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As someone that tried to do this for about a year; you basically can't without annoying trade offs.
You can set windows up to mirror one soundcard to another (virtual or physical) soundcard, but you end up with a half second of latency in one of the outputs. I ended up buying a soundblaster so that I can more easily switch between earphones and speakers by opening an app and flicking a toggle.
When I say I tried to do this for a year, I mean I googled for a few days every couple months, and have essentially 5 different sound outputs (External USB audio interface, Soundcard, USB Microphone, Onboard Sound, Bluetooth DAC) and could not get output to two simultaneous channels of the same audio source with any combination of the 5. The closest I came was using my USB interface to physically split the sound into a 2.0 set up of studio monitors, and a line out to headphones, but they didn't have independent audio controls...
Edit: Here's the USB interface if you want to try going down that line.
I used a mixer several years ago when I first started. It was ok but later I found out i didn't need all the mixing levels. So I got the focusrite solo. Simple easy to use. A tip it comes with free Protools which is cool, but if your using a PC not a MAC it will cause problems. Here's the link. Amazon.com: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First: Musical Instruments
A interface is a separate piece of hardware not just your PC. Here's an often recommended one.
I mentioned it before but you can get a cheap adapter to plug into your microphone port but your sound quality will suffer. Some of the plugins on that site have free trials so you can try that out with an adapter to decide if you want to commit and spend the money on an interface.
One of the main benefits of a plugin is that you can record and practice silently but it still sounds like a believable version of a cranked large high watt amp. You also have the option to go back and completely change the effects used after something has been recorded.
Scarlett 2i2 Solo comes with ProTools First (light version of ProTools). It's almost identical to the Behringer U-Phoria UMC 22.
Can you translate what all this lets me do? It says it comes with software. Does the software let me make a few basic recordings? Does this allow me to plug in any instrument such as a bass or keyboard as well? I'm sure these are basic questions but I literally have never dabbled in recording.
XLR mics usually require phantom power and a Pre AMP to work with your PC. you might need to look into something like this XLR preAMP w/ phantom power
Opt for an audio interface instead, always keep the mixer and audio interface seperate.
If drivers stop for the mixer then you lose the audio interface and the mixer (a mixer is a 2 in 1 and usually suffers in quality compared to an AI at the same price), it's better to keep them seperate.
You can get a pretty decent audio interface like a basic scarlett, such as this.
Sounds like all you need is this if all you're working with are 2 monitors and a mic. I use the 2i2 and it's great for a bedroom studio, but I'd be just fine on a solo I think.
You need a digital interface, which will turn your guitar sound into data that your computer will understand.
I use the scarlett solo and it works great.
I run my pedal board straight into the instrument input. If it sounds a bit odd to you, add some reverb, since a guitar going straight into a computer can sound kinda dead.
Your explanation is making me want those headphones even more. I've watched some youtube reviews and read amazon reviews on them and they seem to be the best I've found so far so I'm most likely going to go with them. Thank you so much for your help mate!
Actually, I have a quick question for you if you don't mind. Will the audio interface I want to get be able to give me the best possible sound quality these headphones are able to give off or will I need to go with a higher end audio interface and/or dac amp? The audio interface I want to get is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo.
maybe, maybe not. thats why i asked what you are plugging it into. if you are using an external audio interface that has the XLR inputs on it, they usually have phantom power built in, but it has to be toggled on. What make / model interface are you using?
EDIT: something like this lil guy: [link]
Plug the mic into it, then it has USB into the pc. See that red "48v" button on the front? Thats Phantom Power.
just wanna make sure, im buying it on amazon via this link: [link]
It doesn't say anything about USB cable included in there should i just buy one for insurance, and which type of USB would work the best.
If you can afford it you should really get an audio interface, Scarlett Solo is probably the best entry-level choice.
Then you can plug in and record from any mic OR guitar, synth, outboard mixer, etc. Using the interface as your audio device will also greatly reduce latency as you use plugins, MIDI controllers, etc.
You'll have a way better quality of life than if you just get a budget mic with onboard digital recording (e.g. H4N Pro, which is also a good product but better suited for field or band-practice recording).
I'd recommend the Focusrite Scarlet USB interface. I've had one for about 4 years now and it's one of the best interfaces on the market imho, great build quality and low noise (even better sound quality than my $1000, 16-channel Mackie firewire mixer). It has several different models (basically just varying numbers of inputs), but I think the solo model would be best for you unless you wanted to record more than one instrument simultaneously. They retail for $100, but you can probably find a used/refurbished one on Ebay or Amazon for under that if you do some digging.
build some cabinets for them 1st
you'll need an amplifier to drive them
if your doing music production, get a usb sound module like this one
Since you only need one input, save yourself a few bucks and get the Scarlett Solo
Check out the Focusrite Scarlett Solo.
