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2x2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and instrumentsAudiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio quality.Maximum Sampling Rate: 48 kHzCompatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc.Streams 2 inputs / 2 outputs with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X* and Windows XP* or higherState-of-the-art, +48 V-powered XENYX Mic Preamp comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
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157 Reddit comments about BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2):

u/tilldrop · 23 pointsr/Reaper

I teach music production as a side job and from what I have learned, the hardest (in terms of most confusing, not time consuming) yet most important part of getting into music production, is to fully understand the DAW itself.

So don't give up, there are tons of others who have been in your situation.

Personally, I usually approach two things: signal flow and user interface. You'll want to fully understand what gets send where and how to find that place in your software.

You'll want to have a basic understanding of what MIDI data is and what the difference between MIDI, an analog audio signal and a digital audio signal is.

Oversimplifying a little bit MIDI is a data protocol that sends information - usually information like notes being played, at what velocity etc. or controller data (MIDI CC). This data is not to be confused with an audio signal. The Akai keyboard for example uses the MIDI protocol to communicate with Reaper.

Now since MIDI does not contain any audio, but you want to make music, there is something needed to make an audio signal out of the MIDI data you can play on the Akai keyboard. For this, you can use any soft- or hardware synth, sampler etc. These programs/hardware will use the incomming MIDI data to trigger oscillators or play a sample - usually at a certain pitch, depending on the MIDI note's data.

It looks like you already figured some of this out, but didn't quite understand how it worked. Now, the software synthesizers work exactly how you imagined: They are loaded into Reaper as Plugins (usually in VST-format, but can be JS, AU, or other). For this to work, you'll have to tell Reaper where to find them. So I suggest you install them into a common folder and tell Reaper where to find that. (Options->Preferences->Plugins->VST->Add folder via "Open", than "Rescan".)

The octapad can output both, MIDI and audio. Now it really depends on what you want to get from it. Do you want to sounds from the octapad? Or do you just want to use it as a controller to trigger some sampler plugin in Reaper? Depending on that, you'll either need a MIDI to USB interface or a audio to USB interface. There are also interfaces that do both, audio and MIDI. And also interfaces with more fancy features like

  • multiple inputs (audio for synth/mics/guitar or MIDI),
  • (multiple) outputs (to attach speakers to)
  • zero-latency monitoring
  • phantom power for condenser mics
  • better pre-amps for less noise when recording
  • etc.

    Your computer probably even has an audio interface built in without you ever having thought about that. It'll probably not have many features, will not support phantom power, will have not gain adjustment for incoming signals etc, but it could work with your octapad if it has a line-in.

    I'm happy to help, but your questions are very vague. Just try to tinker. Experiment, create basic rhythms, work with audio and with MIDI, explore ever feature of Reaper, bit after bit, and you'll soon feel much more comfortable. Getting comfortable is the most important step, since you'll want Reaper to be your laboratory, your tools, an empty canvas. At that point, you'll be able to truly focus on the music. So take your time :)
u/JohannesVerne · 14 pointsr/VoiceActing

Personally, I think the MXL V67G is a good mic choice for beginners. It has a warm tone that's pretty forgiving for a lot of voice types, it takes EQ decently, and it's only ~$65. It has a good bass response, which many cheaper mics lack, and the upper frequencies are fairly smooth.

For the interface, pretty much any full interface will work. I normally recommend the Behringer UM2 for the price (~$40), but as long as you avoid stuff like the Neewer phantom power supply (which isn't an actual interface) you'll be fine. If you have extra money, something like the Audient iD4 (or iD14 if you need two inputs/think you will in the future) or Apogee Duet are good choices. They both have a good amount of clean gain (no hiss from the preamps) and they don't color the sound much, if any.

You will also need a mic stand, XLR cable, pop filter, and headphones. To get all that, it's going to cost about the same as a Blue Yeti (minus the headphones, but you'd need to buy those for the Yeti as well) and will sound far better.

If you have the money though, look around and test mics out before you buy. Every mic is going to sound slightly different, and just because one mic is popular or fits one person well doesn't mean it's the best choice for you. There are plenty of mics under $1000 (even under $500) that are phenomenal, you just need to find the one that suits your voice the best. As for mid-price mics that you may be interested in, there is the Lewitt LTC 440 Pure, Aston Origin, Rode NT1, CAD e100s, and Audio-Technica AT4040. This is just a list to get you started looking, and by no means covers all the good mics, so look around for what you think will suit you. Test out what you can, because you don't want to spend that much money without being sure it will sound right for you.


More important than mic selection though, is acoustic treatment. Even the best, most expensive mics are going to sound terrible in an untreated space. You can buy panels or foam squares, but if you're tight on money you can improvise this pretty easily. There are tons of youtube tutorials, so I won't spend too much time on it, but some good materials are blankets (moving blankets, quilts, comforters, basically anything really thick with lots of dead space), cushions, and pillows. If you have a fully stocked walk-in closet, that's even better.

u/Crimit · 7 pointsr/ethoslab

I was thinking the exact same thing all along. He probably uses a XLR to 3.5 mm adapter, and thus not providing enough voltage to the mic.

He needs something like a cheap microphone preamp or just a cheap USB audio interface with 48V Phantom power.

EDIT: Just something like this.

u/TuFFrabit · 7 pointsr/HuntShowdown

Ok, so you need a mic as well. Alrighty. I'm going to suggest you go a different route than pretty much what everybody else is suggesting. I personally dislike the all in one headsets, especially if they're marketed as "gaming", double especially if they are 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.

If your priority is actually hearing things in game, and determining direction and such, you are better served with a stereo set that emphasizes the mid range and high end frequencies while de-emphasizing the low end. Low end boosting is an inexpensive way for manufacturers to make a cheap set of cans "sound" expensive, and while it can make movies and some music sound great it's not amazing for gaming.

Here we go with a 100 budget. I'm going to give you a buying list for a standalone set of headphones paired with a separate mic setup:

u/aydiosmio · 6 pointsr/livesound

I would definitely pay more than $11 for your ADC. In fact, the one in your laptop is probably better.

Ideally, you want an audio interface where you can control the gain. Biggest problems I had (aside from lots of noise) in these cheap audio interfaces was the inability to set the input gain or lack of a preamp.

The Behringer's aren't amazing, but something like the UM-2 should be a vast improvement.

You can return that Nady because the UM2 has phantom in it, and you pay about the same price.

u/kobrakae · 6 pointsr/audio

Your problem is the lack of an actual preamp. Phantom Power does not do anything to the actual microphone signal level, it merely provides the capacitor circuitry in a condenser microphone with the power necessary to operate. However, the output from that microphone is still going to be extremely low. (Microphones are generally -40 to -60 dBv, which is 100 to 1000 times weaker than the signal powering your speakers, for example.) Microphone inputs on motherboards are notoriously craptastic as well.

Vileem's suggestion to try using the USB output on the UPM-1 is a good one - this is probably going to provide you with a much stronger signal to your computer. If you want to keep things analog until they hit the motherboard, then you need a preamp that also provides phantom power. Something like the ART TubeMP - but this could lead to other problems as you may run into phasing issues or left-channel-only issues when plugging into a computer input. This is why USB preamps are generally preferred.

If you want cheap and effective, my recommendation would be to send the UPM-1 back, and get something like the Behringer UM2 - for $30, it handles phantom power, it has direct monitoring (meaning you can hear the microphone right as you speak, instead of after passing through the motherboard and OS which adds latency), has nice big dials for controlling level on top, and also acts as a secondary sound card (output device) as well - honestly it will likely sound better than your motherboard's sound card.

u/mikewoodsays · 6 pointsr/VoiceActing

Bare minimum: you need an audio interface, such as the Behringer UM2, an XLR cable, and a DAW, like Audacity. There are more expensive and higher quality options for all of the above, of course.

u/staleygreg · 5 pointsr/Twitch

I have a $20 behringer xm8500 mic and u can get a behringer $40 usb interface and it sounds pretty good. My vod from yesterday is my first stream with this mic and it sounds the same as a $100 shure sm58

Edit: I originally had an audio technica at2020. It was too sensitive for me so I got a shure sm58 based on reviews. Then people were saying you can get this behringer mic for $80 less and it sounds the same. I did and I am happy with it.

u/brandon7s · 5 pointsr/Guitar

It's your audio interface, or rather, your lack of an audio interface. Crackling in audio like you're experiencing is due to the ASIO drivers and your soundcard not being able to keep up with the bitrate to play back your audio without dropping data packets.

Audio interfaces that will fix your problem and let you play at much lower latency aren't expensive.

