Best audio recording mixers according to redditors

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u/monkkbfr · 43 pointsr/AskReddit

Per popular request:

All-righty then. It's really simple, but it took a few years to figure out.

First, I'll go over the list of gear I use for easy setup and tear down. Obviously, get a transmitter. I use the Broadcast Warehouse TX 150. 150 watts. Plenty of power for a small town. Here's the full list of ones they make:

I use the 6th one down from the top- 150W power. They go up to 1000 watts and down to 1watt. UK based company, excellent products.

Next you need an antenna. I prefer one of two antenna's. The first one is an old pirate radio standby called a Comet. Cheap, easy to set up, easy to tune. Model number CFM95SL 5/8 wave.

I mount it using one of these tripods (the base of antenna fits directly into the tripod):

Next, get a cheap laptop.. this is your streaming box. You'll be streaming from a remote location (i.e. your computer at home or work where you're playing DJ), or even a netbook. I like one with a reasonably big hard drive so I can store music on it that the system defaults to if I lose the internet connect (more on that in a bit).

You'll also need a small 2 channel mixer. I like USB mixers because I get the best sound signal out of a cheap laptop from USB vs. the crappy audio outs they put on sub $400 laptops. I use either the Alesis Multimix 4:

Or a Behringer (whatever you can get your hands one).

USB mixers are easier to set up and tear down as well.

You'll need two M/F XLR cables (3 ft.. you're going from the mixer to the transmitter sitting next to it).

And, you'll need some 50ohm coax cable. I would order it from these guys:

Depending how far you're putting your antenna away from your box of goodies.. you'll likely need 50 ft. and more likely 100 ft.

I use one of these yard storage boxes (often used for garden supplies, hoses, etc) to store the transmitter, laptop and mixer:

3 bricks. (seriously).

Last, you'll need a power strip and a 50 or so foot power cord.

So...put the laptop, the transmitter and the mixer into a outdoor storage box (this is the kind you use for garden gear/hoses, etc.). The laptop is hooked to the internet via wi-fi (provided by the 'hosts' home or business) and controlled via logmein or VNC. The laptop also has a local library of music on it in case you lose internet. The antenna goes on an light weight tripod that sites on the roof of a house or business.

15 minute setup: The laptop, mixer and transmitter are already mounted in the box I just put them all in there on the floor of the box. The box has a large piece of tape across the front of it that says "Ham Radio Repeater" (this is for plausible deniability for the 'host' of the setup). You take the box out of your car, you find a good place in the backyard to put it. Usually against the back of the house. You run the power cable to a power outlet (outside or in the garage). You get the laptop hooked up to the local hosts internet via Wi Fi.

Next you take the Coax cable, and you connect it to the transmitter (through the precut hole in the outdoor storage box). You then hook it to the Antenna. You've PRE TUNED (message me if you need the brain dead simple formula for tuning) the antenna for your desired frequency so all you have to do is take the antenna, tripod and cable up to the roof of the house. Find a high point on the roof, and set it upright. Use 3 bricks on each leg lip of the tripods legs to hold it down in high winds.

Go back down, turn it all on. Make sure you're internet connection is working and that Logmein or VNC loaded so you can remotely connect to it. Make sure your transmitter is one and broadcasting.


The way you get content into it is by setting up a shoutcast stream and then just log into that shoutcast stream from the laptop via logmein/VNC. Have local music in the playlist incase you drop the internet connect (it then just moves to the next song in the playlist.. I prefer old Winamp v2.91 for this).

Thats how I set it up in 15 minutes.

Tear down is: Go on roof, disconnect the antenna, take antenna/tripod down throw in the car. Pick up the box, throw it in the car. Actually, it's more like 3 minutes (we actually did this once WHILE the FCC was in front of the house, but that's another long story).

Anyway, I know it seems complex, and it sort of is, but it's sort of not as well.

Here's my blog on running a pirate radio station:

Here's a wikipedia article on the station i started and ran for years:

TL;DR: Put a transmitter, a mixer and a laptop into a box, hook it to a tripod based antenna on a roof, hook it to the internet, turn it on, run away.

u/plazman30 · 36 pointsr/headphones

I've been using Command strips to mount stuff under my desk for a while now.

What we have here is

  1. O2 headphone amp going to my CD Player.
  2. O2+ODAC going to my PC
  3. Rolls MX51S mixer.

    The Rolls MX51S has my laptop, my Amazon Echo, and my CD player all hooked up together and fed to my JBL LS305B MK II studio monitors.

    The Rolls does have a headphone jack on it, but the O2s sound way better than the headphone jack in it.

    And yes, I am planning to buy some black Command Strips at some point and swap them out.

    EDIT: These are the Command strips I am using.
u/OzzyWozzie · 12 pointsr/battlestations

Here's everything for equipment, so hopefully this answers any questions:



u/DrChiz · 12 pointsr/PKA

Kyle's Setup

Microphone (Shure SM7B) -

That runs into a clean gain booster, Cloudlifter (I didn't know he wasn't running this since he got his Shure in 2014. Once I learned that, I had him get one and he's been running that for about a month and a half now)

Which goes into his mixer:

Now if someone wanted to run this setup, I would say don't get the Behringer, they have problems but most of the time they're fine. But you want to get a Focusrite Scarlett or Mackie Onyx (I recommend the Onyx but they're both fucking great, used both, currently running the Mackie in my new studio setup)

Taylor's Setup

Same exact setup as Kyle, even though I told them to get him this Blue Micrphone TUBE arm:

It's a way better arm. Kyle is using the standard Rode arm & either that's what Taylor's got now or he's using a super cheap ass one. But no way that cheap ass one would work with the Shure's weight, so he probably got a rode. But I recommended they both get the Blue tube arm.

