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What's this mic buzzing?


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I have a mic plugged into iMic plugged into a USB. It records fine, but if it's quiet on the track, i.e. just vocals, I can hear a faint buzz. Is there any way to get rid of that?
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if you are recording with garageband you can noise gate it.

It works, but it's not perfect.

The more expensive but better solution is a power conditioner for your computer. Like a Furman or the like.
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if you are recording with garageband you can noise gate it.

It works, but it's not perfect.

The more expensive but better solution is a power conditioner for your computer. Like a Furman or the like.
Is that accessible by going to Effects > Gate? That works with some instruments, but not vocals really. It cuts out too much. Thanks for your help, though.
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You may also want to try one of the vocal presets such as "iSight Noisy" or "Male/Female Radio Noisy"
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You may also want to try one of the vocal presets such as "iSight Noisy" or "Male/Female Radio Noisy"
How do I access those?
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Thats how I see them.

Add an instrument, select Podcasting, select a "noisy" one.

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Are you using a USB hub? That could be the problem. Griffen used to make (maybe still does, it's been years since I got mine) a USB Audio Hub (MODEL NO UH-124Z) that supposedly is designed for using with USB mics and the like.
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Great recommendation on the Male Radio Noisy setting. It didn't fix this problem, but it'll help me in the future.

As for this buzzing, it started recently -- months after successful recording with the same iTrip set-up. I can temporarily fix it if I switch USB ports, but I can only record three takes maximum before it starts sounding crappy again.

I've included a sample MP3 of what it sounds like here: http://makeoutmusic.knoxware.org/mak...mic%20test.mp3

It's not a buzz so much as it is a constant static associated with vocals/instruments.
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That's definitely something with the mic itself. Perhaps try unplugging the mic and rebooting, then replug in a different port?
That actually sounds like the mic could be broken...
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That's definitely something with the mic itself. Perhaps try unplugging the mic and rebooting, then replug in a different port?
That actually sounds like the mic could be broken...
Ugh. Can you recommend any mics I can get off eBay for $50-$75 to record basic vocals and acoustic guitar? I need USB or one that can run through iMic.
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