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So I decided to upgrade from my $7 mic I have been using, but after hooking it up there is a constant electronic buzz. Where is this noise likely coming from?

I got a Behringer XM8500 dynamic mic
-> XLR cable
-> Hi/Low impedence transformer into 1/4"
-> 1/4 to 1/8 adapter
-> 1m 1/8 extension cable to microphone input
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Need to bump this. The electrical buzz was resolved when I actually put in my titanium HD, but now the mic is far too quiet. It was my impression that the transformer would take the place of buying an actual preamp, but I take it this is incorrect?

This stupid mic setup is costing much more than expected, but I might as well spend another $50 on a preamp to get it working.

edit: Another question, the out on the preamp I'm looking at has balanced/unbalanced TRS jacks, but I know soundcards are unbalanced inputs. So, do I want a TS or TRS cable to connect them?

Here are the two cables on monoprice, does it matter that the TS says mono and the TRS says stereo?
6ft Premier Series 1/4inch (TS or Mono Phono) Male to Male 16AWG Audio Cable (Gold Plated)
6ft Premier Series 1/4inch (TRS or Stereo Phono) Male to Male 16AWG Cable (Gold Plated)
Edited by DrGroove - 3/2/11 at 12:02pm
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You need a pre-amp for XLR microphones. That is what is causing your mic to be too low. I know there is quite a few XLR to USB conversion connector like the Shure, Icicle, and MXL but my guess is that they suck pretty bad. They are cheaper for a reason. These devices don't offer fine tuning and high quality components. But I'd just suck it up and get the cheapest device like the Art.

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I ordered an M-Audio Audio buddy


I'll post later about how well it works.
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I know there is quite a few XLR to USB conversion connector like the Shure, Icicle, and MXL but my guess is that they suck pretty bad. They are cheaper for a reason. These devices don't offer fine tuning and high quality components. But I'd just suck it up and get the cheapest device like the Art.

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Excuse me?! The Shure X2U is amazing! It also has the build quality that Shure is know for. In other words, top class. You also do not need any drivers for, it is purely plug-and-play.

You just can't go wrong with it.
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