Woody's Setup

Microphone (Electro-Voice RE20):

His preamp/mixer is all in his rack that's mounted with his PC which is down by his knee. I forget what he's using cause it's been many, many years since he built that thing.

The microphone arm he is using is the cadillac of microphone studio boom arms the K&M 23860:


The Shure SM7B and Electro-Voice RE20 are the gold standard for radio and podcast production in studios. You can't go wrong. But if you get the SM7B then you need a pre-amp or something that's going to give you an additional 20-40db of clean gain.

If you don't have that Cloudlifter and just use it with that mixer, then you have to crank the fuck out of the gain which greatly increases and raises your noies floor. So you'll be audible and sound good, but you'll still get lots of white noise/background noise.

In my setup it's the Shure SM7B, Mackie Onyx, Cloudlifter, Blue Mic arm and quality XLR cables. When I plan to expand and add more microphones to do several people in studio productions. I'll create a rack unit VERY similar to what Lefty is currently running. With an electricity conditioner and the same preamp he has that I researched on my own and it's perfect for getting the clean gain added that you need so you don't need the cloud.

u/140dB · 10 pointsr/audioengineering

Here’s one:

A stereo passive mixer are the keywords you should search for.

u/tangentandhyperbole · 10 pointsr/synthesizers

Well, you've got room to expand. :D I mean if you were to get something like a Verona DM-1 that's like 9 lines right there.

Probably helpful to start reading reviews wrap your head around the capabilities.

Mackie is a quality name in mixers.

Whatever you do, don't run out to guitar center and buy a behringer mixer. Behringer has a trash name for a reason, and a shitty mixer is just going to make everything sound like crap. Its not fun, its not joyful, but you can't cheap out on your mixer.

Alternatively, sell it, you might get $150 for it quickly, cheapest on reverb is $300 with a case. My 12 channel yamaha cost around that.

Something like this would suit your purposes probably.

Weighing the options, that thing is so overkill for anything you seem to be interested in doing, its going to be a huge dust collecting waste of space. I would get a small 6 channel mackie or yamaha mixer, they are pretty compact and you can even get them with built in effects if you so choose.

u/Freezerburn · 7 pointsr/diysound
u/AvidyaZen · 7 pointsr/mindcrack

The headset that broke was the G35 headset from Logitech which goes for about $90 these days. It's a great headset but this would be my 3rd set in 4 years. The mic quality is average and often requires fussing with in post but overall it's a great headset.

While rocking this backup setup I've been using ear buds and I quite like it compared to the closed ear noise cancelling headset so I don't think I want to go the headset route again.

I've always wanted to go the XLR/Mixer route. This would allow me to manipulate any volume/noise issues with the mic on the fly and not touch it at all in post. I never settled on a solution that was afforable and always went with what I knew the G35.

This is the goal. It's not much more expensive than the G35 headset but is the correct tool for the job :Þ

  • Audio-Technica AT2020 XLR ^USB ^version ^exists ^too
  • Behringer Q502USB 5-Channel Mixer
  • XLR Microphone Cable
  • Microphone Suspension Boom

    A few notes about these choices. The 5 channel mixer is total overkill but this one functions as a USB audio interface meaning when you plug it in to your PC it shows up like a USB mic would. Behringer makes a 3 port USB mixer but I don't like the way it looks lol.

    Not all mixers have the ability to function as a USB device. On NON USB mixers you would have to run the output of the mixer into the input on your soundcard on your PC.

    I prefer the audio device approach. You plug your XLR mic into the mixer which is acting as the USB audio device. This allows you to control on the mixer what the computer hears on the audio device interface.

    Totally a long and involved answer but some might find it useful if in the market for audio upgrades :Þ
u/atx78701 · 6 pointsr/Austin

you dont need a machine. You can get the karafun app for $6 for 2 days.

then you just need microphones/mixer that you can plug into your stereo.


I got this mixer


This microphone set. There are lots with a single mic that will be cheaper.


For the above you will need the following cables:

You will need a 1/4" audio to headphone jack cable to go between the microphone receiver and mixer

an RCA to headphone jack to go from a computer/ipad running karafun

RCA cable to go from mixer to your audio (directly to TV or to stereo)

HDMI or other cable to go from your ipad/computer to the TV

u/dudemanxx · 6 pointsr/synthesizers

You can't turn one down without turning down the rest of the chain. At least, not without some likely menu-diving. You also have to try to manage all that gain-staging, creatively. You might be reducing your dynamic range, compositionally, for the sake of dancing the line between too quiet and clipping. There's just no beating a mixer, when it comes to, well, mixing.

