[linux-audio-user] Using a Shure sm57 mic w/ low end soundcard

iriXx m at irixx.org
Sun Nov 2 19:34:06 EST 2003

i dont know if this helps much but i have an sm58 and find i have to 
both boost the signal on the mixer and use the preamps on my quattro to 
get a good level.....

Paul Berry wrote:

> Hello all:
> I am looking for advice on using a Shure sm57 microphone directly into the mic 
> input of a Creative sbawe64 gold soundcard. I am using an impedance matching 
> XLR to 1/8" adapter and I have raised the "capture" level in the mixer.
> To record anything (say using arecord) I have to crank up the mic-in level to 
> full and the result is that I get a lot of hiss and the signal is still 
> pretty quiet.
> Do I need an external preamplifier to use the sm57? If so where can I go to 
> find one or schematics to build one? 
> Or is there a simpler way?
> Thank you for any suggestions,
> Paul


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