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I use the same simple mixer I got a cheap USB audio interface, plug the headphone out into the interface, real simple and cheap.
Cost $48, there are cheaper options,
Interface to what? Are you asking how to connect it to a computer? If so, then an external USB sound interface would be the most likely solution. One of the less expensive interfaces with XLR mic input, a decent mic preamp, and phantom power would be Behringer UM2
Looking for a cheap interface for starters (recording guitar and vocals). This Behringer U-PHORIA UM2 is only $48 on amazon and has decent reviews. Thoughts?
BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2) [link]
Phantom power works much better when used with balanced audio inputs. You'd be much better off with an inexpensive interface. This one will do a good job and provide the phantom power.
First off, that's a solid song, very cool. Not sure if you pulled the trigger and set yourself up already, but I'm a drummer/home recording casual who wanted to start messing with laying down some guitar ideas of my own (punk rock). I went with a Behringer UM2 which has 2 inputs - an XLR and a 1/4" instrument jack. I got it for about $45 and couldn't have been happier based on the price.
I learned the basics of tracking and mixing in Reaper (free DAW) thanks to a friend who got me up and running, but I recently switched over to Logic Pro. If you know your way around Garageband (especially the drummers), you may wanna consider dropping ~$100 on Logic. It's Apple's DAW and is pretty much Garageband on steroids. The drummers work the same, you get more amp sims, full multi-tracking... it's pretty much got everything and anything you wish GB had, and it will be familiar to you right out of the box. Importing older GB projects would prob be seamless as well. It's been so much fun, I hardly care that it's ruining my marriage haha (/s)
My mediocre logitech speakers that had the wonderful benefit of being free have broken. I'm considering the Micca speakers, but I have a question about setup.
Assuming I both buy and somehow manage to fit the Micca speakers:
I have this audio interface for my mic. It has an R and L output on the back. Could I connect the corresponding speakers to these, and if so, what kind of cable would I need?
Hm, guess I could save $40 or so by going with the single channel Behringer as opposed to two channel, that way I save some $$ and take advantage of Q2Us XLR
If you have a Mac, just use Garage Band as your recording software. Windows, Cockos Reaper.
If the goal is recording guitar only, direct to your computer, just buy a cheap USB audio interface that has good reviews and you're good to go from there. Even something like THIS would be enough to start with. You can always upgrade later if you need to.
I have a basic Crosley turntable how would I go about plugging that into the audio interface then into the computer as in what cables will I need and will this be an okay audio interface
I plan on buying the mk2 and want to plug the mk2 into the interface then into the record player but not sure on how many cables or what cables I’ll need if you know
So essiantelly I need but what cables do I need for that product work with basic line outputs on the crosley like speaker line outlets
1x cable to plug into audio interface from mk2
1x cable to plug into record player
You need an audio interface. Mic's don't get connected directly to the computer, you need a mic preamp which is built into the interface.
My guess would be that the phantom power supply is what's causing the issue, or that your computer's sound card isn't cooperating with the setup. The best solution in either case is to get a cheap interface like the Behringer U-Phoria UM2, which will give you better sound quality and let you have control over the gain. Interfaces also act as the sound card for your computer, which will cut out that as a variable.
That being said, it's definitely a possibility that the mic was damaged in the fall, but even if you get a new mic the lack of proper interface will reduce audio quality significantly. I would recommend the interface first, then a new mic if there are still issues, but the order is up to you.
Unfortunately, the NW-800 isn't a spectacular mic to begin with, but the real difference in quality that you are getting is going to be from the Neewer phantom power supply you are using. It adds a ton of hiss to the audio signal, and in general just isn't worth the money. It will even make professional studio mics sound like garbage.
To get a better sound out of your mic, you will need an actual interface. My recommendation is the Behringer UM2, which for the price is a great interface. It will supply phantom power, and give you an actual preamp for your mic, as well as have an analogue/digital converter that will work far better than the sound card in your computer. Just replacing the NW 100 with the UM2 will give you much higher quality. That being said, you will still want a well treated recording space, and remember that the NW-800 is a cheap mic for a reason. You may get decent sound out of it, but the quality control isn't top-notch and the mic isn't going to last forever. It's still a better sound than a USB mic (if used in a well treated space) but you may not be able to get studio quality with it. Depending on what you are planning to use it for the quality may be fine, but you won't get perfect clarity or a rich bass frequency pickup with it.