I highly recommend getting a mixer. They have some reasonable portable ones now- the rolls and nady mixers come to mind. More featured ones have recorders built in, which could be helpful. Consider the Zoom R16 for this, as it gets plenty love. 8 inputs at a time. If you don't mind being plugged in, nab yourself a cheap behringer mixer used and keep it pushin. I'll link u in a sec, I'm at work lol.

edit: yeah, highly recommend a mixer, but you'll be find daisy-chaining while you research and save up. just be mindful of your needs and how you'll need to route your audio so you're minimizing compromise.

u/landon-philip · 6 pointsr/audio

What you want is called a mixer. It takes multiple inputs and sends them out one output, with volume controls for each individual audio line. Behringer makes one that is very affordable and I've been one using this for casual stuff for a few years now. You'd take the output from both computers and put them into inputs 1 and 2 on the mixer, then plug your headphones into the output jack on the right side. Voila!

u/theninjaseal · 6 pointsr/diyaudio

Even though this may be unintuitive, you cannot reliably use splitters to sum signals. Just like a funnel upside down is not the same thing as a shower head. Google "Why Not Wye" for a great technical explanation of this problem and how to build a little summing box.

In layman's terms, the problem is that your phone output ends up fighting the mic receiver, as opposed to just adding to it. A little more technically, the phone is designed to drive headphones so it has low output impedance and allows a relatively large current to flow across the contacts. This output impedance is a property independent of the volume. The mic receiver is not meant to be an amplifier in the way your phone is, so it can only push a tiny amount of current out before the voltage drops. This is fine when plugged into an amplifier input - hardly any current has to flow. But when the phone starts soaking up its output, it doesn't put up much of a fight. This can be very detrimental to both devices, and certainly has the potential to break one or both if you push them. Not a great situation.

What you can consider is small passive mixer like [this](.Behringer MicroMIX MX400 Low-Noise 4-channel Line Mixer, Black cheap no frills option. You can also solder up some converters yourself. Finally you could use something like a DI box to isolate the phone from the mix receiver. That would do it if you have some lying around but the reason I didn't recommend it is that a small cheap mixer would be more useful and cost the same.

u/MultiplyTheBear · 6 pointsr/synthesizers

I've been using a Behringer Xenyx 1002B for a couple years now. It only has 1 FX send and 1 aux send, which isn't ideal for my purposes. But despite all the Behringer hate, it's treated me well up to this point, at a low cost. It's definitely noisy when recording, though.

u/marymelodic · 6 pointsr/Beatmatch

It might make sense to just buy a PA mixer, as you suggested. It should have RCA inputs. If it only has 1/4" inputs, you can buy some cheap RCA to 1/4" adaptors.

u/_Tameless_ · 5 pointsr/synthesizers

tyfogob is correct, no computer needed for most mixers.

The cheapest and easiest mixer I know of is the Behringer Micromix but it only controls volume.

For a little more you can get a mixer with gain, pan, aux in, and other features. I have an Alto mixer that I got used for cheap at a Guitar Center.

u/northerntao · 5 pointsr/synthesizers

I got a Rolls 4 channel stereo active mixer from Amazon that isn't noisy, at least to these ears. It has 1/4 and 1/8 inch TRS inputs and outputs. They make a passive version as well that doesn't require power but I wouldn't recommend it - a cheap Belkin headphone splitter would probably do the same as a passive mixer.

u/reckoner15 · 4 pointsr/OPZuser

I searched and searched and searched for a battery-powered stereo mixer but couldn't find anything with the size and portability that I wanted... settled for the mono out Bastl Dude. I was recommended the Rolls Stereo 4-channel during my search, though!

u/PabloXPicasso · 4 pointsr/amazonecho

I have the Dot in my study, connected via an audio mixer, into an amplified speaker. You can then use the mixer to set the level of (in this example) 4 inputs. Now, any of those inputs can play at the same time, and you can use the mixer to control the level of each input. This might be better for an amplified speaker than a stereo, but might give you some ideas.

u/neontropics · 4 pointsr/synthesizers

You need a mixer to connect your gear to, and then you just connect speakers or headphones to the mixer. I have this mixer for my Volcas and small gear:

To get a stereo sound from it you need this $3 adapter as well

You will then also need at least three 3.5mm stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cables, as well as 3-5 of this

u/Dodgeballrocks · 4 pointsr/audio

Don't do this.

When you try to combine audio sources this way you end up sending one audio source into the output of the other audio source. output going into another output is not how it's supposed to work and the electronics don't like it.

What you really need is a mixer. If you have stereo mini (headphone sized) outputs then a mixer like this should do the trick.

u/tehFeetus · 4 pointsr/Twitch

I'm glad to see that you are researching it out and spending some time thinking about it. That's the right first step! I don't have experience with other mics to speak of, but I'm pretty happy with my purchases and what I'm able to do with them. So, some more food for thought:

u/wolfcry0 · 3 pointsr/audio

Yes there is, it's called a mixer and lets you connect multiple sources to one device.

u/HungryhippoSalad · 3 pointsr/headphones

I've been trying to get a similar solution but between two PC's. I'm not a streamer, I just want to listen to a feed both and adjust the volume as needed. I bought a Rolls MiniMixer II which does the job.


I use Line out 3.5 to RCA into the a pair of line ins into the MiniMixer - then from the line out into a headphone amp to push the feed into my headphones. I put a ground loop isolator to minimize hiss.


I've been happy so far, but I'm wondering if there is a better solution.

u/achillesLS · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I did a lot of research on this a while back for my desk setup. Ended up passing, but I found both of these came pretty highly reviewed:

u/Doomdiver · 3 pointsr/amazonecho

I got this one for the same purpose (without realising the speakers I was trying to connect had an auto-sleep function sigh) but the mixer seems great quality and I've kept it around because it might be handy in future.

