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I think it's a usb audio interface for XLR mics. Probably this one or something similar.
are you saying "Yes" to the phantom power question?
Do you have Vu meters somewhere in your signal chain?
If so what levels are you hitting when using the mic?
I am not familiar with the Scarlett, but looking at a picture here
I don't see a phantom power switch on the device
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If it sounds good coming out of the headphones you can get a USB audio interface similar to this. It isn't the same one I have, mine cost about $100, but something like this. It's pretty easy to use.
It's a little complicated if you don't understand how it all works.
In your situation and for simple explanation - MIDI works two totally different ways in your system.
You can use midi OUT from Logic into the proteus to control it. This will allow you to generate sounds inside the proteus. The important thing to understand is that midi doesn't carry any sound itself. It's just notes without any sound. In this configuration you need to either hookup the sound output on the proteus to a sound card or speakers to hear anything.
You can also send midi from the proteus into Logic (midi IN). This will let proteus use the sound banks inside of Logic when it plays. You lose the sounds that are inside proteus and it plays using sounds found in logic. This configuration would be if you like the song structures in the proteus but don't want to use it's instruments.
What I believe you really want to do is use the soundbank inside the proteus, since those sounds are what make it so special. In order to do that you must run the audio out lines from the proteus into either a speaker or into a sound card with inputs. In this way you can send the audio out of the proteus into Logic and record it and/or play it through your computer speakers.
So to try to recap, for midi, if you want to use Logic's midi interface to play the Proteus you can use a USB MIDI. If you want the Proteus to play logic sounds you can also use the USB Midi. If you want to control the proteus from logic AND capture the sound inside logic, you need a USB Midi AND a sound card/device that can capture the audio outputs on the proteus. You can also skip the usb midi entirely and use a midi keyboard plugged into the proteus. You still need a soundcard to get the output into your computer.
Here is a popular device for capturing audio into your computer - [link]
Your best budget option then is this: [link] An internal sound card is useless for audio engineering. Depending how close up you will be sitting, you should probably just get a pair of JBL LSR305s rather than the A5+. I didn’t realize this was for audio engineering or I would have mentioned this earlier. I also prefer a trackball mouse for a better mixing workflow. Do you use a lot of VSTs or outboard gear? If VSTs, you might actually want to consider 32gb of RAM.
I'm using a Focusrite 2i4 because I had a few pieces of equipment and a nice mic installed. The 2i2 and solo I also heard good things about [link]
Then I have some nice closed Sony studio headphones that honestly aren't great for mixing but super comfy and balanced for listening (I'm not an audiophile) that I use to test mixes as well as for vidya gaming.
Try returning the phantom power supply and trying out a new one. I've heard of that one having similar issues in the past.
Personally, I like the Focusrite Scarlett for XLR applications. [link]
Oh okay, well I am taking it seriously. I actually was thinking about buying this but was unsure. I think I will buy one now, this one seems cheap do you know if I should get this one.
I'd recommend getting something more like this if it doesnt fall outside your budget [link]
Basically, the scarlett has an extremely good pre-amp (phantom psu) built-in, headphone amp, DAC, excellent drivers and support. It's leading edge for simple in+out, and it also has additional connectivity for when you wanna do something more in the future.
What you're suggesting could possibly work, but we can't rule out the possibility of your preamp also contributing to that noise floor. I can say from personal experience that my condensing microphone works with a noise floor so low on my mic, I can't even hear it without turning both my gain AND my headphones to max. Highly recommended. (This is the same soundcard/dac/preamp I'm currently using and I specifically got it for my AT2020 condensing mic)
Another option is to try out the thing youre looking at, the one you linked; you can always send it back if it doesnt help, since amazon's return policy is great
Hope that helps!
Edit: Keep in mind, I'm assuming by "background noise" you're talking about that white noise hiss or hum in recordings, and not like actual noise made by things in your household (like typing); Im not sure if theres options to reduce THAT kinda noise in condensing mics aside from pointing the mic away from that noise source since it's directional
I’d go with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. You can get the 1st gen one for $25 less if necessary, only minor differences. You can often find them on Craigslist too. I’ll let others speak on the TT question. It depends on what type of sounds you’re going for with your beats, but in general, the less unnecessary noise when sampling the better. Direct drives are obviously better for DJs, but some think belt driven TTs with the motor not directly beneath the platter are less noisy. I am no TT expert though.
