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I would personally get sennheisers as my headset, they're the most comfortable from all the headset's I've tried.
Specifically speaking about the PC 37x which is just an improved version of the Game One headset from Sennheiser, something you might like looking at.
If you need a DAC or audio interface for under $50-100 I would probably get this.
Also something to consider that a lot of people forget when doing their gaming PC setups, please invest in a good ergonomic chair for your posture while gaming for long hours it'll make the difference. As well as a good adjustable desk if you can get one for a reasonable price for under $500-700. I have an Arozzi Gaming Desk with adjustable height and fits my needs perfectly for only $400.
get an audio interface and monitor speakers. the audio interface will allow you to record any instrument/mic that uses an instrument cable or an XLR cable. make sure you get one with the right amount of inputs u want. if you JUST wanna record vocals, you can get a pretty cheap single-input interface on amazon for like $40. here's a pretty good cheap one that you can also hook monitor speakers up to with the Left and Right outputs in the back.
([link]). For monitor speakers, I've only ever used KRK rokits. I have the 8" and the 5" ones. Obviously I like the 8" better but the 5" ones are still very accurate and impressive. you can go to a guitar center or whatever and listen to a bunch of different brands though if you wanna hear for yourself before you buy. and if you have any leftover money, save it for after you find out what your ideal production workflow is. i personally use maschine and it does everything i could ever want and more, but it might not work out for you. i'd say the interface and speakers will elevate your game instantly and will lead to producing better quality music.
I wanted to ask if this preamp is good enough for an AT2020 microhpone
Preamp: (BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC22)
I don't have enough money to buy a scarlet interface and I really want the best audio possible,So I wanted to ask if buying the at2020 with that preamp is still worth it or should I just go for the usb version of the At2020.
Also if you guys know of a preamp that is just A LITTLE BIT more expensive than that one that I could buy that would be good enough for the AT2020
And if you guys know any arm stand that isn't too expensive for the at2020 it would be appreciated (People are telling me that the arm stands that are like 15 dollars on amazon are gonna bend or brake pretty easily but the only other price range that I see are the like 80 dollars ones that I can't afford right now)
If you're on Mac, use Garageband and some sort of USB interface, such as something like this, $80 CAD.
Guitar plugs in, use a virtual amp on whatever DAW (such as garageband) and listen to your headphones.
Your equipment is your patch cord, your guitar, a computer, and the USB interface. Couldn't recommend more. Then you can write your own music, play along with covers on Spotify etc.
As another commenter says: you need a preamp, not a power supply and XLR-to-USB.
USB interfaces have preamps and will typically include phantom power. Behringer makes some cheap ones that are great for the price: [link]
i'm not that well versed on recording equipment, but i've been using the Behringer UMC22 and its been working well for me. it's super affordable and there is an even cheaper version of it. there are so many other audio interfaces out there but i'm just not experienced enough to comment on those
The Behringer UMC22 has a Headphone output, can you hear the Mic in the Headphone Out?
In your computer software or in the Audio Editing program, so you see the UMC22 as an option to take input from the USB Port?
What is the Microphone? Brand and Model?
I got this with my M40x and it's working great. Can't even hear my wife talking right behind my back. Kind of scary sometimes when I look over my shoulder and she's mad that I haven't been listening. The USB interface I linked is also great because you can plug in a XLR microphone into the same box and get phantom power.
Hi! I really recommend this if you want the most bang for your buck!
Behringer audio interface
I have been recommended Behringer UMC22 which costs 50$.
And I think Behringer UMC22 fits my need better than Behringer XENYX.
If you give green lights on UMC22, that should settle it, I'll place the order tonight!
Just a quick few notes to add on to what the other people said - it sounds like your on a budget, so if you are looking into an audio interface (which will have both a phantom power source and a mic preamp in it), behringer makes some good consumer options at a reasonable price.
New - $40
BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC22 [link]
If you'd like to, buying used can save even more money. Reverb.com and ebay are the two best sources for used gear.
And a final note - audio interfaces are nice because if you ever switch microphones or upgrade, your interface will still work. I highly recommend saving up for one :)
Ive been really happy with using my DI box for this setup.
Its got 2 inputs, input 1 is my guitar and input 2 is my PC, phone, mp3 player, whatever. This lets me merge the two signals into the set of headphones.
My amp also allows me to do this, its got an AUX input and a headphone out. Really makes practicing simple.
Would this be an example of a suitable audio interface? I'm almost thinking of returning the MG10 and getting the MG10XU, as the price difference between these and purchasing a cheap AI is virtually the same.