If you ever plan on getting studio monitors though, I'd strongly suggest springing for the Scarlett 2i2 instead. It has better outputs for speakers.
I'd suggest a nice audio interface with headphone output. Maybe this? About the same price... [link]
If you want to live stream you're a microphone away from a complete setup...
As mentioned above, you definitely need a preamp. I'm not sure what soundcard you're going into on your computer, but you may also need some form of ADC (Analog-to-Digital Conversion). In the entry-level price range these two functions will likely be performed by the same device called an "audio interface". More often than not this device also supplies phantom power!
A great cost-effective setup would be the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. This device will provide one preamp (the added gain you're looking for), switchable 48V Phantom Power, and a decent ADC.
Not sure if its relevant, but if you play guitar, bass, keyboard, etc. you can also use the 1/4" input to record those as well (albeit not simultaneously, as it only has one preamp).
I only need one XLR port for my purposes. I'm picking up a Scarlett Solo. Is the solo missing something that the 2i2 has instead?
That's what your mic interfaces with. It "amplifies" the sound by delivering more power to the microphone. I had this problem, so I invested in a Scarlett Solo. That's an interface with a built-in preamp.
I don't know too much about this stuff myself, so I might be corrected in the near future. That's my understanding of this stuff though. Anything you use to connect to your mic will affect its sound. That's why a lot of people get USB mics that are plug-and-play instead of XLR mics who's sound is dependent on the quality of both the Mic itself, the Pre-amp, and often the recording environment.
What microphone are you using?
Will an amp such as this make certain headphones sound worse? I was wondering because it comes with an input to use an XLR mic. So if I were to use an XLR mic with this amp, and a pair of nice headphones, would it make it worse/better than my onboard audio? Thanks
Oh alright gotcha, thanks! Also, I am going to get this interface for my microphone and i noticed it had a headphone jack. So basically, if i plug my 598s/k701s would it sound the same/better/worse as my intergrated sound card?
Does anyone have any experience using a USB microphone interface with RCA out (Example) as a DAC? I already have an interface and a dedicated amp but I'm not sure if a dedicated DAC would benefit me that much.
If I get a blue snowball mic for gaming and maybe recording will this [link] be needed or up the quality?
Yes and no. Yes, but it'll bottleneck the quality of your microphone. You'd be better with a XLR cable and an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo.
I'm not saying that people won't be able to figure it out, I'm just saying that when you get into XLR condenser mics, this isn't the appropriate forum of discussion to get accurate/specialized information.
Audio interface is what you are after. They have high quality dacs for recording. Scarlet is usually among the first mentioned. $100.
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Comment on the wrong thread the first time? I was about to reply, but then the comment was deleted.
To answer your question though, a Focusrite Solo should work.
I think I am going to get these.
Forgive me as I am lacking the knowledge, what do you mean by headphone amp. Will something like this do?
Anyone have any recommendations for a good but cheap desktop DAC? I want to get one and I've been eyeballing the scarlet 2i2 for a while now, is there anything really wrong with it or is there a different one i should check out?
Budget - 100 USD
Source - I own AKG K7XX's and a Blue Yeti Pro
Backing what u/rtey31 said, don't get an internal soundcard he will need an external audio interface in order to make music. The most popular are the Scarletts (the cheaper version is the Solo at 100$ [link]) but even this bad boy [link] will give you waaaaay better performance at the same price you have on that list. Besides all of this I don't see any problem in your build, for music production you want first CPU second RAM and third fast AND plenty of storage and you have all three of these bases covered for a 15yr old amateur here. Hell i'm a 21yr old not so amateur and would love to have a build like that one lol
Let me explain about the soundcard thing a little bit more, getting an audio interface isn't important because the sound quality of the motherboard is bad or not enough, it is because the external audio interface has some chips/processors built inside that are specially made to give you the best performance when you're actually working with audio on the software you're using to create the songs (the DAW).