There is any better alternatives to this?
(Possibly with a similar price)
My aim is to use the guitar along with the PC + some software to simulate an amplifier and hear it with headphones
(And maybe to record something)
This is a great dac:
But it doesn't have a switch between the headphone and the speaker outputs. Instead both outputs have separate volume controls.
You may want to save a little more and get one of these:
I like at least 2 mic inputs. You can actually commit some respectable recordings. With one mic and one line it can really limit you.
That should work fine. If you purchase directly from Amazon though, you'll be able to facilitate a return much easier if it doesn't work out:
I used to use a Mackie Onyx Blackjack but its drivers aren't officially supported in windows 8/10 so I started to get weird digital distortion if I didn't have it just the right USB port. Picked up a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 [link] and haven't had a problem since. I was even able to remove a lot of noise cancelling plugins from my setup because they were no longer needed. There is a 1 input version (scarlet solo) for cheaper but you said you'd like 2 input (1/4" or Xlr)
Try using the scarlett 2i2. It's got great white noise reduction and is very affordable.
Something like this; [link]
They usually connect through USB and have various inputs and outputs, if you are voice acting you should definitely use one of these and pair it with an xlr condenser microphone for superior quality recordings and the outputs will give you neutral monitoring too.
As I said, pcie soundcards are dated techs when mobos dont have their own. Nowadays they dont mean much.
from what i can tell this doesnt have a 1/4" jack for your guitar?
Well I do have an audio interface for what its worth, its a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Yes, you will need an interface if you want to go directly into the computer, plugging your guitar into the hybrid XLR/TRS input. It will sound okay, I would not recommend it for guitar driven music, but it's doable for, say, electronic music with guitar being used as some texture. You're not gonna get amazing tone unless you get a better amp and equipment and a room to record in.
Hey man, would like to chime in as a broke student who likes to record his own music too :)
All you need is a DAW, an interface, a computer and a mic (if you wanna record vocals):
DAW: for this, I would fully fully recommend trying out Reaper. It's free to download. There is a 60-day trial period for the software but even if you don't wanna buy it (or can't), they don't stop you from using the software (fully functional without save and export limitations like other trials). Do support them once you are financially capable tho, a license costs only $60! They also have regular updates to fix any bugs and it is simple to use IMO
Interface: Here is where you would want to spend a bit more. I recommend investing in a decent interface like a Focusrite Scarlett or Audient iD4. Your interface makes a world of difference and it's better to invest in something better now that lasts than having to buy multiple over a long period. Try to get something with at least 2 channels and decent I/O conncetivity (e.g. MIDI if you plan to venture into that)
Computer: Any computer will work as long as it's not too old. Unless you run a lot of plugins that are taxing on your system, you should generally be fine. Reaper also happens to consume very little processing power so that helps too.
Microphone: This only applies if you plan to record vocals or mic your amplifier. If you do get a mic, go for an SM57. They are affordable, readily available and used in big budget studios around the world and are incredibly versatile. Just remember you will have to get a mic stand as well. Decent ones cost around $20-30.
I hope this helps and do feel free to ask me anything you're not sure about! I know it can be financially daunting and technically confusing; I've been there myself
You could pick up a focus rite Scarlett 2i2 [link] it's more or less plug and play and has 2 XLR ins.
You'll need a USB audio interface. Someone who is more knowledgeable than me can correct me if I'm wrong, but the Focusrite 2i2 would be suitable.
You are correct. You would not be able to make a digital backup from pocket operator because it does require stereo to back up and restore.
That interface should work. I use one that is similar, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (highly recommend):
I have heard you can also use stereo field recorders like the zoom h4n, but no real savings there unless you also don’t have a computer. It does seem like a hearty price, but it can really up your production.
