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This is one of those things (especially doing engineering as well as playing) that the best advice is just drop the cash and do it right.
Buy something like that (you can usually find them for pretty cheap on craigslist) and your life will be so much easier. Trying to hook an amp directly into a laptop is going to lead to all sorts of risks for your laptop and will probably produce a bad recording.
Edit- I talk english good
Focusrite is super solid. I've owned several of their products, and all of them have been great investments. Have you checked out the Scarlett though? rad little interface for the cost.
So this is all under the assumption that your pc is up to par, I know you're gonna get a ton of recommendations for this: Scarlett 2i2, there are also cheaper models available that are said to be of decent quality such as the scarlett solo
The interface has the option to switch between Line and Instrument. I use Line for my mic atm.
Here's the interface.
The player has a female Coax.
Not sure what you mean in the second paragraph. My mic always seems to work when I select it as an input in Windows. I have a "Direct Monitor" switch on my interface as well which routes my mic to my output. I'm assuming that would work if nothing else did.
there's really only a small few of them that i've seen, the most notable being WeAreMachines, if you look his name up with "tutorial" next to it you should find it.
there's really not too much difference between lofi and regular hiphop tutorials, it just depends on the style and what that person is using. Try looking up FL hip hop tutorials, and try to stick to ones strictly using FL as some people might be using an MPC or an SP. but try looking up Old School Hip Hop tutorials and Boom Bap tutorials, those are more in line with the lo-fi style
a soundcard is a piece of gear that processes audio. computers come with stock soundcards but they usually don't sound as good as a dedicated one, and don't have inputs and outputs for running external gear like you would a guitar cable into an amp
Generally the cheapest you'll find them is around $100, which if you're going to buy one new i'd suggest Focusrite as they hook it up with some software effects
but if you look around on ebay or amazon or possibly even craigslist you might find one for maybe 30 if you're lucky, but more likely around $50 for a decent one
You can get something like a Focusrite 2i2 which has balanced line outputs, and also a very nice headphone amp built in so kills two birds with one stone. Will outperform the Soundblaster at any level.
Having just recently purchased a pair of those JBL LSR305s for myself, I can confirm that they are an outstanding choice. I picked mine up as a pair for just $225, so even the full $300 may not be necessary if you can catch a deal (got mine on Amazon). As /r/audiophile recommended to me, you'll probably also want something like this with some balanced cables to get the most out of the sound. I love listening to music, and I only wish I'd purchased this setup sooner.
Would this one work? [link]
So my set up would be 2 mics --> this audio interace --> Mac. And GarageBand would recognize this? I apologize if any of these questions are "dumb", but like I said I'm so new to audio setups.
Just to clarify, here are some points to consider:
MIDI is a "language" for all synths to communicate. With MIDI, you can play one synth using another synth, you can transmit tempo, so that everything is synced, if you have guitar pedals with MIDI, you can read their manuals to determine exactly what they're capable of (i.e. set the tempo of your delay pedal using the tempo of your SUB 37), so on and so forth.
The USB output transmits MIDI to your computer. This allows you to do the things mentioned above with a DAW (digital audio workstation), which can be invaluable for compositions.
MIDI does not transmit audio. The audio output on the Sub 37 is essentially the same exact thing as the output jack on your guitar. Same cables and everything can be used and going line out>mixer>computer can work, as long as the mixer is capable of interacting with your computer somehow. Audio interfaces are also easy and simple ways to get the audio from your synth to your computer: here's a popular and basic one
if you get the XLR you have to get a interface with phantom power such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Interface generally speaking its better to have analog recording than digital with an USB mic
I own Rocksmith 2014 and a Focusrite 2i2, and have an Irig in the mail. The Rocksmith cable works just fine if you set it up correctly on your PC. The Irig is for my Ipad so I can jam out in the living room late at night. The 2i2 is a real piece of hardware that will work with multiple instruments (I use it for guitar, bass, keyboard, and mic) and is much more reliable than the Cable or the Irig, which both have quality issues. The best part about the 2i2 is that they go on sale all the time for $99(US), but you can grab one now for $125, which is still a great deal for such a versatile piece of hardware.
I can't think of a single amp/dac with a mic input. If you want to plug your mic directly into a dac you're going to need an audio interface. Unfortunately you're not going to find one with a 4 pole input so you'll still need the splitter. Most interfaces also have rca outputs on the back for speakers. I don't have enough experience to recommend one to you but I have used a Focusrite scarlett and used a xlr to 3.5 adapter to plug in a standard gaming headset. You can also get interfaces with 1/4 inch or 3.5mm inputs so you wouldn't need the adapter.
You're running guitar cable into the Behringer going USB into the computer? Reaper's device is ASIO4ALL set to the Behringer?
