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u/Mr_Liney97 · 9 pointsr/Flume

The two ROLI bags belong to the ROLI Seaboard Rise. Awesome, but pricey.

The small item to the left of it is a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer.

To the left of it is a audio interface, Scarlett. To me it looks like a 2i2.

Below that is the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

Below the ROLI bags is the Apogee Quartet Audio Interface

And to the left of that is the Yamaha Reface DX

I don't know what the other things are, but I hope that I helped

u/bass-lick_instinct · 8 pointsr/Bass

I've said it before here, and I'll say it again: I think a cheap recording interface and a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is one of the most powerful tools for isolating issues, practicing, working through trouble spots, creativity, and more, and you can get started for about $100-$150.

I constantly use my interface and DAW. A very common use for me is to throw down an audio track with a song I'm having problems with, then I'll loop the tough sections and practice them over and over until I nail them. Some DAWs will allow you to adjust your playback speed without affecting the pitch, so if you're trying to tackle a super technical spot in something like YYZ, you can slow playback speed by 50% (or whatever) allowing you to play the song at a slower speed, then as you develop your chops you can increase the speed, ultimately easing yourself into playing the song at full speed.

I also use it for learning songs real fast. I'll start at the beginning of a song and loop the first ~25%, practice until I know it, then loop the next 25% of the song until I know it, etc until I've worked thorugh the whole song and I've found that I internalize songs much faster by doing this. The beauty is that you can lay a track down with virtually anything that can play through your phone (or basically anything with an audio jack). Just lay down a stereo track, hook up your phone to the interface via stereo cable, press record on your DAW and play on your phone.

I have a whole project for the songs I practice, each song has its own track, then below each song's track I have my bass line that I play, which I can then analyze. Recording yourself is like putting a magnifying glass on your playing, you might be surprised. I remember the first time I recorded myself I thought I nailed my part, then when I played it back I was quite humbled, to say the least!

There are tons of ways you can use a recording interface for practicing, but of course you can (and should) also use it for music creation. There are billions of free plugins out there which will work with most DAWs. Just get a cheap $30 MIDI keyboard and you'll have unlimited creative potential that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to have just a couple decades ago in the analog world.

I personally use a Mackie Onyx Blackjack recording interface, which I would not recommend if you are using Windows (drivers are aging and Mackie doesn't appear to be updating them or supporting newer OSs, which is a shame). For a DAW I use Logic Pro X (only available on OS X), which is the best $200 I've ever spent, but you don't need to spend that (or anything) to get into a DAW. When you buy a recording interface it should come with a basic DAW that will do all the essentials, if you want something real powerful for cheap then try Reaper, which has a trial that doesn't ever cripple the software, and it's only $60 for a license (which you should buy to support the dev if you like it, it's a great piece of software).

For recording interfaces, the Scarlett Focusrite is super popular ($150). You can get decent recording interfaces for a little cheaper, I would just make sure it has at least two channels.

u/Licknuts · 7 pointsr/Guitar

Go play at open mics. This is great for networking with other musicians/bands.

You could also get a cheap recording setup, record band demos, and email those to venues. My old band recorded on a laptop from an SM57 going into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and we edited/mixed/arranged/exported all the audio through Audacity (free). That's it. Excluding the laptop and mic cables, all this costs around $250 Hell, there's even cheaper alternatives available if you're super strapped for cash.

As for actually finding venues that exist near you, try going to Indie on the move and type in your area and it'll give you all the venues that exist within however big a radius you put.

Hopefully this helps!

u/FunnyPocketBook · 7 pointsr/Bass

Focusrite Scarlett Solo/2i2 as audio interface. If you are certain that you're only going to record one thing at a time, the Solo will be sufficient.

I've seen many people recommending Reaper which is the WinRar version of free DAWs (I think?)

u/exscape · 6 pointsr/Guitar

With a sound card made for studio usage, lag/latency shouldn't be a major issue. Some basic knowledge is required to set it up, but that same knowledge is required for any sort of computer-based recording, so it's easy to come by these days! There's tons of materials about this online, but I'll write a brief summary (not to be considered a tutorial!).
(I'm assuming Windows usage here. For Macs, the default sound card may be good enough -- it was in my 2006 and 2011 Macbook Pros. Apple's Core Audio API is really good for a OS stock one!)

You need a sound card (or: "audio interface") with good ASIO drivers. In practice, that means one that is designed for studio use. That doesn't have to mean anything very expensive, though. The cheapest ones are about $100-120, but a pretty decent one is probably more like $180.
A few examples:
FocusRite Scarlett 2i2 (a 2nd generation is on the way, so I wouldn't recommend this right now. Also, I returned my Scarlett 2i4 due to having issues.)
Roland Quad Capture (the one I use personally)
Presonus AudioBox 22VSL

The sound card you already have might work well enough with the ASIO4ALL driver, in which case you may be able to use the hardware you already have.

Once you have one of those, you install the drivers and set up the ASIO latency or buffer size (different names, same thing) to some low value. You might have to tweak this -- having too low a value will cause dropouts as the computer doesn't have time to apply effects and so on before it's time to move the sound to the speakers.

With that in place, there are a few ways to go. You need some sort of effects (like amplifiers, cabinets, delays, EQs and so on); the easy way to do this is to use some package. I mostly use Guitar Rig for this, but there are plenty of others, such as AmpliTube and Peavey ReValver. There are fully free options as well, e.g. the LePou plugins.

You can use those in several ways. The simplest would be to use a simple audio editor, like Audacity. Another way would be to use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), i.e. an application used for recording music, with tracks and mixers.
I use REAPER for that, as it's about $60 and I still prefer it to ones that cost ten times as much. Other popular choices are Cubase, Logic (Mac), Pro Tools, and so on.

So, yeah, it's a bit of an involved process... but once you're there, the main difference between playing for fun (to a track or by yourself) and recording an album is clicking the record button before you start playing. :)
As for cost, that really varies. If you're lucky and your sound card works well with ASIO4ALL (or you have a Mac and that works well), you can do this for free. If you need to buy a sound card and want to use the software legally, you might have to pay a few hundred bucks for the combo.

u/iMakeSoundFX · 5 pointsr/gamedev


My gear is easily affordable (except a few choice pieces being the studio monitors and the PC itself).

I use a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 - Which is overkill for recording, but I have other projects that involve a lot more inputs. The Focusrite Scarlett is more than adequate for this kind of work.

For my Mic, I use a [Rode NT2A] ( for the bulk of the recording, I have a few smaller Clip on mics for some more sensitive recording.

For my electronic audio samples, I use a [Alesis QX61] ( which for this kind of work is not necessary at all.

As for Software, this can get a little expensive but I've built this up over the years, I use Ableton Live 9 and a list of plugins to extensive to name, but 90% of the recorded samples have been edited very little, and if they have, the default suite plugins are more than adequate (EQ, Reverb etc).

I only really have to dig into specialist plugins when looking to create a certain effect - such as space, etc.

u/MyOpus · 5 pointsr/singing

Couple things... first, add POWER to your lower register. You got very muffled and flat when you dropped down, a good example is around 0:40. Watch a few videos on budgeting your breath to help sustain you when you drop down.

You have a few pitch issues, especially around 0:30 "everybody look to your right" the everybody was off. There were a few more like that as well. A good exercise for this is arpeggios.... learn them, sing them, love them :) They will help an aspiring singer a ton.

Finally, if you're serious, and since you're putting yourself out here for critique I assume you are, go ahead an invest in a good microphone and an interface so you can record yourself better. You can do it on the cheap with something like an AT2020 and a small Focusrite for around $200'ish. It will really make a difference.

You have some uniqueness to your voice, which is what everyone looks for, and you're already taking steps to improve and learn which means you accept criticism which is crucial if you're going to do anything in music... so good for you and keep working at it!

u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Ok so here's a small list, don't know how much you have but here's a kind of good budget setup.

u/cotle · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I have had a fair bit of experience in the field of audio engineering, and so hopefully I don't talk out my ass when I say this but:

If this build is audio-orientated, why haven't you included a sound card or other audio interface? This kind of equipment is pretty much the most important part of your setup if you are seriously seeking to create high-fidelity recordings.

Unless you already have an external audio interface or a decent sound card that you're planning to recycle from a previous build, I would highly recommend investing in one. A mid-to-high end sound card will reduce hiss/buzz/interference and will allow you to sample audio at much higher bit-depths.

When it comes to the actual gear (as per usual) your budget dictates the hardware you should purchase, but I give some general guidelines. If you are only planning to do simple recordings (guitar + 1 or 2 vocal mics), I would go with an external soundcard like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. If you're interested in richer recordings of perhaps larger scale (drum kits, bands, etc), something similar to a Focusrite Clarett 8pre X or other rack gear would probably suit.

At this stage, we're talking about spending more on an interface than your actual PC, and I'm guessing you came to this sub to find computer advice. Nevertheless, I hope what wrote helps in some way. Good luck with your auditore endeavours!

u/SelectaRx · 4 pointsr/audioengineering

If you can scrape together about 125 more Euro, I would suggest this Focusrite USB interface. It's a great little unit for the price, and if you're just getting into things, this should keep you busy for a while until you start needing more options.

u/Aksen · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I commented about this in a thread about the new Razer mic... not really a big deal but here goes.

If you are looking for truly good audio, these USB mics wont cut it. It's not that they sound bad, it just bugs me that they are marketed as "studio grade," when they really are not. It is like buying a "Gaming PC," from HP.

If you plan to use it for any real content creation, you'd do yourself a favor by buying an inexpensive interface and inexpensive mic. Yeah, this option puts you over $200..... but those are two very cheap options considering that they are viable for pro audio. And they specifically are strong in features that people in this thread would use. The Focusrite Scarletts have amazing (for the price) microphone preamps, and the MXL condensers are amazing (for the price) VO mics.

Everyone in this subreddit is familiar with the price/benefit curve of buying video cards etc... this setup is probably 4x better than a USB mic at 2x the price. From here, you'd have to jump to $800 before you saw any real benefit.

u/tek_fox212800 · 4 pointsr/FL_Studio

Happy Cake Day duder! Here are my suggestions!

Under 100$

[Lexicon Alpha](

Scarlett Solo

Tascam US-32

Over 100

Scarlett 2i2

M Audio M Track Plus

Steinberg UR22

Personally, I use the UR22, mainly because I need the Midi in/out for my outboard synths, and the d-pre amps are quite nice for basic mics. I work for a music shop, and our best seller is the UR22. However, any of these interfaces would work well with FL Studio, and you would not be displeased with any of them. Let me know which one you get, dude! Cheers!

Ninja Edit - Stay away from Behringer, Gemsound, Pyle, and Pyramid. They are low cost, but have poor quality builds, poor converters, latency issues, and a myriad of other problems. Also, if you need multiple inputs and mixing capabilities down the line, I suggest these;

u/mellovibes75 · 4 pointsr/battlestations

Not OP but I can help you out here. Let's break this down by component:

  1. Speakers - There are two types: active and passive. Active = amplifier built into each speaker (i.e. most dedicated "computer" speakers from the likes of Logitech, Creative, etc.). Passive = 90% of speakers out there, must be connected to an amplifier to work. Typically passive speakers will get you a better speaker for a given price for an active but you have to figure in the cost of an amplifier. For a passive speaker set up, the cheapest system recommended over at /r/audiophile is a SMSL SA-60 amp and Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers. If your budget is higher, ask in the daily purchase advice sticky there (read the rules/suggestions thoroughly). I don't mess around with active speakers so I can't recommend any.

  2. Microphone - For simplicity's sake, I will recommend you look into USB connecting condenser microphones as they are affordable and have good sensitivity. Something like the Audio-Technica AT-2020 or Blue Yeti are popular mics for under $100. I have the Yeti and can attest that it is a very good and sensitive multi pattern mic. They can be hooked directly up to your PC or if you want to get really fancy, check out an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo or Scarlett 2i2. The nice thing about an interface is it allows you get a nice mic with an XLR connector (generally better than a USB connection) and it will work with your PC.

  3. Headphones - Don't waste your money on "gaming" headphones. A nice 2 channel pair of cans with a standalone mic like I listed above will hands down outperform the likes of Turtle Beach and Razr headsets. /r/headphones has a really good wiki with more info than I can provide here and headphones broken down by price range and characteristics. Plus, then you can use them both for gaming and general music listening and have a good experience, something you don't get with dedicated "gaming" headsets. The amp I listed in the speakers section is fine for headphones but Schiit makes absolutely fantastic headphone amps and DAC (digital to analog converters, check out both /r/audiophile and /r/headphones for more info on them and why they are good for your set up) with very respectable price tags.

