This product was mentioned in
with an average of
I was running it through that and trying to get it into the mix as a way to adjust the console audio volume. If there's a way to run it through the computer and still adjust I don't know of it. Also I'm trying to set it up through the mixer and not just through OBS because I use the same setup when I'm not streaming and would like to be able to have all the sounds working without the need for OBS if possible.
On another note I was doing a little looking at the 802 and found the 1002 but noticed there's no USB connection for it as there is for the 802. The 1002 interested me because there's more stereo line inputs for more than 2 different inputs but i'km pretty sure that USB connection is detrimental? Is that why on amazon its frequently bought with Lexicon Multi-Channel Desktop Recording Studio ? Does combining the two of those have the same effect that the 802 alone would with its USB connection?
What is the correct way to setup caster headsets so they can hear each other and such, audio is definitely not my strong suit. I'm using OBS and have one of these if that helps.
Okay, I just looked up SLX4 and we're not paying anywhere NEAR that price.
You basically need an adapter from the Mic connection (XLR) to USB, I think you can get adapter cables for this seeing as Dynamic Mics don't need something called Phantom power, but what I did was buy something called an Audio Interface.
An Audio Interface is basically the Soundcard you're computer comes with to control sound going in and out, but wired up by USB on the outside, with the XLR port(s) you need, plus mic volume and speaker volume dials (sometimes headphone volume too) and often little tweaks to make sound nicer in general.
Seeing as you don't need Phantom Power you can probably buy the cheap ones and be completely fine with it [link]
Hey thanks a bunch, and would this work for now as opposed to the pre sonus audio box?
but again, thanks so much for the advice there :)
This is a little cheaper in the US, but still in your price range at £47:
Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface
Based on reviews, it appears that the bundled software doesn't install on newer Macs. Also, it doesn't supply phantom power, which might be a dealbreaker if you plan to use a condenser mic with it in the future. But for recording your piano directly you wouldn't need phantom power.
I agree with /u/collared_dropout that QuickTime is the easiest way to record audio and video - you can select the audio interface as the audio input source. If you want a few more editing options, you can also use iMovie.
If you're dirt poor (like I am) and you just need a bread-and-butter Audio Interface to get started, I'd check out the Lexicon Alpha. With that price you can't really go wrong... It has a balanced XLR (Microphone) Input, and a High-Impedance Guitar Input. (as well as a line input) The cons are that it is a USB 1.0 Device, which means it doesn't preform as well as some of the higher budget devices (slow data transfer speeds, possibly higher latency). It also doesn't have Phantom Power (which is used to power Condenser Microphones), and it is "bus" powered by the USB Port (which can be a cause of unwanted noise.)
The Lexicon Alpha is my first (and only) audio interface, and It gets the job done for what it's worth. There is a bit of 'bleed' when you record both Mic and Instrument at the same time (you can hear some Mic in the Guitar input), but if you track your vocals separately that's not a problem.
If you can afford it, I'd definitely go with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which is one of the best interfaces at the price range. I think I would've been better off with the 2i2, but I'm satisfied with the Alpha for now.
If you could stretch your budget a bit I'd look at one of the interfaces made by Focusrite. They make some of the best sounding preamps for the mid to lower mid-range.
Behringer have improved a bit in the last few years, but they're still not quite up to par imo.
If stretching your budget that far isn't possible, then you could take a look at this - Lexicon Alpha. Lexicon also have a good reputation for their preamps.
Each speaker has it's own amps built in yes. The pain comes in controlling the volume through windows. If that's fine with you then the only cable you need is a 3.5mm to dual TRS.
Alternatively, if you want something physical purchase a used Lexicon Alpha for like $35. Run 1/4" from the Lexicon to the Jbl's. This has the added benefit of a high-gain balanced output so you can run the internal amps at a lower continuous level.
You can use the headphone out of your computer or the Lexicon, doesn't matter. I don't suspect the lexicon has a very good headphone stage but your headphones are either wireless, active noise cancelling and don't require much power, or so distorted form neutral I don't know how much it would really matter.