This video helped me a lot:
You’re just using an MEP preamp basically. No power amp. Get some software amp modeling going. If you have any sort of budget, I’d recommend you start with upgrading your DAW from Audacity to Reaper (~60 USD). Then I’d get a decent USB audio interface if you don’t already have one like the Scarlet 2i2 (~160 USD). Then get a software amp modeler VST plugin. There are tons of free VST plugins. I’d recommend at least testing out LePou, Amplitude’s free version, Guitar Rig 5 free, or consider buying BiasFX Full Version (200 USD)....it has an online community to share new sounds (patches). You could also go the hardware amp modeling route like Pod HD Pro X or HeadRush or AxeFX but that’s some serious fucking $$$$.
Taking money out of the equation, at the very least, get a free VST amp modeler plugin installed and running in Audacity. It will help your sound as much as it can considering you are blasting your audio card running your guitar direct into the mic input!!! (You really do need that USB audio interface!!!)
For generally listening to music or recording and mixing?
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Or go with a an amp or receiver and passive speakers?
Most people would recommend a Focusrite Scarlett. I’ve used this one and would recommend it. [link]
You could also look into an audio mixer which could give you more possibilities for future proofing. I currently use the Yamaha MG10XU and it’s also been fantastic. Although it doesn’t work exactly how I want it to for a dual pc setup but you might not have that issue. [link]
You really just need something like this and 2 instrument cables. That's the one I use. cool thing with it, is that it has a switch for hardware monitoring, which means you can hear the drums in your headphones with no latency.
Get a DAW to record with, like https://www.reaper.fm/ for $60 or https://www.audacityteam.org/ for free. If you want any tips or anything I like talking about this stuff so hit me up.
You can look at eventually getting a Shure SM58 vocal mic. You'll need a input rig for on your PC/mac though. I'll leave a link for one of those below.
I have a Scarlett 8i6 (old generation) and I can independently control the headphones as well as the monitor level for the monitors. I think there's an 8i6 equivalent this generation. Anyway , even something like this. The one you mentioned doesn't appear to have an independent headphone line volume!
That should be best for most situations or this. Most professionals use these, they are really good.
so like this one? And I would just need an xlr audio output and input through usb into my computer? Sorry if I'm a bit daft :)
my friend is using the at2020 along with these items...
Fully agree with this build. I'd also add an external sound card down the road - [link]
Balanced audio is a way of eliminating noise. The LSR305 actually sort of expect balanced inputs. You can use XLR or 1/4 inch balanced TRS cables.
The interface you linked can't do it. This is a popular one, and here is a much cheaper one that I don't know anything about.
In either case, you need a pair of these cables. Make sure to not confuse this with TS 1/4 inch or other non-balanced cables. Just because it fits doesn't mean it's right.
I'd love to hear how it all turns out. Those LSR305 are remarkable. I have 2 pairs. Good luck!
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This is the most popular choice.
This is what I have [link]
I saw a different brand one for like 30 bucks though!
I've been in the market for speakers for playing music + playing guitar / bass. I currently have the following:
When I'm just listening to music, the speakers sound great! When I add in playing guitar along with the music, there's definitely some loss in quality. The guitar and bass both sound just fine, but not really ideal.
I've been considering ditching the logitech speakers for actual studio monitors paired with a subwoofer, but I'm not 100% whether I need to go this route if I want to play guitar + bass + music all together.
My friend comes over to play the bass as well, so we would be playing simultaneously. I took a trip to GC today and had a listen to a bunch of studio monitors and narrowed down the most pleasing (to my ears) sound to these two monitors:
Holy crap the above speakers sounded amazing. The HS7 and HS8 had me in that room for like an hour, switching back and forth between the two. I just couldn't figure out which one I liked better!
Anyways, before I go making a purchase, I wanted to see what others had to say or suggest.
My budget is 1.5K
Excellent choice; used the previous version of this for many years:
I already have the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB [link]
So the only thing i need is the XLR split?
Not dumb! You need an audio interface. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. [link]
it plugs into a usb port. And if you have trouble with it syncing and with latency (when you play a note - it gets delayed) just downloaded ASIO4ALL. It helps that that.