Apologies for the UK link if you are from elsewhere. You should be able to find the same item on your local store though. As mentioned you'll want to get some 3.5mm-1/4" adapters as well though.

u/ProgHog231 · 3 pointsr/Bass

I have a tiny mixer from Behringer. Run the output from the amp and your laptop each into one of the inputs, and then your headphones into the output. You'll need a male-male 1/8 cable and 1/8->1/4 inch adapter to plug in your laptop.

Having said that, the suggestion from /u/ChuckEye is simpler, plus you would also have something in the end that would allow you to record yourself.

u/EpisodeOneWasGreat · 3 pointsr/audiophile

If you want multiple sound sources to play at the same time, you'll need some kind of mixer before the SMSL amplifier.

That could be a software mixer on the PC (take the 3.5 mm output from the Dot and connect that to line-in).

That could be a simple hardware mixer.

Or you could install Alexa on your PC and not worry about the gadget.

u/WOOKIExCOOKIES · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

I used the older version of this for a while, and while it's not the greatest sound quality, it works and isn't too much money. It has the ability to plug into your computer so you can record.

No experience with this one, but it has decent reviews, is cheap, and would work for what you need with a little room to expand but no USB implementation.

And this is the one I'm currently using and really like. A lot of room to expand here. It has built in effects, but I don't think they sound very good. No USB either, but it's pretty cheap for what you're getting.

Take a look at the inputs on whichever one you decide on, as they may required some adapters (1/8" Stereo to 1/4" dual mono, etc...) to work with your setup. Let me know if you have any other questions.

u/WatermelonMannequin · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

You are on the money - syncing the two instruments means getting them to play in the same tempo. If you're looking for a quick, cheap mixer, I use one of these and it works just fine.

u/shockroach1985 · 3 pointsr/volcas
u/Yoav420 · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Thank you for the reply.

Do you think these cheap Behringer MX400 and Behringer HA400 will do the job for band practice?

The only problem is that I have a very convenient record function on my drum module that records the mix in and the drums to a wav file on a SD card, by plugging everything to the mixer I lose this function so maybe I should wire like that:
Bass + Guitar -> MX400 -> Drum module -> HA400 -> headphones.
That way I can record easily while jamming, what do you think?

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Games

How about using a small mixer instead? First convert your 1/8" stereo output to two 1/4" mono plugs with one of these. Run both channels into a mixer like this. Take the mono 1/4" mixed output and split it to an 1/8" stereo jack with one of these so that you have your mono mix in both ears.

u/n4404 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

You need a mixer to combine the two signals.

This mixer combined with these adapters should work.

u/dentaku81 · 3 pointsr/audio
u/traken · 3 pointsr/buildapc
u/rugyg · 3 pointsr/audio

Search for 3.5mm audio mixer. This is an example of one. There are many options. One with microphone and audio will be harder to find / more expensive.

u/Galgen · 3 pointsr/NintendoSwitch

This is what I use.

How it works is there is 4 inputs in the front. I have my PC, PS4, and MP3 player plugged into it. On the back there is one output where you plug in your headset. It's one of the cheapest mixer out there and it works great with no noise and you can control the volume right on the mixer.

u/Wayne_Trayne · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

I've been wanting to make a small battery-powered setup for a while. My idea was:

  • A Gameboy with LSDJ

  • A Monotron Delay

  • This tiny little mixer

  • Probably an OP-1 if I can ever afford one

  • Either the new electribe sampler or volca sampler, since they're both battery powered
u/terriblesounds · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

Definitely understand being new to the game, took me a while to figure out what I needed for live use.

Here's my 2 cents:

u/rck88 · 3 pointsr/apple

For Garageband - I'd recommend this: Alesis MultiMix 4.

That's what I use with Garageband and Ableton and love it. I like having physical knobs in front of me, as well as mic, guitar, and line inputs. I don't have mics at the moment but will be getting 2 soon so this mini mixer is perfect for the hobbylist/lite recorder.

u/GrabbinCowlicks · 3 pointsr/podcasts

Here's a copy and paste suggestion from a similar thread a while ago:

"As for a mixer, I highly recommend the Alesis MultiMix 8 USB. You just plug it into the USB of your laptop, adjust the sound settings on whatever program your recording into and you're set. You can use it to pull audio from the laptop (ie Skype call or YouTube video) into the mix.

There's also the Alesis MultiMix 4 USB. It's cheaper, has less bells and whistles but it works just as well. Though, you'll need this cord if you want to pull audio from the laptop."

u/ShinjoB · 3 pointsr/drums

I don't think this is weird at all. When I switched from electronic drums to acoustic I knew I had to protect my ears, but it meant I could no longer hear the band ... kind of a big deal.

It cost a bit of money to fix it, but I basically mic'd my drums, got a mixer (make sure it has plenty of inputs), and started running everything into my mixer (drums, vocals, bass and even guitars). I can control the level in my ears via the mixer's monitor controls and then output everything to the PA.

This is what I bought. It's definitely lower end of the quality spectrum, but it was the cheapest way to get myself rolling. We don't gig (yet) so everything stays in one place ... which means I don't really have to worry about the durability of this stuff yet.