Edit: Also with an interface he will be able to connect high quality professional microphones, instrument lines (like electric guitars, bass, keyboards) give him 6.3 mm connections for professional audio equipment blablabla
the sm58 is a directional mic, and you need audio cables+audio interface for it (like a focusrite scarlett solo https://www.amazon.ca/Focusrite-Scarlett-Solo-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM or a behringer um2 https://www.amazon.ca/Behringer-UM2-Audio-Interface-Preamplifier/dp/B00FFIGYOI/ref=sr_1_18?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1541103504&sr=1-18)
the yeti can do 4 different modes, it's got a built-in preamp and it's powered straight off of the USB cable.
different setups for different purposes. i got a yeti but i want a sm57+audio interface to mic up a guitar amp setup
XLR mics with phantom power for the win! If you're going for professional quality sound, save your money and invest in a good XLR mic.
The problem with USB mics like Blue Yeti is the fact that they use the integrated sound on your computer's motherboard. If your motherboard's sound system is older (2 years or older), the voice from the USB mic could sound robotic or it might not capture your entire voice range. This is especially a problem for folks with deeper voices. On older computers, you might sound far away or your voice could break up. If you have a brand new computer, feel free to use a USB mic until you can afford an XLR microphone.
XLR microphones require phantom power. Scarlet Focusrite (https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM) is a good product for phantom power, but there are affordable, good quality sound mixers that provide phantom power as well. Alot of streamers have used Berhinger Xenyx 302 ( https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-302USB-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B005EHILV4) or Berhinger Xenyx 502 (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5UEGQ). I personally use Roland VT-3 (https://www.amazon.com/Roland-AIRA-VT-3-Voice-Transformer/dp/B00IGDXK9Q) because it's a voice changer, sound mixer, noise gate, and phantom power all mixed into one machine.
For mics, I admit I'm using a cheap Pyle PDMIC58 . (Hey, I got this XLR mic for free with my Best Buy points. I didn't have enough points for a good mic). My problem with the mic is that it's too bright for my voice, and I have a low voice for a woman. I need something that captures my full voice range alot better. I'm planning to upgrade to a RODE NT-1 mic (Not the Rode NT-1A) before the end of the year.
Like others have stated, take your time and do research. Don't rush! Find the mic that fits your voice best. Good luck!
Audio Technica AT2020 or AT2035 are both solid options. I believe both of these are used by quite a few people when they are first starting out and can carry you well into your streaming career.
I use the Focusrite Scarlett-Solo Gen2 USB Audio Interface personally with my AT2035.
I used a Blue Yeti Blackout for years and could never get it to sound right. I don't personally recommend the mic and I don't think its a great starting mic. Some people can get it sounding right after a lot of tinkering.
There are lots of reviews out there, you can also check some from https://www.youtube.com/user/EposVox/videos
A lot about choosing your mic comes down to your environment. Condenser and Dynamic mics are used in different settings depending on how much background noise you have, whats around you ect. I live alone with 0 background noise myself so the AT2035 works for me.
I would start with looking into the Pros and Cons of Condenser vs Dynamic mics so you can make the most informed decision for your environment. This way you won't get stuck with a mic that doesn't work with you.
You could look at a focusrite scarlett solo. Thats a full on audio interface but would support tons of stuff you might like. Its a dac, headphone amp, stereo audio interface and as independent volume knobs for both your powered monitors and your headphones. The 3rd generation of these just came out and the 2nd gen ones are being sold on sale all over, the 2nd gen solo would fit your needs, you can even get them bundled with mics. This would cover a lot of angles for you but this assumes you stick with using your a2+ This would be a big upgrade for your voice chat coms in games and should make those headphones thump.
The 1st gen LSR 305 are currently under $200 a pair and compete well with all studio monitors in the <$500 range. They are fairly neutral sounding with very good low end bass extension for 5" driver speakers.
Depending on your particular PC, they may have a little background hiss when nothing is playing. That's because they work best with balanced inputs. You could always use them with a professional audio interface: https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM/
A lot of people use the Focusrite Scarlett solo for USB recording. It take a line input and an XLR input, so you'd have to get some different cables/adapters. The mixer only costs $110, though so you should have plenty of money in your budget left over for those. You could probably find something cheaper if you search around. It sounds great and it comes with Ableton and ProTools, so it's a lot of bang for your buck.
I'm not familiar with any that are as cheap, but some similar interfaces are the Scarlet Solo (although people have had issues with this on windows computers, not sure if that will effect you) or the PreSonus AudioBox. They are both around $100 though, so if money is tight it may be best to wait for the Behringer.
The atr2100 has been great for me. I switched it up to be my main gaming voice communication device and people were thrown off with how different I sounded from your basic headset. I use it in xlr with this mixer [link] and if you use a boom arm, this is the shock mount that fits the 2100 [link].