Here is a video that kind of goes over how to use it.
I couldn't agree more with /u/SativaGanesh 's comment below. I'll add that when you start learning to record, your focus should be on signal flow, gain staging, microphone technique, and learning how to edit and mix audio. Until you have a handle on the basics, a tape machine won't be beneficial to you. And when you DO have a handle on the basics, consider getting an internship at an analogue studio. If you're sharp and likeable, you'll probably have an opportunity to learn how to use a tape machine and console.
Here's what I suggest for your home setup. You can get a perfectly usable interface for around $150. That apparently comes with Pro Tools, but Reaper is a full-featured DAW that sounds great and supports most plugin formats out there. It's $60 for a full license. Here is a perfectly adequate microphone made by Rode. (Or if you can spend $600 go for the K2, it's awesome.) These speakers are halfway decent and will get you started on the right foot.
I have a i5 3450 with 16g of ram and I can run 30+ instances of Vst, both effects and instruments, but I never tried the huge orchestral sample libraries like kontact.
The CPU is important, yes, but a lot of processing is done through the audio card, having an external "studio" type audio card is mandatory in my opinion. DO NOT BUY SOUNDBLASTER INTERNAL PCIE TYPE CARDS
This is a nay-nay
This is a yea-yea
Asio on built-in audio drivers can only go so far, i have to set the buffer size to 200ms to be able to play my songs, but using M-audio's driver (my soundcard), 12ms and there is no issue. I would even go as far as recommending an i5 over an i7 if the difference in money permits you to buy a soundcard. You will get more performance overall that way.
Other than that, you will not see any real world performance difference between the 7700 or the 6850, both are super fast CPU, and the speed difference will equal the extra cores (FL does uses the extra cores if you run the vst in different mixer tracks, its not limited to a single core like their help kinda but doesnt really but does kinda suggest).
sorry if i went a bit overboard, but i had no info on your previous set-up, so i wanted to start on a good base!
Agreed. Take a look at something like that or the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
you will need an audio interface. something simple like a Scarlett 2i2 is what I would recommend (there are other / cheaper options out there though).
To connect to the subwoofer AND monitors to your audio interface you could use two of these. Then you would need two (2) TRS to RCA cables for the subwoofer and two (2) TRS to TRS cables for your studio monitors.
I would go ahead and pick up some sort of powered USB hub to connect all the usb cables to your macbook. Something like this is what I would recommend...
After that you should be good to go. Just need to go into your DAW and make sure it recognizes the audio interface, beat pad, and keyboard. If you don't have a DAW of some sort, you could try out some free trials of some popular ones (Logic, Ableton, etc.) and see what you like.
This. I actually have a few on my wishlist that I'm picking up soon.
If you need recommendations on an interface for using these on PC, this one should do you well. Low latency, 2 XLR inputs, USB connection.
Heres a track a I recorded with an MXL V67G($85 on Amazon) [link]
And here's the interface I used ($150 on amazon) [link]
You're looking for an audio interface such as this: [link]
The following device was showcased on the Linux Action Show this past Sunday and I believe that's what the co-host, Noah, uses on his end.
Looking at audio interfaces, this Behringer one looks as good as a Scarlett 2i2 for $50 less, and has 2 more inputs plus a ton more outputs on the back. Only downside is that it seems to be limited supply right now.
Whats the difference? I am using this with M50x's and I will get a condenser mic. I might want to eventually plug a another keyboard or guitar in.
Find it here
It has phantom power on at least 1 of the inputs.
The audio quality depends on combo of the audio interface and monitors. If you have bad monitors even the best interface won't make it sound good and vice versa. behringer isnt known for their sound quality so I think any upgrade will do you good in the long run. Especially when you need new monitors
always always make sure with your boyfriend before buying an expensive piece of music equipment.
Though, it seems like his problem as far as I can tell is from an audio card problem.
Even though more ram and a new processor WOULD be able to take the pops away from FL, that's not necessarily monetarily viable.
A new sound card should allow him to both make music on FL and listen to music on youtube.
Again, make sure with him before you buy anything expenive, but a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 should be the best bang for your buck in this market