hey guys!

    I recently just purchased the Studio Porjects B1 mic, as well as the tascam USB-100 preamp (as reccommended by one of the people on this forum for a good quality, cheaper option) and they both just arrived today. I plug in everything to test it all out because I don't have time to record at the moment, and I'm trying to record into audacity, but there's like no sound? Is there something more I need to do then just plug it it all in? I am a total noob and have no idea as to what I'm doing lol, so it'd be appreciated if someone could help me out.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Are you sure you plugged everything in correctly?
    I don't believe that Tascam unit supplies phantom power, which is necessary for the mic you purchased. I could be wrong, but I think that is your problem.

    Also, this statement:
    Quote Originally Posted by Imogene View Post
    I don't have time to record at the moment, and I'm trying to record into audacity
    doesn't make any sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brother rat View Post
    Are you sure you plugged everything in correctly?
    I don't believe that Tascam unit supplies phantom power, which is necessary for the mic you purchased. I could be wrong, but I think that is your problem.

    Also, this statement:

    doesn't make any sense.
    Phantom power? What's that? Is there anything I can do about it?

    Everything is plugged in properly!!

    And sorry, I meant testing it out lol. Just not recording with vocals lol.

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    Phantom power is +48V that is supplied via one of the leads of an XLR cable to the capsule of a condenser microphone. This info is readily available on this forum and elsewhere. I believe that the interface you purchased was not intended to be used as a mic preamp, but to convert other media (cassette tapes, records, etc.) to digital format. Hence, no phantom power.
    You could purchase or build a dedicated unit to supply phantom power to your mic. But that seems like a waste to me.
    In my opinion, a better option would be to return the interface you purchased and get a different one that supplies phantom power. Several online retailers have the Tascam US-800 available for $99 right now. I think that model will either be updated or discontinued soon. I have never personally used one, but several other members here do and it is reported to be a good interface. At that price, for what you get, it's a deal too good to pass up.
    Read the stickies here in the mic forum and you will be less likely to find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

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    A condenser mic needs phantom power.

    Ussually a mixer or preamp has a phantom power on/off switch. This phantom power is then supplied through your XLR cable.

    Your preamp has no phantom power switch, so it will never work.

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    I can't return the preamp, seeing as I bought it from America. I was recommended getting this additionally, what do you guys think?

    Behringer PS400 - Phantom Power Supply - NEW | eBay

    I dont mind spending the extra $35, I just want all this to work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisghost View Post
    A condenser mic needs phantom power.

    Ussually a mixer or preamp has a phantom power on/off switch. This phantom power is then supplied through your XLR cable.

    Your preamp has no phantom power switch, so it will never work.
    Afraid so -- you will need the phantom supply unit that your looking for.

    You should have taken the red pill -- I know that I wish I had.
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    Om nom nom, red pill!!!

    so get the Behringer PS400?

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    Om nom nom -- yes -- or a similar facsimile there of.
    ♫♪♫ I have a fever and the cure is cowbell ♫♪♫ .......... *LIVE FREE OR DIE* .......... ♫ I'm all ears ♫

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    Quote Originally Posted by moresound View Post
    Om nom nom -- yes -- or a similar facsimile there of.
    Yes, yes! Immediately! Get power supply. (I know nothing about the pills)
    Tom

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