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Agreed. I personally use THIS one, which is comparable the Focusrite. I use it for recording and just jamming with DST effects such as Guitar Rig. Either would be a great choice.
You could try plugging directly into the computers line in, but the signal from your guitar would not be loud enough. What you want it an audio interface that allows for instrument inputs, like this one. This will allow you to record your guitar directly, or if you own a mic you could mic your amp (or do both for extra credit).
Technically, yes. But you're sacrificing on quality. This one is a little cheaper and gets some love around here.
PreSonus Audiobox usb is the audio interface I have and i got it for 100$. It has midi in and out as well as mic inputs and speaker outputs. Cool thing about it is that it is fully metal so yeah. definitely the best for the price! here is a link on amazon
YMMV, but I would suggest this set:
If your budget is tight, get a 2-input audio interface like the Presonus AudioBox 2x2. However keep in mind in the future if you want to do more inputs (say, an acoustic guitar D.I., a guitar mic, THEN a vocal mic), a 2x2 is not enough. Consider spending a little more for something like the Presonus 44VSL.
As for the mic, always try to get a large diaphragm condenser. I heard in the lower budget range, a Rode wouldn't be a bad choice. Something like the NT-1A would serve the purpose of recording vocals and acoustic guitar. Also take a look at the Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones search on Amazon. You have some good budget mics there.
When I first started home recording I bought a Chinese made Studio Project B3. Wasn't great, but good enough.
Sony MDR7506 is a pretty good pair of monitor headphones. Just pay attention to the bass response - if you hear enough bass from this pair, it's probably too much. Always compare with speakers (even just your computer speakers).
If you have extra money, always consider a pair of monitor speakers. Headphones just can't compare when it comes to accuracy. I used to own a pair of Tascam VL-X5 (discontinued) (Tascam VL-S5 here on Amazon). It is set at quite an affordable price range, and it lets you scope the sound. Not a bad deal IMO. Of course you can go for more popular choices like Yamaha, KRK Rokit, Mackie, M-Audio, etc. It all depends on your budget.
Buy a USB audio interface like the Presonus Audiobox.
get one of these and plug a mic and headphones in it.
What you need is another XLR input on your Streaming rig. (you can buy 2 of these or 2 of the scarlet 2i2s - or any similar USB audio interface with XLR inputs).
From there, you'll want to split the XLR into 2 signals, one to the streaming rig and one to the gaming rig (this is how I do it as well using my Audio Technica BPHS1 headset)
This is the splitter you'll need
From there, plug your gaming rig into the mixer AND the streaming rig into the mixer. In OBS mute your desktop sounds (they will still play live, you just won't hear it in OBS until the next step).
Now you should be able to plug your headset into the mixer and hear all sounds from both your gaming rig and the stream box. Drop a line from your mixer to the line in on your streaming box and use that sound source in OBS. It will play everything you hear from the mixer.
How much do you want to spend? A presonus usb recording interface is awesome. I treated myself to one at Xmas. Comes with some cool free music editing software too.
These are work horses of studio and live sound. We've got them scattered about our school and they're very reliable.
Don't go with a USB mic. With a USB mic you cannot live monitor your recordings with zero latency. With a musicians audio interface you can listen on your headphones while recording to make sure that your recording levels are correct. With a USB mic you can only monitor the computer output, which will have a 200+ms delay. That means listening on headphones while you are recording is pointless as the 200+ms delay screws up your timing.
This is pretty critically important for any type of music recording.
USB mics are really only suitable for podcasting, interviews, and video conferencing.
A beginners kit on a budget:
A good beginners kit:
An advanced hobbyist's kit:
>Something between 50 to 100GBP
You are going to need to lower your expectations or raise your budget. There is really no point of anyone trying to recommend gear on that small of a budget. Just make do with your internal laptop mic until you can afford something.
For what you are doing the minimum I'd recommend is:
Which is about 60% over budget and that's pretty much the minimum I'd recommend for what you want to do.
If you can skip the guitar recording then you could get the AT2020 USB version. That will save you quite a bit and just be under budget.
Just keep in mind that it is not suitable for music / producing purposes, and there is no 'upgrade path' if you do want to add music / producing later - you'll probably have to sell the USB version for at least the gear I just linked above.
The reason is, at least on Windows, you won't really be able to use more than one USB mic in a professional recording setting. When doing professional recordings on Windows you need to use something called ASIO - which is a low latency driver to directly access the hardware.
ASIO only supports one audio interface at a time, you can't use two audio interfaces.
The USB mic actually 'acts as' an audio interface - so that's the only one you'll ever be able to use. You won't even be able to 'playback' your audio while working because the mic obviously has no speakers with it.
What are you using the "device" for is it for live recordings or is it for local recordings? depending on those aspects you can look for what you want.
