Gideon26 wrote: ef37a wrote: Sam Spoons wrote:
Have you switched phantom power on? It's the switch marked +48V on the back. Can you play anything back through the interface? Can you play something from Garage Band through the interface (a virtual instrument maybe)?
edit :- welcome to the forum BTW
Now, I say this with the greatest respect..You have bought an XLR to XLR microphone cable?
I ask because the BM-800 (had 2) does not come with one, it comes with an XLR to 3.5mm (1/8th inch) stereo jack plug. That will not work with the Behringer interface.
You should however be able to prove the mic out by using the supplied cable on the mac. I am sorry but I am not familiar with the mac's sound setup but many here will be.
Yes. I have an XLR female to XLR male. (from my mic to the input on the interface.) I also have on on my mic boom arm (whatever you call it
I used the mic (with a small power box that came with the set, I have the excelvan BM-800 kareoke set.) a week or two ago and it was fine, but it seems to have trouble with the UMC404.
I cannot find any information on that kareoke set but I suspect it uses the computer's low voltage supply for the microphone, possibly via USB?
If that is the case that leaves three other possibilities. The UMC is not putting out 48V. Unlikely even for a Behringer! The XLR-XLR cable is faulty or the phantom power circuit in the mic is faulty and of the three I would say the last is the most likely.
The BM-800 and related mics ARE remarkable value and quite well made. My two also work well, not as sensitve as my Sontronics LDC but some 10dB hotter than an SM57. They also work ok on 48V or via a laptop jack (and I think are a better bet than many USB mics)
However, the forum pages were rife with other people having problems with the mics. Low levels, no level, noise. The QC it seems is not at all good and so it is very likely IMO that yours is faulty.
Do you own a digital multimeter? If not I strongly urge you to get one. Something around £20/$20 is easily good enough. Thus equipped you can test the cable for continuity and for the presence of 48V.
Or, the BM-800s are SO cheap you could just order another one (just the mic) and use that to test the system and proceed from the results obtained?