So, I'm looking to start learning bass after being interested for at least a few years now, but I have zero knowledge on this kind of thing. What kind of devices would I need to run this bass (Squier P-Bass) into my PC as a microphone/line in device? I'm thinking this would do it, but I don't know that for sure. My backup plan would be to use a Vox Amplug 2 Bass, but those run on battery and I hear they hiss too. I have *zero knowledge* in how a bass interfaces with a computer, so I'm kind of shooting in the dark here. Do I have this right?
J'ai la version 250 ohm si je ne m'abuse. J'ai deux options, soit je le branche directement sur mon ordi (je pense que c'est pas le bon plan), ou j'ai une petite interface behringer. Je pense le brancher sur l'interface mais honnêtement je ne saurais pas expliquer pourquoi !
Any Digital Audio Workspace would allow to you make lossless digital copies of your vinyl.
On Mac I'd recommend Logic, on PC I'd recommend Reason. Both great programs.
Grab an audio interface for your computer (example), plug the phono into line 1, (no preamp needed, instrument level is fine), set your gains, play the vinyl and hit record. Export to .wav and then convert as you wish.
If you're serious about it, ping me a pm, there are some 'gotchas' in getting set up the first time, I'll give you a hand.
My old ATR2500 USB microphone just broke so I thought it would be time for me to upgrade my microphone setup. I just use my microphone to talk to my friends on Discord and sometimes record on YouTube, and I was wondering if the Behringer U-Phoria UM2 and either a Sennheiser E835 or Shure SM58 would be worth getting. I can get both under $100 and I am mostly worried about the XLR interface. I see that it's cheap but still has good reviews, and I don't think I want to spend $100+ on a Scarlett 2i2 or Solo when I'm just using it for Discord mostly. Would I be getting a noticeably worse sound by buying a cheaper XLR interface like this one?
Not sure if anyone will see this since I was a bit late, but I need some help picking out a USB interface. We have a garage band, but we're wanting to lay down some intro level recording. We have an old crappy 8-track that none of us can figure out how to use, so I want to upgrade to some current technology. I see some that are $30 all the way up to thousands of dollars. Looks like the essentials are to have a mic preamp and midi ability which I see in the entry budget level interfaces. I guess I'm just suspicious of it being so cheap. Is this a decent one for intro level recording?
Thanks in advance!
I mean, what you're describing is essentially an audio interface, the $60 one I listed is probably the best bang-for-your-buck you can get in that department.
I did run a quick google search and fine this interface by Behringer which definitely seems WAY simplified and should meet your needs, but if you want to ever do much more with it than record one microphone, you might be shit out of luck. However, yes, it is definitely a way cheaper option
Then I'm not sure. I've used XLR interface boxes before but never done phantom power into a converter. I'm not super experienced so take my advice with a grain of salt but I would recommend just getting an interface box. I've used one like this before and it worked well. [link]
when you buy an xlr microphone, you need more than just phantom power for the signal to be usable. you need an interface with strong enough preamps to drive it without large amounts of noise, and most preamps come with 48v included
or you can return all of your stuff for a usb version of your at2020
Okay I just looked up the phantom power you have, I see that it even references an “external soundcard” (audio interface) in the set up picture. If you find you can’t get great sound or volume I would suggest getting one, they aren’t that expensive and are readily available. Your mic will thank you for it.
Edit: something like this.
BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2 [link]
What is the model of keyboard you're trying to connect and to which laptop?
I'm guessing the laptop doesn't have the correct audio input jack you'll need.
If the keyboard has USB or MIDI then you might have some luck there. Otherwise you'll probably want to look into a USB audio interface that has microphone and instrument jacks.
The Ardour forums have some recommendations on hardware that work well on Linux. I mostly research larger USB mixers that have 16 channels but in known there are some one or two channel options out there.
Something like this would probably work well.
Hello! I'm looking into getting an audio capture device for conferences and events. Specifically, one that supports 1/8" and hopefully XLR as well, for mic audio. One I've found is the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA.