If you really want to spend as little as possible then you can get this Berhinger interface at just over $50, but I recommend spending the extra $20 or so and getting this Steingerb UR12. I use the 2-input version (UR22) and it's been great.

u/liberianprince · 5 pointsr/Twitch

No. You should, however, get yourself an audio interface. And even then you don't need to spend a lot of money, but it will sound far better than just connecting it through an XLR to 2.5mm or USB cable. I use this: It works great with my Sennheiser e835, has gain control and direct monitoring, as well as a switch for phantom power. All you really need in my opinion.

I actually got my mic setup for ~$60 including that, XLR cable, and a little tripod because I found the mic itself sitting around in my house from when my brother used to record himself playing music. Pretty satisfied!

u/MinuteImpossible · 4 pointsr/podcasting

I give this out a lot. I use all of these, and they were recommended by another podcaster who uses them too.

Here is my short list. I personally have used these. I still use everything but the mic (I upgraded) Everything together is less than $125 USD. Good luck!


Mics (You get 3, so you can have others on (they will need their own mixer for this setup)

Mic Stand, pop filter

Sound paneling

These things and Audacity (which is free) will help you make a professional sound on a budget.

u/ThomasdeChevigny · 4 pointsr/Guitar

I would personnaly go for the Scarlett right now, because it might be a little money right now, but it's worth it (and you can always sell it used for a good price if you don't damage it). If you really must go down in your price range, simply search ''Solo Sound Card'' on google, amazon, ebay, etc. and you'll be able to find a wide range of stuff, for example

u/MikeVladimirov · 4 pointsr/GuitarAmps

Yes, you’re almost certainly missing out on a lot of quality.

The analog to digital converter (ADC) in your computer is almost certainly bargain basement hardware, if you have an out of the box PC. If you have a custom built PC with a good sound card or a Mac, this might not be the case. But you’re still going to get more noise, as you’ve already noticed, than with a dedicated piece of hardware.

With that being said, are you recording for fun? If so, who cares if you get some noise? A noise gate plugin will fix that instantly, as far as amateur/hobby grade recording goes. If you’re recording something serious, it’s probably advisable to get a decent interface.

I don’t have much experience mic’ing guitar cabs, but you might run into the issue of your signal being too high, which will cause god awful digital clipping. A dedicated usb audio interface will typically provide you with a gain/volume knob for your input signal. This is an extremely useful feature, in my experience.

If you’re just a beginner, this is a pretty good, straight forward, and very affordable option.

u/spudlyo · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Personally, every time i've tried to make music on an iOS device I've given up in frustration. It might be fun for fooling around, but the interface drives me crazy and makes me want to do just about anything else. This is just my opinion maaaan.

In terms of software, I'd start out with REAPER as a DAW because you can get started right away on your gaming rig for free. It has a 60 day evaluation period, which can be extended until you are overcome by guilt. You're going to have to dig around the net for free VST virtual instruments and sounds, but they're out there. Buy a cheap USB audio interface, and a cheap mic and start working on your own music. You can record acoustic instruments, vocals, and random sounds with one of those mics. I'd find a cheap pair of open back headphones for mixing, and use whatever closed back sound isolating headphones you have lying around for monitoring while you're recording.

I think the best way to learn music production is to force yourself to produce music on the regular. To that end I'd suggest learning about, which is an online songwriting and production contest that happens roughly every two weeks. There is nothing like a firm deadline to inspire you to create. You're given a title, and you write, record, and produce a song with that title. People on the Internet vote, and there's a winner. Folks on message boards will often give you feedback on your song so you can improve. Also there is a podcast that reviews the current batch of songs, so at the very least you're gonna get some feedback from those jerks. Disclaimer: I am one of those jerks.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Reddit's very own r/Gameofbands which does something similar, and might hook you up with folks to collaborate with.

u/Aezalius · 4 pointsr/Twitch

A Samson Q2U is a good option since you mentioned breathing and keyboard noise. It's dynamic as well as both XLR and USB, so you've got both upgrade paths in the future.

If you're set on a condenser mic then the AT2020 is a great choice. I'm using one with a Behringer Q802USB mixer, but you can get a cheaper UMC22 or UM2 which will sound just as good.

edit: If you want to go with XLR and Dynamic, then I highly reccomend the Shure SM57-lc as it sounds absolutely amazing, and there is a ripoff version of it which sounds almost identical called the pdmic78 for $20, but some people say it's not as durable as the sm57 (you can run over that thing with a bus and it still works).

u/Durkbeef · 3 pointsr/Guitar

Hey man, I'm gonna go against the grain here. I just spend $50 on one of these and I love it.

I'm a begginer so I don't really know exactly what I need or want yet. So far that thing has covered all my needs and you'll have an extra $100 to spend on other cool stuff. I do play acoustic mostly, but when I use the electric I just use line in from the amp to the interface. No PC effects required.

u/GinkoWeed · 3 pointsr/microphones
u/episgscustom · 3 pointsr/poppunkers

You said that you were using Line In to your computer, right? If so, that's what is causing the latency. Unfortunately, your best solution is getting a USB audio interface like the $30 Behringer UM2.

u/smushkan · 3 pointsr/videography

Blue make the most overpriced pieces of garbage in audio at the moment. They're designed to look great on webcam and fit the asthetic of your iMac, but really they're filled with the cheapest parts possible.

It's designed to look like a large-diaphragm condenser mic. Great, right? Perfect for VO. Well, what's actually inside are three cheap-ass capsules similar to what you'd get in a gaming headset.

For $150 it's a total rip off. If it cost $30 and wasn't marketed as a 'professional' product, it might be worth picking up; but you can do a lot better for the money.

Here's a complete ~$125 USB recording setup that has a proper large-diaphragm microphone that will eaisly give 10 times the quality that anything Blue offers:

u/11235813213455away · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

You need a USB audio interface with phantom power to get the most out of it. The total still comes out to less than the Yeti.

u/Egsession · 3 pointsr/letsplay

What kind of computer are you using to record your gameplay with?

For audio, a cheap dynamic mic would be a great way to go. It might not sound great initially, but a lot of those problems can be solved easily with software--Audacity is free and easy to use, and makes our recordings sound much better despite the mic's problems. You'll also need an XLR cable to go with it--preferably XLR male to female, but you can also find an XLR to USB one if you want to connect it directly to your PC. Otherwise, you'll need an audio interface to go with it. As for mic stands, I've honestly never had a problem with this one. It's not as easy to maneuver as the 100 dollar one, but it should serve your needs as a beginer.

If you're recording multiple people, you could get the Blue Yeti--a lot of people swear by it--but it's also a lot more expensive and it picks up everything if you're not careful. A lot of people think that the Yeti is cruise control for great audio, but it really doesn't do much more than a cheap mic can. I would just recommend having an audio interface that connects at least two microphones and then buying another dynamic mic instead.

As for recording your Switch, the standard is the Elgato. I'm currently using the HD60 model, which is nice, but it has some latency issues (meaning you'll need to manually sync your audio with your video). The HD60s has no latency problems, but it's a bit more expensive.

u/BadEmpanada · 3 pointsr/thebakery

You can afford to cheap out pretty much everywhere.

Get these first: Audio interface for $40 Microphone for $20

Get the cheapest mic stand and xlr cable you can find to go with them.

Use your phone camera (if your phone is actually serviceable and you want to appear in your vids). If not, a decent enough camera to start are the Logitech 1080p hd webcams which go as low as like $40. You can also get good used interchangeable lens cameras for like $200-300 or a new entry level one for $500, if you want to spend some money.

'Procure' a good video editing program in a '''non ethical''' manner (search for 'Vegas 14')

Download Audacity for editing audio (free)

u/disintegore · 3 pointsr/Bass

You need an amplification system of some kind. One very cheap way to go about it is to get a cheap USB interface like this one and to use your computer as an amp sim. On top of that you'll just need a pair of studio headphones (I strongly recommend these) and of course a cable. Total under 50 murrican bucks. Cheap, portable and highly versatile setup. Main downsides are that it can be very difficult to get working for a beginner (especially on Windows) and, well, you need to be wearing headphones unless/until you get decent monitoring speakers.

Of course if you can afford an actual combo amplifier you should get one. Even this is far better than nothing. Same price range. Problem with ultra cheap gear is that you will with 100% certainty want to replace it at some point.

Do not play electric bass unamplified. You will teach yourself to play way too hard in order to be audible, and will miss out on some crucial skills like control over dynamics and tone.

u/IWannaCuddleUrButt · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

That little mixer doesn't have a USB out, so you'd have to go with this little box in stead.

The XM8500 is an alright mic for the $20 price tag, but don't expect too much. To be honest you might be a lot happier with a cheap condenser + pop filter.

