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    I have connected the mixtrack to the pc via usb connection and to an amp (with speakers) via RCA cable. looged into VDJ on pc.

    The mic is now plugged into the mixtrack via the XLR to 1/4" jack cable.

    I have sound from the decks from both speakers and headphones. (headphones plugged into mixtrack).

    i have mic sound from the speakers (not overly loud) but not in the headphones.

    RPJWB

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    I suspect the low level from the mic is due to the XLR-jack adaptor not being the transformer device I showed. I have used similar ones with a dynamic mic, SM57 into the mic inputs of a Teac open reel machine with good results. The transformer gives between 3 times and 10 times "free" boost (that's 10 to 20dB. Might as well start your edjukation!)

    The reason you are not hearing the mic in headphones is I suspect because it is not routed properly, that "que mix" thing. Please note, I have had NO experience with that DJ deck nor any other come to that. I am just R'ingTFM!

    You still have not said if you need the deck?

    Dave.

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    Hmm, I would download that VDJ software but I see it is NCH and they tend to bloat up your PC. I will grab it if absolutely necessary but would rather not.

    Dave.

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    Not really sure of the set up being used, but if plugging into a standard PC's sound card (mic or line input and 3.5mm socket), then the input is not balanced but rather left/right line audio or two x mono unbalanced mics.

    If you plug a single balanced thing (not being specific if it is a mic or balanced line) into this 3.5mm socket the +ve and -ve feeds from the balanced cable will effectively cancel themselves out giving virtually no audio signal.

    This could also be a problem if trying to plug a balanced cable/mic/whatever into an interface that is expecting to see two mono/unbalanced signals.

    Unless you have a phantom power unit already and you know for certain that everything in the chain is single sourced and balanced DO NOT use a condenser mic as you could very easily short out the phantom power supply or worse short out the input of the unit that is accepting the mic. Mic pre-amps in any device do not like to be fed 24/48volts DC into their circuit and you will probably melt the input stage of the unit.

    I personally would recommend buying a small mixer (Behringer has some good cheap units), either a dynamic or condenser mic (if going condenser make sure that the mixer has phantom volts capabilities), new BALANCED XLR mic cables, and have the mixer supplied with ether USB or analogue outputs and if using analogue come out of the mixer's analogue outputs (generally marked as Left or Right Output or Main Left or Right Output) and go into the computer's analogue input. I would suggest getting a cable that has a 3.5mm stereo plug at one end to go into the computer and what ever plugs are needed for the mixer's output at the other --- use the mixer's unbalanced out sockets. I think many of the cheap Behringer mixers are actually unbalanced outputs either on 6.5mm mono jack plugs or RCA plugs.

    This should give you excellent results irrespective of the type of mic (dynamic/condenser) that you use.

    Hope this helps a bit.

    David

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