My experience recording direct like this is with an audio interface like this. It is possible that the Behringer is just not a high quality unit and is producing noise. The input lag you're experiencing can be adjusted with the ASIO4ALL driver settings. You should have an icon in your taskbar. Buffer size is the setting you want to adjust. Too low and the latency goes down, but it starts to skip or static. Too high and it sounds good but is very delayed. Find the sweet spot. I'm also afraid that a lower quality interface like the Behringer is simply not that powerful to process a guitar signal with low latency.
Noise could also come from putting a guitar pickup near a computer screen. Try to distance yourself physically from the screen.
'Best' way would be to use a proper ADC, such as a FocusRite Scarlett. They run about $130 right now.
This records in 24/96- but more importantly, the amplification stage is dead, black quiet, and it'll do stereo into separate channels nicely.
Other ADCs, such as the Yamaha Steingberg UR22-MKII, record in 24/192, BUT, I found the UR22-MKII has a noticeable background noise level.
But if a digital copy is available I'd just use that.
Source: I just purchased three ADC's to compare over the course of a week. Price for performance, I'd buy the Scarlett 2i2.
You could probably just open up two copies of audacity, set each one to a different input device, and then either hotkey the record button or possibly sync the audio to something like a loud clapping noise. You could also do like /u/Cly_Faker suggested and mix them together in Voicemeeter.
For our channel we use a Scarlett 2i2 and two XLR mics. But that's not a cheap solution.
Thanks for the quick response.
I looked at those 4, but it seems like they tend to suffer from poor reviews on Amazon.
Plus (and pardon my stupidity) are these working as amps or dac device....or both?
I was actually looking at this one Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface.
Though once again I have no idea if this is the right device for what I am looking for.
Lol...like I said I have no idea about these things!
Damn, really? I was poking around the sub and found someone else who had a similar request and someone else recommended this amp, the reviews seem very positive, but I'm still hesitant.
nah he means an interface which allows you to plug mics into a computer.
a shotgun mic would be an improvement, but it would still be a condenser mic (sensitive). whether or not you get an interface, you want to make sure you go with a dynamic mic if you're wanting to eliminate background noise.
Why didn't you post this earlier man? You missed so many great Black Friday cyber/Monday deals.
I would say the Jbl lsr305s are your best bet since they are still on sale(black only). The hosa cables would be fine-however if you want to elimate hiss/want the cleanest sound possible-you will need an interface like this that will accept balanced connections: [link]
It was $99 Black Friday-cyber Monday, now at $150 I'm not sure how good of a value it is-hopefully others will chime in about an interface for the jbls.
something like this. Check out reverb.com they have a lot of good resale equipment
I'm also willing to buy a soundcard and extra amp if that will improve the headphones.
The JBL LSR305 speakers are meant to have a "balanced" signal input into them. Your DAC is most likely outputting an unbalanced signal via the RCA outputs. The only thing you can do here is a get a DAC that outputs a balanced signal. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has balanced outputs.
So does an audio interface such as [link] be able to provide phantom power or not?
Edit: Would it provide a Pre mic and everything else you said above?
How would one monitor the mic in stereo in an audio interface such as this: [link]
I had quite a lot of issues for a long time with interference etc, but I bought the 2i2. Downloaded the drivers and it solved all my issues. Nice and clear now :D
/r/IZismyname go for this if you can afford it. Make sure to get a balanced jack to xlr or balanced jack to jack cable/s (Some cables are 2 cables in 1) to connect your monitors to your interface. [link]
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is your best bet.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface [link]
It seems to be the industry standard. I've never owned one myself, but it's well loved by a lot of bedroom producers. You can always read the Amazon reviews if you want.
If your budget is $100, then go with this. It's a good piece of hardware for a good price.
Hope that helps.
Haha yeah, Im at step two, I guess. I have the Audio technica ATH-M50x headphones. Next up is the audio interface. Another person on this thread mentioned this audio interface to be the way to go; what do you think?
New player here. So how do you use it? Assuming we are talking about this, it doesnt seem to be bass specific, as far as I can tell, so would I need extra software?
You'll need to get a DAC that supports balanced output.
I suggest the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. It has two TRS outputs (left and right) that will allow you to connect to the TRS inputs on the monitors.
You are not going to be able to correctly run unbalanced connections to the balanced inputs on the JBL's.
> I hooked them up to my custom computer with a Hosa balanced xlr to trs cable
That's not really how balanced connections work. I doubt your computer has a balanced output without a separate audio interface. What you likely have is XLR to 3.5mm so that you can plug directly in to your headphone out port. You are getting static because you have a balanced input connected to an unbalanced output.
You will absolutely need an audio interface. I personally suggest the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Just connect the TRS left to the left speaker and the TRS right to the right speaker.
I wish JBL would put unbalanced RCA on these things for people without interfaces, KRK puts them on all their monitors.
That's the second time someone's mentioned firewire. Is that really better for audio than USB? I was looking at this but it looks to be USB.