So for someone who did the same thing as OP, would I need to replace the phantom power only box with something like this.
If I then just plugged the mic into the preamp via XLR and then preamp to USB to computer. Will I then get the best quality I can from this mic?
Currently I am just going from Mic to phantom to Line In and am running to the issue that the volume is quite low though decent quality. Would selling the phantom power and buying the preamp fix my issue?
My main use will be the usual discord, youtube, twitch, voice overs for games, stuff of that nature.
This is the best bang for buck interface you can get. It supplies phantom power. Plugs in through USB. Works on mac.
Would this one work for what I need? As I said, I don't know what I'm looking for and I don't know if this one's good or not. I just searched "usb audio interface" on Amazon.
Hey man, sorry to bug you 10 days later.
You originally suggested the M-Audio 2x2 USB Audio Interface.
Is there any reason this interface wouldn't suffice?
Buzzing? That's weird. Sure it's not the headphones? Sometimes they can't handle the low frequencies and that can happen.
I would say the only real option is a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC22. As for a cable, it's not really going to make much of a difference what you use. Unless you're using a high end interface I doubt you'll notice.
Not OP but this is definitely the way to go and you won't even really need to upgrade after this. You can get some amazing sounds from an interface while those mini guitar amps can leave you very unsatisfied. The Behringer UMC22 is a great affordable option. The Focusrite 2i2 is the standard for most at home musicians and it runs at 120 dollars if you have the budget for it. You would also be needing some headphones, if you don't already have some there are good options for studio headphones as cheap as $40-50. As far as software there are free ones but most good ones run for about 250-350$. There's always the option of pirating and once you know that is what you like then actually supporting the developers and buying the software.
The pins only have one band, which is apparently unbalanced. If it has 2 bands on the pin, then its a balanced pin.
I was looking at this cheaper alternative for the audio interface but IDK how to set this up. Its not clicking in my head for how I would attach the cables to the speakers and the interface.
This one is a little cheaper, not exactly sure why yet, but it would also do the job and give you control.
UMC22 is only $40 and sounds pretty good from the youtube video's I've watched. Does this one seem like a good deal? Given I'm just recording at home and nothing professional or on the road
I personally have a scarlet for music production, and I love it, but if you are only really using this for videos or streaming, I'd sugest tightening up that budget, maybe look into getting this Behringer for just 40 bucks! Free shipping on Amazon too!
If you wanna spend that money, I'd spend it on more for the quality of your videos. Maybe a pop filter, mic isolation box, that money can be better spent imo.
The .1 in 2.1 refers to the sub -
With the RP8s you are going to also need an audio interface - like this or similar [link]
Or mess around with adaptors - they take balanced lines in.
They are designed for semi professional studio use - so sounding more accurate than nice, they are probably better options for home use but I dont really know enough about home speakers to recommend any
I ended up ordering this one. Good choice, or should I cancel the order and get the one you said?
Thanks. A bit expensive, but probably a necessary expense in the near future for me. Wound up purchasing this audio interface. Last question, I promise - was what I bought a good choice?
You could buy splitter as /u/HVDynamo said, but since I had already USB DAC([link]) I just bought XLR to 1/4" wires and connected speakers to DAC and I can control volume with 1 knob on DAC.
Eh, not necessarily. I play my strat (poorly) by plugging it into an audio interface, and amping it in software.
Behringer UMC22 is US$48 on Amazon. It will do.
Behringer Uphoria UMC204HD is the best bang for the buck. If you can save some more money you can get it for US$80.
What should I buy for skype chat, game, and audio recordings for 100 on amazon? this is what i have so far [link], [link]
Oh, okay sorry. Thanks for the fast reply
On the site it says 96dB.
I found this amp on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behringer-UMC22-Computer-Audio-Interface/dp/B00FFIGZF6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539637120&sr=8-1&keywords=computer+audio+interface
Will that be good enough or is is a bit shit?
Ive been reading a lot of the replies on here and it seems like you are getting fed a lot of wrong information. Ill make it super simple and show you some options.
Option #2 (no audio interface needed):
Option #3 (no audio interface needed):
Option #4 (super budget option - no audio interface needed):
Option #5 (higher quality start kit):
When it comes to recording keep in mind that there are many factors that come into play that will determine the quality of your sound. The microphone, the audio interface, the room you are in, the placement of your microphones, etc. Any of the options above would be great to start with. You will also need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software on your computer to record and save your recordings into. You will also be able to edit them if you like. There are free and paid programs. Reaper is a very popular free option. You can also you a more simple program like Audacity.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about recording, purchasing gear, or working within a specific budget.
