Are you having troubles making your guitar and vocals louder? Or even getting any signal at all?
When I first started, I had an Audio Interface that was horrible, it would not pick up my vocals very well. It was the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. But after I eventually got something to help improve the loudness of my vocals, and get a better, cleaner, louder signal. The solution, Get a Pre-Amp.
Pre-Amps can be very expensive and pricey, easily into the $1000′s. But this one here is only like $50-70. It allows you to turn up the Input volume, so what you are putting in, then the Output volume, which is going out to program pretty much. This allows you to have much more control in how loud/quiet you want your microphone/instrument to be.
It has a couple different settings on the bottom. It has Phantom Power, which is the +48V which is for Condenser Microphones. A 20dB Pad, in case you have a very HOT signal, meaning that even if your volume is set very low, it’s still picking it up pretty loud. You just push in the button, and it will give you much more control when it comes to adjusting volumes.
The low cut will cut the LOW frequencies to the vocals/guitar etc. And then Phase Reverse in case you are let’s say recording 2 microphones and it takes a little longer for the sound to get to one microphone than the other, they could be out of phase and “cancel” each other out, so you reverse the phase and fix the problem!
It also has a couple different settings for you if you are using a guitar, bass, vocals, keyboard etc.
And this is the back of the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200. You have to power this with the power adapter they give you with is a 9v power adapter. So from your Audio Interface you plug into the Output of the picture above. Then from the Input it will go to your microphone. If you are using a dynamic microphone all you do is just adjust the volume and you are good to go.
If you are using a condenser microphone you have to turn on the Phantom Power in order for your mic to work. And then same thing, just adjust your volumes.
This thing has been a BIG help in order to produce real vocals that you can hear clear, loud, and have total control over. If you have the money, I would recommend going for a better quality cause it will help you get a better “Cleaner” signal.
Very happy that it makes my microphone works solid and that I am able to have total control over them. Behringer has not been a brand that I would personally purchase, but it was a cheap way out to get louder vocals. Even though I say I would not purchase Behringer.. it fixed my problem with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro totally.