Mic Problems Solved

As you know I have recently attempted using a new mic for my sound quality. It didn’t come out as I had hoped it would and I found out why.

Now, when I bought it, nothing in the description said anything about the specs regarding the connections or cords. It came with a USB power supply adapter for the Blue Icicle “plug and play”, and a 3.5mm jack for the neewer power supply box.

I thought, “Sweet! Just hook it up and ready to go!”

I was wrong. Turns out, it is not that simple. And I have done hours of research learning all I could about properly hooking it all up. And all the youtubers and blogs made it sound like it was simple. It’s not!

Alright, so as you may have noticed I kept getting these crackling/popping noises each time I spoke. It was really irritating me and I thought maybe over editing and slowing down my speech would help. Did not help.

I reached out to Rockville about the Mic and they said maybe it was faulty, and tried pressuring me into buying a new mic from them without even offering the return of this one. But I knew it wasn’t the Mic. Especially since their website claims “rigourous testing before sale to ensure quality”. Right?

I did a bit more digging and found out that the sound wave showed drop outs during the times of the crackles and pops. So I looked up what could cause dropouts. All I could find were “tech junkies” using tech jargon that literally has zero to do with what I am facing. And then they keep explaining power conversions and physics and what not. Like, use layman terms!! Nothing was helpful except this:

Kevin Goetz a youtuber posted a video 2 years ago about clicks and pops. And he explained how condenser mics use 2.0 USB drives. And they WILL NOT WORK with 3.1 USB ports.

Turns out, my ports are all 3.1, one designed specifically for a controller connection, and my jack port is only designed for TRRS jacks. Condenser mic power supplies come with a TRS connection. Basically, I need to get some extra parts for proper conversion. Until then Ill return to my other mic and try and make it a tad better. Just for the mean time.

But if you are having the same issues at all, I strongly recommend watching his video Here. And he doesn’t go into full tech genius mode either! Enjoy!

Tip: USB 2.0 Drives are Black or White on the inside. USB 3.1 Drives are Blue on the inside.

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