EDIT: you will also want a cheap microphone stand for best mic placement something like this: Amazon Basics Mic Stand
Okay! So if I bought this one I can connect it in turn to the pc via usb. I'll be able to adjust the mic levels with the mixer, & have just 1 in/output to the pc.
Which version of the Modmic are you using? The Bluetooth? The USB? The 3.5mm TRS? Are you using a PC with Windows? Have you turned on the extra gain (20dB) switch in Windows?
If I were doing what you describe, I would get a decent USB audio interface like one of these (depending on your budget):
You might also find this helpful: Choosing Interfaces
You don't need another DAC as there is already one in the audio interface.
I am using a pair of JBL LSR-305P MkII speakers for my computer. I cannot tell you how incredibly good these speakers are, and for a very good price (IMHO). I would highly recommend them to anyone as the best speakers you can use set up next to your computer screen.
JBL Professional 305P MkII
If she doesn't already have an audio interface or mixer, then you will need to get both a mic and an interface -- OR get a USB mic and no interface.
So you could get a UMC22 interface and an Aurycle A87 mic.
or get a USB mic like the AT2020USB or Blue Yeti or the Aurycle A460U.
Currently I have an amazing bose headset that I got for around 200 a few years ago, for the DAW, Ive been using Cakewalk by Bandlab, and my pc specs are:
What im trying to do is learn to play an electric guitar, and eventually use it to make music on my pc like I do with my electric piano. So far ive been looking at this; [link] for an audio interface, and this; [link] for a guitar.
I've got a pair of studio monitors with balanced TRS and XLR ins that are hand-me-downs from a friend. I'm hunting for the best solution to get them up and running for under or close to $100. These two (Behringer UMC22 & Focusrite Scarlett Solo) have been interesting, but I'd much prefer something that will cut the studio monitors when I plug in headphones (ideally with a 1/4 in jack, but that's not vital), or at least allow me to turn down the monitors separately from the headphones. The Scarlett 2i2 will allow me to control both levels separately, but it's a bit over my budget, and I won't be doing any recording, so I'm wondering if there's something out there that's more focused towards my use case.
A USB audio interface, which is an external DAC, could certainly reduce noise issues and would give you a separate volume control for your speakers. For instance, this Behringer could help: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC22-BEHRINGER-audio-interface/dp/B00FFIGZF6
However, it will only work with your PC.
The HD599 aren't very hard to drive, so here is my recommendation but it's not exactly what you asked for. It will definitely improve the mic quality, and gives you a gain knob for mic sensitivity, and a headphone volume knob as well.
XLR to 3.5mm phantom power converter (this lets you plug mod mic into the XLR mic pre-amps):
I tried Behringer (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FFIGZF6/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1) and I end up returning it since I have the issue that I mentioned before.
Like this sort of thing? [link]
Here she is :D
You'll plug a guitar cable into it and it will plug usb into your computer.
Ive got one of these, i really dig it
Thanks for the reply!
Is there a major differece between the Samson Q2U and the Sm58 or E835 in terms of sound quality. I was also looking at audio interfaces and I found the Behringer UMC22 ($50) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FFIGZF6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 and was wondering if it was a good choice for that price?
hey im trying to step up my audio game,
i currently have audio jack speakers and im looking to get usb audio from my pc to studio monitors to listen to music. im looking for a usb interface to connect it to my pc because i cant seem to find usb speakers. so is this optimal or am i making it complicated? i want to buy studio monitors around 200$
here is my setup that i think i need, please tell me if im wrong.
Pc audio -> usb audio interface -> active monitors
so i need the audio interface? i was looking at this one https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00FFIGZF6/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza
also been looking at these monitors:
or can i use a usb to dual rca cable? will that affect quality?
im open to all opinions
I'm not familiar with the PS4 and what inputs it has, but I would recommend a USB interface to run your mic through. It will allow for the best quality audio on your PC, but unfortunately I don't know much about the PS4 so you would need to look up to see if it would work for that. If your budget allows, you could always get a Zoom portable interface/recorder as it can run through USB to your computer and through a "line out" (standard 3.5mm audio jack) to the PS4. You may also be able to use a mixer for the same purpose, but look into what you need/have the budget for before you buy.
The products I linked are just starting points to help you out, but should fill your needs if you decide to go with one of them. Good luck, and I hope you can get everything running smoothly!
for my mic i use this: Behringer UMC22 2x2 USB Audio Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifier [link]
idk if youve seen this but ill post it here with what id get:
Microphones of that kind requiere the so called 48V Phantom Power.