As mfEDM mentioned you need an audio interface, something like this -> [link]
You'll connect the audio interface via USB to your computer, then connect the KRK Monitor/s to the audio interface. The Focusrite, for example, only has TRS output. So you'd have to go TRS to either TRS or XLR on the monitor. You wouldn't have to tweak any settings since the outputs are either L or R for stereo, you'd just only be using one.
I never meant to imply i would NEVER buy one i was just wondering if i needed to buy one right now when i get a midi controller, Im working on alot of things and it will likely be a decent amount of time before i have anything that can be professional quality. I found a almost new Novation Bass Station II in my area on craiglist for a decent price, i thought maybe it would be a good choice because it can double as a MIDI VIA USB.
Would this AI work for those purposes, or should i spend the extra 50 for 2 more out ports?
Is this the one you are suggesting? [link]
Also, one more question: to start recording, would I need anything else besides this audio interface, ableton on my laptop, leads, guitar, microphone?
Thanks in advance.
the most popular home interface these days is probably the Scarlett 2i2. When comparing to that interface, the Komplete 6 offers two more 1/4" in/out, SPDIF in/out, midi in/out, a metal chassis rather than plastic, and a more attractive appearance (my opinion...).
If those extras don't sound worth $80 to you, then the Scarlett is a better choice.
I have a windows PC, and I also don't have $600 to pour into an audio interface.
What do you think of the Scarlett Solo?
Nah, I understand having low-rent equipment. It's a long process to collect all the right gear. Never-ending, actually.
First up I would suggest getting an audio interface to record your guitar directly into the computer. I've heard a lot of people recommend the Focusrite Scarlett.
You can get some plugins to simulate amps and effects. There's plenty of free ones that should set you on the right path. There's probably a thread here with recommendations.
For the drums you should find better samples to start, and maybe eventually get EZ Drummer or something similar.
Both of those would work but they only have one audio input. This means that you're only going to be able to record in mono, not stereo. That's fine for things like guitars and vocals but for your MPC 1000 which has two outputs so I'm going to assume it is in stereo, it wouldn't be optimal. It would work but it would sound flat. The one way around this is recording each track one at a time and then within the DAW you can move it around to the left and right ear but it would be somewhat of a hassle (I mean, you might have to do it anyways).
I've been down the road of trying to save money but youre going to have to upgrade anyways, and in the long run you'll spend more money. If your MPC 1000 only outputs in mono then this will be fine for now. There is a cable that exists that has two 1/4s on one side and one on the other for this purpose.
edit: doing a little research it does look like your MPC 1000 does output into stereo. So I highly suggest you getting the Focusrite 2i2 or something similar. See how it has the two multi-ins on the left there (the behringer one you showed has one, the focusrite one you showed has 0 though you could plug it into the one with the guitar logo).
So anything that looks like that one will be good because I'm sure you're going to want to make use of the stereo recording.
Should I get two microphones, one for the guitar and the voice, or should our instruments plug directly into the audio interface? His is not electric-acoustic, and mine is. And then also, as an audio interface, how does this one look? It says it has 2 inputs but (1 mic pre) which I assume means one input is specifically geared towards microphones. If we do that version it's only ~$100.
Basically an external sound card. They have better audio components ( I don't know of a better way to explain it) than what's on your motherboard. I own the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This will cut your latency even lower and just have overall improved sound quality
Sorry to tell you I think you messed up a bit. :)
That power supply is used for live situations and won't help you connect the microphone to your computer. The mic you bought uses XLR cables to connect. So in that case you need to buy a audio interface to be able to connect the microphone to your computer. Those aren't extremely cheap. For example this is a decent quality budget audio interface: [link]
Most or all audio interfaces I know have built in 48v phantom power. So you won't need a seperate device for your phantom power.
So you've got two options now. 1. Cancel your order and get a cheap USB mic as an easy fix.
2. Get the mic you bought and buy an audio interface.
Option 2 is the better if you're planning to take recording your music seriously.
Good luck! :)
Try to avoid Behringer as much as possible
Depending on your budget you can get many different ones.
I recommend spending around 200 dollars. That will land you in an area of great interfaces from many different manufacturers
This One is one of my absolute favorites. Remember that you will need "guitar" cables to hook up the monitors :)
I have never seen anyone use an XLR to USB cable like that. I can't imagine that it would supply the 48V phantom power needed for a condenser mic.
With an XLR mic, you need some sort of interface, usually a mixer. Something like this. That's why I've been leaning towards the USB microphones. I don't do any other kind of music or vocal recording, so getting into the world of mixers and all that seems like overkill to me.
If you need in and out capability I would look at something like the Focusrite Scarlett. If you just need output the Behringer on top will work fine.