Thank you for any thoughts.
> Behringer UM2
Will this work fine? and does the mic quality depend on what interface i get?
The feature is commonly called mic monitoring. You probably can't do it in Windows without additional hardware. The cheapest device I can think of that would allow you to do that would be the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2.
I got this recently and it's working pretty damn good. There's one thats for $50 that has a better pre-amp.
it's not the best buy for 50 bucks it'll sound demo worthy.
I use this with logic and the built in compressors are good enough to not sound awful.
That's not an audio interface you got there, it's a MIDI interface.
this is a dirt cheap audio interface
So if you spent 50 on that and 50 on a mic (or 40+10 for cables or whatever else you need) then you'd come in right around 100.
The argument you run into here is very similar to most places where you have the option to buy a single item vs all its components. The single item will work well for its advertised purpose but if you want to upgrade, you start over again. Maybe you sell the old one to help buy a new one. Skateboarders, cyclists, guitarists, automotive hobbyists - pretty much everyone that cares deeply about the performance of their gear will prefer modularity.
These USB mics are mostly made for voice - podcasting, web chats, video gaming - that sort of thing. It will sound a hell of a lot better than say a built in laptop mic or something like that. If that's basically what you're going for then the modularity of a "proper" solution may not benefit you; in fact the complexity would likely just get in the way.
If im correct no, but there are cheapish options for audio interfaces. [link] here is what i use
Wow i just read about that, i can't believe they did away with line in ports. They also ditched optical audio support which is very surprising.
Unfortunately then i would have to agree with others. You're just gonna need a usb interface. It can be a cheap one, but try something with a preamp built in.
This is a good compact one
If you're a musician I'd get something better just for future use, but if it's only for ripping vinyl that would work. There's a few others in the $50 range that are nice.
would something like this essentially solve my problem? [link]
I considered purchasing a mixer, but from what i understand there is more that goes into using it with one.
I am looking to get a Soundblaster G5 for $75, but then I saw this on Amazon for a similar price BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2 [link] (but normal price, the Soundblaster usually costs at least $100). If my headphones have a 1/4 jack and and xlr connection, would it be better to get the audio interface or the Soundblaster with the 1/8 adapters attached? I don't record much so I'm just looking for the highest quality sound with low latency.
Edit: I just read the specs and it only supports 48khz audio. I think I'll go with the Soundblaster for $75. In general though, are external sound cards or audio interfaces better?
If its XLR you can get something like this (it's what I use, fairly cheap and provides phantom power).
Okay, thank you. I feel like I understand this stuff a bit more.
I thought about getting this: [link] because it provides power from what I was looking at and is also a preamp. Would just need an adapter for my mic to fit in the first line / XLR line, correct?
Cool, thanks! That looks like a great deal at $36 split two ways, although they aren't shipping right now, I'd probably not be buying for a few weeks anyway.
Do you happen to know if you can use an XLR mic with a usb interface? I don't think I have a USB mic anywhere, but I have a nice Shure XLR microphone and interface
Edit: This the interface I have.
That's partially correct. All XLR mics need to go through a preamp, but you only enable phantom power on a condenser mic. Phantom power can actually hurt other types in some (usually older) cases.
Anyway, either of the mics listed could be paired with a cheap USB interface like this and quite possibly rival similarly priced all-in-one options.
Ok thanks. I'm really just interested in using my computer in place of an amp. Is there any bare bones one you would recommend for that purpose? I saw the UM2 by behringer for $50 that seemed pretty decent. Link.
I think the Blue Icicle is a great way to get into an XLR setup with less of an initial investment, however I think that having an audio interface with at least a gain knob is preferable. Also, having a better pre-amp will help out dynamic mics a whole lot since they don't have a low of power. I would suggest a Behringer UM2 at the very least. It's $7 more but you get some basic necessities.
Thanks for the info. All of you, I was losing my mind trying to get this to work.
I have a question about interfaces. Firstly, will this serve well for what I need?
And about interfaces... I am reading the getting started guide, but not really understanding where the interface belongs. Does it go XLR cable from mic > power > interface > then 3.5mm from interface to sound card?
Like the one that I linked? And I just realized that I fucked up the formatting, let me fix that
Btw this is what I was talking about... [link] should I order this instead of just the phantom power supply?