You need something like this
This is the USB plug and play Version, that dosn't requiere a Audio Interface.
Like this one?
Hmm... To clarify, my set up is as follows from input to output:
electric guitar (Epiphone Casino) -[TS cable]-> Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 -[USB output]-> MacBook Pro 2013 Laptop -[Software: Garage Band]-> output audio jack from Laptop to Headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M30x)
My original comment was intended to inquire about the OP's Behringer UMC204HD (better version than mine) to see if it also experienced the issues I was experiencing with the cheaper alternative (Mine was $40). The UMC22 only has one Mic/Line, along with 1 Inst port. Both of those ports with their own Gain knobs. Then there is the Monitoring output with its own output knob and Direct Monitor button which I referenced earlier. That monitoring output knob does nothing to the USB output.
So I do not have Pad switches on those ports, a Mix knob, or a main output knob. With my set up of all the knobs turned down, I do get an input from the guitar (along with the static), the guitar is pretty quiet though. This input is visible in Garage Band's audio input visualizer measuring the Decibels.
Thank you for taking the time to help me out with this.
To Clarify my experience for any and all people looking at the cheaper option of Behringer U-Phoria UMC22:
This noise is not Ground Noise due to my Laptop because I do not have my MacBook Pro grounded/connected to an outlet. I have read other comments around on this product that mentioned it may be some sort of Ground Noise within the unit itself due to lesser quality, but nothing definite.
The tests where I found increasing the gain knob (this was the gain to the Mic/Line1 port with Midas PreAmp) was what I mistook for the increase in the volume of the static. That is the fuzz/noise of the typical increased gain. However, this does not increase the noise/whine of the unit. That is simply constant. I can tell the frequency and pitch of the two noises are different now when listening close. My other comment about the change in the whining noise of the unit on by itself when the gain knobs are turned still holds true.
I need a phantom power supply for a Beringer C-1. Right now the Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 looks pretty good, but if I could save $20 and be good with something like the Neewer that be great. I have already had this C-1 for a while now (traded my blue snowball for it and a mixer) but after some research I have found out that my mixer only supplies 15v of phantom and the C-1 needs 48v. I am only using this mic to talk on discord with some friends so nothing too crazy.
What recommendations do you have for something between $20-$40? For my situation I'm looking for the best bang for my buck type of thing. I'm pretty good with tech but audio is just another beast that I don't really want to tackle myself so any help would be very appreciated!
Yeah, having a small interface can make those mics actually sound really good. For future proofing of better mics, i would recommend these at one point or another. If latency free monitoring is important, Use the first one
I would highly recommend this audio interface for anyone just starting out. It's only $40 and the preamp is very impressive for the price. Is it as good as a Focusrite? no. But it's less than half the price, and very close in terms of quality. Definitely the best value per dollar interface out there. You can absolutely make professional sounding recordings with it.
As for a DAW I think the best beginner option is Reaper. It's does everything you want a professional DAW to do and it's only $60 for a non commercial license. There's a buttload of tutorials on Youtube for it which helps to flatten out the learning curve, and if you know Reaper you should be able to find your way around any other DAW that you may work with in the future.
That's $100 for arguably the two most important parts of your setup. I don't think there's anything out there that can take you as far for less (legally).
Does this DAC provide balanced outputs, preferably ideal for some JBL LSR 305's?
This is what you want instead
I'd recommend checking out a review and deciding if the quality is satisfactory for you.
Some people are more critical of audio quality than others, so it's mostly whether or not it's good enough to meet your personal standards.
Just keep in mind, if it's not USB you need an interface capable of providing power to the microphone.
Is this kind of what you're referring to?
Like this thing [link]
Internal soundcards are mostly a waste of time and money these days. If you really want to upgrade then think towards a USB audio interface with good SnR and channel separation. The Behringer UMC22 for instance.
BEHRINGER audio interface (UMC22) [link]
Are you trying to connect directly to a computer? Assuming that's the case, you can connect to your computer via supplied USB cable to an audio interface, then from interface to studio subwoofer input using TRS balanced cables, and finally from subwoofer output to the JBL LSR305s again using TRS cables. The following would be a very budget solution:
** Behring UMC22 audio interface $40 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC22-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00FFIGZF6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1527719700&sr=8-4&keywords=behringer+u-phoria
** Qty. 4 TRS cables $25 from Monoprice along with the subwoofer to get free shipping (2 to subwoofer input L&R and one each from subwoofer output to JBLs inputs): https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=4793