Plus cables, earbud tips, yada yada.

u/Biggityzig · 3 pointsr/drums

^ This.

Also, if you want to get a bit of the ambience of the stage/room, plug in another mic (or two, for a good stereo mix) and add that into the mix so it doesn't sound so dry. It helps, trust me.

in which case, this would help..

u/cablexity · 3 pointsr/livesound

Assuming you mean you currently have the Mackie ProFX8. The whole ProFX series lacks PFL buttons and its infuriating. If you want to stay at that size, check out these:

Mackie 802 (8ch, 2/3 mono, 2/3 stereo):

Mackie 1202 (12ch, 4 mono, 4 stereo):

Mackie 1402 (14 channel, 6 mono, 4 stereo) is another option if you need something larger. The entire VLZ3 or VLZ4 series from Mackie will do what you need (except the 402).

Allen and Heath ZED 10 (10 channel, 4 mono, 3 stereo):

Behringer XENYX X1204USB (8ch, 4 mono, 2 stereo, sounds really mediocre and build quality leaves something to be desired but it works. I use one weekly at work and wish we had a Mackie):

You could also get a headphone amp or something and build yourself a prefade monitor mix off of an aux send on your current mixer.

u/gardnsound · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

Agreed. You need an external mixer that can dual as a soundcard. There are a few good candidates out there that would fit this description.


Mid Tier:

High End:

u/Mr_Cumbox · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Audio tech, checking in...

You can use it like you're trying to, but that doesn't mean that you should. This is bad for a few reasons.

First off, if your second device isn't ready to handle whatever the first device is outputting, you can completely toast the headphone plug on your second device. Or vice-versa. See, electricity isn't like water in your pipes - it won't just flow in one direction. If you plug jack A into a device, jack B will also receive signal.

Second, this will cause all sorts of odd interference. See, electricity travels in "waves". There is a push and a pull, just like with ocean waves. Ideally, you send the wave into one end of the cable, and it comes out the same on the other end. But having two things plugged into the same cable can cause both constructive and destructive interference. Constructive interference is when both waves push or pull at the same time. The waves combine, and push harder than either one of the single waves would have. Destructive is the exact opposite - It's when one pushes, and the other pulls. They can essentially cancel each other out, so it never comes out the other end of the cable (or is very weak when it does.)

What does all of this mean? It means your end signal will likely be more distorted than a bad acid trip, since those two signals will constantly be fighting each other. Unfortunately, there isn't a good "cheap" way to solve this. Your best option is a small mixer. This will take multiple inputs and allow you to do exactly what the name suggests - mix them.

u/3agl · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

As I said, if sound quality isn't really the issue and you're just using voip, the gear he has is fine. Also that's a pretty nice audio interface that'll last op for quite a while.

Alternative with better value and slightly better specs Second xlr/1/4 in, and it comes with studio one and midi input/output. Pretty good bang for the buck.

I have this and it's really nice. Also I've filled up all the inputs and outputs so ¯\ (ツ)

A Higher quality and well recommended mic would be the AT2020

I have an sm58, used, these can be found in the 50-100$ range, and they tend to live very long and kick a lot of ass. There are stories of these mics falling out of moving vehicles on tour and then (once picked up) continuing the tour working just fine.

I have a pair of ath m50xs but the m40s are also a great pair of headphones, and a real budget would be the m20s if you're looking for headphones.

I know you asked for budget, but op did a pretty good job already so if you don't really care about recording then get what OP got.

u/Producer_Ted · 3 pointsr/podcasts
u/kyleblane · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I used a Yeti for the first few years of my channel. I loved it and got great results from it, however the background noise was a bit too much so I knew eventually I'd want to switch to a dynamic (or at least a much better condenser).

My suggestion to people is to get an ATR2100 ($64) to start with as a USB microphone. Then, when you've saved up money and decided to go the next step, purchase a USB mixer (I have this one ($80), or you could use this one ($60) which is only one channel and cheaper). There's a noticeable difference between the USB and XLR interfaces of the ATR2100. Some people even like the USB better, I don't, but then again I'm adding EQ and compression through the mixer which for me yields better results than software effects.

u/Magester · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Get a USB mixer, like a Behringer Xenyx Q502USB. Fairly inexpensive, works well.

You can even run game/PC audio into the 2track so you can hear it and voice on headphones without the game audio going back out.

u/MyNameIsRu · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Pretty sure that's a Behringer Q502USB.

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I would like to throw in a third option which is the AT2020 XLR and a mixing board.

AT2020 USB $130

AT2020 USB Plus $170

AT2020 XLR $100 and Behringer Xenyx 502 USB $60

Not only is the microphone better in the XLR (see the specs, the XLR version has a better frequency response) but you get a lot of nice features using an XLR mic such as a gain knob, EQ, volume knob, etc.

u/nbta · 3 pointsr/podcasts

If you ever want to have callers/skypers/etc. on your show, make sure you get one that you can do a mix-minus with. Basically you'll want a mon-send or an fx-send. Look for at least a 2-bus mixer or you'll be limited to a single mix-minus connection.

I have a Behringer Q802USB - I should have just bought the 802 (not USB) for $15 less. Here's a little secrete I didn't know when I bought it - you can't use the USB bi-directionally. You're EITHER sending audio to the PC or receiving audio from the PC. So it didn't work for my needs to monitoring incoming audio from the PC and send my mic feed at the same time. I ended up buying a UCA202 USB interface and that solved my problem.

