If you do not turn on 48V when using a condenser mic, you will receive little-to-none signal. The AT2020 just seems to be a fairly quiet mic unless you're right the fuck up on it. If you are able to get significantly closer, you may also find it adds proximity effect. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the audiotechnica community, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. You have more control over the microphone because it’s connected to an interface. What I mean is they’ve already been run through the mixing process and are going to naturally be louder than your recorder vocals that haven’t had any sort of processing on them such as compression or limiting. I’m going to mention the “Mic Mechanic 2,” which I think really deserves some attention when there’s no proper engineer. Today’s standards require great quality vocals, and they need to stand out in the mix, and before you turn up the gain or lower the instrumental first is better to ask, how can you fix your vocals being too quiet? The volume is incredibly too quiet even at almost full gain on the interface. Your vocal recording can be quiet for different reasons. They send the digital signal into your computer. Are expensive, because you need to buy the microphone and the interface. There are some decent ones, but quality-wise you have to realize that if two mics cost about the same and one has a preamp and converters already inside it, the microphone won’t be as good as the non-preamp one. Any ideas on how to amend this? Like many Windows 10 users, the audio recording input signal is too low. To make it work you just need to connect the XLR cable to the microphone and the interface or phantom device, in some cases to activate you will need to hit a button labeled as “phantom power 48v” or simply “48v”. You can take it with you and start recording in any place you want. There are several reasons to explain the lower volume of your recording, the most important factors are: the microphone, the interface(if you use one), the editing and what you want to record(loud or soft vocals). Usually, they are better built and have more quality than USB mics, almost all high range condenser mics have better sound quality than high range USB mic. If you’re struggling to match your vocal level to the level of your beat, the beat maybe something comprised of samples, a lot of samples come mixed. I'm a bot, bleep, bloop. So, rather than trying to match your recording level to your track, you’ll need to temporarily turn down your track or just record with them sounding quieter in the overall mix. Where’s the Microphone Boost? Once you have an interface for your microphone you can upgrade your microphone without having to buy another one, for example, think if you had a USB mic and you want a better quality one, you will have to buy the condenser microphone and the interface. I turned the Icicle all the way up, and made sure the system volume for it is all the way up too. Mics that use their own drivers are immune to this issue. Download from this link. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a boutique pre-amp or anything, but I’ve found with the cheap pre-amps on a lot of cheap mixers, they go from low to clipping, with nothing in-between. Lastly, if your USB microphone doesn’t have its own driver, it can cause problems in windows 10. If you are on Skype or any other VoIP software speaking to your office mates or friends, quiet volume can irritate the user on the other side. AT2020 XLR too quiet! Phantom power is the current that the mic needs to be able to work, as the power supply on your computer. Audio Interface usually comes with an integrated phantom power current, but you don’t need an interface there are devices that only have the phantom power current and are cheaper, however you have less control over the microphone and usually those devices have less signal amplification so they sound quieter than normal audio interface. Compression smooths out that dynamic range and essentially makes the loud stuff quieter and the quieter stuff louder, so that no matter how loud you scream something, it can sound just as loud as the sentence before it when you said something normally. It's the XLR version, and I have a stand : ... Anyways, after I got it back onto the stand and plugged it in, the mic was really quiet.