I've used both mics when I was starting out. I'd only use the xm8500 in the rehearsal space where the quality doesn't matter. The condenser will sound 'nicer' (i.e. less disappointing when you're trying something for the first time)

I wouldn't call it a 'decent' setup, but should be fun to dick around with for $100.

u/shindiggety · 3 pointsr/microphones

If you're new, let's introduce you to the different types of microphone.

First, there are traditional microphones, and USB microphones.

USB microphones (like the Blue Snowball) don't need additional power or cables apart from the USB cable. The USB cable alone will power the microphone and carry the audio signal fine.

Traditional microphones use XLR cables and require a preamp. If the microphone is a condenser mic, it will ALSO require power which we call phantom power or 48V power.

If you go with a USB microphone, you just need to buy the microphone and that will work fine by itself plugged into your computer. If you decide you want a traditional microphone, you would also need a preamp, and possible phantom power. This is the purpose of an Audio Interface. An Audio Interface such as a Focusrite Scarlett Solo, a Presonus AudioBox iOne, or a Behringer UM2 include the preamp your mic needs, plus phantom power if you are using a condenser mic.

So with a traditional mic, you would need to buy both a microphone and an interface to convert that analog signal to digital, amplify the signal, and provide power to your mic.

I know this is a lot, but I hope it helps you figure some of this out.

If by daily communication, you mean for gaming and skype/chat, I would go for a simple USB mic. There are cheaper options than the Snowball that are also very good. Look at CAD or Samson. Both have good options.

If you have other questions, feel free to send me a pm.

u/blackking023 · 3 pointsr/Reaper

So as another 29yo musician figuring out reaper over the past few weeks. Definitely watch tutorials, how to's, and basic use videos from youtube and stuff posted here. You'll learn way more from doing that faster than you will from poking around. Most of the time i just google something like "Reddit Render Midi track in reaper" and i'll get a link to this sub with a video.

Definitely get an audio interface, i'll help tremendously with overall sound and latency. I think something with two channels will work well for you. You'll most likely only be recording one instrument at a time if you're doing this solo but the option of the second channel will let you record an acoustic performance if you ever want to. I have no brand loyalty so here's a few options, you can do research on them as you see fit or search some out yourself:

UMC202HD , Scarlett 2i2 , AudioBox USB 2x2

Or if you need to be more budget friendly, this guy is a great bang for you buck, however it is only one channel:

Behringer UM2

If you dont have any 1/4" headphones, pick up a 1/4" male to 3.5mm female adapter as well so you can monitor your sound and for playback through the interface. You can find these at bestbuy or somewhere local pretty easily.

You'll want to look at some 3rd party VSTs for effects instead of your phone. I'm currently in the process of trying different free things out, so i don't have too many suggestions unfortunately, but maybe some other people can chime in with their favorites. I'd watch youtube tutorials to learn how to setup and use these. two I could recommend so far are:

MT Power Drumkit 2 - Simple drum VST that allows you to pick from a select of beats in different styles, then once you import them into reaper you can change the beat with the MIDI editor as you see fit. Watch some youtube tutorials on it to get going using it.

AmpliTube Custom Shop - Comes with a few amp, cab, and effect options that should get you going with some guitar sounds. You can also get the demo version of AmpliTube Full and it will run for 30 min, then you have to close and reopen it for it to work again (seems to be a common setup for demo versions of VSTs), but you can get a good bit in 30min if you know what you want going in.

u/erniuss · 3 pointsr/buildapc

as the above guys said the usb audio interface you gonna have couple advantages, basically if you ever planing to upgrade into studio speakers or so, you already gonna be having audio interface, and for studio speakers audio interface its must have thing otherwise you losing more than half of the speakers quality , same goes for microphones, if you ever consider buying some microphone and it has XLR connection, or even 3.5mm jack, you can buy adapter to get XLR or so , and even for some £20 microphone you gonna have pretty clear and more than enough quality for skype talks or so , and it would be many times better than directly plugging into your motherboard or front 3.5m socket. / and the last one its what you need the Headphones quality, usally if you buy headphones for few hundread bucks or so, and you using 3.5mm jack to plug into your motherboard, you losing more than 50% of your audio quality , So with some certain interface you can get the full of your headphones/speakers/mics etc. So for audio interfaces you can go for that would be the most basic and it would do the job more than enough. The 2 more choices is either M audio or Scarlete , m audio : thats also one of their newest audio interfaces , and it has pretty good design doesnt it ? :P The other one , its literally up to you which one you prefer, you can go for more basic option if you not planing to get some expensive pair of speakers or so , if you thinking that you might get some KRK studio monitors or so you can pick one of them 2 £100 worth audio interfaces , the quality between m audio and focusrite wont be noticeable . But to mention again if you literally need it only for those headphones and you not planing to get anything in future just go for the 50 usd audio interface and you will be more than happy :) ( sorry for not fluent english hopefully you can understand )

u/No_Hands_55 · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

im looking for an interface that will

  • allow me to output audio from pc to my speakers (powered micca) and control the volume on the interface
  • allow me to plug in headphones that will take priority from the speakers
  • input for a mic with monitoring


    i am looking at this Behringer to work with this mic and had a few questions i couldnt seem to figure out.

  • does it output the mic audio through the usb to the pc, or does it have go through the LR outputs to the mic input on a motherboard? or are the LR outputs for speakers?

  • if the mic is plugged into the interface will it always be live?

  • will the phantom 48v screw with my headphones or speakers if connected, or is that just for inputs?


    Basically i want an interface to control my speakers, allow me to switch to headphones, work with a mic, without having to mess with windows or speaker volume controls. Is there anytime i am missing or am not understanding? any suggestions or tips?

u/epo916 · 2 pointsr/Bass
It's only $50 and comes with basic recording software.

Also to improve, try joining a band or just playing more. I found rocksmith was a fun way to get better also. You'll be less dependent on focusing on what you're doing and bass will become more subconscious.

u/BroPhail · 2 pointsr/Bass

I use this little guy and I've been nothing but happy with it

u/Focusetc · 2 pointsr/ableton

This behringer interface ( ) seems like it'd do the trick. 50 bucks and a 4.5/5 rating on amazon. You'll need an adapter for the headphones but those are like a dollar each.

u/derpotologist · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Yeah this one is weirdly difficult to find. I actually pulled it back up on my phone cause it didn't show up right away on my computer. Anyway here you go

u/NoFuneralGaming · 2 pointsr/BassGuitar

I don't know what you're recording, or what equipment you already have, but these work great and they're USB plug and play.

u/Edolas_Meh · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Hello everyone,
I've spent around $70 to create a starter microphone kit
Although obviously it isn't top quality, I feel that it is fine for what I will do (streaming, podcasts).
I've set everything up but I have ran into a couple problems. When I download drivers for the Behringer audio interface, although I have everything plugged in I keep getting "Timeout 0x0005 error". I switch to Asio4All and I download it but I cannot access the hub as it doesn't access. Any help?

u/wolfcry0 · 2 pointsr/audio

At that point if you need to buy something I'd just buy a Behringer UM2 and call it a day, $40 and you won't have to worry about it again.

u/GoonyKnightMan · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Thank you so much! I was looking at a similar bundle on amazon that retails for only $99, but includes the mini version of the keyboard and the Ableton Bundle.

I would also need to pick up an audio hub for the mic and headphones, and I have no clue how much those go for. A quick search brought up this device, would that do the trick?

u/abronia · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Ok, my original suggestion still stands. Here's what's the used market looks like on Reverb. Most are under budget, and you can buy an inexpensive interface and play through your computer for the time being. If you have a Mac, GarageBand is free and has a few amp models and even effects. If not, AmpliTube is another popular option, plus there are many more. I would think you would get much more enjoyment playing a better guitar, than by buying a cheap guitar and cheap amp.

If you'd rather not go the used route, here's some other suggestions, in addition to the Jazzmaster (obviously shop around for prices:)

Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster

Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar

Squier Standard Telecaster

G&L Legacy

G&L Tribute ASAT (My pick of the bunch.)

Basically, I would spend most of your budget on the guitar, and play through an interface. It'll be far less frustrating learning on a subjectively better quality guitar, then buying one that's half as much.

Hope that helps! (For what it's worth, I play similar music, and I have a Telecaster and a Strat style guitar.)

u/KaosC57 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Personally, I wouldn't bother with a Modmic 5. My recommendation is going with a Neewer NW-700 Kit with an Arm and Filter, an XLR to XLR cable, and a Behringer Uphoria UM-2 Audio Interface. Plug the Neewer Mic in through XLR to the UM-2, and plug your 598's in with the large jack (1/4" IIRC) and plug the UM-2 in through USB. You get a knob to adjust gain on the Mic and the Headphones, and it's all managed through USB!