You'll hear the Behringer's are noisy. They are. If you drive the gain it gets really hissy. BUT keep the levels down and it works just fine. For under $80 it's really hard to beat.

If you're on a budget, and want to record 3 mic, I would maybe take a look at these:

Behring 1202

Alto Professional ZMX122FX

Mackie 802VLZ4

Yamaha MG10XU

For a really inexpensive 2-bus mixer with a sub-group, maybe the Behringer Eurorack UB1204. You get 2 aux sends + a 3-4 submix. I've not heard anything about these mixers - so I can't tell you if the mic pres are at all acceptable. Anyone will tell you if you're serious to stay away from Behringer.

u/bloodyell76 · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Biggest thing for many on here: the interface is designed to output to a computer using USB. That mixer has either 1/4" mains or RCA tape out. Meaning you need an interface to output stereo to your computer. this combines the two.

u/StargatePioneer · 3 pointsr/podcasts

There's all sorts of madness that can ensue with this. Normally I recommend for those starting off use one of these four microphones:

Knox Podcast Microphone

Audio Technica AT2005

Audio Technica ATR-2100

or a Samson Q2U

and use Audacity to record locally through Skype or YouTube Live (with a private "broadcast"). Minumum start-up cost of $40 with the Knox.

HOWEVER, since you mentioned "high-end" I would recommend a Zoom H5 Portable Digital Recorder for each person. That way each person can record their local track and the other side for redundancy sake. Also, if they interview anyone. I would also connect through Skype Or YouTube Live with a private broadcast. If they are running PCs with Windows I would try the Evaer Skype Recorder for backup.

I would also recommend a Mackie ProFX8v2 USB Mixer for both sides. It's on the more robust and reliable side for a small format USB mixer with a few AUX Sends that can be used to multi-track.

I would recommend a Electro Voice re320 package which includes the shock mount and pop filter for each host. You can also get an Electro Voice re20 or re27n/d package at BSW Warehouse as well. That is by far the best deal for that microphone set around. The re320 is a great microphone because it requires less gain than other large diameter dynamic cardioid broadcast microphones and significantly reduces proximity effects for a relatively low cost. It also works great with most voices.

I would recommend a DBX 286s Microphone Processor for each host. It will help with a hard noise gate and to tweak the host's voices on whatever microphone they get.

I would invest in a couple of Heil PL-2T microphone boom arms. These will easily hold the weight of any microphone. I've heard of squeaking issues with the Rode PSA-1 microphone arm but it would also be a fabulous choice.

I would also invest in a decent pair of Studio Monitoring Headphones. I actual wrote an article on this last year. The article should help you narrow down your search.

Let me know if you have any questions. There are a ton of other choices you can make but I believe this will result in the highest quality with the least reliability issues.


u/ImaginaryCheetah · 3 pointsr/hometheater

as Bill_Money said, you would need a mixer to listen to both simultaneously.

they do make audio A/B switches to let you switch between sources w/o having to disconnect cables. if that's what you mean by "switching". you can get A/B switches that have a remote.

u/MoogleMan3 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

How about this one? There's still volume knobs for each channel, but it's a small black box design.

Edit: This one's even a bit cheaper and simpler in design.

u/batpigworld · 2 pointsr/hometheater

This is what you want:

Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer

u/Anwn · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

You need a mixer and you will need to do all the mixing in analog.

This is the one that was recommended to me:

You will need to get an analog signal from all your devices, feed them into the mixer, adjust levels and then send the mixed signal to your amp.

Not sure about cross posting links, but you can find my question in another sub about 11 days ago.

u/the_blue_wizard · 2 pointsr/audio

> The amp gets it's input from a 3,5mm TRS jack to dual XLR adapter cable which goes into a "headphone amp".
> The headphone amp in this case is actually just to take the stereo signal from the pc and send it to 4 other devices (one of which is the tl-700 amp we are talking about). The only controls on the "headphone amp" are volume knobs for each output.

What the F**!

So is this a multi-channel Headphone Amp something like this -

Perhaps not the specific brand, but functionally similar?

And why would you not use a
Stereo Mixer for this task?

And are you sure it is a STEREO Headphone amp? Can you give us the specific Brand and Model.

My suggestion at this point is to go back to the most basic configuration possible. Get rid of all the complications and go directly from -
something* - into the Amp, and see if it works properly.

Given the complexity of the Setup, I suspect the Set Up itself rather than the amp are causing the problem

u/StealthSecrecy · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Oh that's easy then! You can get splitters like this where you can just flip back and forth between the inputs when you want. Some others may come with a remote.