Yeah, I just canceled the order on the solo power supply and bought this ... I'm hoping it was a good purchase ... Do you know of any other cables that I will need to be able to use this properly? I already have a male xlr to female xlr to go from the mic into the unit, a female xlr to male 3.5mm jack, and a 1/4" jack adapter. I'm not sure what cables come with the behringer unit so I am not sure if I need to order any other cables to be able to properly use it.
Will an audio interface decrease some of the latency at all, or is the issue solely in the sound card?
Edit: for example will this be everything I need?
Is there anything cheaper and would I still need the power supply?
EDIT: How is this?
My first interface was an M-Audio Fast Track Pro I got off woot.com for like 60 bucks. They don't make those anymore, but I found this Behringer UM2 over on Amazon that's currently at $30 and looks way better than the Fast Track could have ever hoped to be.
Some interfaces have the pre-amp/phantom power that you would need. Especially if you were going with an XLR condenser mic, you would need an interface with phantom power, for example this Behringer UM2 Audio Interface ([link]), which isn't too bad on quality or price.
If it works connected to your motherboard's jack, it should work on the USB sound card, but I would honestly recommend against it.
How much money do you have available? This would serve you a million times better than any cheap USB sound card you could find, will more than likely solve your noise issue, and will serve you in future if you want to get an XLR mic as an upgrade.
Just to be safe though, can you give us an audio sample? That way we can at least have an idea of what we're dealing with.
thanks for the response. i forgot to mention i have a subwoofer -- what kind of interfaces would support that as well? i am pretty sure the ones i've looked at (e.g. this one) do not support a subwoofer.
Ok, I thought that was my issue.
If you have any suggestions on any audio interfaces, that would help a lot :)
im currently looking at this: https://www.amazon.com/BEHRINGER-Audio-Interface-1-Channel-UM2/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=audio+interface+48v&qid=1601392479&refinements=p_72%3A1248939011&rnid=1248937011&s=musical-instruments&sr=1-7
I found 2 sound interfaces on a Slovenian website, do you think they are good enough or should I buy Behringer UM2 on amazon.de
Looks like Amazon doesn't have any stock right now and the two third party sellers have a high price. It was $50 when i got mine in February. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EK1OTZC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I just ordered a $48 audio interface on amazon today! Based on videos I've seen, I assume that any interface with a 6.35mm jack and dials for gain and volume is good for recording with Garageband or Logic Pro.
Here's the one I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EK1OTZC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Can you give us an indication of what your working Budget is?
Can we assume you have a decent computer to record to?
What is it you will be recording? A few more details please?
Most studio - amateur or professio*n - use Active Monitor - *Mackie MR, KRK Rokit, JBL 300-Series,... - though there are cheaper monitors, how well they will do will depend on what you are trying to record.
The Behringer Uphoria UM2 ($39) is a very basic USB Interface. You will not be able to do anything fancy with that. But perhaps you don't need anything fancy. I don't know.
Something like this with two discrete inputs with controls is probably better, but considerably more money -
Again, I don't know what you are trying to accomplish, so I can't say what will work for you.
If you go with passive speakers, and you need an amp, this one is powerful (relatively speaking) and versatile -
Just a few thoughts.
I have to agree with @mr_audio that you need to abandon the internal sound circuitry in the PC. Internal sound circuits have been problematic from day one. And the microphone (pink) input on a computer (Mac or PC) is probably the worst. Even a cheap $5 USB external audio interface dongle will likely out-perform the audio circuit of the highest-end motherboard. If for no other reason than the fact that it is external.
If you MUST use the internal audio on a computer, at least use the line-level (blue) input. But if you are serious about decent audio quality, dump the internal audio stuff. Even a $40 Behringer USB interface will be worlds better than anything you can find internally.
BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2) [link]
how is this?
Okay bear with me I know you just said I shouldn't get a cheaper interface but this right here is in my budget right now; https://www.amazon.com.au/UM2-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=asc_df_B00EK1OTZC/?tag=googleshopdsk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=341743293012&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3448009424335086962&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9071364&hvtargid=pla-300526128433&psc=1 worth the risk, or should I save up for the Focusrite?