I personally use this one
Here's a super simple set up (follows what other people have been suggesting):
Step 1- Buy this. It plugs into your computer via USB. It will require you to install once you plug it in. It comes with instructions in the box it comes with. Make sure you follow them.
Step 2- Buy this. It's an iconic and diverse microphone that has been used since the 60's. It's studio standard. Make sure you buy a mic cord of course. There are different kinds of mic cords. Make sure the two ends of the mic cord look like this. That's the one you want. You plug the mic cord into the microphone itself, obviously, and then plug the other end into the first slot on the interface shown in Step 1.
Step 3- Download a free software called Audacity. Look up beginner tutorials of how to record using this software. It's easy to use. This is what you will be recording your guitar onto.
Step 4- Make sure the Interface is plugged into computer (and installed onto it as well), make sure the mic is plugged into interface and the mic should be pointing at your amp, then open Audacity, then select the name of the interface you are using (the beginner Audacity tutorials on youtube will show you how this is done), and then boom you're all ready to hit that record button and start playing.
You can even make it simpler by buying a bundle which includes all the equipment you need. The downside is that you can only record one instrument at a time and the quality of the mic, in my opinion, isn't as good as the SM57. But once again it is literally everything you need to buy in one package. Still use Audacity to record since you're starting out. Hope this helps!
I'd just grab a Focusrite 2i2 and call it a day.
First, head over to /r/guitar and we'll gladly help you out. Second, what's your budget? There are multiple ways to skin this cat. Generally, your cheapest, most efficient option is gonna be to go digital. That means you'll need three things:
• An audio interface like a Scarlet Interface that will allow you to hook your guitar up to your computer. ~$120
• A computer ~$0 if you have a computer, or else expensive
• Amp modeling software like BiasFX or Amplitube ~$60 to $80
All in all, if you have a computer, a decent digital setup will cost around $200 and will essentially act like an AxeFx, digitally simulating an amp head, cabinet, and effects. It's cheap, sounds good, allow you to endlessly tweak your sound, and makes it easy to record. The downside is that it's gonna be difficult, if not impossible, to transport that setup to a live gig.
On the other hand, you could invest a bunch more money into a tube amp head/cab or a combo. This will allow you to gig much easier but you're stuck with the sound of that one amp; not a bad thing if you love that tone! If you wanna go this route, there are a bunch of great intro options for a decent metal sound: Anything in the 'Metal' line by Blackstar, a used Peavy 5150/6150, anything by Orange in the 'Terror' line, a used Mesa Rectifier.
To get that 'chonk' and 'sproingy-ness' that you hear in modern metalcore, you're probably gonna need to tighten the low end of your high gain amp with an overdrive like a Tubescreamer. Now you got a stew goin'. My recco's? Get on Reverb and grab a used Orange Dark Terror ($400), a 1x12 cabinet with a V30 in it ($200) and a used Tubescreamer ($50). Go with a bigger amp or cab if you have the money for it. 5150 is a classic.
More like this.
for a build JUST for audio production, you could honestly probably get away with a pretty barebones motherboard. This is because the main question will be what outboard audio interface you will use with it. The audio interface will completely bypass the motherboards audio chipset, and if functioning properly, will provide far higher quality audio and much more routing options/customization than any motherboard chipset can claim. Fortunately you don't need to spend much to get something like that. This focusrite scarlett series is a particularly popular choice: [link] I don't really recommend something like this though since it has no external power supply - if your friend intends to power and record a microphone that requires phantom power this interface will both transmit the data and 48 volt over usb 2.0. It works, but seems like people have mixed results with it. This Behringer Umc404hd is outrageous value for the $99 dollars its currently priced at. [link]. Pretty sweet with those 4 inputs and all those output options on the back.
I would say as long as the mobo has enough usb and sata connections you'll be fine. Just depends on whether your friend is interested in overclocking or gaming which will definitely increase the cost. For an overclockable motherboard Id get something like this [link] If not overclocking, you could go as cheap as this $46.99 ASRock H110M-HDS LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and not run into problems as long as it has enough I/O for your friends needs. [link]
I have no idea, I have never heard of any product like that, I was thinking along these lines: [link]
A desktop is going to be more robust and upgradable - more powerful cpu for the money, more max ram, more inputs, more storage, etc.
A laptop is portable. That's really the only advantage, but it's a huge one. From gigging to sitting on the couch to field recording, never underestimate how big portability is.
Realistically you'd want both, which one you pick would be how you value your tradeoffs. If you already own a laptop (most people have something these days), that might be plenty for the few times you'd need to move around. Or if you already have a pretty great desktop, maybe you'd rather do a cheap ram upgrade and then put the rest of the cash in a nice laptop.
