#1
Few weeks ago I got myself a Shure SM57 and recorded some heavy stuff with it using Audacity and it sounded great. I had my record volume set at 30 and it didn't clip or anything. So today I've tried to record some more music and the mic clipped very heavily. I even turned down record volume to 5 and it still clipped here and there. The thing is, this mic was recording much louder stuff but today for some reasons it clips at even low volumes. What could be the culprit for this?
#2
How are you connecting the mic to the computer?
What is the "recording volume" you're referring to exactly?
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How are you connecting the mic to the computer?
What is the "recording volume" you're referring to exactly?

I am connecting it through USB to XLR cable. It's not a full audio interface but it gives me the sound I need. Recording Volume is this slider to the left in Audacity:



Before I used to have this on 30 but now it clips even on very low volumes. I was thinking it's my laptop, maybe I should try connecting it to my desktop PC and see if that makes any difference. But that's for tomorrow
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#4
Give us a full screen shot of the track clipping.
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#6
There is no gain control in the settings. However there is AGC which stands for Automatic Gain Control. Should I keep it off?


This should give you a general idea of how the rest of the recording looks like

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There is no gain control in the settings. However there is AGC which stands for Automatic Gain Control. Should I keep it off?
Yes, definitely.
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#8
Turning down AGC didn't wield expected results - mic gain became super low.

However when I connected my mic to another PC, almost all clipping was gone. And I was recording at 30. Before I used to record at 5 and it would still clip. So I'm guessing it was the sound board of my laptop
#9
If you're using an XLR to USB cable, that's the interface you're using.
The input signal clipping has nothing to do with the computer's sound card.

I'd reinstall the XLR to USB cable driver if it has any, or ASIO4ALL if it has none, and then retry.
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If you're using an XLR to USB cable, that's the interface you're using.
The input signal clipping has nothing to do with the computer's sound card.

I'd reinstall the XLR to USB cable driver if it has any, or ASIO4ALL if it has none, and then retry.

I would rather not touch anything if it works as intended for now

If it's not a sound card issue then why does it clip so much on my laptop but works fine on my PC?
#11
It is not a sound card issue, don't look for reasons why you think it might be - it isn't one, because the cable acts as the interface. You aren't using your computer's sound card as an input device because you're going in via USB instead.
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If it's not a sound card issue then why does it clip so much on my laptop but works fine on my PC?
A drive issue I suspect, that's the reason why I suggested to reinstall the proprietary drivers or ASIO4ALL in case there aren't any proprietary ones.

As both me and Derek outlined, your problem doesn't have anything to do with any sound card.
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#14
Aww, sorry man, it's been too much time and my memory sucks too much
I'll be sure to remember it for next time.
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