If you are in a live situation you want a mixer most likely a digital because It supports 96Khz 24bit while the lower end mixers do not they only go up to 48Khz 24bit like my mackie profx16 (which is a pile of garbage and can burn in hell with its noise from its DAC).
If I would recommend a mixer brand it would be Allen and Heath since I haven't heard any negative comments, Behringer has components they get from china and is not factory controlled so often the time the mixers will all sound or work differently, I don't trust mackie either because of their problems with USB DAC.
Mixer recommendation: [link]
In audio 96Khz by most audio engineers is the standard since its not too high and its not too low and 192Khz is just saying "My gun is bigger then your gun" after using 96Khz for audio I prefer it over 192Khz.
An audio interface is what you would use to do local recordings as it has buffer time with the ASIO which a mixer would not have or comparably none and their is a ton of audio interfaces out there compared to "good" low budget mixers.
Audio interface recommendation: [link]
I have heard allot of people using that audio interface above for recording (local) primarily hooking up their guitar and microphone, I used that audio interface but I had issues with it most likely because I was using my old computer which was a gross HP and I used the front USB ports vs the back ones and the wires could of been touching each other in the pc and making sound so I don't blame the unit itself because I never tried it on any other computer.
If my punctuation is terrible please excuse me I am not that great at writing, one of my many weakness's as being human ... Haha.
I picked up this guy on the cheap awhile ago
Typically mics like the sm58 are not usb based and need an interface to connect to the computer.
Here are some examples. Like the mic they can usually all be found for cheaper on ebay/craigslist. You should do some research into them to find the one the fits your budget best.
Hey guys! I've recently decided to invest in a solid condenser mic and an audio interface. I would be recording keyboard, acoustic guitar, (maybe electric, but not a priority) and vocals. I am on a pretty low budget as I am also attending university, but would love some feedback on the options I have narrowed it down to, or suggestions for equipment I should consider instead would be welcome too! For the AI, I thought either the PreSonus [link]
or the Mackie Onyx
would suit my needs just fine. For the mic, I have narrowed it down to between the Rode NT1A
and the Audio Technica 2035
Once again any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!Thanks again!
Have you bought this yet?
If not, here are my thoughts;
Don't buy Cakewalk. Just try reaper for 60 days then buy it if you like it and if not, try something else with a trial. Reaper is the best value BY FAR, and is not at all difficult to use for recorded audio.
Second, I like the choice of the 2200, if only because it's very modable. That means in a year or two if you want to upgrade your setup, you can just mod it and it will rival mics 2-5x the price.
Not sure how I feel about that webcam, whatever works. I bet a cell phone would do just as well.
Save some money, and just get an audiobox interface.
They're practically the same, definitely not worth 50% more for the steinberg.
Finally, do yourself a favour and buy a better XLR cable. The cheap ones (most with the metal tips) are really only suitable for situations where the cable won't be moved around at all.
Ten bucks more for one like this is very worth it.
great product for a decent price. also, you're confusing audio interface with mixer.
For $100 you can get:
PreSonus AudioBox 2x2
FocusRite Scarlett Solo
Behringer Xenyx Q802USB
I'd recommend that as it's what I use for fun at home. It comes with the recording software needed as well.
Instead of a standalone preamp, consider getting an interface that provides pre-amps and phantom.
Haha well basically I have a hardware compressor/EQ rack (here) going into a pre-amp audio interface (here) and that little box runs to my computer. The Software (Guitar Rig) is not that expensive. Basically the little audio interface I have acts as the 'amp' at it's basic level, passes audio to my computer. I can link to my instagram if you're interested in looking at pictures of my setup.
I've been making music for quite a while now, started in 02. It's crazy to think that right now my home studio is nowhere near what I eventually want it to be, but looking back at what I had started with it's incredible to see how far I've come. Really adds to the "it's the producer, not the hardware" kind of mentality.
Provided that the interface is fully functional and not damaged I'm not sure that's where your problem lies.
The first thing I would try is checking your audio preferences in Pod Farm. If you still cannot get it to work after adjusting input/output parameters I would try using your ux2 in garageband (if you have a mac) or download fruitloops and see if you can get it to work. If you can get singal in/out of either of those programs then it's obvious that your problem lies with the software. If you cannot achieve signal with either of those rograms then I would have toa gree that it is an issue with the interface (or possibly your guitar).
That being said I highly reccommend The Presonus AudioBox and their StudioOne Software.
You can get both bundled for a good price usually.
Don't bother with those monitors, and get open headphones instead. ATH M50s probably. Look for a used SM58 for around $60, then spend the rest of your budget on a condenser. AKG C214 is $400 and would be a much better investment. I personally also really like the Blue Spark and Bluebird which can be found for $150 or $250.
Save $60 and get this interface.
It's practically the same.
You'll want a pretty heavy duty non-boom mic stand, I suggest buying one from a brick and mortar store so you're sure it's sturdy.