If you really want to just have both always on I believe you'd need a mixer like this one but they are more expensive than a simple splitter.

u/wordsarepegs · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Thanks. I really appreciate it! Your suggestion seems like a bit overkill for an audio pleb like myself. Would something like this work just as well for my purposes?

u/allannon · 2 pointsr/AskBattlestations

Regarding KVM (keyboard, video, mouse), 3 basic options (in no particular order):

  • KVM switch (switches 1 or more monitors, plus the keyboard and mouse, between computers), or a USB switch to only the keyboard/mouse, and the monitors directly-conencted

  • Synergy (or similar software); this sorta does like the USB switch option, except you don't have to "switch" between, just move the mouse between monitors, but it does require network connectivity between the "server" and "client" systems (probably the PC is the server and the Mac is the client, so the PC works if the Mac's off doing something elsewhere)

  • Just remote into one of the two (probably the Mac from the PC, since the PC's static) and fullscreen the session; latency shouldn't be a concern on a local network, and you could use both monitors for the desktop if the Mac's not currently needed

    Number 3 would probably be my solution. About 90% of my work is remoted into a system somewhere else, and it's fast and easy to Windows or Linux; I don't have experience with remote-access to Macs (they're just not a significant presence in datacenters), but I can't imagine it's all that different.

    For audio (assuming stereo, not 2.1+) get a cheap small mixer (e.g. something like this, which is just the first thing that I searched up in Google), which would (safely) let you play multiple audio streams to the same speakers.

    If you're going to use the MBP with desktop stuff often, might be worth looking into a dock of some sort. That way you only have 1-2 cables, instead of at least 4.
u/cthart · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

That's more like it. In fact, I just came back here to post a link to that and say "something like this":

u/megamanexent · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I got this in January:

Nothing but good things to say at 55 dollars. You may want more channels but with 3 rca one being a 1/8in combo input plus XLR, it was plenty for me. No noise from it when I plugged it into my Audiosource 100 amp ie: properly grounded. There was noise, very tiny, but noise none the less when plugged into the wall

u/sir5ur · 2 pointsr/NintendoSwitch

Sorry I forgot to link :x. This is the one I use in my setup rolls mixer. I have my computer, Nintendo switch, and music all routed through it. I was tired of switching devices or not being able to get them through my speakers or headphones at the same time. What's cool about it is that you can run it to an amp or just plug in headphones and switch between them at will. It's obviously a more expensive solution though.

Edit: and you could then run the audio from the switch's display to the unit as rca and from the computer to the unit as rca and you wouldn't need to mess with the 3.5mm plug all the time. Then you have the option of using one or both devices without any configuration.

Btw sweet rig, hope that helps!

u/I_SUCK__AMA · 2 pointsr/DJs

looking into those.. it has to be standalone, i couldn't find anything in the traktor line that could do it in standalone. the pioneer djm 800 & 900 look like they could do it, though the mixer itself is massive overkill.. i may go with those if i can't find something more basic. i probably won't even need a balanced out, as this mixer will plug into another, probably this one:

u/mdwyer · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

It works, but it isn't technically correct. The audio doesn't know which direction to go, so some of the signal coming out of your computer gets fed into the Echo, and some of the signal coming out of the Echo gets fed into your computer. This could cause damage to either of the devices.

However, I've NEVER heard of anyone suffering damage.

Still, the correct answer is the one at the top: You need a mixer. As a bonus, when you add a mixer, you get the ability to set the levels on each separately. A simple passive mixer like this one will work, but you will get significant losses, and would have to turn up the volume on both the Dot and your PC, with the loss in quality that comes with that. There are, however, powered mixers that also amplify the signal. I am using this one on my desk, and I am very happy with it.

Neither of them is all that cheap, though. :(

Audio builders of the world: I think there's a market for a cheap stereo 1/8" 2 channel mixer!!

u/G65434-2_II · 2 pointsr/headphones

Most (passive ones at least, since at least those you'd probably want for this application) mixers seem to come other than 3.5mm sockets, but some quick googling I came across this one.

It seems a DIY solution is also an option, being essentially a splitter with resistors added. Here's an article on making one with volume controls, though you'd probably be just fine with a version without.

u/RockyValderas · 2 pointsr/volcas

Here’s a super simple mixer that will mix up to four inputs down to one. You’ll lose the stereo this way, but it’s a really cheap and easy way to mix your volcas. You’ll also still need an audio interface if you want to record to your computer. But you could get away with a single channel interface. Again, this would mean losing your stereo image.

Amazon Link

u/einmalistkeinmal · 2 pointsr/audiophile

For non-simultaneous playback:

Here's what you could do:
Buy one 3.5mm Stereo Male to Two RCA Male Splitter Cable, and one 2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch. Also get a 3-Way Audio Video AV RCA Switch Selector Box Splitter. That all together is $9.82 US.

Connect the xbox to your TV as normal. Use the RCA cable included with the splitter to connect your TV's audio output to the Splitter's Input 1. You don't need to connect the yellow video connection on that cable. Then use a male 3.5mm Stereo to RCA cord to connect your laptop/iphone's headphone jack to the Splitter's Input 2. Plug the 2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch cable into the Splitter's Output, and connect your headphones to the 3.5mm female end. You should then easily be able to switch between ipod/laptop and xbox/tv sound feeding to your headphones by adjusting the splitter's output switch. This is a very basic setup, but should achieve what you're going for as long as you didn't want the two inputs playing simultaneously.

For simultaneous playback:

Here's what you could do (I admit this is probably a bit of a wrap around way of doing it, but it was fun to come up with):

Two Behringer MICROMIX MX400 4-Channel Mixer, one 3.5mm Stereo Male To 2 RCA Male Cable, one Male RCA to male RCA cable, one male RCA to female 3.5mm cable, six 3.5mm to 2RCA female adapter, and six 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch stereo jack adapters. This setup without shipping and handling costs $75.55 US.