You can use an audio interface to provide the phantom power and run the USB to the PC and the RCA to the PS4 with some adapter (I've never owned a console so I have no idea how that connects). I'm not sure about the headphones, could you have a separate Y splitter?
An interface: https://www.amazon.com/BEHRINGER-Audio-Interface-1-Channel-UM2/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=audio+interface&qid=1560364936&s=musical-instruments&sr=1-3
Plugs it into what, exactly? An audio interface, or a motherboard?
Edit: Example of audio interface that provides 48VDC
Your microphone requires phantom power. You need a phantom power supply. For less money you can buy an audio interface that also provides phantom power. Behringer has a basic interface that sells for around $40. https://www.amazon.com/BEHRINGER-Audio-Interface-1-Channel-UM2/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=behringer+um2&qid=1561501515&s=gateway&sr=8-3
how much of a drop off would this be? this price is very attractive
I really have no prior experience with audio stuff, I'm not sure what its called then. Its a digital interface thing, but I don't know exactly, so I tough DAC - digital audio interface. Here's the amazon link:
I'm hoping you're not using the USB version of the 2020. That mic, like most USB mics under a couple hundred bucks, have sub-par built-in digital analog converters, or DACs.
Assuming you're using the superior XLR version of the AT2020, you can get away with buying the entry-level Behringer DAC for about $40.
Or you can find the better performing Scarlett Solo used on eBay for about $60, new on Amazon for $110.
You got it right, you'll most likely want an interface. I'd think you'd be able to get away with some cables/adapters. Something like a 1/8 inch stereo out of the laptop that splits into 2x 1/4 inch mono plugs to go into the monitors. However you're still using the laptops internal sound card and you can get some varying results with playback choppyness, driver issues and lag, etc. You won't really know how it will perform until you get it up and running with your DAW.
On the bottom end of the spectrum, works great but I saw a video recently testing the preamps against better interfaces and there is a noticeable difference: [link]
Most common entry level interface imo that does just about anything you need it to besides a huge number of inputs: [link]
Beyond that, you can look into the mackie big knob series, tascam has some decent rackmount interfaces for cheap if you need a LOT of inputs in one interface, and the brand Focusrite from the second link above is in general a solid brand.
I have this Behringer um2 uphoria audio interface. I have a mic and it has direct monitoring so you can listen yourself or any input in real time.Audio Interface
Here is the amp. It connects to your PC with USB.
Here is the mic. It connects to the amp with an XLR cable.
Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500... [link]
Here is the arm I used. It has an internal XLR cable. The shock mount is a bit big. You have 2 options. Use the normal mount that comes with the mic. Or wrap leather or something around the mic to take up the space (that's what I did and it works well)
Neewer NW-35 Metal Suspension... [link]
That will cover everything. No other cables needed.
Because they spend a lot on advertising. Check this one out. ~$70 cheaper, and will do everything you're likely to need.
If you are only using a single mic input, this interface is economical and will give you good quality. I recommend the Berringer B5 which gives you two capsules for different directional patterns.
Ah, and it cannot be changed in the Windows 10 Sound preferences?
The UM2 is pretty cheap: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EK1OTZC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
J'ai le 250 ohm, et pour info, je compte probablement utiliser cette interface Behringer branchée sur mon ordinateur.
Here's a link.
Here's a link to a 13 inch laptop that would be like what I'm talking about. [link]
And lastly this is the audio interface I'm using.
I do wish I had spent a little more on a better audio interface though. 30$ doesn't get you much.
thanks guys :) i think an Audio Interface is the thing I was looking for. Listen to your voice over the mic and the music at the same time.
Would something like that work?
I am still a little confused about the inputs.
Microphone input on the left - okay.
Is the middle port INST2 where the I plug in my AUX cord from my PC for the background music?
Headphones right port.
Well I dunno what to tell ya bud, you've got a solid PC and the best DAW software ;) but if your USB headset wont let you switch beyond 8kHz you're gonna have a bad time. I'd strongly advise picking up an audio interface and a non-usb mic, if you're on a budget and are just getting started I can suggest this interface and a dynamic mic like this or one with a wee stand like this. Dont forget and XLR cable too! Obviously the higher the budget or direction you want to take your audio can influence these purchases.