Gain settings/proximity to your mouth and so on still matter though so be prepared to play around a bit configuring with noise gates and such to block out whatever excess sound you have.
Hey thanks for the response. Sorry for delay in responding.
It seems I may have to buy an interface then. Will this do?
The thing is, I don't want to buy another product and for it to make the same noise again. Are you sure that this interface will eliminate the problem entirely?
Thanks for the response. Joe
Just go for this one then? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1543967984&sr=1-4&keywords=Focusrite+Scarlett
Hey, sorry for the delay again, just rounded up enough cash.
I was planning on buying this interface:
What I don't want is to buy this interface and it to produce the same noise. Will it help in any way, and if it doesn't then what else do I have to do?
I'll update you again when I have the interface and it's all hooked up. Thanks
Went ahead and switched my vpn to europe: (in usa)
The scarlet solo is the best for your needs, don't get a cheaper one, its cheaper on the uk amazon.
The 306P is a powered speaker and has an amplifier built into it. An external DAC isn't technically necessary, but the built in DAC for your computer can be hit or miss, and something with a physical knob is always nice.
The Focusrite Scarlett is pretty popular and has a few extra features. Here's something cheaper, pretty barebones but it'll get the job done. Also make sure your computer actually has an optical output for the cheaper one.
Yep. Its the red box. Heres a link.
that looks like it will work but not sure what level of quality on the audio it will provide.
A lot of people recomend the Scarlett solo ([link])
if you are just looking to listen to your own voice the yeti has a headphone connection and will also let you listen to your voice while you are recording.
You can also listen to your recordings when you are done as well.
With regards to the interface you linked, the microphone will connect to the left socket using XLR, your headphones will go in the socket on the right.
Hope that helps
After checking out the Behringer UM2 I would not recommend it if you are looking to do anything for money...
Its bit depth and range are limited
16-bit resolution at 48 kHz
While the focusrite 2nd generation solo units will provide 192 KHz, 24-bit conversion, I found a 2i2 2nd gen for $80 used which I bought over this weekend just passed (Make sure you get a 2nd gen as the 1st gen can only do 96 khz)
Trying to find a comparison between the solo and the UM2 but here is one for the UM2 and the 2i2 ([link])
And you can find solos for around $40-$60 used, it will be worth the slightly higher investment for the quality of the unit and better bit depth and range. just make sure you get a 2nd gen unit if you get a focusrite
Some links for the solo unit
Hey there, I am completely new to hooking up speakers to my computer that don't have the 3.5mm stereo cable. My understanding is that I will need a DAC, I've landed on ([link]) and I would like to hook up these ([link]) what do I need in between the DAC and the speakers?
Depends on what you're going to use it for. It completely will work for making that mic clearer and louder, and provides phantom power. If you intend to record audio and care about the quality, you might want a more expensive one as they'll support higher bitrates. For streaming and discord though it'll be fantastic, especially at that price. I have this one as well and it sounds identical to the cheaper version, just with one less port.
Keep in mind that it requires you to plug it in with an XLR cable, so add one of those too if you don't have one.
Onboard soundcards are whack man. My Inspiron does the exact same thing - use a sound card. The one I have is:
Fantastic little device - cheap studio quality stuff.
If his set up hasn't changed much for awhile, i think his mix amp is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (could be another version of the mixer like 2, 4 input types).
And the mic is the highly used Shure SM7b
However if you don't have the extra cash to splurge on the sm7b the sm57 is great aswell.
Cheapest dac with a pre-amp I would recommend would be the Fulla 2. It's a great entry-level headphone amp too and would work fine with the speakers. If you are into music production, Focusrite Solo or above as an audio interface (I'd recommend the 2i2 for flexibility if you are serious about production). If you need an overkill dac and great headphone amp, Modi 2 with a Magni 3. The Modi 2 Uber version will also let you connect them to optical sources like a TV if you need that. If eventually you want to re-purpose them for a TV, I would just recommend buying a receiver when the time comes.
If you are going to pick one of these options, let me know and I can tell you exactly what cables you need.
There are some other options.
There’s this for $100 (and also this for $120 and comes with headphones).
Ther is also this for $40, I just don’t know how it compares.
There is any better alternatives to this?
(Possibly with a similar price)
I've researched this concept for a while now. It's possible to build the same project using a single $9 CHIP computer (has built in adc).
