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I was thinking if I could use a Mic to pick up my sounds from the acoustic violin into the looper and to the amp. But the looper doesn't have a XLR input. It only has the guitar inputs and usually you use the electric violin to make it easier but I decided to go a cheaper route and try the microphone method since I'm not ready to give up my acoustic violin yet. I tried to use a converter that converts the 3.5mm mic to the guitar input but it doesn't work. I'm pretty sure I put the cords in the right places and everything. I think i could be a problem with the mic or the converter itself. Other people are telling me to get a converter that has an XLR input that can convert to the guitar cord. Should I go with that route or is there another opinion out there that could save me tons of money from buying a mixer?
Let me see if I have this correct @james_aan - you're looking to plug a mic, with 3.5mm jack-plug into a 1/4" ( 6.35mm ) jack-socket ?
I do that regularly with my FX box and use a simple converter like this - it costs pennies (well, not a lot! )
There are stereo (as you can tell this one is) and mono versions, and your 3.5mm mic plug will (almost certainly) be mono - BUT - it won't matter.
Can you separately test the mic ? Like plug it directly into a 3.5mm input socket on your laptop or something and try to record or just route it to the laptop speakers ?
Since you say the mic uses a 3.5mm plug - it is *unlikely* that the mic relies on phantom-power ( it would almost certainly be XLR if it did) - but if it is some strange kind of mic needing phantom power - then - it simply wouldn't work from the "guitar" inputs as they would not be providing the phantom power. As I say - this is a most unlikely scenario though, PP is usually a 48V supply, selectively fed through the XLR (or generated externally by some kind of stand-alone box ) to devices that require phantom.
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)