Behringer UM2 or this thing from Neweer. Both are great, but the behringer will allow you to also control both the headphone volume and mic volume without reaching into the Windows Settings. Just keep windows volume at 100, and experiment with mic volumes to get your ideal sound.
Yes! Here are 4 things that I've used and are cheap for beginners.
Mics (You get 3, so you can have others on (they will need their own mixer for this setup)
Mic Stand, pop filter
These things and Audacity (which is free) will help you make a professional sound on a budget.
You don't need anything too fancy or expensive. Something like this would do exactly what you need.
You could return the phantom PSU and get this. It provides the phantom power, and connects via USB to your computer.
Well pretty much every AI made since the PC recording boom has one. You can get them for as little as $35. The most common one is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which is only $150.
Whats the difference between this and this tho?
Dude get this for a cheap one or this for one that's a little bit better and more popular.
Get the Mod Mic, tack it on your Bose headphones. ~~And then on windows, right, click the speaker, select the recording devices option and where ever the mic is hooked up, right click it then select properties. After that go to the listen tab, make sure the listen to this device option is ticked on, and on the drop down below have it set to default or whatever port your headphone is attached to. That should be it, just know there may be a slight delay when you hear yourself speak.~~
Edit: Just saw that you know about the delay. If that's the case then something like this with any studio mic + any headphones should do
What is your Audio Interface? How are you connecting the mic to the PC?
Edit: adding example of USB audio interface: BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2 [link]
A USB audio interface is another option as well:
It's more intended for recording and mixing, but still suits your needs.
Brother got me a Audio Interface for Christmas just as I was looking to get a DAC/Amp combo. Is an interface a replacement for the DAC/Amp, or would it still do me some good to get a combo unit anyway?
I've tried looking into it but have found no definite answer to my question.
The interface I was given
The combo I was looking to buy
I've been pretty impressed with the Behringer uPhoria. OTOH, as you'll see from the reviews, some people seem to have experience with quality issues, which is not uncommon with Behringer.
Another option, for about double the price is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. The 2i2 is quite popular, but more like $150.
What's your budget?
Yeah, get a decent mic, and an audio interface (so you're not limited to USB mics or using you laptops crappy 1/8" input.
If you want to go super cheap, this interface doesn't suck.
and neither does this mic
That combo is only $136 and will do wonders for your recordings. If you have a bigger budget, you can do better all the way around.
I recently asked a very similar question and a fellow /r/guitar redditor turned me on to Revalver4 and I have to say, it doesn't suck at all. If you just want to dabble, you can download the Amp Sim for free from Peavey's website and only purchase the amp models that you are interested in running (or can afford). That makes it pretty cheap to get into the virtual amp game, but you'll be money ahead buying the $99 combo that unlocks all of the amp sims and stomp boxes.
The Behringer UM2 does not suck at all and the price is pretty reasonable. The preamp in the Rocksmith is pretty cheesy and old tech compared to most modern USB inputs.
What kind of PC do you have? Many (not all) amp simulators these days do "virtual component modeling" instead of sound sample-based modeling. The big difference is the virtual component modeling sounds far superior, at the expense of using up a ton of CPU cycles.
Best of luck on your new adventure.
I'm not sure...Could it be used for boosting a mic for a pc? [link] something like what this can do?
It's a good mic, but I would pick up the NW-700 instead. The BM-800 is a generic chinese mic was gets rebranded all the time, along with the NW-700/BM-700. From tests that I've heard, the BM-800 and NW-700 almost identical. The NW-700 comes out to be about 22 or 23 dollars on amazon so I suggest getting that.
Understand that both mics are XLR that requires Phantom Power, so you need some way of connecting it to your computer. You could pick up a Audio Interface on the cheap, like the UM2, or go down the route of getting a phantom power supply and USB sound card. Simply run the mic into the powersupply, then run the power supply into the USB sound card. just make sure you have the right cables for it.
Here's are three reasons you shouldn't use the 3.5mm jack on your soundcard.
1) A microphone NEEDS a pre-amp. The signal generated by a microphone is too weak to use, so a pre-amp amplifies that weak signal into something that you can use. the 3.5mm jack on your motherboard does not typically include a preamp. it's made for line level signals.