    Hope this helps. Higher quality audio equipment can be confusing and daunting, what with all the technical details, wide price ranges, parsing through all the marketing bullshit and the sometimes snobby attitudes of some "audiophiles". I wish you luck and feel free to ask me if you have any questions.
u/ge4096 · 4 pointsr/buildastudio

I think the setup is definitely overkill, and you're missing out on an audio interface, which is IMHO the most important part of a setup like this. I wouldn't get the preamp at all - preamps (and especially preamps under ~$400) won't do too much to affect the sound, at least in a way that'll be noticeable when you use it for streaming. And you probably don't need a compressor either - they can be tricky to learn to use and even trickier to learn to use well. I would skip that too. If you ever need to compress something you've recorded, use Audacity. And compression shouldn't really matter if you're just streaming. And a mixer isn't really necessary for just one microphone.

But then, even if you got all of this nice equipment, everything would be ruined if you just ran it into your computer's mic jack. You should get a USB audio interface to connect your microphone and computer. I would recommend something small, like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. And this would remove the need for a preamp and a mixer, so all you should need then is the mic, the one long cable, and the interface. This isn't really overkill for streaming, and this will also allow you to record covers with decent quality as well.

u/Condawg · 3 pointsr/Harmontown

I prefer Reaper to Audacity, but that's just personal preference. I find it waaaay easier to edit. It's not free, but it has a pretty much unlimited trial with no restrictions other than a box telling you to buy it when you open the program. Should you get use out of it though, you totally should buy it. It's cheap as hell for a DAW and worth every goddamned penny.

I use an Audio Technica AT2020, which should be a decent step up from your ATR2100. If you want a leap up, the Shure SM7B is one of the best mics you can get, but it requires a shitload of gain so you have to make sure you get a mixer or audio interface that can support it. Since I can't afford to get both a new mixer and a new mic, my next mic will likely be an Electro Voice RE320 dynamic microphone, which seems like a great mic for the price.

Making your audio sound better is not a cheap venture. Once you start your way down this rabbit hole, be prepared to spend a lot of money over the years on it. I'm a voice-over artist, and most of the money I make doing that goes right back into my setup. This room needs audio treatment, I need a better mic, I need better isolation, maybe a full recording booth, but god damn I could build that myself for a fraction of the cost, but will my mediocre craftsmanship be worth the savings? etc etc etc.

If you're just looking for a good setup for a podcast, an XLR AT2020 and a Focusrite Scartlett 2i2 should keep you satisfied for a while. Make sure you also get a pop filter, and good XLR cables.

u/isidor3 · 3 pointsr/audio

It would probably be better than your internal sound card, but if you're really worried about sound quality, you'll need to get a proper recording interface.

u/Fu-Schnickens · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I have the same setup and use a Scarlett solo. Never had a problem, very easy to use and good looking too.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st GENERATION) USB Recording Audio Interface

u/FG730 · 3 pointsr/singing

I recommend a Focusrite Scarlett as the audio interface based on my own experience. I am not a pro or anything.. I just record guitar/singing for my own amusement. I personally use a Scarlett 6i6, Sony MDR7510 studio headphones, and a Shure SM57 mic (which admittedly, is not ideal for recording vocals), though I ordered a Rode NT1 condenser mic just yesterday and am excited, since it should be great.
Foscusrite has a starter bundle that you could get (, though I personally would not get the bundle since the mic and headphones are not the greatest.

The Scarlet 2i2 interface, some good "budget" studio monitor headphones (sony makes several for around $100), and a good "budget" condenser mic (Rode NT1 or NT1A... ~$225-$275) is what I would buy. You're looking at $400 at least. I know that sounds like a lot of cash, but if she is even remotely serious, go ahead and do it and don't buy the cheap shit, cause you'll just end up buying better stuff later anyway. After you have all that you may want to look at Reaper as the DAW instead of Audacity. It's only $60 and does a LOT... VST plugins, etc... a 60 day trial is free.

u/sjv7883 · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Those JBLs are meant to have a balanced input (commonly used in the pro-audio scene). Your Sonar DGX puts out an unbalanced signal (commonly used in the consumer and home theater/hifi scene). A DAC that outputs a balanced signal would take care of your interference issues. Take a look at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

u/edocentric · 3 pointsr/recordthis

It really depends on how much you want to spend and what you're planning to do with your setup.

I personally use a Rode NT2-A with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface (or you could get the Solo and save 50 bucks, but I needed two input ports) and I am pretty satisfied with my setup - I've been using both of them for a whole bunch of paid audiobooks I've done over the years, so they've paid for themselves many times over.

I started out with a Blue Yeti myself, but I decided to change it as soon as I started getting more work. It's not a bad mic, but it's not stellar. When it comes to cheaper USB mics though I'd recommend the Rode NT-USB - my NT2-A broke down over the summer and I was supposed to be recording an audiobook, so I needed a decent replacement until my main mic got repaired. It's slightly more expensive than a Blue Yeti (goes for around $170, while the Yeti is around $100), but I think it's a better quality mic. I still keep my NT-USB at home to use for smaller work that doesn't require going to the studio.

u/razzie-dazzie · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

Yeah I totally agree, excet he's mentioned a new interface in the past and I have that in my shopping cart right now: [Focusrite Scarlett 2i2] (
I know he uses Logic and Reason to make his beats and if anything I want to help add something to his pool of equipment that he could capitalize on later.

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/letsplay

The Rode podcaster is a REALLY great mic. However, it is also a dynamic mic which has a low sensitivity. It is meant to be used a few inches from your mouth and probably would not be very well suited for picking up multiple people.

The best way to mic multiple people on a single recording is to get several XLR dynamic mics and feed them into a mixing board or preamp. The Akai EIE is great for this because you can have multiple audio streams output to your computer. However, a Behringer Xenyx 1202USB or a Tascam 1200 would work well too. Pair that with a few

If you want to do mic multiple people with one mic then you're looking at a condenser mic. For the price of your podcaster($230) I have a few suggestions. I would still look at getting an XLR setup, because they are much better IMO.

u/NewOrchata · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

In regards to lightening the CPU load, this is not the case.

You can shift most of the workload to a sound card or an interface and gain a ton of slack for your CPU. You can make this upgrade *relatively* inexpensive, but you can easily get into more bells and whistles with external interfaces.


Here's a few links for some examples:

Check out this page to get a little more info on how to reduce latency issues while using Ableton for a little more help:

u/MrSparkle666 · 3 pointsr/guitarpedals

You'll want to get some kind of USB audio recording interface such as this:

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Most of these types of audio interfaces have high impedance instrument inputs built into them, so you can plug a guitar or synth directly into it.

A DI box isn't really necessary unless you are doing long cable runs, plugging into a mic input on a mixer, or have ground loop hum issues.

u/vanguard_anon · 3 pointsr/PKA

Well, I like your list. I don't know that Rode mic in particular but Lefty had two different Rode mics during PKA and they both sounded great.

I'd personally point you toward the RE20. I love mine and you don't have to be right on top of it to sound great. I also love my Shure SM7B but more than one person has mentioned to me that they can hear me breathe so I'm either going to switch back to the giant foam pop filter or to the RE20.

This package is $500 but it comes with the mic, shock mount, cable, boom, etc.

I don't like your audio interface. In particular it's analog and in my experience if you turn up the gain on an analog mixer you get a hiss. It's not a subtle hiss you think you hear either, it's a real problem. (Or maybe the one I had was just extra bad?)

Anything in the scarlet focusrite series will do, this one is $100:

For $150 you can get two inputs:

Let me know how to sound wedges do. I typically just count on curtains, shag carpet, oil painting and furniture to break up the sound.

u/slash178 · 3 pointsr/Guitar

A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the way to go. Excellent quality at an insanely low price. Plug your amp straight into it.

u/pigz · 3 pointsr/Guitar

A USB Audio interface is what you need...

Like this...

or this...

or this...

Then you can either use a microphone in front of your amp, or the guitar direct into the PC and use software amp modelling (Guitar Rig, Amplitube, TH2 etc...) These all works as plugins for your DAW, Audacity/Reaper/Sonar/Pro Tools etc

u/Inappropriate_Comma · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Every interface I can think of has a 48v phantom power... And you wouldn't need to rely on RCA cables (which are unbalanced) to make it in to your DAW (your Digital Audio Workstation, the software you use to record.. i.e. Ableton, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Reaper, etc.). For $100 you could buy a simple two channel interface with better preamps (marginally, but still better) then the Sampson you purchased that would hook directly to your PC/Mac via USB. For an extra $50 you could get something like the Scarlet 2i2 which will give you 2 solid focusrite pre's and a clean signal path into your computer.

u/prowler57 · 3 pointsr/livesound

Is the speaker going to be using any kind of amplification in the room? If so, the easiest thing to do might be just to take a split from the live mic into a small USB audio interface. There's tons, something like this: would be fine. If there's somebody running sound for the room, they can probably help you with a feed from their board, and maybe setting up a room mic to capture audience sound as well.

If you're all on your own, it might be a little more difficult. Is the focus entirely on one person speaking? If so, one mic close to the speaker is probably going to work best. If there's a lot of involvement from people in the room, it's trickier. You'll need to capture the audience generally to get audience questions, but you'll probably also want a mic on the speaker to put the focus there.

Really, your best bet if they want anything halfway professional is to hire a pro to deal with it.

u/ollee · 3 pointsr/Twitch

Can't go wrong with a Behringer. They're specifically what I use. I originally started with console capture, having both PS3 and 360 so I sprung for the xenyx 802 for the extra channels. This is a list of their small mixers. I know a couple people(larger streamers) Running the seems nice. I'm using a 1622fx atm but that's big. I got it second hand at guitar center, it's fairly safe to check what they might have that's small, you might get something cheaper than online, or something better for the same price, but you ARE taking a chance.

Another option if you're going for a traditional XLR mic(since windows mixer w/ OBS/Xsplit is strong for PC gamers) you can get an audio interface. This basically is a piece of equipment that turns your XLR into a usb device. The Behringer 302usb is just an interface/small mixer that looks like it might be nice to use. There are also things like the babyface that is expensive as shit but absolutely wonderful, or the much more budget focusrite that are both solid devices. These are actually best as you're taking balanced audio directly translated into a digital signal through a device designed to eliminate interference, but they can get expensive.

Good audio costs money, but you can alleviate the cost some. Don't by a snowball...get something you can shockmount and popfilter and boom to eliminate ambient noise...that is if you don't have a good mic yet.


u/karnac · 3 pointsr/ableton
I have one of these and it is awesome. great sound and great build quality. it looks great on my desk as well.

u/SirSparrow · 3 pointsr/Songwriting

Buy a Scarlett 2i2 USB interface

Download Reaper (a free Digital Audio Workstation)

Buy an Audiotechnica AT2020, a great all-purpose mic

Take songwriting classes and production classes, or try and find lessons on Youtube or something. Learn music theory and how chord progressions and good melodies are written. It doesn't matter how good your hardware/software is if you don't first spend a lot of time learning how to create a well-structured song.

If you don't understand how chords and melodies fit together, and how to make a well-structured lyric (at least subconsciously) at a music theory level, it will be very difficult for you to progress if you are trying to make catchy music - Find a professional and invest in classes!

u/Nine_Cats · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

> I will be recording voice, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and some hand percussion, so I am looking to get a mic for vocals, and a mic for the instruments.

You want a condenser and dynamic mic, then. You'll hear people talking about the SM57, which is almost exactly the same as the SM58.

I'm going to recommend this bundle.
There are tons of comparison videos on youtube. The Blue encore 100 is almost exactly the same as the SM58, in fact some people like it more.
The Bluebird is a really great and versatile starter mic. Much better than the Sterling mics... Not even comparable, really.

Okay, so that's $320. Spend the rest of your money on a Focusrite 2i2 recording interface, which has the best preamps of the budget audio interfaces available, and some cables and stands.

You can of course save some money buying used:
Bluebird for $200,
used SM57s go for around $70,
2i2 is closer to $100.

u/Alstroph · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I assume you play guitar. I would recommend either Cubase, Reaper, or Ableton for your DAW (digital audio workstation/recording software).

For drums I would recommend either Superior Drummer 2 with the Metal Foundry expansion or Addictive Drums 2

For guitar amp simulation I would recommend either Guitar Rig Peavy Revalver or Podfarm

And finally I would highly recommend a recording interface. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is awesome and you can't go wrong with it.

u/ProtectYaShek · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Well here's where it depends on what you want to do with the recordings after the initial recording. If you aren't looking to mix and edit the individual instrument tracks afterwards, you could use the 8 mic inputs on your mixer, and output the audio to your pc via a usb interface like the Focusrite 2i2:

Now miking exerything up: You've got Bass and keys which could easily be lined directly into the mixer. For vocals, you're looking for a straightforward dynamic micropohone, a common workhorse is the SM-58 or SM-57, now at around $100 this might be more than you are looking to spend, but then again, you can never go with a 58 or 57. If you wand a good budget clone, I'd look at the $35 GLS ES-57
For guitar, again the industy workhorse is the SM-57, so again you could grab another ES-57, and move on to the Drums.
You've got 4 channels left, so You're probably going to want Kick, Snare, and 2 overheads.
Kick drum you probably want to go with something with a larger element, and while nothing extraordinary, Cad makes a couple kick mics for around 40 bucks
Snare, grab another ES-57, as an SM-57 would be the go to.
Overheads, If your mixer can supply phantom power, there's a plethora of small diameter condenser microphones to choose from. For $100 you can get a set of Monoprice condensers and while you're not going to blown away by the sound, for $100, they'll be more than enough in this situation.

