My system consists of the following elements
Dell microtower dx2400, Intel Pentium Dual Core processor E5200 @ 2.5 gHz w/ 3GB Mem
Windows XP SP3
Rode NT2-A Mic w/ shock mount and pop filter
Studio Projects VTB1 Pre-Amp
Tascam US-366 Audio Interface
Sennheiser HD-380 Headphones
The Mic is connected by a Rode XLR cable to mic in on the back of the pre-amp. The pre-amp is connected by XLR cable from the balanced out XLR on the back of the pre-amp into the front input 1 XLR jack of the Audio Interface which is connected to the the computer by USB cable into a USB 2.0 port.
The settings on the mic - Cardioid, High Pass and PAD set to zero. Pre-Amp settings are - phantom power on, input gain set to 20, output gain set to 0, high pass on, meter to input, tube - 0. The AI set to mic, input gain at 12:00, mono mix set to input, mode set to multi track.
Audacity settings - Audio Host to Windows Direct Sound, Recording Device to Tascam US-366, Recording channels to 1, and Playback Device to Realtek HD Audio output. I have made no changes in Preferences. They are as installed.
I’m having the following problems:
I have no idea if my pre-amp and AI are set up properly
I have extremely low recording volume with a pronounced hum
I can only hear what I’ve recorded by attaching speakers to the speaker input on the computer
I could hear through the headphones attached to the AI when I had the Audacity playback device set to the Tascam unit, but this caused an odd situation where moving the recording slider muted the audio output in Windows and if I unmuted Windows the Recording Volume slider reset to 0.
I know this is a lot, but if someone could give me a push in the right direction it would be much appreciated.