For specifics: ram, cpu, drive, connections. Those are going to be your main concerns with a computer. RAM is going to allow you a larger buffer for things like samples and simultaneous tracks. CPU will determine the amount of real time processing for VSTs and plugins. Drive space is where you keep it all. The faster the better - an SSD for actual working storage and a large HDD for long term project storage is ideal. Connections are just things like USB, Firewire, whatever. Not hugely important unless you're using outboard equipment that requires it. Most everything is USB these days.
For a real basic outline: any computer made in the last couple years is probably ok. i3 or i5 cpu, 4-8GB ram, 250GB SSD/1TB HDD would be a really cheap, basic setup, and will work just fine for Ableton/FL/whatever. Ideally, you're going to want the fastest/most crap you can jam in there - i7 cpu, 16 or 32GB RAM, 500GB-1TB SSD/2-4TB HDD (or combo thereof). It's super easy to add drives and ram after the fact, so there's that. Don't feel like you have to do it all at once.
You're also probably going to want some kind of audio interface. A Focusrite 2i2 is a basic USB audio interface that will get decent quality sound in and out of your computer for a low price. If you want MIDI, you'll need a different/beefier unit. There's lots of USB interfaces out there. Check out M-Audio, Behringer, Presonus and a bunch of others.
I bought some nice Beyerdynamic headphones with a mic, and they sound great. I was wondering however, would I see an improvement if I bought a new dac or just keep using the one that came with a gaming headset I previously bought shown here: [link] ? I am currently using this with a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter and an xlr to 1/8 adapter. Would I see an improvement if I got a large USB audio interface like [link] or would it be a waste of money?
If it has an XLR port you can use an interface like this one for your PC.
I use audacity for my actual recording, but right now it is not registering sound even in "recording devices"
I am using the procaster
With the scarlett 2i2
Phantom power is very much so in the specs.
And I connected the two together with an excessively long cable.
Cable is in right, I don't think I could have screwed that one up, plus I must have plugged/unplugged it a dozen times.
Gains are all on max as I am just trying to get some sort of sound to register.
I downloaded and registered the software that came with the scarlett.
My computer is registering the scarlett in recording devices, but doesn't mention the procaster.
I know around where the xlr cable is plugged in has the capability to light up... it flickers whenever I hit the phantom power button... but it does not light up when it is plugged in at all.
Check out the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 or the 6i6 if you want more inputs and outputs. Then you would just need either TRS to XLR or TRS to TRS to hook up the JBL LSR305's.
Check out the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface. You can run your monitors, headphones, and an XLR microphone through it and use USB to your computer. For a little less money there is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface.
Hello there. So basically, if you really want the 'professional' sound. You really need to record tracks separately to EQ each track. Double tracking for the guitar and good stereo image for vocals, and good harmonies to back up your voice will help tremendously to achieving that strong, bold, commercial sound. If you want the basic "acoustic youtube singer" starter pack, you'll only need a $150-300 condenser mic and an audio interface. That'll do it. Since your mic needs phantom power supply, the audio interface I would suggest is Focusrite or M-Audio . But it really depends on the sound you really want. If you're just looking to directly record your singing and guitar like the vast majority of youtube singers, then you wouldn't need to spend so much on an interface. Get this one instead. If you're still blurry on the vision of professional production and indie production, then I would suggest you to listen to Beck's album, "Morning Phase". Of course we can't achieve that sound on our own, but it'll really help you image the art of production (EQ, panning, compression, guitars double tracking, good mixing and mastering). So it's up to you. How professional do you want you songs to be? Ok I'm rambling random shit again lol. I really should seek a therapy to stop explaining random music stuff to people. I should stop now. One last thing (I promise), check out this guy . Or you could just record like him and people will still get the message of the song. He sings and plays very good. Maybe you're better I don't know. So yeah, it's up to you. There are no standards in music. Music is music. Products are products. And marketing is marketing. FUCK I SHOULD STOP NOW! ok hope this helps and have a nice day :)
There are a couple different ways to approach this.
If its only 2 people you intent on broadcasting this is the route I would recommend.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface
Behringer AMP800 Four Channel Headphone Amp <- I was looking for cheap headphone "splitter"/amplifiers. While its four channel, its inexpensive and will do what you need
Im assuming the headsets you are using now have a mic built into it. With the above setup you would need to purchase additional microphones.
Any XLR microphone will work with the Focusrite 2i2. There are loads of options when it comes to microphones with a vase range of price options. I personally use the Shure SM7B however this is a bit pricey depending on your budget.
Additionally you may need/want to purchase headphones for your new setup. I use the Astro A40's with the adapter to quarter inch.
I hope this helps. Id be happy to answer any questions you might have. :D
Is this a good interface? [link]
Thanks for your help. I find your comment about m-audio interesting. I was thinking about spending a little more money to get the m-audio m-track plus over the m-track II.
Looking at focusrite ones, the lowest end one seems to start at $200, which is $60 more than the m-audio one and it doesn't seem as nice.