Add in 6 15' mic cables at 10 bucks a piece via monoprice - 4 1/4 cables for the bass, keys and to go from your mixer output to the audio interface and thats about it.

1 - Focusrite 2i2 - $125

3 - GMS ES-57 - $120

1 - Cad kick drum mic - $40

1 - Stereo Pair Monoprice condensers - $100

6 - Xlr microphone cables - $60

4 - 1/4 Cables - $30

Grand total $475.

With this, whatever comes into the mixer is what you're gonna get, so you'll need to make sure you have all your panning, eq, and levels set the way you want them, because aside from some post production eqing, that's pretty much what you're going to get. If you're looking for individual tracks for individual instruments, thats going to take an audio interface with at least 8 inputs, and probably set you back 400-500 on the low end.

u/captainvideoblaster · 3 pointsr/giantbomb

> this Blue Yeti set

Lots of people start with that but soon upgrade. You can get better quality mic in a same price range (like Blue XLR models). You still need some kind DAC but those are cheap while giving better sound quality for playback than onboard audio (handy for reviewing audio quality of a game).

u/mnLIED · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

The thing about astroturfing is that you can never be sure which side is speaking truthfully and anecdotally, and which side is being misleading. I should have made that statement clearer, as it's not an attack on the Scarletts. I have never used one myself, and from what I've read, as soon as you start looking at the interfaces that are above $200-$300 all of the reviews seem to be from professionals that love them. Here are the 1-star reviews on Amazon, and here are the 5-star reviews. There are 250 5-star reviews to 25 1-star. Seems like a lot of the issues people have are superficial, poorly worded, and could be chalked up to user errors. Lots of amateur recording artists that don't know how to set up their I/O properly, rush to buy the best of the cheapest models and are upset that it doesn't make their mixes sparkle.

Astroturfing goes both ways. Sorry if that wasn't clear. I don't mean to shit on a product I have never used.

u/crystalcastles · 2 pointsr/Bass

This isn't firewire, this is USB.

4.5 Stars on 129 reviews

Was virtually plug-n-play on my Windows 8 Computer, super easy to use.

I dealt with shitty drivers/support with my Mboxes and got this and have never looked back.

u/eVo_Xile · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

I just got a new mic yesterday, the Audio-Technica AT2035 and a new interface, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I was super hyped leading up to it and it's one of the best purchases I've made in my opinion, and I'm still fine tuning things.

u/MantisToboganMD · 2 pointsr/audio

Beaky is right, at that price you can find an interface with built in pre's. Way better.

120 shipped with prime refurb:

Model up new shipped with prime for 138

These act as offboard sound cards, headphone amps, dacs and can drive 2 xlr mics in stereo. Way better deal/upgrade overall. You could probably find em even cheaper, I just searched 'focusrite' on amazon. The focusrite scarlet series is fantastic for the price.

u/spewtoon · 2 pointsr/Guitar

plug something like this into this and then run it via USB to your computer. any mic and interface will do, but those 2 happen to be pretty basic and easy to handle. as for software, i recommend Reaper as you can use it for free for awhile and pay once you've decided it's worth it (which it will be, so make sure at some point you throw 'em the cost).

point mic at amp speaker, select track on Reaper and press record. rock out like the glorious rock god you are, and then press stop. File menu>render (i think, can't remember right now)>pick format and save.

very, very rough walkthrough!

u/Baronzemo2 · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Have you looked at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface My manager who does music as a hobby loves this thing.

u/TrianglesRhombuses · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the best budget interface. You can find them under $100 used.

u/wryan12 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I recently just bought an Imac and had a similar issue. I ended up getting a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and it's worked out really well for me so far. It has phantom power, two xlr/1/4 inch jacks, and plugs into your mac via usb.(it also comes with cubase and a it's own suite of reverbs)

I was in a rush so I got it at Guitar Center for around $150, but that seems around the price you were looking for.(I'll post the amazon link for you to check out)

I've also used garageband for years and just made the jump to Loxic Pro X. There is a bit of a learning curve to the new DAW, but not as bad as I thought and I'm really loving it so far.

Best of Luck!

u/bluehat9 · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Guitar --> 1/4" cable --> input on audio interface (scarlett 2i2) --> audio track in daw

u/OilsFan · 2 pointsr/Guitar

I use a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB interface which you can get for about $115 if you shop around. For a mic I have a Sennheiser e609 ($109) and a AKG P120 ($79) but the sennheiser is way better than that particular AKG. I use Reaper for recording.

Someone mentioned the little handheld digital units like a Tascam Dr-07. Those work pretty good but you have to then copy the file into your computer if you want to edit it.

u/IAmTriumph · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Your instinct would be correct (at least in my opinion). Make sure you buy a pop filter and a mic stand as well. An entry-level interface would be something like a Presonus AudioBox USB or the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I highly recommend the former (I have two musician friends who both have it and love it), also this bundle comes with the cables you need, some decent tracking headphones, and Presonus' StudioOne Artist DAW. So that's essentially everything you need right out of the box. I hope that helps.

u/alexburnsredd · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

For vocals i'd recommend getting a Rhode NT1a. Pretty standard microphone and really versatile -

You may be able to get a way with a Shure SM57 (for vocals) which is the industry standard microphone used for drums and guitars, etc... This will be your best option for guitar.

As for recording music into your computer, you'll need an audio interface. The majority of beginners on this thread are using Scarlett Focusrites. I'd recommend a Focusrite 2i2

If you want something a bit more 'all-in-one' then get yourself a Line 6 UX2 which comes with PodFarm 2.0 this will let you plug in your guitar and choose from a wide array of amplification emulation as well as pedals, modulations, effects, etc...

You'll also need a Digital Audio Workstation or DAW to record all of this into. I'd recommend [Reaper.] (

There's some great YouTube videos out there that will help you with all of this stuff. I'd recommend this guy:

u/Catechin · 2 pointsr/Bass

Does your amp have a DI out? A Scarlet 2i2 + Reaper would run you $210 and allow you to do everything you need. I honestly highly recommend Reaper over most other software. Once you've used a proper DAW you won't want to go back.

If you don't have a DI out on your amp it becomes much trickier. While you're fine mic'ing a guitar cab with an SM57 you may find it lacks low end with bass and something like a Beta 52A tends to be a lot more expensive. If you don't have a DI on your amp, your best bet would probably be to buy one, and a decent DI is going to eat your entire budget at least.

u/toastyj247 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

This is the best option I've seen although, I'd go for a cheaper MOBO and i5 4460. Audio production is definitely not CPU intensive nor do you need fast memory (or a lot) but I can't speak on photoshop. As for Audio Production a DAC and Soundcard is not needed. Balanced headphones (ATH-M50x) definitely are but you also need a Audio Interface, the Scarlet 2i2 is very popular (You can probably get it cheaper else where)

u/tcookc · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

sorry hommie, I'm afraid you'll need an interface rather than a mixer.

u/kiwiandapple · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Well, I decided to provide you with a cheaper suggestion compared to /u/Du6e great suggestion.
I did include a external

I changed a few parts to reduce noise.

  • CPU: Went with a locked CPU. This means less heat, which reduces in less fan speed required to cool the CPU.
  • CPU cooler: The NH-D15 is absolutely amazing for the price, but this little cooler is also in the category of amazing. Very easy to install, more than silent enough and keeps the CPU cool enough.
  • Motherboard: Because I went with a locked CPU, we don't have to pay the small premium for a Z97 board. This motherboard got everything you will want and will work absolutely fine.
  • Storage: Changed the SSD to a slightly faster one. I personally have the exact same one and I love it. Here is a benchmark of the performance.
  • Video card: The difference is mainly the cooler. Here is a comparision between the EVGA, MSI, Asus, Gigabyte & Stock GTX980Ti. Under load (so during games) the Gigabyte card is the loudest one of the cards tested. MSI beats the EVGA/Asus versions by a small judge.

    I will also provide you with a couple of great guides to help you build the PC.


    As for the Focusrite audio recorder.
    Here is a great video explaining and showing you why you want this.
    Here is a review of the one that I am suggesting. A slight amount cheaper compared to the one used in the video above.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU | Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor | £217.76 @ Dabs
    CPU Cooler | CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler | £16.49 @ Ebuyer
    Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | £85.98 @ Ebuyer
    Memory | Kingston HyperX Fury White 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory | £60.99 @ Amazon UK
    Storage | Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | £117.00 @ Amazon UK
    Storage | Western Digital Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive | £53.94 @ Aria PC
    Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked ACX 2.0+ Video Card | £528.53 @ More Computers
    Case | Fractal Design Define S ATX Mid Tower Case | £58.96 @ Aria PC
    Power Supply | EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | £74.99 @ Amazon UK
    Monitor | Dell U2515H 60Hz 25.0" Monitor | £265.86 @ Aria PC
    Monitor | Dell U2515H 60Hz 25.0" Monitor | £265.86 @ Aria PC
    Sound recording| Focusrite Scarlett 2i2| £99.00 @ Amazon UK
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
    | Total | £1845.36
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-22 09:11 GMT+0000 |




    Now before you have a look at all these guides. The best guide in most cases will always be your MANUAL. Some manuals are garbage, but most of them are more than good enough to be able to help figure out most problems.

  • How to build an Intel 115x socket PC? This is my personal favorite because it goes in depth, but still keeps the video relatively short. It also got great camera work so you are able to follow all the steps very well. I decided to skip the start of the video. The reason being that the video is posted on 17th of May 2013, he gives the rationale of his selected parts at the start. This is a very long time ago, so the parts are very old, so no need to hear this out. But building a PC is still pretty much the same. No drastic changes.
    There are a lot of different build guides on the internet, but I really like this one. It's easy to follow.

  • How to install a 115x CPU? Very simple and easy to follow guide again.
  • How to install thermal compound? Now, to be clear! Every single heatsink will come with its own thermal compound. Even the intel/AMD stock heatsinks. So there is no need to buy this.
    It's only recommended to buy when you either have very bad temperatures or when you want to overclock to the extreme. The temperature difference between the best and the "worst" thermal compound is a couple degrees Celsius.
    Be careful though! More is not better! It needs to have enough, but too much will dramatically increase the temperatures of the CPU. Thermal compound helps with the contact of the cooler + the CPU. The CPU + heatsink both have microscopically small gaps, which the thermal compound fills up to let the heat get too the heatsink.
  • How to install RAM? It's very simple these days. For DDR4 it's pretty much the same.
  • How to install Windows 8(.1) or 10 from an USB drive? You have to download "media creation tool" which is located at the bottom of the page (blue button). Run that program with a 4GB+ USB flash drive plugged into a PC. Then follow the simple steps and the program will make the USB drive bootable. After that all you have to do is build the PC and boot from that USB drive to install Windows.
  • How to set up your SSD & HDD? This video is another older video, but it works pretty much the same in Win 8/10. He does talk about a few things that aren't very important, but it's good to know.
  • How to use Ninite? This video explains it very well, as well as their recommendations. For security I advise to only get Avira (if you don't mind to get an add every day; if you do mind - just use Microsoft Defender) & Malwarebytes. If you want to pay for an anti-virus; Webroot! Light weight; very high detection rate.

    Hope you like it and If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

u/MrEditor · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

Why are there still fake-real knobs and such? Because.....

There was a long time where analog was it. It's all there was. 4, 8, 12, 16 track analog recorders. Behemoths of recording consoles. If GWA existed somehow in that day, we would all own little 2-track recorders, a small mic pre-amp unit, and a microphone. And you'd maybe have an analog EQ and compressor, big physical units that looked like this.

So when everything went digital, a decision was made. To preserve brand identity and user familiarity, they copied the physical unit into a digital VST application. Compare This real world Shadow Hills Compressor unit with The Shadow Hills Compressor Plug-in.

There isn't any reason beyond that. There is reasons to choose analog or digital, but not to have a UI reminiscent of analog units.

As far as heaphones go, I'll take you through what I own, and what I use most.

Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD6 MIX

These were gifts through a brief endorsement deal I had, and I run these through this headphone amplifier

For higer-end earbuds, I use Sennheiser IE 60's and Sennheiser IE 80's. These I primarily use for simple editing on the go, giving to performers to use on stage or using myself on stage, or for women tracking vocals or instruments who don't want to mess up their hair with big over-the-head headphones.

