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AT2020 XLR microphone (non USB) with Asus essence ST

post #1 of 9
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Hi there, by accident bought AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone which is NOT USB for   as i though it will be usb. (its stupid to give same name for different product!)

So is it possible to hook up some how without pre-amp this mic? I thought Essence ST have 6.5 mm microphone socket and will be able to power this mic. 

So can i buy some cheap usb xlr interface? I do have Nad 352 integrated amp, any possibilities? :) (sorry i`m newbie)

Or simplest way would be - return this one and buy USB version?

Any advice is welcome.

 

P.S. mic is for my wife karaoke :)


Edited by Artcheezzz - 4/11/13 at 5:38pm
post #2 of 9

The thing about condenser mics is they need to be powered. So basically whatever you plug it into will need to be capable of providing 48V of phantom power to it. Your integrated amp most likely wont do this, neither will your Essence ST. If you want to use it you will need to buy a USB audio interface with phantom power capabilities. These can be pretty cheap. Something like this http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlett2i2/ would be more than suitable. If you don't want to spend an extra $100-$200 though I'd recommend returning it and getting the USB version. 

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks fraseyboy.  What about good mic into 6.5mm jack for Essence ST? Why it does have 6.5mm for microphone at all when :)

because i want use the mic for some gaming with sound card effects and for some recording as well. So this mic basically is too good and expensive for my needs.

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would that will do the job, what i need? http://www.gear4music.com/Recording-and-Computers/Behringer-PS400-Phantom-Power-Supply/794?origin=product-ads&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Product+Listing+Ads&utm_content=stOYUCrNx_pcrid_28538652799_plid__kword__match__

 

Behringer PS400 Phantom Power Supply

simply power the mic. So from sound card, to this power supply, and out to mic? I think it would be cheapest and quickest way to do?


Edited by Artcheezzz - 4/14/13 at 8:32am
post #5 of 9

That 6.5mm microphone jack is for microphones which don't need power. Any dynamic microphone will do, condenser microphones will not. 

 

Actually yeah, that little unit would work too for supplying power. You'd plug the mic into the input on that and then plug mic thru into your Essence ST's mic jack.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
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You'd plug the mic into the input on that and then plug mic thru into your Essence ST's mic jack.

I thought that Essence ST >>> when input >>> and thru (out) then? no? That`s how i bought cables to connect all together ;/

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

you right. stupid me.

 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

So connected everything, Asus Essence ST conntected with 6.35 mono jack to xlr >>> ps400>>> xlr to xlr cable to AT2020 mic.

but have an issue: only in one ear i can hear myself via microphone. 

Is that because cables are MONO? I have bought wrong ones before, plus bought now these, and i need another cables? lol

Is that problem in cables?

Please help, advice.

post #9 of 9

The AT2020 is itself a mono microphone (as are most microphones) so it doesn't matter if you have a stereo cable, it'd still be mono. Make sure you have the microphone input set to mono on whatever you use to record and it should distribute it over both channels. 

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