Links to things:

Microphone Kit

Behringer Interface

XLR to XLR Cable

u/babygotbackpain · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm going to be a little bit different from these other comments. I think there are some pros and cons to this bundle. I clicked on your thread out of curiosity but ended up realizing this was the bundle me and my friend bought during college when we first started rapping. While this bundle is a good starter kit, we had a lot of issues with monitoring. Monitoring is the ability to hear yourself while recording. Its not super necessary but I prefer to hear myself within the headphones while I am recording. There is something called latency, which is the time you speak to the time you hear yourself in the headphones. With this bundle sometimes we couldn't monitor ourselves at all, and other times we could but the latency was so large that it sounded like we were rapping over our own echoes.


I would recommend purchasing audio technica M50 as headphones.


AKG perception microphone.


and this behringer audio interface.


It comes out to the same price kind of. I have the M-audio M - track audio interface. I dont think they make it anymore but I really like it so if you find it on ebay or something it might be worth it.

If you are looking at a DAW to start recording. I suggest reaper. Its literally free and insanely robust software considering its free. Theres a 60 day limit on the software but you can really use the software past that date. I used it for like 1000 days before i ended up paying like the 60 bucks for it.

u/TheUncleShow · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

You have TWO options

1)If you have cheap motherboard and dont have add-on sound card and you dont want to buy any equipment, the BEST one bar-non, praised in every review is Samson Q2U, it has both USB interface [so you dont need to buy anything extra] and XLR port so you can upgrade if you want like buying 50-70USD Mixer or USB Audio Interface or if you have good sound card 10$ XLR to 3.5mm cable and record directly to sound card in 24bit/48hz, you should Yyoutube search its model name and see big YT channels benchmark it and listen to their vocie.

On Amazon USA, its 59.99 for microphone with cable and there is "secret kit" for 62USD with free Samson Studio headphones and anti-wind ball


Bundle for just 3$ more:

2) If you have good sound card, or you want even better sound for same price then the 20$ Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone is the best in this category, its not worst then Samson Q2A it just dont have USB, nor cables bundled so its cheaper, its just the microphone and plastic box, you can also search in YT and listen to reviews.

Then you also buy 40USD BEHRINGER Audio Interface 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black 1-Channel UM2, and for 60USD you have the best cheapest combo possible, just dont forget XLR to XLR cable, they go from 6 to10-15USD depends on length, Amazon Basics cables is great option, quality, but you can buy whatever you want, but amont cheap cables Amazons are known quality, no gamble.

So i guess it all comes to 70USD with the cable and youll have semi-pro beginner setup.

In any case, if you going to record on your desk and will do keyboard typing you want some space, you may add 23USD Microphone Boom arm that screws on to the table and has your MIC on it, you can lift it up when you dont use, also microphone "improves" sound quality because you wont have to touch the mic and it wont pass your touching noises or keyboard typing to the mic and it comes with Pop filter bundled.

Personally I was going to buy the first one but decided to buy the second one with XLR to 3.5mm cable since my sound card is good and will allow me 24bit/48hz and even 96hz recording

Also if it wont be good trough my sound card sicne it was so cheap i can always add good USB Audio interface.



Audio Interface:

Microphone arm/Boom with Pop filter:

P.S. No matter what, DO NOT BUY ANY MICROPHONE TYPES Except Dynamic! Otherwise you'll be cursing yourself.

Dynamic doesn't need phantom power [its a separate headache that most mics need 48v phantom power] and its the least sensitive type made for Voice, when you talk it will record just you, all others, especially the USB popular Blue brand mics will record your scratching, air conditioner, your cat, your neighbors and mouse farts across the street, they all good to use-in Audio treated room, when people isolate the room for audio or audio booth, in regular peoples room, Dynamic mics is the Best way to go.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

> That easy? Any headphone amp?

Yes, keep in mind that this technically isn't the intended purpose of a headphone amp. That's why I'm saying that you would be using it in reverse.

But an amp is an amp. It should work just fine. The one I linked is the cheapest one that I would be comfortable with the audio quality of.

> If I'm going to get an amp anyways should I get one that can do both my headphones and mic?

Headphone amps aren't intended to do both. As I've said a couple times, you would be using the amp in a reverse setup.

If you want hardware control and amplification over audio inputs and outputs, what you really want is a USB audio interface like this one:

Decent ones start at $50 and go up in price from there.

u/coololly · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Go for an XLR setup, you get really good sound quality for the price:

Mic: Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500

Audio interface: BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2

XLR Cable: AmazonBasics XLR cable

Mic stand: NEEWER Mic arm

Total price: $68.50

u/bscotchcummerbunds · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Keep in mind not every Mac supports audio line in through the headphone port. They used to, but they stopped a couple years ago.

You can find your marketing model name by clicking the apple in top left corner and click About This Mac.

According to Mactracker - MBP 13" mid 2012 (still being sold), and MBP Retina's (both 13 and 15) since 2012 ditched that line in feature.

See the section titled "Audio" about halfway down page

If you have one of those and still want to record guitar, or any line level or xlr based source, you can get a usb audio interface pretty cheap these days that'll be a selectable interface in Garageband and the quality should be pretty good. In addition you could record from a microphone with one of those (or have a buddy play along) since they usually have two or more inputs.

Hope that helps!

u/egamble · 2 pointsr/audiophile and get a 3.5mm to 1/4 adapter

u/letsloosemoretime · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Hi I'm checking it out more in detail, how exactly does the output via USB work? Isn't the USB for power in, not for audio out? At least in the pictures here I don't see any audio out via USB:

u/_fuma_ · 2 pointsr/audio

"Fixing" something isn't throwing money at it and replacing it with something thats not needed.

but that link you posted is stupid rediculous!!! Leave the referral codes off please!


Here's what that link really only needs to look like -

u/Vee_It_Nam · 2 pointsr/Guitar

The Behringer UM2s will do the same job, although they are quite a bit cheaper and feel cheaper.

I wouldn't suggest things like the Guitar Link though. The UM2 would be the lowest I'd go for something like that

u/monado_man · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Hey people of r/audioengineering, I'm new to all this, but I've ended up with a Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Microphone. I was thinking I would do some streaming with it, and possibly getting into amateur voice acting as well.

The only problem is, I'm a little confused on how to connect it to my PC. I know a more expensive proper set up would have both a pre-amp and audio interface, but I'm not looking to spend a whole lot of money here. I was wondering what should I buy to connect the mic to my computer fairly cheaply? I've looked into some mixers like the behringer Q802, and I found this which looks okay, but I'm not very confident about it. Thanks for any and all help with this.

u/m46uec5vibt7nyuhfaw4 · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Best best is an audio interface. This one is $40 with a $32 used option, I've never personally used it.

This one is $40 with a $35 used option. I use it as a discord audio interface so I can use my nice mic on calls.

You're only spending slightly more than the adapter you're looking for.

u/-Argih · 2 pointsr/mexico

Sacado del faq del server de discord de /r/microphones

How much money should I spend on a microphone

  • Under $100. $50-100 offers a lot of great options. Then, spend the rest on acoustic treatment.

  • $200-1000 mics may offer more options for your taste but aren't necessarily meaningfully better

  • Expensive microphone will still result in bad recordings if money isn't spent on improving the recording environment


    Usualmente recomiendan el Behringer c-1

    Y necesitarías una interfaz con phantom power, la más económica que no es una basura es la Behringer u-phoria um2

    Te recomiendo si sabes inglés le des una vuelta a su server de discord, sí ayudan y tienen un canal de "preguntas noob"
u/greenysmac · 2 pointsr/VideoEditing

You'll need an interface. Something that has phantom power.

Something like this

u/HowManySmall · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Barely one at all. It's basically the same mic with a different form factor. It's heavier and harder to position, so that alone will factor into the sound quality.

This plus this is a real upgrade. Or if you wanna get a cheaper mic, this is still better.

EDIT: Probably should mention that you're gonna want a boom arm, pop filter, and the XLR to 3.5mm cable too.

u/ten_vrah · 2 pointsr/Gifts

Edit: I added links to Amazon products that are pretty nice and fit into your budget, if none of these work or you wanted advice on finding similar ones on slightly cheaper budgets just let me know and I'd love to help out!


I realize some people like them, and I mean no disrespect to u/MNLegoBoy but please do not get him a steam controller. I own one and me and everyone I've ever known who used one absolutely hated it.


If he only has one monitor in his setup I would highly suggest getting him a decent second monitor to have discord, youtube, or whatever else he wants up while he plays. It can be really helpful and never hurts to have.