Would you still recommend focusrite with that significant of a price difference?
Sorry for formatting, typing this on mobile
Ah, then you're referring to plugging the mics directly into the interface that gets the mics to the computer. We use a Mixing Board that gives us EQ, panning, and additional mics for more than 2 people which then only goes out as one track stereo to our Interface.
Ableton, Studio One, or Pro Tools (depending on the OS of your computer)
The mic is phantom powered so you'll need an audio interface. I use this one which is also pictured above!
first thing that comes to mind is a focusrite 2i2, which is like $99. But do some research for a digital-audio-converter. Most will have an output for headphones and an input for a mic jack (and a 1/4 inch in and out for guitars or headphones or whatever)
focusrite 2i2 (was on sale for $99, might drop down to that price again soon)
phantom power supply
Hey man. I personally use FL Studio and love it. If you're budget's tight though Reaper might be the way to go. I've heard a lot of good things about them and they let you try out the full version of the program for 60 days, after that they ask you pay for it. It's only $60 and works on the honor system(the program doesn't stop working if you don't pay...).
Other than the DAW you'll probably need an audio interface, a decent set of headphones, and a microphone, preferably a large diaphragm condenser with phantom power. Below I made a list of items I'd buy if I was just starting out and strapped for cash.
Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 ($150).
Monitoring Headphones: AKG K44 Headphones ($20).
Microphone: BEHRINGER C-1 ($50).
Fair enough. Do you have any thoughts on the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 as its only $99 on amazon right now? It seems to be well regarded here from what I see on other threads.
> strange that it worked before with no problems
Some computer sound cards just assume you're a bonehead and can handle brief extreme signal overloads. You probably just got lucky.
Ideally you want to go from the phono preamp to your sound device. For high quality, you want something like this. You'd use RCA cables (the standard analog audio cables) to get from the preamp to the device. (In the case of that Scarlett, you'd need a pair of inexpensive 1/4" adapters to connect the RCAs to it.)
Here's a cheap but not ghastly gadget that will also get the job done. I'd strongly encourage you to get this instead of the $6 thing. You'll get dramatically better results.
If you want to go usb-user to xlr-user, you need a preamp. This is needed because of quality (I need a reference here).
I can recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
It gives you two xlr- or two jack-input (or combination ), but you just need the one for your mic.
But that was the first 149$...
50$ is not worth much.
So either you can increase you budget, or try finding something used.
Next up is a microphone.
I think you should consider your voice range. If you have a low voice you need a mic with good spectrum in the lower part of the spectrum. Visa versa if you have a higher voice pitch.
A good example is the Røde NT-1's spectrum . It has a pretty good spectre all over but price is there after.
A cheaper version is the Røde NT-1A.
But those alone are $200+.
You can find a lot of alternatives, but remember to get a shock mount (Røde has one included).
You will also need a pop-filter to remove explosive 'b's and 'p's. (Røde also includes this).
There are many microphones to pick. I think highly of Røde because they sound really good, and they contain the Danish letter ø (even though the company has nothing to do with Denmark).
I had the same issue until I switched to TRS.
I suggest the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
I have an iRig Pro and I honestly like it. Not only can I use it with an phone or tablet, but I can use it with a computer too. And now you have access to all the software goodies: effects, loopers, metronome, backing tracks, etc.
If you're just interested in plugging into your laptop, there's a good number of audio interfaces. The Focusrite Scarlett seems a perennial favorite.
Or you could pick a Rocksmith Real Tone cable off Ebay for some $20-40 - does the same job (but fewer controls over the sound). Eventually pick up Rocksmith off Steam for some $20. It's really been doing wonders keeping me on track with technique and practice.
You might also look into a guitar headphone amplifier, like a VOX amPlug 2 - $40, or even the super-cheap Monoprice variant for $14.
Hello Everyone, if I'm doing this wrong, let me know.
I recently purchased a Focusrite 2i2 so I can record acoustic guitar and vocals into my DAW (Ableton Live).
Now I'm looking at picking up some monitors to output the volume to. I'd like to a set that is a little above my skill level, but I'm also a thrifty shopper. As such I have found these used Yamaha HS7's at Guitar center.
I'd eventually like to get further into the world of music mixing and production, but right now I'm a beginner. I know I could get away with some cheaper speakers for a while, but at the same time I have read that monitors are the most import piece of equipment.
I'm in Chicago and regularly scour craigslist and pawnshops for reasonable monitors but so far have had no luck.
Thank to anyone with any feedback!
Hello Everyone, another lurker here.
Can someone help me find the cables I would need to connect a focusrite 2i2 to a set of monitors, particularly a set of Event ASP8's?
Sounds like your next step would be getting a recording interface. This provides inputs to record and outputs to monitor when you're mixing and recording. You can find pretty reasonably priced entry level units with 1 or 2 inputs.
