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I've tried everything but my microphone won't work!

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I've been struggling for months to figure out what's going on with my microphone. I bought it new, it's a Shure, and it works in any other program other than cakewalk, without a hitch. When using cakewalk, i choose my input and when I talk/sing into the mic, there are green bars showing that the mic is actually picking things up, the track is armed, but NOTHING gets recorded.

I'm sure this is something stupid that I've yet missed but I've been through youtube tutorials, forums, and everything and I just want to record some quality audio.

If anyone can help me, please do!

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Is input echo on ?

What kind of Mic is it, USB or XLR-1/4 inch jack ?

And are you running it into an Audio interface or your onboard soundcard ?

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To connect a USB microphone to Cakewalk by BandLab:

1- Connect your device to your machine prior to starting Cakewalk by BandLab

2- Launch Cakewalk by Bandlab

3- Go to Edit > Preferences, or press P when the Start Screen is closed to open the Preferences menu

4- Under Audio > Playback and Recording, set your Driver Mode to ASIO. If your device does not utilize a driver from the manufacturer, try WASAPI Shared (Windows 10), or WDM/KS (Windows 7 or 8)

5- Under Audio > Devices, make sure your device is selected as an Input device. If you’re using the headphone output, also check the Output category

Click Apply and OK to save your changes!

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Some USB mic's are plug and play, others need drivers. Did you install and drivers for the Mic ?

EDIT- the reason I asked about the Audio interface is because you cant use both at the same time under ASIO mode.

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USB mics do not work in ASIO mode because on l they are single endpoint devices. Ie there is no output just an input. since ASIO only supports a single device you must use WASAPI mode to select both an input and output device. Choose WASAPI shared mode and pick both an input and output and it should work. Endure that you pick a sample rate that is supported by both the input and output devices.

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@OP:

If you're going to be recording long-term, I'd suggest getting a dedicated audio interface... and using normal (not USB) microphones.

  • A quality audio interface with proper ASIO drivers makes the whole process more rock-solid
  • You can achieve far lower round-trip latency

Using separate audio interfaces (each on separate digital clocks) can cause timing differences.

 

USB mics are fine for PodCasts... or communication; they're not particularly good for traditional recording.

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3 hours ago, Noel Borthwick said:

USB mics do not work in ASIO mode because on l they are single endpoint devices.

I was going by what I read here

https://help.cakewalk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034700933-Connect-a-USB-Microphone

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Under Audio > Playback and Recording, set your Driver Mode to ASIO. If your device does not utilize a driver from the manufacturer, try WASAPI Shared (Windows 10), or WDM/KS (Windows 7 or 8)

 

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