But, my most used setup, what has become my dream setup, and the one that I will always reach for first, is far from the priciest.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, run out of the computer through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

This is my favorite setup. The 280 Pro's are $100, the Scarlett is around $150. The headphones are crystal clear, have tight response all through the spectrum, are rugged enough to get chucked the fuck around, are comfy, and come with a great quality screw-on adapter so they able to be used into a 1/4" connection or a standard 1/8" headphone jack. Their impedance means they don't need an amp and can be used as normal headphones. They sound JUST as good as pairs ten times their price, and they have a certain special something to their super-low end and high-mids that I haven't found. Go get these today. Trust me.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 isn't used as an amplifier in this case, since the 280's don't need it. It serves as a USB feed out, with a nice little volume knob. USB out will always trump 1/8" headphone jack out audio. Plus, the 2 inputs are nice to have. I own two of these units, and one always travels with my laptop for an easy, portable solution for HQ audio monitoring, easy L-R in recording from a sound board, or easy audio out from my laptop.

Together, these things have a certain magic, and I don't have to break my bank or handle them like china dolls. They're both rugged and sound AMAZING.

EDIT: I forgot my in-ear molded earphones. I own a pair of Alclair Reference IEM's. They are a great price, sound incredible for stage or studio, and I got mine with wood backs and DAMN are they sexy.

u/140dB · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

As everyone else is saying there are a ton of choices. If you are sure all you want is two channels for recording I would go with a 2 Channel USB interface such as the Focusrite Scarlet which is only $150. For a live multitrack like you describe that's what I would choose.

However, whenever someone asks me about what interface they should get I always say, "Plan for the future." Sure you only want 2 channels now, but in the future are you going to want more? Are you going to need MIDI or Digital Ins? A 2nd monitoring path for two people recording? Like kim_otcj said, If you buy for the future you'll save money in the long run.

u/Clayman0809 · 2 pointsr/Bass

This guy here is awesome!

Sure, you can find cheaper M-Audio and knockoff ones, but the preamps in focusrite interfaces are worth every single penny! I used an M-audio Mobile pre for three years and it got the job done, but I didn't know what I was missing till I upgraded to Focusrite, I wish I did it right from the get go.

The advantage of this type of interface is not only can you record Bass and Guitar, you can also record at Mic level, so you can plug in a microphone with an XLR to record, even a condenser that requires phantom power. As well as line level, which would be like keyboards or an already DI'ed signal.

If you plan on recording your own stuff, even if it is just for demos/ personal use, an interface like this will make a world of difference and will help you realize your potential as a musician.

u/IShotTheSky · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I'd go with this:

1.) Yamaha HS80Ms ~$500

2.) Shure SM57 ~$100

3.) Gauge ECM87 ~$150

4.) Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 ~$150

5.) ART Tube MP ~$40

Then I'd probably use the remainder to get odds and ends like stands and cables, etc. But with that, you should be able to make some killer stuff. Industry standard dynamic mic, high-value U87 clone condenser, really nice entry level interface, decent tube pre, and the crowning jewel being those HS80s. You'll be able to record your guitars and bass and mix all your tracks easily with this set up.

u/justanotherdickweed · 2 pointsr/audiophile
u/pouchkiller · 2 pointsr/ultrawidemasterrace

M-Audio Firewire 410 . It's the audio interface that runs the Rokit 8s

It's pretty old and no longer supported by its maker. I've replaced it with an Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface.

u/o0turdburglar0o · 2 pointsr/Ubuntu

Love my 2i2.

Apparently there's now a rev2 available, not sure what's different from the rev1 I have.

There's also a single-preamp version for under $100. Guitar/line-in like what OP is using don't need a preamp so this might do the job well for him. If it was available at the time I purchased I probably would have gone this route.

u/MrJackBurton · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I've been looking to get a pair of JBL 305s myself. I agree with others here that the hissing is likely due to using your on-board sound card versus an external USB DAC. Although you are likely using these studio monitors for listening rather than recording, a lot of people seem to use a USB audio interface with monitors like the Scarlett 2i2 that acts as a DAC with instrument recording capability. It has balanced 1/4" TSR outputs for monitors and if you ever decide to get an XLR condenser mic it has the input for that too.

It might be overkill for just a listening setup, but it's cheaper than an Audioengine D1 DAC. I can't speak to the quality difference since I own neither, but it seems you'd get a lot more for your money with the 2i2. Some comments I see is that the 2i2 doesn't have a very robust headphone amp built in for higher impedance headphones, though the same is likely true of the D1 DAC since it is also USB powered.

u/evilmnky204 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

For $400, you could either go with bookshelf speakers + an amplifier though someone else would have to fill in the suggestions on that route for me. You can also go with powered monitors (meaning that they're already amped) such as the JBL LSR305s. Keep in mind that you'd need to make sure wherever you purchase these from that they'll come in a pair as studio monitors are sometimes not sold in pairs. As for a cheap interface to connect it, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a solid purchase. This example specifically is about $260 for the speakers, and $150 for the interface so just at about $410. Keep in mind there are many cheaper interfaces you can use or even just a DAC such as this one which would be cheaper by a decent amount.

Either way, both options would be far, far better than the Audio Engine A5+, imo.

u/TheReveller · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hey, I'm kinda in the same boat, I'm going to buy some Monitors, and I need something for the PC to make it worth it. I'm sure your PC already has some kind of sound card, but I'm guessing it's just got a 3.5 mm stereo jack.

You could get a splitter e.g.:

Then you need to convert the RCA to TRS (that's the only input, right?), you could use something like this:

  • Or you could use some other combination of cabling to get your sound into the right jack format.

    So - this MIGHT work ok, but it might not as well. Two reasons:

  1. If you have a basic PC sound card the sound quality is likely to be shit, and you might get white noise coming through the speakers all the time
  2. Using unbalanced connectors in a balanced input might also give noise and won't sound as good.

    So you might find you aren't happy with the setup. The next step is to get some kind of Audio Interface (fancy name for sound card) that's designed for this kind of thing.

    Just getting a dedicated audio interface will improve the sound a lot. You could get one with unbalanced outputs - just RCA out. Since your monitors are so close it probably won't matter.

    Here's the cheapest I could find that does have balanced outs, but there's probably others:

    The plus side is these things usually have a separate headphone output and volume control, which is super useful if you just want to listen through headphones for a bit and not use the speakers.

    Hope that's useful.

u/FinalRed · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Not sure how you're able to speak while monitoring with latency, it's incredibly distracting. In fact, this is how speech jamming works.

Like /u/JeamBim pointed out, you need an interface which has direct monitoring of audio before it goes to your computer (such as the Scarlett 2i2)

The cheapest option would be to not use headphones at all but if you need to hear audio from your computer, you'll need to get something to monitor.

u/munkomanko · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

Shit, so I just gotta get this here thingamabob? I'm down, absolutely.

ELI5: If I get this doodlygadget, (plus a audio cable, right?) then I will have the capability to: hear the sounds that I can hear right now on the monologue, directly on Logic Pro X. And to do that, I would need to: plug in the MIDI cable that I already have, AND plug in the audio cable, THROUGH the doodlygizmo, and then plug THAT into the computer. Am I correct? So do I actually need two more cords, to send audio through the interface and then into the computer?

Man I am in over my head

But I have so many ideas for cool music I gotta do this

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Let's start by breaking down some terms and what gear you need.

Assuming you're using a computer as a source, we start with a DAC. Your computer will have one built in, but external ones may be more transparent or perhaps just have more features you need. The DAC takes the 1's and 0's from you computer and turn it into a weak analog signal.

All speakers require an amplifier (amp) which amplifies the signal from your DAC. These are what will be powering your speakers. Active / Studio speakers generally have the amplifier built into the speaker, while passive speakers require an external amplifier.

There's a couple of difference ways to add headphones into the mix, but a Audio Interface is likely the easiest way to switch between the two. If your headphones require an amp as well, something like a Schitt Fulla 2 acts as a DAC, Headphone amp, and has line out to control the volume of your speakers.

u/MojoMonster · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Unfortunately, with guitar interfaces, you get what you pay for.

And anything under $350 is going to have limitations and make compromises.

Cheap: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

Cheaper: Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio.

ASIO4All if the drivers suck.

If you find you want to record, get Reaper.
Free to try, cheap to own.

u/Jakecore · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I can only imagine that the PAD would shut them up. If your that concerned about picking up background noise in an open mic setting the only way I see to go about it is to have an audio interface (I have the modestly priced scarlett2i2 which has wonderfully warm sounding preamps) and then a mic that hooks up via 1/4 inch or XLR. In which case you cant go wrong with a blue spark ( Which I love or even something cheaper. Ive had a couple apex mics around the 100 dollar mark that actually sounded quite nice as well.

EDIT-I can't spell

u/andonato · 2 pointsr/Guitar

How about a recording interface? I'm asking for this.

u/theroarer · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Do you have a computer? US or somewhere else? electric or acoustic guitar? Any other instruments?



DAW: Audacity. You can use garageband if you have OSX.

Headphones, if you need them. These are a great budget choice.


$180ish if you have headphones.

u/ThreeKon · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I love them, I use to use them for my DJ setup downstairs and recording. I use this They sound great though. If you were going to go with studio monitors, these are a great cheap option. I still prefer yamaha monitors though, thats why I have those downstairs for my DJ equipment =)

u/evilpirateguy · 2 pointsr/Guitar

If just want to play into you computer, the quarter to eighth inch jack will certainly work. However, if you want improved audio quality you can purchase, as mentioned by the guy above me, and audio converter that plugs in via USB to you computer. The two leading units are probably the scarlet 2i2 or the audiobox usb. They both pretty much do the same thing.

u/MisterKpak · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Currently using the AT2020, running through the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

This is actually the same audio interface I installed in a radio production studio, and is essentially the same setup minus the in-my-case-unnecessary sound board, just without the electrovoice RE20

u/xnoybis · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Plenty of people will encourage you to get a focusrite scarlett 2i2. At 150, it's a great purchase, and will be far cleaner (in terms of sound quality) than running a USB mic, especially if you're using a laptop (even with an SD, laptops introduce a fair amount of noise). This is what we'll call your AI, or Audio Interface.

Next, you need a mic. Starting out, I'd recommend you look around on craigslist for some used mics, read up on them, then snap up something simple. That said, plenty of people use SM58s. They're reliable studio workhorses. At 100 (far less if used) new, they're fantastic. Next you'll need an XLR cable for the mic (~10$), and a 1/4" TRS for the guitar (she probably already has one for an amp). The scarlett supports 2 ins (both can be 1/4" TRS or XLR), so she can record herself playing guitar and singing simultaneously. So you're currently out 260. You might also consider getting a decent pair of closed ear headphones for monitoring (cheaper than actual monitors), but many people will argue on this point. Decent closed ear headphones are very expensive (~270 and up), but this may be going beyond your present needs. Let me know if this helps.

u/jejetteaway · 2 pointsr/reasoners

I have Reason 7 and a Mac Book (13 inch, non retina, 2012). Everything is just fine and projects from Reason 3 can be used with no problem.

When I was buying a Mac Book the retina was like $600 more than the base model so I went with that, and I'm glad I did. You don't need a retina display to make music.

Also I use an external display, so I never even open the Mac (actually I could probably have just bought a mac mini and it would be the same).

So, you're an careful - just get a limited rig and then start making music. Do NOT start reading about everything that's available, your engineering brain will take over and you'll never get around to making music - instead you'll just fall into gear acquisition syndrome.

I would also advise getting the following:

A bluetooth Mac keyboard, a blue tooth mouse, and 4 or 8 rechargeable AA batteries (the batteries are key), and an external display.

For monitors a pair of Jbl LSR305. These seem to be the best "bang for your buck" monitors and in online reviews people will not shut up about how good they sound for $150. Avoid Rokits.

As for midi, I'd say get a good midi keyboard and a good set of drum pads. If you want cheap and easy I'd go for a nanoPad2
If you want something a bit more involved (and actually this is what you should get) go for the padKontrol

You'll need keys. Since you say you're a composer you'll need at least 49 keys (61 and 88 are obviously better, and best). When I was buying stuff the MPK49 was pretty much the best thing you could get (except for the pads). The MPK249 is coming out soon and supposedly has better pads, but we'll see.

And finally an audio interface. I have an Echo Audiofire4 which isn't made anymore (btw it's fucking awesome so if you can find one used, do it). It seems the focusrite 2i2 is the most popular choice among newbies...personally I'd go for something with more inputs. RME and MOTU seem to the best but you'll pay a lot more (though in the long run it's worth it).

I would also say, go slow. There are a ton of cheap midi controllers (like $50-$100) so just get one, see what you like and move on from there. DO NOT cheap out on your audio interface. Your audio interface is the most important part of the whole chain.

So, Reason 7 on a Mac and an external display/mouse/keyboard, some keys and pads, an audio interface, and a good pair of monitors and you're set.

