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May 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Hello everyone!

I’m completely new to this site, and I never thought I’d be even trying to get advice for this stuff, I’ve usually figured everything out on my own, heh. But everyone here seems way more qualified than I.

I am a gaming commentator, and I consider myself an audiophile-in-training. I take pride in my commentary, both style and sound. I’m currently having an issue with my setup as described in the title.

I have the Shure SM7B sending through a Cloudlifter, then directly into my Steinberg UR242. The issue is that my SM7B clips when I yell/scream, even on the lowest gain setting on the interface. It’s not too big of a deal, and I can combat that by moving the mic away, but for what I do the sound is much better and more full with it being closer to my mouth.

On the UR242, there is a “PAD” button, which reduces the input gain and allows for me to adjust the gain to my liking on the interface, so I can not clip and still sound loud enough, the rest can be handled by the dspMixFx software (compression, EQ, etc). Problem is that doing that gives me the same problem as I had before the cloudlifter: this unbearable hiss. I can’t seem to get rid of it and I can’t decide which way to lean on this issue.

I prefer to not do much post editing to my audio, as my work is very time consuming and demanding and having it done through my mixer and straight to my audio track is super helpful.

Does anyone have any idea on how to fix this? I would much rather have no hiss, so the main obstacle is to avoid clipping with the mic close to my face.  I hope this isn’t a complete n00b question.

Thanks for any help!

May 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Hi, Indie.  Interesting problem.  When I first set up my studio, my preamp was giving me a loud hiss – when I unhooked it and ran the mic just into the interface, the problem went away.

The solution was, rearrange my XLR cables and other cables.  Apparently they were too close together.  Once I unhooked everything, then put it back together taking care that cables didn’t cross or touch, the problem disappeared.

If that doesn’t work, check these links to look for other solutions.  Take care, and best of luck!

Joe “Zunardo” Jankowski