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Rode PodMic - No volume!
Old 6th August 2020
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Rode PodMic - No volume!

Hi, all.

So I'm both a musician and I also do voiceover narration. I've recently switched from using my singing mic (a condenser) to a Rode PodMic.

I get no volume on this thing unless I crank the gain on my interface all the way up, which results in a terrible electrical hiss and the volume is still not even as loud as I need it to be. Has anyone else had this issue with the PodMic?

My signal chain is PodMic > PreSonus Audio Box > MacBook Pro. If I leave the Mac unplugged and run on batter, it does reduce the hiss a little, but not by much.

I am considering adding a McBoost. Would this perhaps solve the problem so that I don't have to turn the interface gain up so high? The hiss isn't there if the gain is just set to a middling volume.
Old 6th August 2020
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There is something defect in your signal chain or you make a mistake. What kind of cable do you use? If it is not XLR-XLR the interface expects a hz-input signal like from a guitar. This could explain the low volume. The mic isn't supposed to sound like this and the interface should have enough gain. Don't buy a McBoost or anything at all. There is something broken or your configuration is wrong.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SymphoniCat ➡️
Hi, all.

So I'm both a musician and I also do voiceover narration. I've recently switched from using my singing mic (a condenser) to a Rode PodMic.

I get no volume on this thing unless I crank the gain on my interface all the way up, which results in a terrible electrical hiss and the volume is still not even as loud as I need it to be. Has anyone else had this issue with the PodMic?

My signal chain is PodMic > PreSonus Audio Box > MacBook Pro. If I leave the Mac unplugged and run on batter, it does reduce the hiss a little, but not by much.

I am considering adding a McBoost. Would this perhaps solve the problem so that I don't have to turn the interface gain up so high? The hiss isn't there if the gain is just set to a middling volume.
https://ledgernote.com/blog/q-and-a/...caster-levels/

here some good advices, the Rode PodMic has a low output level!
Old 2 weeks ago | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Mundano ➡️
https://ledgernote.com/blog/q-and-a/...caster-levels/

here some good advices, the Rode PodMic has a low output level!
Darn, I was thinking about getting a used PodMic for podcasting/videoconferencing with my MOTU M2 but maybe there are better options?
Old 1 week ago
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Um... The McBoost seems like a very expensive add - on to your setup.. Wouldn't adding an inline microphone preamp be enough? There are plenty of choices out there:

Like the MICA
Or Cloudlifter

But perhaps these won't do the trick?
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