Hope this helps.

u/djdementia · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

I can only assume you aren't really sure what a DAC exactly was and googled it? That product you linked doesn't really make any sense based on your original post. That product while technically a DAC it is used mostly as a cable converter. A DAC is anything that converts digital audio to analog or vice verse.

No that is not what you would need, what they are recommending is that you get an external soundcard built for production use which is also a DAC (also known as an Audio Interface) but quite different. Here is a recommendation:

u/morjax · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Note that acoustic treatment is typically much less important for dynamic mics than for condenser mics :) It's a little trickier for multiple person commentary (as you sort of need a dynamic mic per person, which means probably XLR over USB, but you'll be saving on sound treatment, so there's that). Something like a Focusrite scarlett 2i2 interface with two ATR2100 mics or two Shure SM58 mics (SM58s are tanks, and are usually in great quality when gotten used).

Joint commentary is tricky. You can either do a shutgun mic, or condenser and try to manage unwanted noises, or you can go the multiple dynamics route, which should give a very good signal-to-noise ratio.

u/ZeosPantera · 1 pointr/Zeos

If you need in and out capability I would look at something like the Focusrite Scarlett. If you just need output the Behringer on top will work fine.

u/rycar · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Buy this, or any in the same Scarlett line with a higher model number. It'll work for Mac or PC

Plug a vocal mic into one of the inputs. I don't have any specific recommendations for cheap mics, but make sure it has these words: XLR, cardioid, condenser

The other input is for your guitar. You can use either a second mic pointed at the guitar, or if your guitar has a built-in mic or is electric, you can plug the guitar cable directly into the interface. Download the free Guitar Rig 5 Player to simulate amps and effects, it's pretty awesome.

If you are on a Mac use GarageBand, it's more than enough to get you started. On a PC buy Reaper, or Audacity will get the job done if money is tight.

u/StargatePioneer · 1 pointr/podcasts

The best microphone I know of for this type of use would be the Sennheiser MD-46. It is one of the best if not the best interview microphone around. It has low handling noise and is a dynamic microphone with a super Cardioid pattern. It was specifically design by Sennheiser at the request of NBC Sport for their Olympic coverage a few decade ago and is the favored microphone for many NFL sideline reporters.

However, the Sennheiser MD-46 is an XLR microphone and not a USB microphone. So you'd either have to pick up a portable recorder such as the Zoom H5 or a USB Audio Interface such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to make it work.

If you are thinking of just a USB microphone one of these microphones I tested would be my recommendation. The Knox Podcast Microphone is currently running for $40. But you can also pick up a Audio Technica AT2005, a Audio Technica ATR-2100 or a Samson Q2U. These microphones have a higher handling noise but do record great sound in a stable environment. They are also dynamic cardioid microphones but will pick up a bit more background noise than the Sennheiser MD-46. The bonus with these microphones is that they have both USB and XLR capability and output with both simultaneously so are extremely useful for any podcaster.

Let me know if you have any questions and good luck!

u/KenGoesBRAP · 1 pointr/edmproduction

I have 2 sets of those Klipsch! They're great for gaming and I have a set plugged in to my TV as well. :)

Piggybacking on what others have said - yes, you need a pair, and yes, you'd need a soundcard. The best bang for your buck right now would be a reasonable USB soundcard (I recommend and own the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, $150) and a set of low impedance reference headphones - you can get the Beyerdynamic DT-770 in 32 Ohm impedance for $175.

Links to make life easier:

u/coralv · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Having just recently purchased a pair of those JBL LSR305s for myself, I can confirm that they are an outstanding choice. I picked mine up as a pair for just $225, so even the full $300 may not be necessary if you can catch a deal (got mine on Amazon). As /r/audiophile recommended to me, you'll probably also want something like this with some balanced cables to get the most out of the sound. I love listening to music, and I only wish I'd purchased this setup sooner.

u/KnotManKnots · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Wow ok, thanks for the info

Would that be a good option? It says it has "High quality mic preamps" but since this goes for 150 while many others go for higher, would I be skimping out if I purchased this?

u/garden_peeman · 1 pointr/buildapc

I run a project studio that I built the PC for myself. From my research, for music production, intels are recommended. As usual, people will/can argue about this, but i7s have worked great for me. I ran an i7 2600 for a 3 years without even hitting the limit of its capabilities. Ditch the video card, use onboard i5/i7 graphics. Cheaper, quieter.

Like others have recommended, an external sound-card with ASIO support will be a big help in reducing latency (delay of sound being played on your speaker/headphone). You can always get one later though. It's more important if you're doing real-time recording, rather than electronic production.

I threw together a quick build, but I'm by no means an expert, so maybe there are better motherboards/RAM sticks at the price, but this should be a good starting point. Sound card is not included, so add from below:

A basic sound interface would cost $80, and a decent one $150.

If you can afford to, throw in another 8 GB of RAM and you should be golden.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor | $224.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $114.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $59.98 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $64.95 @ SuperBiiz
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $44.99 @ Best Buy
Case | Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case | $59.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply | Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | $49.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) | $91.71 @ NCIX US
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $711.59
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-19 12:52 EDT-0400 |

Edit: Had used PC1333 RAM by mistake, replaced with 1600.

u/anthonygarand · 1 pointr/macsetups

It's actually red, bad lighting. It's a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface for the microphone.

u/JimmyHopkins47 · 1 pointr/buildapc


I hear this AT2020 USB mic is good, but this one with AT2035 with the XLR input is probably better, but it also means you need an interface, such as a Line 6 UX2, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, or any of their "lesser versions" (Line 6 Ux1, Focusrite Scarlett Solo). I personally have a UX2 and a Samson C01, which works fine for me. Search YouTube videos for demos and comparisons with the USB and XLR counterparts.

Keep in mind, these microphones probably need a mic stand.

u/a_baby_coyote · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

People seem to get a lot out of this one:

And I've heard good things about this:

I personally use this, and have gotten a lot out of the pod farm amp modelling program:

Not shilling for amazon, just easiest place for me to grab links.

You can get Guitar Rig or some freeware for amp modelling if you don't go with the pod ux1. The pod has worked well for me and has no noticeable latency and records to Ableton just fine (although all should). Serves my purposes great.

u/fuzeebear · 1 pointr/audioengineering

You'll need an audio interface with a Hi-Z jack (the Hi-Z jack is a DI that is built into the interface, sometimes labeled as "inst")

The Focusrite 2i2 is a popular interface because it is cheap, capable, and easy to use.

u/DevRW · 1 pointr/piano

I use a Scarlett 2i4 and it is pretty amazing for the cost. The 2i2 also has pretty stellar reviews. I have absolutely no complaints about my sound quality, and I'm a 'light' audiophile.

2i2 runs $150, which is pretty modest for the quality. It's really similar to my 2i4, and all the Focusrite products have awesome build quality. Plus it looks pretty sleek, in my opinion.

Regarding the 2i2:

It has 2 universal line-in ports (takes XLR or 1/4"), 2 line-outs, a 1/4" headphone jack, and a USB slot. The 2i4 has a bit more, but it's also unnecessary for you, I'd think.

Just be sure you get a dual 1/4" to dual 1/4" (assuming the ES100 outputs in stereo). You might also want to grab a 10ft. or longer Type A to Type B USB cable, because I found the one packaged with the Scarlett far too short (think it was 3', so consider the length between your gear). If you want to go directly out to studio monitors, the line-outs are also 1/4", so cable up appropriately.

I'd say avoid Behringer products -- I've only ever had one, which was a small headphone DAC (which was promptly replaced with a FiiO) that stopped working several months in. Their stuff is much cheaper for 'more', but the build quality and, based on personal experience, the product life, suffers for it. It felt very cheap, and I tend to take my gear around a lot, so I like something sturdy. It's anecdotal, but it's a pretty common sentiment. Your mileage may vary!

I'm not familiar with any other brands with hands-on experience, but the other big names (Akai?) tend to cost a fair bit more, and most of the third-party stuff is probably akin to Behringer -- very hit or miss.

u/brianf408 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I have never seen anyone use an XLR to USB cable like that. I can't imagine that it would supply the 48V phantom power needed for a condenser mic.

With an XLR mic, you need some sort of interface, usually a mixer. Something like this. That's why I've been leaning towards the USB microphones. I don't do any other kind of music or vocal recording, so getting into the world of mixers and all that seems like overkill to me.

u/Vulg4r · 1 pointr/Twitch

The last rocksmith had a 3rd party patch that let you use other usb interfaces. I'm sure it will come out for the new one soon. I used to use one of these with rocksmith 1

u/LBriar · 1 pointr/edmproduction

A desktop is going to be more robust and upgradable - more powerful cpu for the money, more max ram, more inputs, more storage, etc.

A laptop is portable. That's really the only advantage, but it's a huge one. From gigging to sitting on the couch to field recording, never underestimate how big portability is.

Realistically you'd want both, which one you pick would be how you value your tradeoffs. If you already own a laptop (most people have something these days), that might be plenty for the few times you'd need to move around. Or if you already have a pretty great desktop, maybe you'd rather do a cheap ram upgrade and then put the rest of the cash in a nice laptop.

For specifics: ram, cpu, drive, connections. Those are going to be your main concerns with a computer. RAM is going to allow you a larger buffer for things like samples and simultaneous tracks. CPU will determine the amount of real time processing for VSTs and plugins. Drive space is where you keep it all. The faster the better - an SSD for actual working storage and a large HDD for long term project storage is ideal. Connections are just things like USB, Firewire, whatever. Not hugely important unless you're using outboard equipment that requires it. Most everything is USB these days.

For a real basic outline: any computer made in the last couple years is probably ok. i3 or i5 cpu, 4-8GB ram, 250GB SSD/1TB HDD would be a really cheap, basic setup, and will work just fine for Ableton/FL/whatever. Ideally, you're going to want the fastest/most crap you can jam in there - i7 cpu, 16 or 32GB RAM, 500GB-1TB SSD/2-4TB HDD (or combo thereof). It's super easy to add drives and ram after the fact, so there's that. Don't feel like you have to do it all at once.

You're also probably going to want some kind of audio interface. A Focusrite 2i2 is a basic USB audio interface that will get decent quality sound in and out of your computer for a low price. If you want MIDI, you'll need a different/beefier unit. There's lots of USB interfaces out there. Check out M-Audio, Behringer, Presonus and a bunch of others.

u/jayfehr · 1 pointr/ipad

Yes, I've done exactly as your describing and it works well. You have to have a powered ethernet hub though.

Here's what I've had connected, including the required cables:

Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (required)

AUKEY 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 10 / 100 / 1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2


midi usb cable

powered usb hub (you can't just use the hub w/ ethernet above because it's not powered, if you find a powered one that should work, but that was not how I had mine setup)

I believe I've had some other things plugged in here or there, but this setup listed definitely works. It's not simple and clean, but it works.

u/Stoovy · 1 pointr/Logic_Studio

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

It's pretty decently priced. I use it mostly to record vocal samples from my mic or to record baselines. I make glitch hop and dubstep so there isn't necessarily a need for a 16 out 16 in. It has 2 input for either a 1/4 or an XLR, then it has 2 output, left and right. It's an interface you would want to use if you have a small studio, like myself who just need a couple inputs and outputs, to go to my monitors. Just to give you the perspective of how my studio is, I have HS50s for my monitors, a MPD26, Trigger Finger, LPK25, Macbook Pro, Logic Pro 9, Scarlett 2i2 and Tracktor 2 (I used this as a sound card when starting out instead of having to run everything through the headphone jack. Overall it does a great job for what I use it for, never had any problems expect the usb cord falling out of the back (most likely because I have it sitting on top one of my monitors.
Heres an Amazon link:

u/thesneakywalrus · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'd just grab a Focusrite 2i2 and call it a day.

u/TrueDiligence · 1 pointr/battlestations

I would recommend staying away from audioengine, there are better options for the price.

$120 - Micca PB42x: These will sounds better than the Audioengine A2+R, but the build quality is not the greatest. These are 'the baseline' for cheap speakers that sound decent.

$200 - PreSonus Eris 4.5: These will provide more bass and sound better overall than the Audioengine A2+R. Build quality is very good on these as well.

$283 - JBL LSR305 + $120 - Scarlett 2i2 + $16 - 2x(XLR to TRS cable): This setup is amazing for the cost. I have been using the JBL LSR305 for quite a while now and they never disappoint. I've heard better, but those speakers are way more expensive. These can be connected directly to your computer through a 2xTRS to 1/8" cable, but I don't recommend it. When I tried that the speakers produced a terrible hissing noise. I recommend the Scarlett 2i2 over other audio interfaces due to its reliability, balanced speaker outs, and great mic pre-amps if you ever decide to get a XLR mic down the road. The cables are needed to connect the speakers to the interface.

u/four_7 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I highly recommend Apple Logic out of the box. It has a decent set of sounds, powerful synths (ES2, Alchemy..), and a great sampler (ESX24). Stock mixing plugins are great to learn and grow with before you start investing in the big dollar ones. Youtube tutorials exist for every aspect of the DAW with some really helpful tips on everything from beatmaking to sound design to mixing/mastering using stock Logic sounds and plugs.