Edit: Like this or this
Sorry if I'm coming off as an idiot, but I don't really understand still. Would this interface work fine? [link] Really looking to get good performance. I'm gonna use the AT 2035 ([link]). I really do appreciate the help. Could you explain a bit more on what I have to do to make a usb headset work with this?
is this what you are describing? [link]
unless you have an audio interface, you won't be able to plug a mic into your computer. if you have no plans of getting an interface, then you should consider a USB mic like the usb version of the AT2020.
having a home studio is great! here's what you're missing:
1) audio interface is what you use to record audio into your computer. the Scarlett that I linked to is the most popular interface right now, but there are lots of choices. I personally love my Komplete Aduio 6
2) a mic or two. the AT2020 is generally considered the best entry-level mic for home recording. it won't be the best electric guitar mic you could get for $100, but it's definitely the best all-around mic for that price.
you'll be set to go with just an interface and a mic, and you'll be set to upgrade to better gear later. like:
3) reference monitor speakers (get two). I don't know if those that I linked are good, but they're affordable and my larger Mackie monitors are great. 3" is really small, so maybe look into some larger ones. you'll also want to build or buy stands for them.
4) some good mixing headphones. those are probably the most common mixing headphones, but you can definitely get better ones for more money.
once you have that stuff, it will just be a matter of upgrading your gear over time. a better mic would be a good place to start. I absolutely love my AT4050 for all kinds of shit.
getting a fancy outboard pre-amp is another good upgrade. the FMR RNP is possibly the best stereo pre-amp for under $1000 and performs even better when paired with it's sister compressor the FMR RNC.
...but that's probably looking too far ahead...
For heaphones, check out this article. Someone on this sub made it a while back and it's pretty helpful.
For soundpacks, I would start by looking through free stuff, there's so many good samples out there for free. Once you have a really good idea of what you need that you can't find for free, then look into buying.
The built in Ableton effects are good and a lot of people use operator, the synth that comes with it, so I'd say once again wait on buying plugins until you know what you want/need. That being said, Serum is a very popular all-around synth. Sylenth is also a very good synth, it's fairly basic in some ways, but is great sounding, light on CPU, easy to learn on, and pretty powerful.
I'd probably spend:
200-300 on heaphones
150 on audio interface Focusrite 2i2 is a fantastic option
Look into a 100-200 dollar midi controller and decide if that's something you feel would help your workflow.
Maybe a 200ish synth like serum or massive (once again, decide if you need it).
I would recommend these for recording on a budget.
Also, sorry to bother you again, but I'm hoping you'd know the answer to this as everywhere I've looked has not had the answer... I found this interface and it seems like a great cheap interface. Although, I'm unsure if my AKAI MPK 49 would be compatible with it... I know the interface has an XLR and 1/4 inch input, but it has not been clear whether I could get a midi into it, or if the AKAI MPK 49 has an XLR out...
Thanks for the very detailed reply, but yikes that apollo is pricey. Would something like this work with - say - these?
I've isolated the cables from anything else and the buzzing continued however i have no idea if they're shielded, i'll have to try and find out where i bought them from and check.
by extensions i mean one of these.
yes these speakers are powered, both plugged in to there own plug extension. i don't know if the output line-level signals can be set, i'll have to check.
Sorry to bother again, that one could do headphones and a mic correct?
I used to have that Berhinger X1204USB (still do for personal recordings, actually) but we upgraded for our podcast and got the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 with is at $350. The 18i8 will give you separate audio channels.
A smaller version, Scarlett 2i2, has 2 inputs and is less than half the price at $200
The cool thing about these is you can plug either a XLR or 1/4" inputs into the same track.
Extra: I also recommend picking up a USB to stereo adapter for $8 on Amazon.
It's actually red, bad lighting. It's a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface for the microphone.
A lot of times the recording outs from amps run really hot. It is entirely possible is is distorting your USB chip. If I were you, I would get something like the presonus audiobox or the scarlet 2i2. They would both allow you to better control volume levels and avoid clipping. Not to mention they have better preamps!
Then the build I posted above and this :
Focusrite 2i2 is probably one of the better budget audio interfaces. You don't have to take my word for it, look for its reviews on google and youtube, see for yourself. You don't really need to go over budget for this, GTX 960 instead of R9 290 will do just fine, and also has the benefit of being the most silent GPU on the market - when not gaming, the fans on the GPU are not even spinning.
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That said, you can still go for R9 290 if you want to spend more than 1200$.