If that doesn't work, you know about his setup...

and he uses a headset with a built-in mic I would suggest getting him this microphone and this interface. Even though they're cheap they're more than good enough and make people feel more legit because they're more like a streamer setup.


and he really likes his headphones/has really nice headphones but doesn't have a headphone stand or mount for him to keep his headphones on and keep his desk organized.


and he's into fighting games or older arcade games you could get him a fighting stick (be careful on this one, if he doesn't have room or likes using his KBM I wouldn't suggest it. It might also help to get one on a higher budget.)

u/Justinicus · 2 pointsr/headphones


The link probably won't help a lot, as I don't imagine you live in the US, but at least you can see the product! But Behringer has a good reputation for entry-level recording gear. You would still need a microphone and headphones if you don't already have them.

What do you want to use it for? Gaming? Singing? I'm no expert, but I might be able to point you at least in the right direction for microphones and headphones.

Save a little money for adapters, though. Most mixers and interfaces will want 1/4" or XLR inputs. Most consumer-level microphones will have a 3.5mm plug. Likewise, the output will likely need to be converted from 1/4" or RCA to 3.5mm

u/chrizzle420 · 2 pointsr/indieheads

I would recommend getting a cheap audio interface and some versatile mic like a sm57. I have a 4 channel version of this interface and it's definitely good enough for my needs. The one channel version is only $30

u/troll_is_obvious · 2 pointsr/Guitar

The established brands like Ditto, Boss, etc are going to be $100+. You might take a chance on something like this, but I've never heard of them before.

You might also consider getting a cheap audio interface like this. Though, again, you may actually get better value by spending a little more money. Many interfaces come bundled with DAW (Ableton Live, ProTools, etc) software licenses, like this Focusrite.

It's not as easy as plugging a loop pedal into your chain, but you'll be able to do a lot more with your investment if you climb the DAW learning curve. There's plenty of free VST plugins for pedal and amp emulations out there. Even some free open source DAW, but I haven't researched what's available in some time. Ardour appears to be the top google result at the moment, though I'm not sure how suitable it is to playing live (vs. only recording for playback).

u/raistlin65 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Technically, "active" means it has it's own amplifiers in each speaker with active crossovers. For example, those Rokits are "bi-amped" with a separate amp for each tweeter and driver. People now commonly misuse the term active monitor synonymously with powered monitors that do not have active crossovers with bi-amped speakers. But it has never meant it has a built-in DAC.

Those speakers may be fine without any external DAC. If you find you hear noise, then you would want to get an external USB interface with DAC, such as one of the following so you can run a balanced connection. But you may not need it.

u/evilmonk99 · 2 pointsr/Reaper

Depends on your price range. I started with a Behringer UCA222 then upgraded via a Steinberg UR-22 which broke after a while. Now I'm using a Behringer UMC404HD which has lasted well so far. You could go for the smaller version, which is surprisingly cheap, if you don't plan on recording many instruments at the same time.

People say good things about the Focusrite Scarlett series as well. I've never used one but they are a little bit more pricey than the Behringers so I always end up with one of them instead.

u/sboles66 · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Is that the specific audio interface you would recommend? What exactly should I look for in an audio interface?

I do have good over the ear headphones, also.

Would this be good?

u/HanSoloBolo · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

I'm partial to Behringer tech so I'd recommend [this] ( or [this] ( if you're planning to record alone. If you're going to have guests, I used the [XENYX Q1202] ( for a long time and it served me well.

Social media and promotion is hard, but necessary if you want to build a listenership. I'd recommend tweeting about more than JUST links to your show. I don' think anyone wants to follow an account that's all about self promotion. My shows are all comedy podcasts so I lucked out in that I can just throw out dumb jokes/observations all day and people enjoy them. For a more serious show, it's a bit harder.

To get started, follow a bunch of people that follow shows similar to yours, wait a week, unfollow anyone who hasn't followed you back, then follow a bunch more. If people post things you like, interact with them. Retweet, respond, whatever. It's basically about building a community. I've built up 1,200 followers doing all that, which is puny next to my podcast listenership, but it's nice to have a place to let people know what I'm up to.

Also to build a podcast audience, guest on a bunch of shows that are similar to yours. Guest on science podcasts, have them on yours, promote it on Twitter, etc. I've had different guests on all the time over the last few years and it's really helped me build a big international audience in Australia and the UK, reaching people who never would have heard my show otherwise.

u/UltraFlyingTurtle · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Get an audio interface for your PC.

Plug it into your USB and you're golden. You'll get way better sound, you'll be able to record at much higher resolution and quality, plus you can plug in multiple devices (on the bigger models). Also you'll get less latency if you use recording software and monitor your recording of apply real-time effects.

Typically they cost from $100 to $200 for budget ones, like the Scarlet series which are often recommended as entry-level audio interfaces, used for home studio setups. If you're semi-serious about recording, those Scarlet interfaces are the way to go (older generation models are fine).

That's what I've been doing to record vocals (and guitar, and other instruments) for years on my Macs and PCs.

However if you really want to go cheaper, Behringer has this $50 model that should get the job done. It can handle up to 48 kHz.

You'll need a cable adapter to convert the 3.5mm microphone to an XLR output, something like this:

Or this (this one says it's mono instead of stereo, if that matters):

While looking, I saw this really low budget USB audio interface. It's only $29. It has 16-bit/48kHz converters. No personal experience with it, but the reviews are positive.

It uses normal RCA jacks so you can just get an RCA jack to 3.5mm cable, something like this should work:

Edit: Also saw this Lexicon Audio Interface at $47 bucks. No experience with it either, but it's another option:

u/Edman70 · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Reaper is no different than any other DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). You need to have some way of getting the music into the computer. This is usually done with a USB interface, and this is about the cheapest decent interface I could find in a quick search:

M-Audio and Focusrite make better stuff, but those are typically $100 to $200 US or more. This would be a really good start.

u/honkimon · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

I will do my best. I am only a month in to this madness. And when I started I wanted to emulate a workflow similar to how stuff was done in the early to mid 90s. Sort of faux hardware sequencing. The reason being every time I sit in front a DAW for a creative project I feel devoid of inspiration. So here's the current setup:


iPad Pro 1st gen connected to a USB hub via Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.

LYFNLOVE USB Hub 3.0 Splitter,7 Port USB Data Hub with Power Adapter and Charging Port

KORG nanoKontrol2 connected to USB hub

Behringer UM2 connected to the USB hub and hi/low out of Model D

Behringer Model D connected to USB hub for midi control and UM2 to pass audio to iPad

So how does all this work together? Well the center of my workflow sits AUM AUM is my mixer, playhead, midi routing, and effects insert hub. It's the glue that ties all the widgets together with a unified clock.

For synthesis I am currently using the following apps: MOOG Model 15, MOOG Animoog, Audiokit Synth One, Audiokit FM Player, Menace, and Blamsoft Viking Synth which I can run many instances of. And now of course The Model D.

For Sequencing the Synths I am using the Rozeta suite.

And for percussion/drum machine I am using Patterning 2 which I absolutely love to death. With my quest to eventually go all hardware and possibly just a eurorack it's going to be hard for me to let go of this because I like it so much.

For effects/DSP I use all of the apps produced by Audio Damage, Inc., Kosmonaut, & RE-1 Tape Machine

For misc I use an app called Sector which is a nice sample slicer with a cool interface for introducing randomization to a sequence + effects to slices.

As previously mentioned. I am new to this and still learning. The apps I've mentioned merely are the tip of the iceberg as far as what /r/ipadmusic is capable of. I'm trying not to go too deep down that rabbit hole because I intend to go full hardware eventually. But it has been a great starting point to learn a lot of the basics and intermediate inner workings of how to use midi and some modular virtual patching.

I would be happy to answer any more questions. So far this (link to soundcloud, not just the one track RES is trying to make play)is most of what I've created with the newest to oldest representing the evolution of my learning curve. I have not recorded anything with the model d yet but plan to very soon.

u/stcredzero · 1 pointr/Zeos

How about this for a single unit headphone amp and USB soundcard for laptop gaming?

u/xFrostbite13x · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

then don't get a cheap sound card. it won't be much of an upgrade. almost all of them are really overpriced and they are still prone to the electrical noise caused by other components' interference.
external audio interfaces are much better, here's a great budget-friendly one

u/crimson_713 · 1 pointr/Metal

Sonar's Cakewalk is now free. Cakewalk is a staple among producers, and it's loaded with features that are super helpful. The learning curve might be a little steep, but it's high quality stuff with tons of variety. I recommend looking into Addictive Drums (Rock and Metal edition) or EZ Drummer (with the Drumkit from Hell expansion or one of their other metal packs) as a drum machine. They're not free, but they're good. Devin Townsend used Drumkit from Hell on Ziltiod, and Brendon Small used it on Metalocalypse. Both programs come with pre-written loops, and AD's loops are played by a real drummer.