Next grab a midi keyboard for starters that you can grow with. I recommend the Akai MPK Mini MKII as it's cheap, light, and portable. The drum pads are MPC-style sensitive and what you would expect from an Akai product.

Lastly - grab a decent audio interface and some monitor headphones so you can hear your mix accurately.

You don't need to break the bank for this either especially since your just starting out. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a great interface and should last you awhile before you grow out of it as your studio expands. Audio Technica makes amazing studio monitor headphones. I use the ATH-50X and couldnt be happier. But don't take my word for it - check the reviews and comparisons on SoundonSound and you'll see what I mean

u/IalwaysforgetthePASS · 1 pointr/audio

first thing that comes to mind is a focusrite 2i2, which is like $99. But do some research for a digital-audio-converter. Most will have an output for headphones and an input for a mic jack (and a 1/4 inch in and out for guitars or headphones or whatever)


focusrite 2i2 (was on sale for $99, might drop down to that price again soon)

focusrite solo

phantom power supply

u/fearthealex · 1 pointr/edmproduction

something like this. Check out they have a lot of good resale equipment

u/Robchado · 1 pointr/battlestations

The mic is phantom powered so you'll need an audio interface. I use this one which is also pictured above!

u/turbosubaru · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Why didn't you post this earlier man? You missed so many great Black Friday cyber/Monday deals.

I would say the Jbl lsr305s are your best bet since they are still on sale(black only). The hosa cables would be fine-however if you want to elimate hiss/want the cleanest sound possible-you will need an interface like this that will accept balanced connections:

It was $99 Black Friday-cyber Monday, now at $150 I'm not sure how good of a value it is-hopefully others will chime in about an interface for the jbls.

u/SirMaster · 1 pointr/audiophile

If you do run into interference or just want to go balanced then something like this:

Or the E-MU 0404 USB or PCie

u/bhsgk012 · 1 pointr/drums
u/ELOFTW · 1 pointr/audiophile

Damn, really? I was poking around the sub and found someone else who had a similar request and someone else recommended this amp, the reviews seem very positive, but I'm still hesitant.

u/kolkurtz · 1 pointr/Guitar

Sure thing. Musicians have a lot to learn from each other. You can get a guitar USB interface for pretty cheap these days eg:
I have a more expensive one:

Great to have because it opens the door to using your computer as effects pedals and amplifier too. A lot of the software for that is free! :)

u/toughenough6 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Thanks for your help. I find your comment about m-audio interesting. I was thinking about spending a little more money to get the m-audio m-track plus over the m-track II.

Looking at focusrite ones, the lowest end one seems to start at $200, which is $60 more than the m-audio one and it doesn't seem as nice.

Would you still recommend focusrite with that significant of a price difference?

Sorry for formatting, typing this on mobile

u/wilb0b · 1 pointr/letsplay

Ah, then you're referring to plugging the mics directly into the interface that gets the mics to the computer. We use a Mixing Board that gives us EQ, panning, and additional mics for more than 2 people which then only goes out as one track stereo to our Interface.

u/chaseforest · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Hi guys, I'm a little new to recording music professionally, and am looking to just get a little setup to record acoustic guitar and vocals at home. I'm going to be buying a Shure SM57 and an SM58 for guitars and vocals, respectively, and am going to need an audio interface to connect the XLR cables into. For the interface, I want to stay in a reasonable budget, and so have come to look at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 1st Gen. Has anyone used this for recording, and would you recommend this product? Should I get the 1st gen model or the 2nd? Furthermore, Im just a little confused because the input ports on this look slightly different to the other Focusrite Scarlett I looked at - the thing is I want an interface with at least 2 XLR inputs to record guitar and vocals at the same time. I appreciate the help- thanks so much!

(FYI the amazon link to the interface is here:

u/Res_G · 1 pointr/headphones

Criteria | Request
Budget | Around £200 ($300)
Source | Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Willing to buy separate amp if needed. Or through PC
Requirements for isolation | Prefer isolated but don't really mind
Preferred type of headphone | Over ear/ Closed back and comfy
Previous Headphones | Steelseries Siberia 200, Steelseries Siberia 650
Preferred Music | EDM, Trance, Electro, Rap, Hip Hop
Use | Gaming and Music
What do I want to improve on | Better sound quality. I mainly use them for gaming like CSGO were footsteps are a major part so being able to hear them clearly is a big thing. I also use them for music a lot of the time.
I'm also willing to buy a soundcard and extra amp if that will improve the headphones.

u/AMW1011 · 1 pointr/headphones

I've had this phono preamp recommended. After that I need a cartridge and some from of audio interface I think. Is a receiver a cost effective option or would I be better off with just an audio interface? Also what cartridge would you recommend?

u/phenolic72 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You can get one of these new for that price. I'm not familiar with the fast track, but I think this is pretty comparable. I have a Focusrite product and really like it. I use it with both Pro Tools and Studio One 3.

u/the_bearclaw · 1 pointr/audioengineering

You need some sort of interface between the mic and the computer. Most commonly, you would get an audio interface like this. Though I suppose this would work as well. Don't forget to grab an XLR cable.

u/etherdesign · 1 pointr/audio

You can get something like a Focusrite 2i2 which has balanced line outputs, and also a very nice headphone amp built in so kills two birds with one stone. Will outperform the Soundblaster at any level.

u/TheAlmightyFur · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I mean, the sky is kinda the limit. For a basic introduction into this whole recording thing, you can get something like the Blue Yeti USB condenser mic. Being a usb mic, it's a little limiting because you can't plug other instruments or mics into it, but it does pretty well.

I know Julia Nunes has been using a Yeti lately for her youtube stuff, and it sounds pretty good to me.

If you guys want to get more in depth, you can get something like a Focusrite scarlett 2i2 which seems to be the big thing that's going around and is well liked, and they even have a two tiers of starter kit, the better of which comes with a mic, pop filter, mic stand, cords, a copy of cubase, and headphones.

u/TheLanolin · 1 pointr/Twitch

I'm not positive yet, but any upgrade will be to a powerful studio microphone that needs to be connected via XLR cables and thus needs to be run though some sort of XLR to USB interface. Something like this:

Paired with something like this:

u/AymericL · 1 pointr/edmproduction

It's a good audio interface because of all the entries. But the problem with that is that the recording resolution is only 16-bit, which could limit you at some point, which will be pretty fast, believe me!
You should get one of those to start:

u/thepensivepoet · 1 pointr/Guitar
u/cthulhusandwich · 1 pointr/Metalcore

First, head over to /r/guitar and we'll gladly help you out. Second, what's your budget? There are multiple ways to skin this cat. Generally, your cheapest, most efficient option is gonna be to go digital. That means you'll need three things:

• An audio interface like a Scarlet Interface that will allow you to hook your guitar up to your computer. ~$120

• A computer ~$0 if you have a computer, or else expensive

• Amp modeling software like BiasFX or Amplitube ~$60 to $80

All in all, if you have a computer, a decent digital setup will cost around $200 and will essentially act like an AxeFx, digitally simulating an amp head, cabinet, and effects. It's cheap, sounds good, allow you to endlessly tweak your sound, and makes it easy to record. The downside is that it's gonna be difficult, if not impossible, to transport that setup to a live gig.

On the other hand, you could invest a bunch more money into a tube amp head/cab or a combo. This will allow you to gig much easier but you're stuck with the sound of that one amp; not a bad thing if you love that tone! If you wanna go this route, there are a bunch of great intro options for a decent metal sound: Anything in the 'Metal' line by Blackstar, a used Peavy 5150/6150, anything by Orange in the 'Terror' line, a used Mesa Rectifier.

To get that 'chonk' and 'sproingy-ness' that you hear in modern metalcore, you're probably gonna need to tighten the low end of your high gain amp with an overdrive like a Tubescreamer. Now you got a stew goin'. My recco's? Get on Reverb and grab a used Orange Dark Terror ($400), a 1x12 cabinet with a V30 in it ($200) and a used Tubescreamer ($50). Go with a bigger amp or cab if you have the money for it. 5150 is a classic.

u/overaid · 1 pointr/buildapc

No worries! It can be quite overwhelming if you never shopped for an audio interface before. The first thing you'll need is an interface with 48V phantom power, many microphones requires power and some audio interface does not provide it, you should avoid them since you will be limited in your microphone choice.

Here are a few choice, there's are 2 ins and 2 out interface (between $150 to $250)

PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB

M-Audio M-Track Plus II USB

If you think you'll need more inputs (maybe you want to record a drum) these cost between $200 to $500


M-Audio M-Track Eight 8-Channel

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

Focusrite SCARLETT 18i8 18

Behringer FCA1616

If you're a guitarist you could consider a multi-effect processor like these ($700-$800):

Line 6 POD HD Pro X

Avid Eleven Rack

These two offers the advantage of having your amps and effect processing at basically no latency, they are also great for recording vocals with low-latency monitoring with effects.

There's a lot of choice but as long as you have enough inputs for recording all that you intend to record then you're good to go.

u/SmokierSword · 1 pointr/buildapc

What's a good (mildly cheap) PC peripheral upgrade? I'm looking to upgrade something in my setup, either the mouse pad, audio setup, or monitor.

I'm thinking of selling my current monitor, as it's a decent 1080p monitor, but has absolutely no adjustment to anything, and is too small of a screen for me (21.5"). I'd probably go with this

I'm also considering upgrading my audio setup, with some better speakers and a DAC.

Maybe I'm just overthinking this. any thoughts?

u/HungryGhosty · 1 pointr/headphones

It will be fine for most headphones that aren't difficult to drive, though there are vastly better interfaces around that price point, like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. If you're considering it just as a headphone amp/external soundcard, your money is probably better spent elsewhere, like a Magni/Modi stack or something like that, especially since there isn't a dedicated volume knob on the interface you referenced.

u/TheReverendWillyG · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

buy a cheap 2 channel interface i recommend the focusrite scarlett 2i2 as well as two XLRM to TRS cables.

u/claytonbigsby66 · 1 pointr/buildapc

for a build JUST for audio production, you could honestly probably get away with a pretty barebones motherboard. This is because the main question will be what outboard audio interface you will use with it. The audio interface will completely bypass the motherboards audio chipset, and if functioning properly, will provide far higher quality audio and much more routing options/customization than any motherboard chipset can claim. Fortunately you don't need to spend much to get something like that. This focusrite scarlett series is a particularly popular choice: I don't really recommend something like this though since it has no external power supply - if your friend intends to power and record a microphone that requires phantom power this interface will both transmit the data and 48 volt over usb 2.0. It works, but seems like people have mixed results with it. This Behringer Umc404hd is outrageous value for the $99 dollars its currently priced at. Pretty sweet with those 4 inputs and all those output options on the back.

I would say as long as the mobo has enough usb and sata connections you'll be fine. Just depends on whether your friend is interested in overclocking or gaming which will definitely increase the cost. For an overclockable motherboard Id get something like this,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= If not overclocking, you could go as cheap as this $46.99 ASRock H110M-HDS LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and not run into problems as long as it has enough I/O for your friends needs.,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

u/Fox_Smith · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you really want to go Audiophile, i would suggest you this sweet little interface:

In order to use it with your headphone, and this is the tricky and important part, you would also need these cables/adapters:

With this setup you would gain the best possible sound quality (In AND Out) possible with your headset and it should also boost the level of your mic, so no longer software mic boosts which sound terrible. You could also upgrade later to better microphones, or plug in an instrument. Also you can attach Speakers and switch between them and the Headphone outlet, and the 2 even got different Volume settings! It has a really really really low latency (around 2-4ms) and can output at studio quality (96khZ, 24 bit) And before plugin in your mic be sure to turn off phantom voltage, otherwise you will grill your mic!

u/tiger7758 · 1 pointr/battlestations

They look like the KRK Rokit 5's connected to the PC with the Scarlette 2i2 Preamp. Its the exact Audio set up Ive been meaning to get for a while haha How do you like them?

u/MCB_1 · 1 pointr/edmproduction

So this is all under the assumption that your pc is up to par, I know you're gonna get a ton of recommendations for this: Scarlett 2i2, there are also cheaper models available that are said to be of decent quality such as the scarlett solo

u/wombocombo86 · 1 pointr/Guitar

so after doing a little more digging, i think i will go with this

AT2020 condenser mic (XLR, not usb cable version):


Focusrite 2i2-USB recording interface:

This guy doesn't have very many views but he gets the point across


Here's an example of one of his recordings, the sound audio sounds amazing and this is what i want

let me know what you think when you get a chance


u/Vajazzlercise · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys, I hope it's okay to ask really basic questions here. Please direct me somewhere else if it's not.

I record a little music on my own (not even close to professional) and am learning about editing and producing it. I've heard people say that you want a good pair of monitors, to properly be hearing what you're making. I have a bit of money now so I'd like to upgrade to something that's budget but better than what I have now.

