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How To Connect an XLR Mic to Computer for Beginners


WARNING: I no longer recommend using a USB soundcard to connect a microphone to your computer. It has become too unreliable due to manufacturers altering the components used in their products as well as alterations to operating systems causing additional problems. The only method of connecting a microphone to your computer that I recommend is with a USB AUDIO INTERFACE that is designed specifically for that use case.

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  1. Alyx Zandera says

    Do I need to use the USB sound card if I have the phantom power supply and a xlr to 3.5 mm?

  2. CallMeGuano says

    i have an xlr and a 3.5mm but don't have a separate soundcard its inside my PC and it doesn't connect for some reason

  3. Kaulik Dey says

    Which mic should I use with Scarlett solo 3rd gen??

  4. Neko Murasaki says

    maaaaaaaaan, thanks a loooooooot <3

  5. YourDM says

    Does this work with an shure sv 100 or any other mic?

  6. Brithanie Martinez says

    Super clear and helpful! Thank you so much

  7. Lawrence GT says

    There's a simple method missing. I use a 3.5mm headset splitter cable that splits out a 3.5mm socket on my PC and Android tablets to separate 3.5mm headphone and mic sockets. I then just use an XLR to 3.5mm adaptor on my mic lead to plug my Shure Super 55 into either my pc or Android tablet.

  8. Elvis Abreu says

    How I can say?
    I'm just love you dude!

  9. Okay so… what should I buy instead according to your description?

  10. Tyler Pang says

    Can you use a schitt fulla 2?

  11. tiotito31 says

    What's funny is whatever you're using when talking to the camera on screen sounds really good, but when you switched the audio to the microphone audio settings on the Mac, the audio (while still fine) didn't sound as high quality. Why is that?

  12. Angely Alfaro says

    Omg finally a good video about this ?? thank you so much ??

  13. shyamsundar says

    cant you just connect the xlr to 3.5mm directly to pc using the microphone port.

  14. PsyTales says

    Thank you. You were a great help! I have a question: How do I connect a XLR Mic to a Android? My Mic is dynamic and I have XLR-p2 cable. (It works in one cellphone, and another cellphones don't work and I don't know why)

  15. IanGeorge88 says

    I have a bm-700 mic works perfectly well with my laptop .On my HP desktop the hiss is very high. I am using a xlr to 3.5mm adapter. Any ideas how I can get rid of the hiss directly -not via post processing. As on my laptop I never had to do anything with the same mic setup. Thanks.

  16. JDStinner says

    What is the mic setup you are using in the video in the parts where you are shown? Its so crisp and no background hiss.

  17. Gorilla Gaming says

    I have a microphone but not anything else

  18. i got a condenser mic, with an XLR to 3.5mm with a sound card, went to my input settings and tried… nothing happened. its not working. Does that means i need a phantom power supply mandatory to use this one?

  19. Living TECH says

    Would you please tell us which mic you used for this video? Unless I wasn't listening well enough, the audio setup for your video is superior to the setups you reviewed. Maybe it was just the room or positioning though, not sure. Thank you.

  20. yomarcelojeje says

    Thank you! I was going to subscribe to your channel, but then I realized I already was

  21. binshad dygen says

    After a hundreds of videos confusing how to use phantom power individually or with interface or I don't know the interface is already phantom powered or with a mixer my final assignments were done or should I use a plug and play condenser microphone TOTAL confusion….. WITH THIS ONE SINGLE VIDEOS MY TOTAL DOUBTS GOT VANISHED….. LOOKING FOR MORE GOOD VIDEOS LIKE THIS…. THANKS A LOT…

  22. PurpleHaze says

    Can I do the first set up for the AKG P120 microphone? I’ve heard it only works on the phantom power supply?

  23. Jijie Forsythe says

    glad i read the description, i was ready to hit place order on the sound usb sound card!

  24. Thomas Robinson says

    Help. I know this is an old video but it was the only one with a detailed explaination. I have a neewer nw-800 and a neewer phantom power (48V) and I can't seem to get it working. I have one audio jack that I use for my headphones so I bought a sound card adapter for the XLR to 3.5mm jack cable from the mic. I have tried configuring things here and there but I still can't get my mic to work. (btw I am using Windows 10 but don't know if that affects anything)

  25. Corey Garibay says

    Condenser= studio recording= picks up everything.

    Dynamic= concerts, stadiums etc…

  26. Seno Prianto says

    hi @podcastage, I just bought a Shure sm57 dynamic mic, I tried connecting it directly to my computer (iMac) using an XLR to USB cable as your first option, set the Sound Input to USB PnP Sound Device, set the Input Volume to max 100%. But when I talk close to the mic, the recording sound is rough (not clear/good enough) the input level indicators do show very little (~3-5 bars) movements, and if I thump my finger to the mic, the level indicators go to the max bar level set. Should I add a USB sound card too, will it work better, or a USB audio interface is expected to get the best performance?

  27. Enrique says

    Hi my set up is like this:
    BM800->XLR female-male->Yamaha F4 4 channel mixer w/ phantom power- RCA-3.5mm jack -> Line in to my system unit
    BUT i get this LOUD obnoxious buzzing sound when i hook it up to my pc.
    HOWEVER if i dont plug the mixer to the pc everything works fine if i just monitor it directly from the mixer.
    Im having trouble connectingnit to my pc to record my stuff. I suspect the RCA-3.5mm jack is the one thats causing all the buzzing sound. Can anyone help?

  28. CaptainStarDreamer says

    Are there any advantages to using a XLR to USB vs just USB microphone?

  29. chad english says

    First off, this is the best video I have found! You just flipping explain it without all the BS. Thank you~ If you have a moment, I could use some advice or just flat out tell me what to buy. I have purchased and returned so much this year. I currently have Audio-Technica AT2035 mic, RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount, ARCTIS PRO WIRELESS headphones (they have the DAC – if that is what it is), Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers. I do not know how to proceed from this point. I am using the speakers with this old Fiio E07K Andes USB DAC – it works but, ya it works. My PC is pretty nice but I have no soundcard other than what came with ASRock X399 Taichi sTR4 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1/3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard – I just need someone to give me some advice on how to proceed or what to buy or both. I used a Reddit sub and got scammed out of my money. Thank you in advance for any help!!! It took me a good while to save up the $$ for this. I use it for gaming with friends, discord and now work from home. So, I am not trying to record the next white album here. Thanks again.

  30. Liberato Tavárez says

    Funciona para Lenovo?

  31. FULLY SIGS says

    Little did I know I had that mic smh

  32. J No says

    Apparently for Windows 10 USD microphones usually do not work and there's no workaround. So using the 3.5mm microphone port is the only option.

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