View Full Version : Mic and recorder compatibility problem

03-04-2010, 02:30 AM
So I've been trying to get started recording. I got a a portable recorder (M-Audio Microtrack II (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MicroTrackII.html)) that I've been using for practicing sessions but I wanted a better microphone than the one it comes with, so I made a thread and did my debating and I eventually decided on the MXL 990 (http://www.mxlmics.com/products/900_series/990/990.html). It uses phantom power, but the microtrack has 48v phantom power so I thought I'd be alright.

But it looks like I screwed up. The microtrack has two 1/4" jacks and a 1/8" jack. The MXL 990 is XLR, and the documentation for it says, "You must use an XLR cable. An XLR cable uses a 3-pin connector on both ends of the cable. Phantom power will not work with a cable that has an XLR connector on one end and a quarter-inch phone plug connector on the other end."

I did not know this before I bought it and I don't have a cable (or a mic stand, I'm sort of doing this in tiny little steps) to check it with. Should I:

1) Buy an XLR to TRS cable and see if it will work anyway
2) See if I can return the microphone and get a different one with the right type of jack
3) Get a preamp of some kind (I know nothing about these) to use with the microtrack ii or possibly to replace it


Whatever I get has to be portable. The good news is that I've got an Axiom 49 to pick up tomorrow and that will hopefully work.

03-04-2010, 10:12 AM
Go with option 1. XLR and TRS use the same signal, so it should work perfectly if the unit indeed puts out 48v.

03-04-2010, 05:55 PM
That's what I thought, but I was confused when the docs said otherwise. But regardless, getting the cable is the cheapest option and I'll need one eventually anyway.

03-25-2010, 02:50 AM
The XLR to 1/4" cable does not work with the microphone.

Should I get a preamp of some kind, or something like this thing?