2) The bm-800 is a condenser microphone, which is a type of microphone which needs to be powered to use. This is sometimes called "Phantom Power" or "48v". The 3.5mm jack won't supply that power to the microphone.
3) The signal that comes from a microphone like the bm-800 is an ANALOG signal. Your computer only understands DIGITAL signals. Now, your motherboard, or soundcard does have a converter, but typically they aren't the very best quality of converter because they aren't meant to deal with Microphones of this type.
So here are some options.
Buy a USB interface for your microphone
You could get one second hand for as low as $30 or cheaper. New you could look at something like the Behringer UM2.
An interface does all three of the things I mentioned before. It can provide the Power your condenser microphone needs to operate, then amplify the signal with a pre-amp, AND convert that signal to a nice digital signal. They can also include all sorts of other handy features including software to record your audio. This would work with your BM-800.
Buy a USB Microphone
This would be the easiest option in my opinion. Here's why. A USB microphone is as simple as plugging into your computer and your good to go! No need for an interface because they fit all of that into the microphone. It will convert your signal to digital, power your microphone and amplify the signal to a usable level. And if i'm being honest here, (And I absolutely am) Almost any USB microphone over $30 is going to be better quality than the BM-800 in every way. The BM-800 is the cheapest of the cheap and it wouldn't last you very long. Apart from the cheap build, they also have cheap electrical components which add some hissy noise to the audio that you record. There are so many good choices for a USB microphone. Take a look on Amazon and read reviews.
Hope this helps! Feel free to pm me if you have any questions
Skimming over the document, I saw a few different interfaces. How does the UM2 stack up? Any specific interface you recommend?
I'm a basic/intermediate player, and I've been recording using Garageband. I connect my guitar to the computer using Behringer UM2 USB audio interface, It should cost you around $40 [link]
Would this item work? [link]
It's not a mic, but I recently picked up one of these. Works super well.
I ordered this interface, this should work, right?
[link] Would this work?
this is the interface I ordered, this would work, right?
Look. an SM7B is honestly a waste if you can't figure out the difference between power/gain/something. Don't spend $300 on your first mic.
I'll tell you exactly what I recommend to beginners who want great sound. First of all, you need a usb interface. That's more than enough assuming you're only recording one person.
Secondly, your microphone. Great quality for the price AND it comes with a shock mount (vital) and a case. All you'll need it a stand that fits your recording space, and a pop filter.
All of this will be under 150, which is WAY under what you'd be paying, and I guarantee you or or listeners couldn't hear the difference.
It does need phantom, but the interface has that. It's simple and easy to use, but if you need anything explained, feel free to ask I'd be happy to help.
Behringer UM2 should do the trick.
Damn.. he said he won't go under $60.
I found these on Amazon though I don't know which is best:
Upgrading from a USB mic will require an interface (budget, better). If you're going with a hefty dynamic mic like the SM7b, you'll also need a cloud lifter or a seperate, more powerful preamp than the ones included with your interface.
Yeah... that's what I was afraid of. So is it possible to get one that'll get the job done at an amateur level but not be too expensive?
edit, for example are any of these good?
I have this...sounds great.. cheap..Does what it supposed to do..
There is no end to how many things and features you can add to a mic.
At the most basic level, you will need an interface like the Behringer U-Phoria UM2.
Make sure you can either control the noise in your room, or be prepared to learn how to tame your mic via software.
BEHRINGER UM2 earlier for my son to do youtube stuff with an XLR mic (Christmas present). At the $30 pp vs $50, what does the Steinberg do differently? I read the other comment about differences between UMC22.
Probably there is a component quality difference and sampling rate but in terms of functionailty, for a 10-year-old, this would the Steinberg allow any other desired function? Thanks, I don't know much about audio.
I'm just telling you whats what. USB mics are not reliable thats why you have a problem. Here is an interface and a microphone. Nothing fancy they are $50 each. You can use Audacity a free recording software to run it, and you don't need anyone to run sound, super easy. On top of that, this cheap crap microphone is better and cheaper than your ATR 2500. The best part is unlike your usb microphone this setup will always work. FYI I never mentioned a mixer.