I'm sure you'll get a laugh from what I'm using now (and it should give you an idea of how little I know). I'm using these speakers that I just have left over from when I was in highschool ages ago. My headphones are these things. I record through, and have my speakers/headphones go through a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface.

I'm mostly looking at getting a new pair of speakers. Would that be the one thing to get to most improve the sound I hear? I'm sure the headphones are crap as well, but I'll get to those at some point. Is the Scarlett 2i2 okay for now?

One more really stupid question... My 2i2 has jacks at the back and a dial at the front for the monitor. What's the difference between the monitor and normal speakers? This says that monitors are supposed to have a really flat response and be high quality. Would they also be good for listening to music (not stuff I'm making)?

thank you, any advice is appreciated!

edit: shit, one more thing. I assumed the 2i2 had an internal amplifier for the monitor, but looking at the manual it talks about using an external one for the monitor, so I'm guessing I'd have to get an amp too?

u/3agl · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're interested in music and audio like I think you are, a hardware solution will also allow you to do some cool stuff, like hook up a turntable and get good recording quality to play old LPs and digitize them.

Looking at some of the audio interfaces (not amps, those are different. Audio interfaces hook up to your pc via usb and control audio there) it looks like you'll be hard pressed to find decent ones under the $100-150 range.

behringer, $50, mixer

I have the big brother for this one so it shouldn't be too noisy. If you're recording try to use a denoiser afterwards, but I don't notice too much of a difference (could just be my room creating the noise)

Focusrite, $150, audio interface

I keep hearing about the scarlet from other producers. I don't know why, maybe it's pretty good. Also look at the itrack solo for $80

Steinberg, $100, audio interface

Look at the 2 in, 2 out version as well, it's more in line with the focusrite

Mackie, $99, audio interface

presonus, $79 (ione), $150 (itwo), audion interface.

Check amazon for "itwo presonus" and you'll find a couple of bundles that may pique your interest.

My mixer, behringer, $150, mixer

I like this thing alot, it's got plenty of inputs, and while it is a tad noisy it's not enough to notice. Could just be my ambient room/computer noise that I don't hear. Anyway, with some cables and advanced routing it's turned out pretty damn good for streaming and chatting at the same time, you just have to use multiple inputs to your pc to have separate audio outputs it only took me a week of poking around (no manual) to learn and figure out everything. The compression and eq settings are also a bit nice to have.

BTW if you're getting xlr mics, some of the best ones are sm57's/sm58's by Shure. Usually $100 and they're solid enough to last you a while. I have a sm58 and it's ballin'.

Hope I was of help!

u/lame_corprus · 1 pointr/Guitar

I have no idea, I have never heard of any product like that, I was thinking along these lines:

u/LukeTheGeek · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

The interface has the option to switch between Line and Instrument. I use Line for my mic atm.

Here's the interface.

The player has a female Coax.

Not sure what you mean in the second paragraph. My mic always seems to work when I select it as an input in Windows. I have a "Direct Monitor" switch on my interface as well which routes my mic to my output. I'm assuming that would work if nothing else did.

u/tannerpet · 1 pointr/Flume

This was posted into the comments of a post asking the same thing from u/Mr_Liney97 (Everyone say "Thank you Mr. Liney!")

The two ROLI bags belong to the ROLI Seaboard Rise. Awesome, but pricey.

The small item to the left of it is a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer.

To the left of it is a audio interface, Scarlett. To me it looks like a 2i2.

Below that is the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

Below the ROLI bags is the Apogee Quartet Audio Interface

And to the left of that is the Yamaha Reface DX

I don't know what the other things are, but I hope that I helped

u/Varzboi · 1 pointr/ThisIsOurMusic

Hey you need overall 3 things:

  1. Gear
  2. A room
  3. Software


  4. Gear:

    -Audio Interface:

    You want a number of channels depending on the type of groups you wanna record and the size of the group. Example: 18 Channels (8 mics) v.s. 2 channels (2 mics)


    You want basic versatile microphones and specialized ones for the type of instruments you wanna record.

    Example of basic mics: Shure sm-57 Dynamic Mic and AKG 414 Condenser Mic

    Those two have a fairly transparent frequency response and work for most scenarios but you also want mics that work better for certain instruments because of their coloration or diaphragm or polar pattern.


    You need some headphones like the Audio Technical M50x which are transparent enough and good for the price although you could go a little further and look for Sennheiser HD or some of the expensive AKG stuff.

    -Accessories and cables

    You want good quality XLR cables, two direct boxes like this one and probably a direct box with pre amp like the Avalon U5 (great for sending bass via line, skipping the bass amp part, which can be great for live sessions). Both depend on the type of music you are gonna record of course (first example works for connecting stuff like a keyboard and the Avalon well for bass is great).

    You may want a monitor amplifier like Behringer Powerplay for distributing audio to the players or producers or audience via headphones monitors.

    Also check out EquipBoard to see what gear are other producers or studios using. They have a good database and is good reference.

  5. If you wanna do it like TinyDesk then you wanna have a nice room with good isolation and space for your musicians. Well, mostly for the sound. There are 2 ways of recording live sessions: Either you isolate most of the musicians or you use proper recording techniques and use your mics intelligently to get a good mix before your Mixing stage. You may wanna look for highly directional mics.

    You also wanna look on isolation techniques and architecture if you wanna have good natural reverberation or just have control over what the sound is doing, including annoying neighbors if that’s the case. Look for how to soundproof a room in the internet and try read a little about acoustics if you haven’t.

    You may wanna to set up 2 rooms: a live room and a control room. The live room would be where you record the musicians and have way more soundproofing and the control would just need to isolate enough and allow visual contact with the ppl in the live room. If you go for 2 rooms you may need to set up the ins and outs and pass cables through the wall in a snake cable like this Hosa or this bigger one . The purpose of having 2 rooms is partly because you wanna monitor with speakers not only headphones (as well as having more recording gear there but it only applies to bigger studios). Example Yamaha HS8 x2 or the KRK . Those are fairly priced options and you will get more value out of them if you are the one mixing the music as they can be better references than just headphones.

  6. For software you should consider Pro Tools as is the industry standard. I personally enjoy Logic Pro and there are a lot more options out there some of which are free. If you are not gonna go a lot into mixing and do the post production maybe Pro Tools Ultimate is a bit of an overkill but if you are looking to do the mix you may also wanna get some audio plugins. Look for Waves or Arturia plugins online (most of which is simulations of real hardware) which will give a “better” sound to your mixes if used well. It also depends a little on the genre or type of music you are producing.

    That’s it. I was very broad but I did mentioned some basic equipment you can start budgeting. If you need more details about the basics PM me and can help you a bit more, I’m no specialist on some stuff like exquisite mics but know about a bunch that are generally used. Are you in Vancouver by chance? I can help you in the actual physical setup if you are.


    Edit: You probably want a powerful laptop or a desktop computer btw but I figure out you already have one.
u/mimiflynn · 1 pointr/headphones

I believe you might want a USB interface, which has a DAC and an amp but also allows for microphones. It might be overkill for what you need though:

You would have to get an adapter of some sort to work with the 3.5 mm plugs, btw.

Edit: address adapter issue

u/BoabyTheBarman · 1 pointr/edmproduction

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a really nice audio interface. This will allow you to use your headphones + plug nice speakers into your computer via a USB cable only.

Ableton live does have operator and analog (internal synthesizers). You should learn these first if you can however sylenth1 and native instruments massive are good choices. Spire as well.

Ableton live is a solid choice. Go for the full suite version. Sadowick production does a very good tutorial series for ableton here ->

Not very clued up on speakers but you would benefit from getting monitoring speakers from the beginning. KRK's are popular. I have the KRK rokit 6s and they are pretty nice for the price.

Think about getting a midi keyboard for inputting notes into ableton. I use this -


u/theRealAgorist · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

How do you think that Rode compares to the at-2035 and other comparable mics for my style?

And how do you think the that Steinberg compares to the scarlett 2i2?

I think I would like to go the audio interface route and shell out a little bit more for quality ~$300 or even a little more.

What do you mean by "Only on OS X Live can operate two different interfaces for in- and output" exactly? I can hook up a mic to my ableton and hear my instrumental AND voice coming out my headphones at the same time. I'm using Win7 (64) on a asus q400a laptop but am open to using whatever software so I can just record my voice over a track.

u/thespicywaffle · 1 pointr/letsplay

You could probably just open up two copies of audacity, set each one to a different input device, and then either hotkey the record button or possibly sync the audio to something like a loud clapping noise. You could also do like /u/Cly_Faker suggested and mix them together in Voicemeeter.

For our channel we use a Scarlett 2i2 and two XLR mics. But that's not a cheap solution.

u/KingDariusDragon · 1 pointr/ableton

Thank you! I appreciate your response. I was leaning towards that direction. :-)

I'll take a look at the Focusrite Saffire 6. That's one of the things holding me back. Not sure where to go with a solid entry level audio interface.


According the Amazon the Saffire 6 is discontinued and this is the replacement model:

Is this an instance where the older model is better? Sometimes that happens. :)

u/uncola7up · 1 pointr/audio

audio interface, such as focusrite scarlet 2i2. or you can get a preamp but that's less pro and more consumer

u/dreauxx · 1 pointr/MusicBattlestations

I really have no beef with AMD, but have always been the guy who wanted to invest in what shows the results; and Intel has always done that in my opinion (Not to knock AMD).

Interface wise, I have the perfect solution for you. It's what I have, as well as many others and it's very affordable and reliable. The Focusrite 2i2

Small, sexy looking, and great audio quality. I suppose you can say it doubles as a soundcard, because I just run all my audio through it, meaning when I launch Live, I select the Scarlett as my audio device, and it takes care of everything for me. No latency, and great audio. Check it out man!

u/sheboygan_sexpo · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Just to clarify, here are some points to consider:

  • MIDI is a "language" for all synths to communicate. With MIDI, you can play one synth using another synth, you can transmit tempo, so that everything is synced, if you have guitar pedals with MIDI, you can read their manuals to determine exactly what they're capable of (i.e. set the tempo of your delay pedal using the tempo of your SUB 37), so on and so forth.

  • The USB output transmits MIDI to your computer. This allows you to do the things mentioned above with a DAW (digital audio workstation), which can be invaluable for compositions.

  • MIDI does not transmit audio. The audio output on the Sub 37 is essentially the same exact thing as the output jack on your guitar. Same cables and everything can be used and going line out>mixer>computer can work, as long as the mixer is capable of interacting with your computer somehow. Audio interfaces are also easy and simple ways to get the audio from your synth to your computer: here's a popular and basic one
u/NewAgeSpizzy · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

if you get the XLR you have to get a interface with phantom power such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Interface generally speaking its better to have analog recording than digital with an USB mic

u/BaC0nz13 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello, I have a pair of the JBL LSR305's.

They are connected to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

I'm using two of these cables.

I am interested in the JBL LSR310S.

How exactly would I hook the new sub up? What cables would I need? Also is there an alternate sub I could buy?

u/formerteenager · 1 pointr/Guitar

I'm using this one. But this one is more affordable and just as capable (minus a few extra inputs)

u/Dashing_in_the_90s · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I can't think of a single amp/dac with a mic input. If you want to plug your mic directly into a dac you're going to need an audio interface. Unfortunately you're not going to find one with a 4 pole input so you'll still need the splitter. Most interfaces also have rca outputs on the back for speakers. I don't have enough experience to recommend one to you but I have used a Focusrite scarlett and used a xlr to 3.5 adapter to plug in a standard gaming headset. You can also get interfaces with 1/4 inch or 3.5mm inputs so you wouldn't need the adapter.

u/wolfcry0 · 1 pointr/audio

If it has an XLR port you can use an interface like this one for your PC.

u/HarrisonE · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You may need something like the blue icicle or focusrite scarlett 2i2 if the mic uses xlr.

u/phly95 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I bought some nice Beyerdynamic headphones with a mic, and they sound great. I was wondering however, would I see an improvement if I bought a new dac or just keep using the one that came with a gaming headset I previously bought shown here: ? I am currently using this with a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter and an xlr to 1/8 adapter. Would I see an improvement if I got a large USB audio interface like or would it be a waste of money?

u/siftshow · 1 pointr/podcasts

I'm thinking of grabbing this - - it looks pretty sweet. You like yours? My show setup now is my cohost and I in my office, each with our own USB mic plugged into my Macbook Air, recorded in Reaper. I'm ready to take the next step. Is grabbing this and a couple good mics a smart play you think? My show doesn't use SFX/Music, so I don't need more channels in. And we do our interviews via Skype. Thanks for your help.

u/RobertYi · 1 pointr/Music

If you're solo-tracking, you only need a few things, along with your computer. I wouldn't get a four track.