I never did it because you can already buy things like guitar rig, amplitube, and a bunch of others. I bought one of these instead. Also, line6 sells this dsp programmable pedal already.
no, if you want to do that you should get a scarlet solo
Depends on what you want to do. This seems to be a great consumer product but I wouldn't be sure that this is a right choice for a producer. From all the reviews I've read, it sounds good, but that's not what you want as a producer, you want it to sound true. It's the same case as with the bass in your headphones. You want a true sound, not something that is made pleasing to the ear. You need to hear your mix clearly without boosts in certain frequencies, you need to hear your mistakes so you can fix them. Plus when the bass is artificially boosted in your headphones, it makes by default the low mids and mids distorted and muddy, thus hurting your ability to truly hear what's going on in the music.
Second thing is that this interface doesn't have any inputs, so you can't use it for recording at all. But if you don't ever plan on using microphones for recording vocal lines, samples of whatever, talking, perhaps collaborating musician's instruments, then it shouldn't bother you. (I'd recommend having them just in case anyway)
One more thing that you might appreciate in the future is a separate output for headphones and for monitors. Once you get them, you'd be glad you don't have to unplug them every time you want to use headphones.
In the end, I'd recommend going for a traditional audio interface. Those things are made for producing music so they deliver a sound as uncolored as possible with I/O and features that are practical for a producer and a musician.
In the same price, category check out these for example:
Focusrite Scarlett Solo
Behringer U-PHORIA UM2
or simply type "audio interface" into the search bar and look for yourself. Hope this helps.
You could try to make something like this for treating your room for echoes. It will help on outside noise as well, but that's not what it was meant for.
Regarding the preamp / interface, get a Scarlett Focusrite Solo (gen 2) and you don't have to change it any time soon.
I use a focus rite solo
it does everything I need.
Yeah I know obviously this is a day after we spoke but after doing some more researching this is what I will be getting
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Microphone
RØDE PSM1 Microphone Shock Mount
Pop Filter Widescreen
I am also looking for a mount for the microphone similar to THIS!
However I don't want to spend that price on something I can get a lot cheaper, however I do not want to get a extremely cheap one such as a £10 one due to them most likely not last long, is there something in the inbetween which would be good for the type of set up?
and is there anything I don't need which I have listed?
Sorry for all the questions, I do appreciate your help
Get one of these and some studio monitors and you're good to go.
I just got one of these and I'm rebuilding my entire stereo around it. The sound quality is fantastic.
I'll probably add these later. But just with the initial scarlett solo it made my $100 speakers sound like $300 speakers.
Sorry to say dude, but those Logitech's sound like shit. Unless you're listening to dubstep all day. Then they'll do fine
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First [link]
1 in 1 out, preamp built in and comes with a starter version of Pro Tools for $100. Great deal.
interface is something like this: [link]
i think you shouldn't have a problem with your mixer into your soundcard. is it an onboard one or pci card?
Thanks. They're getting really worn down and it's about time to replace them. The ear pieces are ripping and it's been through its fair share of droppage. I don't know what to get and it's really hard finding one with 7.1 surround and mic monitoring. I'm looking to get Focusrite Audio Interface with Audio Technica AT2035 Mic. If I can find a pair of headphones that work as good as my Tiamats and have 7.1 surround, I'm buying the new equipment.
Edit: the focusrite needs quarter inch connectors for headphones btw.
I'm currently looking into buying a pair of HD 598s. Because I have a condenser mic I was thinking of purchasing this audio interface. would it be enough to get a good sound out of the HD 598s, or should I look into getting something like this?
Can you use the Focusrite Scarlett Solo as a dac and amp combo for the Sennheiser HD 650s? Sorry if its a dumb question. I'm new to this.
If I were doing this over, I'd pair the Focusrite Scarlett Solo with the Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcasting headset. And that would actually have gotten me better sound for less money.
Hell, I'm tempted to bite the bullet on that headset. I've seen it recommended many times before.
ah ok, just wanted to make sure the server wasn't on your system while having a bunch of people streaming off of it.
A 600w power supply is more than enough to drive an i7 and a 1080, you could just get better quality atx units.
When it comes to motherboards, all the major brands (ASUS, MSI, Gigabtye etc..) have great products.. so it's pretty much going to come down to what specific features you're looking for. I wouldn't bother paying extra for a good built in dac, especially when you're paying that type of money for a higher end build. Get an external dac if you're looking for good sound quality, along with some headphones. Depending on what you need, a Scarlett solo or FILO E10k are pretty good for the money. You also have a ton of options in the $100 - $200 when it comes to headphones.
