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So this is my first time trying to record and I'm pretty much have no idea what I'm doing. I'm starting with a small budget just to get the feel of things and to understand how it all works before I blow the bank on something I'd really like, but I can't get any kind of signal from my microphone. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, I honestly just followed what Amazon told me what to buy and how to set up, but if anyone could throw some tips on what's up I'd really appreciate it!
My microphone: https://www.amazon.com/Floureon-BM-800-Condenser-Recording-Microphone/dp/B00Q4RGQHY
Power source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KAPGLQC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Sound card (I'm using a usb sound adapter): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm thinking it's the sound card, but I'm not sure. Thanks in advance for any help!
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How did you even connect those? The microphone has an XLR output but the sound card does not...
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Originally Posted by mott555 View Post

How did you even connect those? The microphone has an XLR output but the sound card does not...

MIc comes with an XLR to 3.5mm cable, he likely used that.

Simple stuff first, is your recording device set to the sound card? It might be set to onboard.
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I've set it as the default recording device, if that's what you mean. But it's all gray bars, no green.
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I've set it as the default recording device, if that's what you mean. But it's all gray bars, no green.

All XLR connections secured? none mixed up? Phantom power supply operational and powered on? mic receiving power? Is there any other mic input you can try?

I use an ECM-CS3 with the same sound card and not a single issue over here so...
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Everything seems to be connected and set up fine. All plugs connected. LED lights on. I only have USB ports so no jack for the MIC, is there any other way if I can tell for sure that it's receiving power?
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Everything seems to be connected and set up fine. All plugs connected. LED lights on. I only have USB ports so no jack for the MIC, is there any other way if I can tell for sure that it's receiving power?

Try plugging that mic directly into the sound card. The sound card should give you enough voltage to get a signal
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Try plugging that mic directly into the sound card. The sound card should give you enough voltage to get a signal

Still nothing, you think they gave me a busted mic?
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Still nothing, you think they gave me a busted mic?

Only way to know for sure is to test a known working mic on the soundcard, or the mic on a known working soundcard.
Question though, what are you intending to record with this?
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