For your purposes, I'd go with the SM-57. It's considered the workhorse of microphones - it's durable, versatile, and can sound surprisingly good on vocals given the right preamps. It can also record drums better than a condenser mic. It won't sound as good on your vocals as a condenser would, but it has better long-term value.

Audio Interface

I don't know much about entry-level audio interfaces... but this seems good. I used to use a Fast Track Pro back in the day, and it was shit, so avoid that. Look for something without all the bells and whistles, and quality preamps.

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

The industry standard is ProTools, but because they don't have native support for VSTs (plug-ins), I prefer Cubase. Ableton is nice as well, and has a completely different workflow to it, but it just comes down to which style you like.

Good luck!

u/Nerdy_Furfag · 1 pointr/battlestations

Sure! The mic is a CAD GXL2200 plugged into a Scarlett 2i2. The cable running between the two is an XLR cable. It plugs into the bottom of the mic and runs into the front of the 2i2. From there, I can adjust the gain (volume) of the microphone. The 2i2 is plugged into my PC via a simple USB 2.0 cable on the back, unfortunately not pictured. It works like a regular audio device from there. This is what it looks like in Windows when it's plugged in. Any other questions, feel free to ask!

u/peewinkle · 1 pointr/buildastudio

I would look at these. Here is a helpful article. If you have a line-level out already, I recommend the 2i2, it's a great box for the money.

Stay away from USB turntables, I have yet to find one that isn't total crap.

u/spikewolf · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Here's what my setup looked like when I first got going. It was perfect to learn with...
Scarlett 2i2
Shure sm58 The mic is $99, but pay a few extra for the stand and cable.
Shure sm57 This is optional, but I had both. Remember the cable and stand. Honestly, if creative, you can make your own mic stand.
Sennheiser hd 280 as far as headphones, try not to get carried away with brands or prices. You can find plenty under $99. These I got on sale from GC for $79. Best bang for your buck imo. The main thing to look for in headphones are making sure they cup your ears.
Sony Music Studio Once again, I started MANY years ago when I picked up this DAW at a best buy. Don't spend too much brain power on which DAW to get. Some are WAY expensive, and some are "free". Look into Reaper too. Why I started out with Sony Acid was because they came with a quick reference loop library.

u/loljksure · 1 pointr/podcasting

Would this one work?

So my set up would be 2 mics --> this audio interace --> Mac. And GarageBand would recognize this? I apologize if any of these questions are "dumb", but like I said I'm so new to audio setups.

u/Lzzvq · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Okay, so you would recommend getting this one, the second generation, for $150, rather than the $125 version?

Additionally, would you recommend buying equipment used or new? Granted, the Gen 2 Scarlet hasn't been out long enough to have used sellers.

u/HoneyBucket- · 1 pointr/Bass

I own Rocksmith 2014 and a Focusrite 2i2, and have an Irig in the mail. The Rocksmith cable works just fine if you set it up correctly on your PC. The Irig is for my Ipad so I can jam out in the living room late at night. The 2i2 is a real piece of hardware that will work with multiple instruments (I use it for guitar, bass, keyboard, and mic) and is much more reliable than the Cable or the Irig, which both have quality issues. The best part about the 2i2 is that they go on sale all the time for $99(US), but you can grab one now for $125, which is still a great deal for such a versatile piece of hardware.

u/Ephjizilla · 1 pointr/letsplay

I'd recommend - this audio interface and these mics.

When you're buying mics in the US$100 to $200 range, they're all much of a muchness as long as you stick with a decent pro-audio brand (such as Audio-Technica). However, there can be a world of difference between a $60 mixer and a $150 audio interface. Trust me on this. I've worked in the pro-audio field for many, many years. Absolutely nothing in that price range compares to the quality of audio you get through that Focusrite audio interface. It's so far ahead of the competition, it's crazy.

Behringer make bad gear. It's pretty much an accepted fact in pro audio circles that they are the absolute rock bottom in terms of quality. What you're paying for is a range of features such as 3 bad EQ, level pots, tape inputs etc (none of which you need), and what you're sacrificing to get those features is quality phantom power and gain stages. Avoid.

EDIT: Oh, and if you get the Focusrite audio interface, make sure you download the updated driver from the website. The driver it comes with is a bit shite.

u/furluge · 1 pointr/Twitch

I just wanted to say I have a blue snowball and while it is good mic I do not recommend it. They went with using generic mic drivers on it instead of making their own and this has caused the mic to be very finicky. It seems to draw more power from USB than multiple ports on many pcs and often will not recognize as a device from reboot to reboot. I gave used two mics on two different pcs with the same result. If you do get it the most sure fire way to make it recognize is to plug it in after you finish boot up. Also it seems more stable on USB 3 plugs.

If you can save up for an XLR and a usb mixer (2 links) go with that because you can expand it later and you can get easy monitoring of your recording. If you go Snowball if you want to upgrade later you have to start all over because it is locked into USB output.

u/Popsqawle · 1 pointr/headphones

I need advice.


A bit of exposition,


I've been searching for a new pair of headphones a few weeks now since my previous pair of Skullcandy IEM's were damaged by my cat chewing through the wire.

It's been an overwhelming experience searching for a pair, as this will be my first set of "quality" cans; and, admittedly, I'm not very knowledgeable in this hobby as many of you on /r/Headphones seem to be. Asking here is a last-ditch effort to get a bit of support and questions answered.


  • Budget: I'm working with a budget of about $100. $120 being the height of what's able to be spent currently.

  • Source: My source is going to be standard PC on-board jack. Nothing fancy. However, I am looking into buying a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface to go with my new microphone. I'm not certain if it is are compatible with headphones or not. Still learning and researching.

  • Isolation: I'm often alone, so, sound leaking isn't a serious issue for me. There also isn't very much noise around me beside my PC cooling fans.

  • Form-Factor: I'd like a full-size headset the best, a small form-factor isn't that important to me.

  • Tone: I'd like a balanced set of headphones tonally.

  • Past Phones: My previous headphones were nothing of note and quite cheap. The nicest pair I've had was this previous set of Skullcandy IEM's... but I wouldn't consider them to be audiophile quality, as I am looking for now, since I can finally afford something of that nature.


  • Uses: My main hobby is gaming. It's likely that will be the main workload of these headphones. Extended wear-comfort and positional sounding is very important to me.

    Very limited voice and instrument recording monitoring would likely be a use as well, if possible.

  • Preferred Music: I also greatly enjoy listening to music and I have quite an eclectic taste; finding headphones that are not very fatiguing for long listening sessions and are flexible in their music profile are important to me.


    In all things in life, I value versatility. I have limited funds, so having a jack-of-all-trades set would be ideal for my needs. It doesn't have to be the best, that said, quality and clarity are still substantial qualities I look for.

    Research has pointed towards three sets of headphones that I am currently considering, which are the Sony MDR7506, Audio-Technica ATH-M40x, Beyerdynamic DT 235.


    Pros and cons of these pertaining to the roles I'd like them to fill?


    Any input on them towards my needs would be wonderful! Any other suggestion within that price range is also very welcome.





    TL:DR; Need versatile and comfortable headphones that are within a $120 range.
u/jpellizzi · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Since you're not going to be recording much, you can get something pretty minimal. You're mostly just going to be using it for monitoring.

Focusrite makes solid gear, and it's pretty cheap:

and M-Audio has one even cheaper:

Edit - just saw the other responses. Looks like the Focusrite is the way to go. Also I concur with and highly recommend Sennheiser HD 280's for headphones.

u/brettins · 1 pointr/VoiceActing

After reading this thread I watched a bunch of comparison videos with the Snowball, the Yeti, and compared them to my experience using home setups. I'm an singer and a sound engineer and manage the voice talent for a small video game company - microphones are part of my life.

I'd say if your serious about this don't get a USB microphone. Get a decent condenser and a USB XLR input. If you ever upgrade to anything other than the most basic starter microphone, you're going to need and XLR input for your computer.

Take a look at the Scarlett Focusrite 2i1 for an XLR USB input:

Alternatively, there's also the PreSonus AudioBox

As far as microphones, most low level condensers will kick the crap out of any USB microphone out there. The best bang for you buck AFAIK is the Monoprice condenser:

But if you're going for a USB mic, the Blue Yeti is the best quality one based on the Youtube videos I've checked out -

Here's the comparison of the Audio-Technica AT2020 vs the Blue Yeti - I'd say they're close but the Blue Yeti is better. I'd leave this up to your opinion.

(just heard the guy in the video say he endorses the Blue Yeti - I agree but hadn't heard this before I posted this link)

The comparison of the Blue Yeti vs the Snowball:

Just clearly shows that the Snowball is way poorer quality, though the reviewer doesn't seem to notice the huge difference.

u/__signal · 1 pointr/audioengineering

You can get pretty far without one. I wouldn't buy one until you find a specific reason you need it. Eventually you probably will want to get one if you're doing vocal or live instrument input.

This is the one I started on:

u/nischesound · 1 pointr/LofiHipHop

there's really only a small few of them that i've seen, the most notable being WeAreMachines, if you look his name up with "tutorial" next to it you should find it.

there's really not too much difference between lofi and regular hiphop tutorials, it just depends on the style and what that person is using. Try looking up FL hip hop tutorials, and try to stick to ones strictly using FL as some people might be using an MPC or an SP. but try looking up Old School Hip Hop tutorials and Boom Bap tutorials, those are more in line with the lo-fi style

a soundcard is a piece of gear that processes audio. computers come with stock soundcards but they usually don't sound as good as a dedicated one, and don't have inputs and outputs for running external gear like you would a guitar cable into an amp

Generally the cheapest you'll find them is around $100, which if you're going to buy one new i'd suggest Focusrite as they hook it up with some software effects

but if you look around on ebay or amazon or possibly even craigslist you might find one for maybe 30 if you're lucky, but more likely around $50 for a decent one

u/chopdok · 0 pointsr/buildapcforme

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor | $359.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler | $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $140.00
Memory | PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory | $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $77.88 @ OutletPC
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card | MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card | $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case | Fractal Design Arc XL ATX Full Tower Case | $105.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply | EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $105.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive | LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer | $49.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM (64-bit) | $141.98 @ OutletPC
Mouse | Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse | $39.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1579.64
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-14 18:34 EST-0500 |

CPU : Intel Skylake i7-6700k. Unlocked, overclockable. Technically, you can get a locked i7-6700 and overclock it using BCLK only, but you are not on a tight budget, and that feature is not ready yet. In any case, for best results, you use both BCLK and multiplier to overclock. Another option is to get Haswell Refresh, older CPU architecture, its not really that much worse, and way cheaper. But Skylakes are very energy efficient. At stock, it will run cold, especially with that cooler.

Cooler ; Noctua D15. Best air cooler that exists on this planet. Is better than most AIO water coolers, and much more silent. Check the reviews if you don't believe me. Can't go wrong with it.

RAM : 16GB DDR4, with option to add 16 more for total of 32 later on.

MB : Asus Z170 ROG series. Has surprisingly good on-board audio, so you don't really need a sound card. Has USB 3.1, m.2 . Supports SLI/Crossfire. 4x SATA ports, 1xSATA Express, 1x m.2.

GPU : GTX 970, the MSI model. You wanted power efficienty, and GTX 970 is extremely cool for the amount of power it delivers. It can run any game at 1080p 60fps with settings close to max, while producing 2x less heat than its competitor, R9 390. Also, MSI model is extremely silent, good for overclocking and has 0db feature, which means that when it is idling, like when you watch movies or do work, it will turn off its fans, relying on passive cooling from the airflow inside the case. Fans only start spinning once it exceeds 60c, and in games, under full load, it floats around 70-75c. I have this exact GPU, its really good for someone who seeks good performance but wants silence and low temperatures as well.

Case : I am not really proficient in fancy cases, with leds and all. Always preferred sleek, modest and fucntional ones. So, I put in Fractal Design Full-ATX case, which is exactly that. You can get whichever.

PSU : EVGA G2 850w. Made by SuperFlower actually. Extremely reliable, and silent. Modular.

Storage ; 250GB SSD and 1TB HDD. SSD is 850 EVO. Again, from personal experience - excellent SSD, uses SATA, and its not that far behind m.2 SSD - honestly, SATA SSD are already so fast, that you only see the difference between m.2 and SATA in benchmarks.

Also, threw in a gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder. Its reliable and has good sensor.

CPU+MB are MicroCenter bundle, in-store pickup only.

I am not proficient in Webcams, I use some cheap Logitech one. But I imagine that for 100$, they all good. I can recommend Logitech ones, because their drivers never gave me any issues.

As far as sound cards - the on-board audio on that Z170 is actually quite good. For professional sound work, like doing voice overs, you are better off with a good audio interface. I recommend Scarlett 2i2.

Out of curiosity - why do you want 8GB VRAM?

EDIT : Put in the wrong MB by mistake. Fixed now.

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I have the 2i4, and I can max out every volume level to my balanced connections on my amp and i hear absolutely nothing, ever.