Also, for an audio interface, check out the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2, which is probably your best budget option. If you're willing to invest a little more, the Presonus Audio Box USB 96 2x2 is still under $100, AND it comes with a copy of the Studio One 3 DAW, which is as good as Cakewalk but comes with more features since it's a paid version.

u/Tewan · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The cables I'm using to connect the speakers to the iTrack Solo ( ) are

Prior to the iTrack Solo I was using a Behringer audio interface ( ) and it had a lot of noise when recording, even when devices weren't hooked up. The noise it made was which occured in simple things such as making a selection on the desktop, the bigger the selection box was the higher tone it produced.

u/LovingThatPlaid · 1 pointr/microphones

Like the one that I linked? And I just realized that I fucked up the formatting, let me fix that
Btw this is what I was talking about... should I order this instead of just the phantom power supply?

u/Spiritual_Rhubarb · 1 pointr/Twitch

NEVER use an XLR to 3.5mm converter. Just buy an interface. It's way better for quality and control and they're not very expensive. Behringer's U-Phoria UM2 is only around $40.

u/bnich11 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Assuming my setup to consist of my Cloud 2 headset, the SM57, a basic audio interface, and a sound card capable of producing the 7.1 surround sound, I can get what I'm after correct? the one thing I noticed is this interface goes straight to USB, so the simulated 7.1 sound doesn't exist.

I looked round for a card/device that does ALL of this and I don't think it exists.

Sorry if I seem like I'm rambling on here, I just don't know how to achieve the desired end result... it almost feels like I cant have the cake and eat it too.

u/BearArmsMcGee · 1 pointr/Twitch

I'm going to look more into the ATR2100 or another dynamic mic.

The Behringer U-Phoria you mentioned earlier is just $30 on Amazon right now. From the review it seems like it's pretty decent assuming that you get a functional one (and if not Amazon has good return policies). I'm guessing the scarlet one is much better but not sure if its 3 times the price better.

Edit: or were you referring to the other u-phoria thats $60. And here's the $30 one

u/MadRaps · 1 pointr/listentothis

This mic is pretty good for the price and plugs into pretty much any mic port. Whenever you get a chance please buy yourself a Mic Pre-amp. It boosts your mic signal and give depth to your recording. The one everyone recommends is this one, even the pros but if you're just starting out you'll do fine with this one good luck!

u/mresch356 · 1 pointr/microphones

would something like this essentially solve my problem?

I considered purchasing a mixer, but from what i understand there is more that goes into using it with one.

u/Hexxical · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Thanks /u/fuzeebear and /u/FadeIntoReal. I'm gonna try my luck with the Behringer. Even if it does turn out to be unreliable, I can always upgrade to a Scarlett later. Right now I'm on a budget and would prefer not to spend too much on a piece of equipment I didn't know I needed in the first place.

u/darkworldaudio · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

Well I dunno what to tell ya bud, you've got a solid PC and the best DAW software ;) but if your USB headset wont let you switch beyond 8kHz you're gonna have a bad time. I'd strongly advise picking up an audio interface and a non-usb mic, if you're on a budget and are just getting started I can suggest this interface and a dynamic mic like this or one with a wee stand like this. Dont forget and XLR cable too! Obviously the higher the budget or direction you want to take your audio can influence these purchases.

u/MrGeary08 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

So I use an audio interface to connect my XLR microphone to my computer and have done so for a long while with no problems. I had stopped recording stuff for a bit and when I tried to come back and record something again neither of my two recording programs will detect my mic. I've been trying to figure out the problem for a week or so now and cant get it to work.

I usually use Audacity but now when I try to record something I get an error message that says "Error opening sound device, Try changing the audio host, recording device and the project sample rate". The recording device is set to my USB audio codec that its always used.

I also use the Elgato recording software to record live commentaries but when I click the record button it just turns off again instantly with no message.

I know the mic works because I can turn on the direct monitor button on and hear myself or also through the microphone properties by ticking the "Listen to this device" box.

This is my microphone

This is my interface

Anyone have an idea as to what the problem is? If you need any more info id be happy to reply

u/Schweigman · 1 pointr/audiophile

I was told to repost this here.

EDIT (due to response on initial thread): Also, I'm not looking to upgrade speakers and/or amp. Just wondering if the audio interface I'm looking at will serve as a DAC and a mic receiver.

From what I understand this setup will work for what I need. But, I have a limited knowledge of all this. Hopefully someone here can confirm this for me.

Source: PC via USB

Current setup:

  • Micca mb42's
  • Smsl SA 36A
  • Behringer UCA202

    What I would like to do is add the Behringer UM2 as a replacement for the UCA202. I'll be using the UM2 for mic input, can I output audio as well? Or do the RCA outputs output only what's being received from the mic? I read through the description, but it doesn't seem to mention anything about DAC capabilities, and I've no idea what 2x2 usb means.

    Also, I hope this doesn't come across as me being lazy (like my last post did), cause I will be continuing to research while I wait for a possible response.

u/h0me_skillet · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Thanks for the feedback man.

My feedback for you:

  • You need a better mic. This is lo fi to a fault :). Here is a cheap mic / preamp combo.

  • If you want an actual lofi vibe, look up some lofi tutorials, use izotope vinyl and lay some ambient noise in the back of your mix.
  • piano is vanilla. Make crazier patterns and variation. Experiment with different presets on your synth. Slap some plugins on that bih.
  • Your flow sounds like it's from Hamilton (lol a compliment or critique depending if you like that). Experiment with your flow and inflection more.
  • All of this aside, it seems like you have a relatively cohesive, lyrical song. Keep it up!
u/Floodwing · 1 pointr/Twitch

Mine was a hint on how it really is assembled anyway, you can replace my focusrite with any usb interface that's similar, replace the mic with anything smaller (your mic would suffice) and the rode psa 1 you can go for cheaper options, but eventually I'd definitely suggest for the long run the Rode.

Let's say like you chose your mic that you picked,
$20. XLR cable, idk probably like $5 right, a $5 mic stand, and a usb audio interface like this one maybe ( , $40 you're probably looking at $70 for the whole setup. That could work for sure

Without the USB interface you'll need a USB based microphone

u/sec_goat · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Behringer also has a line of affordable entry level interfaces like this

I have one a step up from this and for a novice who doesn't know any better I have to say it's been great for me.

u/SoaDMTGguy · 1 pointr/audioengineering

These are all listed as related items to the ECM8000 on Amazon:

u/nakriker · 1 pointr/Songwriting

What's your budget?

Yeah, get a decent mic, and an audio interface (so you're not limited to USB mics or using you laptops crappy 1/8" input.

If you want to go super cheap, this interface doesn't suck.

and neither does this mic

That combo is only $136 and will do wonders for your recordings. If you have a bigger budget, you can do better all the way around.

u/ardweebno · 1 pointr/Guitar

I recently asked a very similar question and a fellow /r/guitar redditor turned me on to [Revalver4] ( and I have to say, it doesn't suck at all. If you just want to dabble, you can download the Amp Sim for free from Peavey's website and only purchase the amp models that you are interested in running (or can afford). That makes it pretty cheap to get into the virtual amp game, but you'll be money ahead buying the $99 combo that unlocks all of the amp sims and stomp boxes.

The [Behringer UM2] ( does not suck at all and the price is pretty reasonable. The preamp in the Rocksmith is pretty cheesy and old tech compared to most modern USB inputs.

What kind of PC do you have? Many (not all) amp simulators these days do "virtual component modeling" instead of sound sample-based modeling. The big difference is the virtual component modeling sounds far superior, at the expense of using up a ton of CPU cycles.

Best of luck on your new adventure.

u/the_blue_wizard · 1 pointr/audio

Can you give us an indication of what your working Budget is?

Can we assume you have a decent computer to record to?

What is it you will be recording? A few more details please?

Most studio - amateur or profession - use Active Monitor - Mackie MR, KRK Rokit, JBL 300-Series,... - though there are cheaper monitors, how well they will do will depend on what you are trying to record.

The Behringer Uphoria UM2 ($39) is a very basic USB Interface. You will not be able to do anything fancy with that. But perhaps you don't need anything fancy. I don't know.

Something like this with two discrete inputs with controls is probably better, but considerably more money -

Again, I don't know what you are trying to accomplish, so I can't say what will work for you.