First off, if you are willing to spend $500 you will want an XLR mic setup. There are a few ways to go
1) XLR mic + USB preamp
2) XLR Mic + preamp + sound card
Either one will be fine, and it depends on exactly what you want to do. As far as mics go, the SM27 is great but you can get very similar sound with a cheaper mic. Look at the AT2035 or the Blue Spark (what I've got)
If you choose option 1:
Scarlett 2i2 ($150) OR Behringer Xenyx 802 USB ($80) OR ART Tube MP USB ($100) and a mic of your choosing
If you choose option 2:
Creative Sound Blaster Z ($80) + Behringer Xenyx 802 ($65) OR Mackie 402 ($100) OR ARt Tube MP ($70) and then a microphone of your choosing. Don't forget a pop filter, shock mount, cables, and stand if you don't have them already.
Also, keep in mind that HOW you mic is almost as (if not more) important than the mic itself. Practice good mic technique (mic distance, on/off axis recording, room audio, and post-processing) will be more beneficial than a super expensive mic. If you have the money, and space, getting some acoustic treatment on your walls will help tighten up your sound a lot. If you can't put anything on your walls then hang some blankets around you to minimize reflections and/or get a mic box.
Hope this helps! Message me with any more questions :D
I'm not positive yet, but any upgrade will be to a powerful studio microphone that needs to be connected via XLR cables and thus needs to be run though some sort of XLR to USB interface. Something like this:
Paired with something like this:
The problem is that active basses like yours have an impedance much different from the input that your computer is expecting (a passive input, like a microphone or even a passive bass/guitar/keyboard, but really just a microphone).
As others have mentioned, an audio interface is a recording requirement. Your computer speaks only in 1s and 0s. An analog input like a mic/guitar/bass is a constantly changing wave that the computer does not understand. You need something to convert that wave into 1s and 0s, and this is what the interface does. You'll have controls for input gain/volume so you can hear it.
This has great bang for the buck: [link]
But if you can't afford it, this will do, but you'll need an adapter for 1/4 mono -> single rca: [link]
CPU : Intel Skylake i7-6700k. Unlocked, overclockable. Technically, you can get a locked i7-6700 and overclock it using BCLK only, but you are not on a tight budget, and that feature is not ready yet. In any case, for best results, you use both BCLK and multiplier to overclock. Another option is to get Haswell Refresh, older CPU architecture, its not really that much worse, and way cheaper. But Skylakes are very energy efficient. At stock, it will run cold, especially with that cooler.
Cooler ; Noctua D15. Best air cooler that exists on this planet. Is better than most AIO water coolers, and much more silent. Check the reviews if you don't believe me. Can't go wrong with it.
RAM : 16GB DDR4, with option to add 16 more for total of 32 later on.
MB : Asus Z170 ROG series. Has surprisingly good on-board audio, so you don't really need a sound card. Has USB 3.1, m.2 . Supports SLI/Crossfire. 4x SATA ports, 1xSATA Express, 1x m.2.
GPU : GTX 970, the MSI model. You wanted power efficienty, and GTX 970 is extremely cool for the amount of power it delivers. It can run any game at 1080p 60fps with settings close to max, while producing 2x less heat than its competitor, R9 390. Also, MSI model is extremely silent, good for overclocking and has 0db feature, which means that when it is idling, like when you watch movies or do work, it will turn off its fans, relying on passive cooling from the airflow inside the case. Fans only start spinning once it exceeds 60c, and in games, under full load, it floats around 70-75c. I have this exact GPU, its really good for someone who seeks good performance but wants silence and low temperatures as well.
Case : I am not really proficient in fancy cases, with leds and all. Always preferred sleek, modest and fucntional ones. So, I put in Fractal Design Full-ATX case, which is exactly that. You can get whichever.
PSU : EVGA G2 850w. Made by SuperFlower actually. Extremely reliable, and silent. Modular.
Storage ; 250GB SSD and 1TB HDD. SSD is 850 EVO. Again, from personal experience - excellent SSD, uses SATA, and its not that far behind m.2 SSD - honestly, SATA SSD are already so fast, that you only see the difference between m.2 and SATA in benchmarks.
Also, threw in a gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder. Its reliable and has good sensor.
CPU+MB are MicroCenter bundle, in-store pickup only.
I am not proficient in Webcams, I use some cheap Logitech one. But I imagine that for 100$, they all good. I can recommend Logitech ones, because their drivers never gave me any issues.
As far as sound cards - the on-board audio on that Z170 is actually quite good. For professional sound work, like doing voice overs, you are better off with a good audio interface. I recommend Scarlett 2i2.
Out of curiosity - why do you want 8GB VRAM?
EDIT : Put in the wrong MB by mistake. Fixed now.
Hi I want to purchase an audio interface for my XLR mic (MXL 770) to connect to my computer. I just want clean sound (no humming/buzzing) so I know to avoid some cheap Behringer interfaces.
I'm looking at the Scarlett 2i2 at the moment since it seems like my best bet but if you have any other suggestions I'd highly appreciate them!
SOLUTION: [link] or something on [link]
I have the 2i4, and I can max out every volume level to my balanced connections on my amp and i hear absolutely nothing, ever.