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    Mic Preamp needed for Tascam 388?

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    So I picked up a 388, and the only way I can get any signal from a mic input is to run it through one of my M-Audio Audio Buddy preamps. Testing is with a few dynamic mics. Plug them straight into the 388, and I get nothing at all. Run it through the preamp and the signal's good. Is this normal?

    Also, has anyone had issues w/ the Audio Buddy's phantom power? I can only get a faint static blip out of my Sterling Audio condensers when using the Audio Buddy, but they've worked brilliantly when I use them w/ a board that provides phantom power.

    Thanks y'all!

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    No it isn't normal. Describe your signal chain from mic to 388.
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    Dynamic Mic Chain (pre-amp issue)
    Shure Beta 52 > XLR input on 388 (tried all tracks). No signal at all received.

    Shure Beta 52 > XLR input on Audio Buddy (phantom turned off). 1/4" out from Audio Buddy to 1/4" input on 388. The AudioBuddy doesn't have XLR outs. Getting a great signal.

    Condenser Chain (phantom issue)
    Sterling Audio ST33 -> XLR input of M Audio "AudioBuddy"
    AudioBuddy 1/4" out to 1/4" input of 388, track 1 (tried all tracks). Phantom Power is turned on.

    I've tried testing the same chain but going into my Alpha interface into my computer (Cubase). I hear a lot of hiss, I clap into the mic, and when I play it back I can hear an extremely faint signal where I clapped.

    I'm thinking the AudioBuddy's phantom power sucks or is faulty, but I've got two of the same units and I've got the same problem w/ both.

    All mics check out fine elsewhere... just issues w/ the 388 and w/ phantom for my condensers. Thanks for the help.

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    Does the 388 have an input select switch? If yes, what position is it in when a mic is plugged in the XLR jack?
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    I bet that's what it is...the 388 does indeed have an input select switch...

    batterista, up by the TRIM knob you should see a latching switch labeled LINE. Make sure it is in the 'up' position if you want to source the MIC jack, and 'down' to source the LINE jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    I bet that's what it is...the 388 does indeed have an input select switch...

    batterista, up by the TRIM knob you should see a latching switch labeled LINE. Make sure it is in the 'up' position if you want to source the MIC jack, and 'down' to source the LINE jack.
    As one of my early mentors often said,
    "When in doubt, READ!."
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    Thanks. The line input toggle switch is definitely in the right position... "Mic" for when I'm going into the XLR w/ the mic. I switch to "Line" if I'm going in from the preamp to the 1/4" input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batterista View Post
    Thanks. The line input toggle switch is definitely in the right position... "Mic" for when I'm going into the XLR w/ the mic. I switch to "Line" if I'm going in from the preamp to the 1/4" input.
    Does this mean the problem is solved or not?
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    Please do not take this wrong, as you are probably doing the right thing, but......................

    Do you have a manual for the 388?? It can be a bit confusing and the possiblility exists that you have a button pressed/ not pressed or some other minor control related malady that is interrupting yiour signal chain.

    That is to say, operator error.

    I bring this to the table as I have had this strike me in the past, and in fact once purchased a nice 388 dirt dirt cheap because "it didnt record", only to find it worked fine and the seller had no idea how to run it.

    Ths PDF manual is available on line. Search this forum

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    @RRuskin. No, the problem isn't solved.

    @technoplayer. I've recorded in many studios over the years (w/ others as engineers), but I'm definitely a noob w/ home recording...other than some BS stuff on a 4 track. No offense taken, and I'm truly hoping it's user error on my part.

    I've got the original manual (I got the 388 from the original owner). I've gone step by step through the process according to the manual. I was thinking maybe dirty pots, but since the 388 picks up the dynamic mic just fine when I put it through the pre-amp, that doesn't seem to be the issue.

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