If you go with passive speakers, and you need an amp, this one is powerful (relatively speaking) and versatile -

Just a few thoughts.

u/Turbosack · 1 pointr/buildapc

The feature is commonly called mic monitoring. You probably can't do it in Windows without additional hardware. The cheapest device I can think of that would allow you to do that would be the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2.

u/lukelear · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I mean, what you're describing is essentially an audio interface, the $60 one I listed is probably the best bang-for-your-buck you can get in that department.

I did run a quick google search and fine this interface by Behringer which definitely seems WAY simplified and should meet your needs, but if you want to ever do much more with it than record one microphone, you might be shit out of luck. However, yes, it is definitely a way cheaper option

u/humpcat · 1 pointr/audiophile

Brother got me a Audio Interface for Christmas just as I was looking to get a DAC/Amp combo. Is an interface a replacement for the DAC/Amp, or would it still do me some good to get a combo unit anyway?

I've tried looking into it but have found no definite answer to my question.

The interface I was given

The combo I was looking to buy

u/Disneyreject · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Thanks for the info. All of you, I was losing my mind trying to get this to work.

I have a question about interfaces. Firstly, will this serve well for what I need?

And about interfaces... I am reading the getting started guide, but not really understanding where the interface belongs. Does it go XLR cable from mic > power > interface > then 3.5mm from interface to sound card?

u/chugged1 · 1 pointr/Guitar

Will an audio interface decrease some of the latency at all, or is the issue solely in the sound card?

Edit: for example will this be everything I need?

u/sonicsnare · 1 pointr/Bass

What's the difference between a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and, say, a Behringer UM2 other than $72 and the combo XLR/quarter inch input on the CHEAPER one? Something isn't adding up here.

u/ProgHog231 · 1 pointr/Bass

I've been pretty impressed with the Behringer uPhoria. OTOH, as you'll see from the reviews, some people seem to have experience with quality issues, which is not uncommon with Behringer.

Another option, for about double the price is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. The 2i2 is quite popular, but more like $150.

u/Rock-C · 1 pointr/microphones

Hey! So I'm finally going out and getting a Pre-Amp for my mic. I was planning on getting the Behringer U-Phoria UM2, but I'm not sure about it. Do you have any suggestions for a good Pre-Amp that would work with my mic? Just for a refresher, since this was two months ago...

Microphone: Neewer NW-700

Phantom PSU: InnoGear 48V Phantom Power Supply

Soon to be Preamplifier: Behringer U-Phoria UM2

u/quantumized · 1 pointr/Guitar

Ah, okay. I found the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2 on US Amazon for only $30

Looks to be the same product you had linked to.

u/StayFrosty7 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Behringer UM2 or this thing from Neweer. Both are great, but the behringer will allow you to also control both the headphone volume and mic volume without reaching into the Windows Settings. Just keep windows volume at 100, and experiment with mic volumes to get your ideal sound.

u/r3bol · 1 pointr/Guitar

I'm a basic/intermediate player, and I've been recording using Garageband. I connect my guitar to the computer using Behringer UM2 USB audio interface, It should cost you around $40

u/testonly-donotreply · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You won't do much cheaper than the Alesis, but if you want to really scrimp, you could try something like this Behringer. I haven't tried it, and a lot of people talk trash about Behringer, but I've had good luck with their mixers, amps, and rack effects.

u/xGhost_ · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Whats the difference between this and this tho?

u/ilrasso · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Try this behringer um2 at 30$. If you wanna splurge the um22 is 40$ and the umc404hd is 100.

u/Rewrap · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Dude get this for a cheap one or this for one that's a little bit better and more popular.

u/Ami4Oesi · 1 pointr/Twitch

I got this recently and it's working pretty damn good. There's one thats for $50 that has a better pre-amp.

u/redtop91 · 1 pointr/pocketoperators

The Behringer UM2 is $40:

BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)

u/RC531976 · 1 pointr/audio

Google cannot find " BM-25 Condenser Mic" can you provide some better identification? Ideally a URL reference to information about it?

The 3.5mm input is not suitable for an XLR microphone. It does not have enough gain as you have shown by your " extremely soft" audio level.

If the microphone was working without the phantom power supply, that would seem to confirm that power was not the problem. Gain is the problem. There are a very wide variety of XLR mic preamps with 3.5mm (or USB) outputs to your computer. For example:

Note that the 3.5mm microphone input on a computer is a pretty low-quality connection. Practically any external USB audio gadget would be lower noise.

u/just-here-to-say · 1 pointr/audio

I have an audio interface that connects via USB, and it has a 1/4" output specifically for routing back to a set of headphones. I plan on using that to connect to the mixer.

Interface in question.

u/jbranchau · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I have this...sounds great.. cheap..Does what it supposed to do..

u/cotdag · 1 pointr/Bass

it's not the best buy for 50 bucks it'll sound demo worthy.

I use this with logic and the built in compressors are good enough to not sound awful.

u/jlwinn8 · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

I'm no expert but I think a USB audio interface is what you need. I think that mine is one of my best music investments, and they aren't that expensive really. In fact, why spend 30 on a sound card when you can get an interface like this one for $50.

Another issue that could cause static is improper grounding. A good quality power strip or even using a different power plug for your speakers could improve the issue - but it looks like the issue is probably the lack of an audio interface.

u/FeatheryAsshole · 1 pointr/Bass

You will definitely need an audio interface, which is basically an external soundcard that includes a preamp for microphones and guitars/basses, and a MIDI in/out (you don't need MIDI for bass recording, but it's nice to have). e.g. Behringer U-Phoria (I have the two channel version).

You can then either get a microphone and mic your amp, or plug your bass directly into the audio interface's input. Each method has its pros and cons - micing your amp is a bit 'meh' if your amp is not that good, and buying a half-decent microphone is additional cost and effort. Plugging directly into the interface ('direct-in') gives you a lot of freedom to process the signal, but it's more effort to make it sound okay (especially if you don't really know the software), and you'll have to figure out how to hear yourself while playing without blowing your speakers. If you have a rough idea of how to use the software, and half-decent headphones/speakers, this is totally doable, but it's a tad risky if you don't know anything.

I'd recommend using the mic method if you can spare ~$100 for an okay microphone and a mic stand. I have a Rumble 25 as well and the sound is quite usable with my cheapo t.bone microphone.

u/Leavinq_ · 1 pointr/headphones

I really have no prior experience with audio stuff, I'm not sure what its called then. Its a digital interface thing, but I don't know exactly, so I tough DAC - digital audio interface. Here's the amazon link:

u/demevalos · 1 pointr/headphones

No worries at all. On that power supply, there's only an XLR in, and an XLR out. There's no way to plug an XLR connection into a computer without some sort of ADC (analog to digital converter). Usually, that's your audio interface. It takes your analog XLR signal, and converts it into a digital signal that your computer can understand.

I was in your situation once, before I knew much about audio. I had an XLR mic (Shure SM57) that I used to use for my band's shows and stuff, but I wanted to use it for gaming later on. I bought this stupid thing assuming it would let me do that. Well, technically it worked, but I was so quiet that my friends couldn't hear me at all. After I returned that, I bought this Behringer interface hoping it would fix my problems. It was better, but I had to crank the volume up to full for anybody to hear me still. Plus, the headphone output on it was TERRIBLE. It sounded bad, and it behaved weird with video playback. No bueno.

Learn from my mistakes. Go this way before you spend dumb money on it haha

u/LordAddy · 1 pointr/edmproduction

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

Presonus AudioBox

or simply type "audio interface" into the search bar and look for yourself. Hope this helps.

u/dat_idiot · 1 pointr/audioengineering

The microphone port on your computer is a line level input. A dynamic mic runs at mic level so your computer can't pick it up through that port. Get an interface BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2) and a xlr cable.

u/condog1035 · 1 pointr/computers

What model of headset do you have? You will likely need two different adapters or a mixer like this one

u/bstix · 1 pointr/microphones

Sorry to bother you again, but I just thought about if something like the iRig is too expensive for a school to buy in large quantities, I just wanted you to know that the Chromebooks can use ordinary USB interfaces as well.
This one f.i. is only a third of the price. It's somewhat larger, so less portable, but if price is a concern.

u/MoogleMan3 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Ah, it might be exclusive to that mic.

This will work with the D5, and it's not too expensive.

u/iid3toxii · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Get the Mod Mic, tack it on your Bose headphones. And then on windows, right, click the speaker, select the recording devices option and where ever the mic is hooked up, right click it then select properties. After that go to the listen tab, make sure the listen to this device option is ticked on, and on the drop down below have it set to default or whatever port your headphone is attached to. That should be it, just know there may be a slight delay when you hear yourself speak.