IMO, this would be a better option.
Just seen that you're waiting for the monitors to go on sale. If you're tired of waiting, these ASUS panels are IPS, have small bezels and are Vesa compatible (100x100).
Swapped the ASUS board for a Gigabyte board. Pretty much has the same features, but it's cheaper.
Went with some low profile memory. I don't know what your PS workload is, but 32gb's may be overdoing it a bit. I suggest dropping down to a 16gb kit if you're not a "power user".
IMO the Noctua C14S is probably the best air cooler you're going to get under 143mm. It's powerful and quite. Although i would suggest getting a 240mm AIO since it's compatible the BH4.
The 960 PRO is a tough sell considering its price, but i left it since you'll probably utilize it with your workload.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
This, in my opinion, is the best bang for your buck as far as a USB interface goes. One channel. You can go for the Scarlett 2i2 for another $50 if you want a second input.
The one I bought was only $100!
I just got a scarlett solo and a set of klischp r-14m's and i was wondering what kind of speaker wire i need to hook it all up. the scarlett solo has a left and right line out, but the speakers have 2 cable connections each, so i'm unsure how to make this work
I do not have an audio interface yet, but the Scarlett FocusRite looks promising for a beginner. The solo is $100 and the studio is like $150:
You can also get the bundle (which I might purchase for myself as a late Christmas present), which comes with a mic and headphones. The solo version is $180, and the studio one is $220:
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle with Pro Tools | First [link]
Not sure how great the mic and/or headphones are, but it's a pretty good deal if you need all 3.
As Kic said, you can opt to convert to a sound card-compatible interface, but most creators I know go the route of a XLR to USB converter like the Focusrite Scarlett solo, Behringer Q802USB Mixer or XENYX QX1002USB mixer.
Here's a typical XLR cord. Don't get the cheapest one, but you don't have to get a super fancy one either.
What about this: [link]
For $100 plus a $60 mic?
Right now I am thinking this: [link] for $100 plus [link] for $80
Why wouldn't I need a DAC? I was looking at the Scarlet Focusrite: [link]
I'm definitely going to go with the LSR's
Focusrite Scarlett Solo and Scarlett 2i2 (Link 1). On amazon for around a benjamen. I would also get a DI box like link 2 to be in front of the Scarlett. This setup is pretty cheap but more than capable of recording, or playing through a laptop at Church. THe scarlet has output on back. hope that helps. I have both of these, great value.
Link 1: [link]
Link 2 : [link]
So would I connect the mic to something like this and that to the PC?
I've heard amazing things about this, but its a little pricey. Something like that though is your best bet.
So it is the mic after all. I knew something was up!
I understand that a lot of the better gear is cost-prohibitive and it's not super realistic to dive in and buy a u87 or something. But you need to start with an XLR microphone and a pre-amp. Sounds like you have a good ear for what a good voice recording should be like—background noise isn't bad, the copy is free of mouth clicks and whatnot, and you're smart enough to steer clear of the blanket "noise reduction" processes that ultimately hurt your audio.
My advice is to save up a bit, if you're serious about this. Because your voice is awesome—it's versatile, you get the cadences, and the more time you spend with this imaging stuff the better you'll be. And it's so much fun. So save up a bit, get the Focusrite 2i2, an AT2020 (or XLR mic of comparable pricing if that's what's reasonable for you in the short term) and a better DAW than audacity. My recommendation is Adobe Audition, but Reaper is another popular option that is full featured for $60. About as affordable as it gets for the tools you'll need.
If you wanna send me some raw takes, I can run them through the processing chain I use for commercial/radio voicing. I've done that for a couple other people here on reddit and it seemed to help them out in getting some perspective on what good processing can do for a voice, and what ultimately comes down to the mic you use.
It can be both. This for example is similar to what I use and comes with the DAW software:
Main thing is the microphone cable/mic have much better sound quality than a USB.
have you ever heard of an interface?
you can get a nice one (Focusrite Scarlett) for anywhere from $110 or there’s this nicer one for $379
those will either have 1 XLR input (meaning the cheaper one can only record one microphone) or 4 XLR inputs (which means the nicer one can record 4 people on a podcast at one time.
an interface will work just like your blue snowball in the way that it will plug in through USB, and essentially give you microphone preamps that can plug ANY mic in the industry into it and be able to get you some beautiful sound. is that something you’d be interested in looking at?
No, it's not a sound card, its an XLR mixer. Here
I have the xlr mic to my gaming pc so I can be heard on discord.