Also, I really would appreciate editing OP and using regular amazon links. Anything with "tag=" in the link is just making money from noobs who don't know any better.
Pair it with a Lexicon Alpha. It'll connect to your PC via USB amd your phone through either a 3.5mm to RCA cable or if you want a bluetooth adapter with RCA output. I'd recommend just purchasing a chromecast audio for this along with a 3.5mm to RCA cable. The Lexicon itself will send signal to the JBL's through a pair of TRS cables.
The Audioengine A2 is a joke for what it costs. Don't buy it unless you absolutely need something that small.
At the $300 budget there are a ton of options like you've aluded to. I'd say go for a pair of JBL LSR305 powered speakers for $200 and a Lexicon Alpha for convenient high-gain balanced volume control. Throw in a pair of TRS cables and Bob's your uncle.
Down the line if you want to keep things cheap n effective go for this Monoprice subwoofer. Route from the Lexicon to the Sub and then to your JBL's. Seems to offer a high-pass filtered output, cheapest intuitive way to do it.
>Cheapest ones I know of are $200+.
+/u/BennyKB -- Lexicon Alpha is $50.
Is this the correct item for the Lexicon Alpha? [link]
This for the cables? [link]
I'll expand my budget to include two new monitors for $283 plus $47 for the Lexicon and approx $7 for the cables. Does this look good?
Yay on the mic, nay on the interface. I suggest the Lexicon Alpha. It includes Cubase LE. It got me started years ago :)
I know I'm a bit late to this topic, but I recently faced this exact issue. I was using a Lexicon Alpha as the DAC, but had decided that I wanted to swap for a higher quality DAC and headphone amp when I found a pair of Sennheiser HD700s on sale for an unreasonably low price. After a ton of research and some listening comparisons, I settled on the cliché Schiit Stack (Magni 2U / Modi 2U), using the Magni as a pre-amp for the JBLs when the headphones weren't plugged in.
I originally had the Lexicon run with balanced TRS cables, and didn't experience any hiss, but switching to the Modi 2U DAC introduced a horrible coil whine whenever my graphics cards were under load. I switched which USB bus I was using, tried a USB decrapifier (not the Schiit one, just a cheap Amazon substitute that I don't have anymore), and even tried placement changes. In the end, I swapped from USB to optical input on the Modi and solved the issue that way.
I suppose my point is, a DAC alone may not solve the problem, even a decent quality one. Make sure to buy from a place with a decent return policy and try what works best for your setup.
Try a balanced DAC.
LSR305 pick up a lot of noise when used unbalanced.
That has a balanced DAC.
Don't buy those speakers. Get a pair of JBL LSR305s.
This interface will suit your needs.
Your computer already has a DAC.
If you have problems with it, or if you want physical volume control, just get his: [link]
This is recommended on noaudiophiles site: [link]
Honestly though, volume +/- buttons on a keyboard will work in a pinch.
In regards to my current audio setup, for my PC.
Currently I have an audio interface; Lexicon Alpha
1 Polk Audio Subwoofer
My question is, would it be a good investment to purchase a DAC?
If so, what DAC would you recommend for my setup?
Yeah, run them with a balanced audio interface. You can get one for as cheap as $50: [link]
How many pre-amps? Scarlett makes a $99 "Solo", and there's a $50 Lexicon unit.
I found a few 2 pre-amp interfaces for $100 or less via Amazon as well.
My voice pattern seems to sound right, just too low dB. I can run a recording through spectrogram and upload, but I'm not an expert on post audio scope analysis.
Edit: I'm using a Lexicon Alpha audio interface(shitty non-phantom power) and an MXL R144 ribbon mic with good quality XLR cables.
In the mean time I'm using my Microsoft LifeCam's mic which has a terrible, high pitch interference.
Or you could use this: Lexicon Alpha
/u/StrategicDeceiver likes recommending the Lexicon Alpha DAC.
Lexicon Alpha can do that.
Maybe something like this with a hi-z input and amplitude.
[link] < it's that, I think. Not 100% sure though.