Edit: Just saw that you know about the delay. If that's the case then something like this with any studio mic + any headphones should do

u/NagyAudio · 1 pointr/microphones

This is the correct answer.

Since you already have phantom power supply you'd be able to use a Xenyx 502. You could also use this interface with or without the phantom power supply. With either of these I'd recommend using the RCA out to Line in on the PC, with a cable like this.

u/ethandavis54 · 1 pointr/techsupport

I totally agree. This one seems to get good reviews for a decent price:

BEHRINGER Black, 1-Channel (UM2)

u/Meekl · 1 pointr/Bass

So, I'm looking to start learning bass after being interested for at least a few years now, but I have zero knowledge on this kind of thing. What kind of devices would I need to run this bass (Squier P-Bass) into my PC as a microphone/line in device? I'm thinking this would do it, but I don't know that for sure. My backup plan would be to use a Vox Amplug 2 Bass, but those run on battery and I hear they hiss too. I have *zero knowledge* in how a bass interfaces with a computer, so I'm kind of shooting in the dark here. Do I have this right?

u/theninjaseal · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

That's not an audio interface you got there, it's a MIDI interface.

[this is a dirt cheap audio interface](BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2

So if you spent 50 on that and 50 on a mic (or 40+10 for cables or whatever else you need) then you'd come in right around 100.

The argument you run into here is very similar to most places where you have the option to buy a single item vs all its components. The single item will work well for its advertised purpose but if you want to upgrade, you start over again. Maybe you sell the old one to help buy a new one. Skateboarders, cyclists, guitarists, automotive hobbyists - pretty much everyone that cares deeply about the performance of their gear will prefer modularity.

These USB mics are mostly made for voice - podcasting, web chats, video gaming - that sort of thing. It will sound a hell of a lot better than say a built in laptop mic or something like that. If that's basically what you're going for then the modularity of a "proper" solution may not benefit you; in fact the complexity would likely just get in the way.

u/HiveTalkLive · 1 pointr/podcasting

If you don't care anything about audio quality you can get an omni mic and stick it in the middle of the table. Attach that to a cheap audio device to get the signal into your computer. Record into Garageband. If you want to get everyone on their own mic you're looking at something in the +$500 range for 6 people even with cheap condenser mics. The expensive part is getting all of those mics into your computer. And 6 analog mics + cable + audio device won't be super mobile.

u/no4medog · 1 pointr/guitars

If you have a Mac, just use Garage Band as your recording software. Windows, Cockos Reaper.

If the goal is recording guitar only, direct to your computer, just buy a cheap USB audio interface that has good reviews and you're good to go from there. Even something like THIS would be enough to start with. You can always upgrade later if you need to.

u/DaCody_98 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Wow how did you see that? Do you have the photo program from NCIS? Anyway, I was able to get the 2070 for just below 400$ (I was using a 970 before). The microphone I use is the MPM-1000. I have that plugged into a U-PHORIA UM2. So 90$ for a mic setup that kicks the ass of anything Yeti makes (xlr>usb). Also I'm not sure of when I would "outgrow r/BudgetAudiophile". Just don't look up the price of that turntable in my console....

u/SpursGuy90 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Hm, guess I could save $40 or so by going with the single channel Behringer as opposed to two channel, that way I save some $$ and take advantage of Q2Us XLR

u/FrugalMcMayhem · 1 pointr/Twitch

Then I'm not sure. I've used XLR interface boxes before but never done phantom power into a converter. I'm not super experienced so take my advice with a grain of salt but I would recommend just getting an interface box. I've used one like this before and it worked well.

u/mcafc · 1 pointr/Rockband

Cool, thanks! That looks like a great deal at $36 split two ways, although they aren't shipping right now, I'd probably not be buying for a few weeks anyway.

Do you happen to know if you can use an XLR mic with a usb interface? I don't think I have a USB mic anywhere, but I have a nice Shure XLR microphone and interface

Edit: This the interface I have.

u/thesilkywitch · 1 pointr/microphones

Okay, thank you. I feel like I understand this stuff a bit more.

I thought about getting this: because it provides power from what I was looking at and is also a preamp. Would just need an adapter for my mic to fit in the first line / XLR line, correct?

u/ThisGuyBryan · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If its XLR you can get something like this (it's what I use, fairly cheap and provides phantom power).

u/CanadorkIsOurSaviour · 1 pointr/letsplay

Skimming over the document, I saw a few different interfaces. How does the UM2 stack up? Any specific interface you recommend?

u/braindeadmatt · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

cigarettes after sex (based on the songs ive heard), drown their instruments in a heavy reverb, probably some other effects too that i cant be sure of (maybe a filter, to make their sounds sound kinda lofi/old. and maybe a little delay to go w/ the reverb, etc).

idk really but i'd probably just try to recreate one of their songs urself in a DAW and see what u learn from it.

and in regards to the mic, you dont really need a mic, you can use a usb audio interface (like this one or this one, which is more popular & expensive) to plug the guitar directly into the computer (for alot cheaper than you would probably get 4 a mic).

also idk if you need all the pedals & shit, maybe you want to but in a DAW (FL studio, logic, ableton, etc) you can add pedal effects (reverb, delay, distortion, etc etc) that come with the DAW to the guitar audio signal coming into the computer.

u/HoneyBucket- · 1 pointr/Guitar

Well pretty much every AI made since the PC recording boom has one. You can get them for as little as $35. The most common one is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which is only $150.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I'm not endorsing a product or brand, but what would be easier is something like this Behringer U-Phoria UM2, which has the nifty XLR/1/4" combo jack that lets you plug instrument cables right into the input with no need to fuss over converters.

u/IBeRamen · 1 pointr/battlestations

I got it from here

u/Kalarian_Reborn · 1 pointr/Guitar

Ok thanks. I'm really just interested in using my computer in place of an amp. Is there any bare bones one you would recommend for that purpose? I saw the UM2 by behringer for $50 that seemed pretty decent. Link.

u/SurpriseFace · 1 pointr/Twitch

That's partially correct. All XLR mics need to go through a preamp, but you only enable phantom power on a condenser mic. Phantom power can actually hurt other types in some (usually older) cases.

Anyway, either of the mics listed could be paired with a cheap USB interface like this and quite possibly rival similarly priced all-in-one options.

u/NotJ3st3r · 1 pointr/audio

I would suggest you get the [Audio Technica AT2020] ( ~100€ on Amazon (get the XLR version)
And as an interface get the Behringer UM2 U-Phoria 2x2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface ~30€ on Amazon. So you can upgrade the interface or microphone later or even add a mixer when you want. For the rest of the money you can get a microphone stand.

u/Legitimate_Giraffe · 1 pointr/techsupport

Kinda, yeah. But you get what you pay for. If you want solid, clean audio for your stream, either of those boxes will treat you well, and your audience will appreciate the quality they provide.


If you want a step down in price, here's one from Behringer for $38:


It's probably fine, but may not have the longevity or quality of the other boxes.

u/noahfrags · 1 pointr/techsupport

BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)
how is this?

u/danderskoff · 1 pointr/AVexchange

You don't need an interface for $100. Behringer makes plenty of great Amps that have phantom power and are decent heaphone amps. This is a smaller version of what I have and it works wonderfully

u/self_healer · 1 pointr/Logic_Studio

Wow i just read about that, i can't believe they did away with line in ports. They also ditched optical audio support which is very surprising.

Unfortunately then i would have to agree with others. You're just gonna need a usb interface. It can be a cheap one, but try something with a preamp built in.

This is a good compact one


If you're a musician I'd get something better just for future use, but if it's only for ripping vinyl that would work. There's a few others in the $50 range that are nice.

u/faizimam · 1 pointr/Lenovo

I had one of these come with a Headset, worked perfectly for this purpose in my situation:

If you don't want to deal with another USB device, you'll need this sort of adapter:

Honestly, I want to use pro audio equipment(including phantom power) so I'm currently considering buying a "real" audio interface like this:

u/Aperson3334 · 1 pointr/teenagers

This is really good, but I would get a better mic and a guitar recording interface if I were you.

Cheap microphone

More expensive microphones

Cheap audio interface

More expensive audio interface, not sure if it's better

Also get a pop filter, although this recording didn't seem to need one.

u/lurkyloos · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What is your Audio Interface? How are you connecting the mic to the PC?

Edit: adding example of USB audio interface: BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2

u/CASTorDIE · 0 pointsr/Twitch

There is no end to how many things and features you can add to a mic.

At the most basic level, you will need an interface like the Behringer U-Phoria UM2.

Make sure you can either control the noise in your room, or be prepared to learn how to tame your mic via software.