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Shit magni + modi, both second gen, driving some HD650's. The other interface is the Behringer UMC202HD driving some random old XLR mic. I'm looking to upgrade the dac, amp, and mic during black friday/cyber monday.
So just stick with the UMC202 I mentioned in the original post. this one
I would just go with the Samson Q2U or ATR2100USB then at this point if your preference is USB. Absolutely no reason you can't plug directly into the PC -- that's what they're designed for.
The procaster is a good mic (and is a dynamic end-address mic, so would have the same effect of very good background rejection), and that bundle has the exact things you would want, so no extra fluff in there. The only thing you would need extra would be an interface or a mixer.
If you're looking for a good interface to get you going, check out the HD line of Behringer products (i.e. the UMC202HD). The baseline UM-2 isn't really recommended, as it has a lot of noise introduced, but the 202HD and up are solid.
Lots of people also swear by Focusrite Scarlett's, but there's also been lots of posts about weird issues happening after ~4 hours of capture. I dunno... I don't have one.
How many people will you have on? Is it just solo? I have a Audio Technica AT2005 and use it with a Behringer XLR interface and the quality is excellent even in a completely untreated room. If you are going one or two people this is my recommendation [link]
If you get a good dynamic cardiod mic and get savvy with noise reduction in your recording software (DAW) you will have some really good quality.
The computer interface for the Behringer UMC202HD is USB. With this plugged in it is your computer's soundcard and what your plug your mic/headphones/speakers into.
This is what we're talking about:
There's really no fixing that Behringer Micropower PS400 as effectively all phantom power injectors are complete garbage and you should always be getting phantom power from a dedicated interface or mixer.
Given the background noise posts I see in your future with the AT2020, or any large diaphragm condensers like it, I strongly suggest you return/sell that AT2020 and PS400 and get something like a Samson Q2U or AKG D5 w/ Behringer UMC202HD. Their noise rejection performance is waaaay better and just better suited to desktop streaming.
If you are using a standalone mic instead of a headset, remember that you need to have the mic 3-4" away from your face. Yes, this means that the entire mic will be in your headshot, which is normal. If the keyboard is physically closer to the mic than your lips, you'll be hearing more keyboard than voice.
I've heard really good things about the new Behringer interfaces if you're still looking, there's one for $60 on amazon:
As others have said, first, get a DAW. There are many out there, and all of them are great in their own right. Try out demos for and see which one you like. FL Studio and Ableton are super popular among beatmakers.
For recording external instruments, you need an audio interface and a microphone. The Behringer UMC202HD is a great starter interface that won't break the bank. For the mic, I'd recommend Rode NT1-A, it's a popular pick among many home recording artists.
After you have these things, start learning. Learn how your DAW works, and learn how to record. Make music with what knowledge you have at the time, and always strive to improve. For general info on mixing and recording, check out RecordingRevolution, Produce Like a Pro, and Pensado's Place on YouTube, tons of great info on those channels.
Typically how these kind of things work is...
You have a mic,
connect mic XLR to Interface ( in this case, the lexicon alpha)
Connect interface to computer with USB.
You should not have to connect the interface through the actual audio ports on your computer, because you are bypassing the internal sound card to use this USB audio interface.
The interface should show up in your computer as an additional sound card. This lets you hook up studio monitors to the LineOut on the interface, and use the mics/inputs in whatever software you're wanting to use.
As the other person said, it looks like the lexicon alpha does not provide phantom power, so you'll need either another interface, or a power injector.
A cheap interface with phantom power that I personally like is [link]
I'm planning on upgrading my computer audio setup with new headphones and a condenser mic very soon. I'm buying a USB audio interface to plug the microphone into (currently looking at a Behringer UMC202HD), which also has a headphone port as well as Left/Right outputs in the back. I'm not entirely sure how this equipment works, and I'm curious about a few things:
I have a UMC202HD. I was wondering if anyone knew how to get it to read inputs as stereo instead of mono? Particularly for the hardware monitoring feature. Thanks in advance!
Edit: err, mono instead of stereo - either way I would just like to be able to monitor any individual input through both ears rather than just through one
i have a small interface for now. it works great. we want to upgrade but we wanted to know how to get everything mixed in properly. if you have a recommendation based on what im looking for, that would be great. we have two mic's now, and want a third for occasional guests. so i guess we would need at least 4 channels? let me know. thanks.
this is what we have now which i assume wont work
Nice pick there! I'm not sure if this is the one you where talking about but it's nowhere close to 70 bucks, although it's still 'under 100$' so it's certainly viable.
I figured this would be a good option. It has 24bit / 192k, and 2 channels so it should be able to work fine with my needs?
If you can be a bit flexible on the price (~10 euro), I'd recommend something like the Behringer UMC202HD. There are plenty of them out there that would work, I just prefer to stick to namebrands, if I'm going to spend the money. Here's another one I found, keep in mind I live in freedom land so I'm just going off Amazon and the USD equivalent.
would something like this work?
He sent me this:
I want a microphone to communicate in games.
I already have Audio Technica Mx40 Headphones and a https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC202HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA-2-Channel/dp/B00QHURUBE/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2CK2ZNP65WHNB&keywords=behringer+u-phoria+umc202hd&qid=1549810605&s=gateway&sprefix=behringer+u-phoria%2Caps%2C286&sr=8-5
If you want a cheap and good quality interface with ASIO drivers instead of USB connector then I can recommend this one: [link]
You definitely need an interface. I’ve had good luck with Behringer, and a lot of people swear by Focusrite.
This is the cheapest 2 channel interface. If you want room to grow, you will need a 4 channel interface.
The Snowball is a condenser mic, so if you want condenser mics there’s a few options. I very much prefer dynamic mics for podcasts.
Honestly the Pyle SM58 clone sounds good, and is cheap as hell. You could also get an actual SM58
There’s tons of options for XLR mics. You could spend the money on interfaces now, get cheap mics, and upgrade them over time.
There is, i picked that one up, i appreciate your help nonetheless!
Doesn't sound like your co-host's mic is being picked up. You could download Voicemeeter and get both mic's to be picked up by Audacity, but they'll both be on a single channel. The better option is to by a $59 2x2 digital audio interface and plug the mics into that with XLR cables.
I have a phantom power supply so technically it's not plugged straight in to the computer if that's what you mean. I'm broke as fuck, is this sufficient
You need something like this then.
BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC202HD [link]
You'll want two mics. Ideally, you'll get two inexpensive mics and an audio interface. Something like:
Alternatively, you can start with two USB microphones. USB mics have audio interfaces built in, but since hardware clocks aren't in perfect alignment, the audio from one or both will need to be continuously "resampled" by the computer to keep sync. It's not the end of the world, but it's not great either.
If you go this route, get two Knox KN-UM01s ($40 each). They're ATR2100 clones and apparently made in the same factory. Like the ATR2100 they're dynamic mics, which tend to be friendlier than more-sensitive condenser mics.
Post back if you have questions!
Behringer UMC202HD worked out great for me.
Sometimes the only way to eliminiate noise like that is to use a USB interface, like this https://www.amazon.com/BEHRINGER-Audio-Interface-1-Channel-UM2/dp/B00QHURUBE?th=1
I would advise this. it measures better than a modi and is cheaper, plus it wouldn't look out of place in an office.