This thing only outputs in mono though, so it doesn't benefit your headphones greatly (only one side will play sound). This is why we're gonna get two of them though, and this is the fun part. Check out this picture: It has the steps included with a crude illustration. The benefit of this setup is that you can have the ipod/laptop coming in at a different volume than the tv/xbox. Also has space for two more inputs if your ever have more you want to plug in (or to allow a laptop and ipod to be plugged in at the same time).

I... I think that setup would work.

u/ZeosPantera · 2 pointsr/audio

Microphone Mixer to the one input. Just be cautious if you use speakers you will get crazy feedback.

u/fsv · 2 pointsr/buildapc

A cheap sound mixer, maybe? Something like this would do the job.

u/fatmattdrums · 2 pointsr/Bass

tl;dr maybe try separate outputs for each pickup

If you want to go for something unique and versatile without spending much cash, you can go for a two-output configuration. On the Fender Jazz, this would involve putting a second output jack where the tone knob currently is. You can decide how to wire up the remaining knobs... maybe you don't need volume control for one pickup, but you do want tone control for it, or maybe you don't need tone control at all.

The idea is to have one pickup going to one output, and the other pickup going to the other. That way, you can put the effects on the sound of only one pickup.

I do this on my main bass. It has a fat mudbucker at the neck position, and it has a P-style pickup at the mid position, and the P-pickup is wired to a 0.0047 μF capacitor to kill the low end, so that it doesn't interfere with the mudbucker. The mudbucker runs clean to provide a huge low end, and the P-style pickup runs through an overdrive pedal to boost the treble and add some crunch, and also a phaser when I want something a little different. This way, all the effects only act on the attack and the fret buzz sound, while the low end can just be what it is.

Maybe you want something different, like putting thick fuzz on the neck pickup while the bridge pickup provides a clean, treble-rich attack with a little bit of chorus. Maybe you set up one pickup with a reverse tone knob... if you wire it up like it's a volume knob, and then bridge the terminals with something like a 0.0047 μF capacitor, you'll have a knob that turns down the low end while leaving the high end. There's a lot you can do, and this is a fairly easy mod that's fairly easy to undo if you don't like it. But if you like to use a lot of effects, having two signal chains with different frequency profiles can provide a lot of versatility.

If you have two amplifiers, great, but to combine the signals for one amplifier, you'll need something like this, which runs about $25:

Here's the thread where I describe the two-output mod I made to my bass:

When buying a new bass, the biggest thing to look for is how it feels. You can always change pickups and electronics and such, but finding a bass that's just fun and comfortable to play is the challenge. If you're interested in a Rickenbacker, it already has dual-output capability, so go to the music store with your pedals, and try a bunch of configurations with the effects, and you'll see what's possible.

u/jjhhgg100123 · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

You need a basic mixer.

u/kstar22bassist · 2 pointsr/Bass

So far I have 0 pedals, but I'm wanting to do a Royal Blood setup, maybe playing just "rhythm guitar" for worship services. I was thinking that my best bet would be

ABY switch->Darkglass preamp for the bass side

ABY switch->micropog->pitchfork->Darkglass preamp for a guitar side

Run both lines into a mini mixer
and then a 10 band EQ and maybe a looper, and then out to an amp, DI, whatever.

Since then however, I've been considering the Helix or HX Stomp, and using Ableton Live/FL studio for the rest.

That would save me a little money and work but I'm not sure how functional it would be. Having no hands-on experience with any of this equipment means it's all theoretical for me so far. Help.

u/0mon__Ra · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Seems like you might need two small mixers to add. Something like this ( You and your friend would each need one, but using that mixer as an example; run from the USB mixer monitor outs to input 1, your game PC to input 2, and even the stream PC audio to input 3 so you could hear notification alerts, etc.

u/slick8086 · 2 pointsr/synthdiy

get a cheap 3s lipo battery for an R/C car/pane to run this:


for a few bucks more this one runs off a 9v battery and has more channels

in the frequently bought together section you'll find the stereo splitter 1/8" stereo to 1/4" mono.

u/NominallyMusing · 2 pointsr/audio

You're not going to find S/PDIF since that requires a lot of expensive electronics (relatively) to make it work. Here are your options for ~20 quid

u/Roppmaster · 2 pointsr/headphones

Not with the O2+ODAC. You'd need to buy a mixer. Something like this would work:

u/jargoyle_hyacinth · 2 pointsr/audio

Try a line level mixer ?

NVM about this particular model; it has a mono output. But this is the general idea- something to mix several line level signals down to one.

u/TemptedTemplar · 2 pointsr/NintendoSwitch

Honestly, the Splatoon headset audio mixer is your best bet.

There are PLENTY of other options for combining mic and system audio while retaining the microphone function, but none of them are un-powered AND this cheap.

Astro makes a line of 3.5mm mix amps which do work, but start at $130 and require a power source (USB would work)

You can get a semi-professional device for $65. But again, requires a power source.

There are devices that are equally cheap, but they do require a power source; and this one specifically also requires 3.5mm to 1/4" plug adapters.

u/Data_Error · 2 pointsr/geektogeekcast

So, an audio mixer, basically?

I don't know of any headphone sets that would have a mixer built in, especially given mixers generally want some sort of power source (and people as a general rule don't want to have to charge their headphones).

u/dad_farts · 2 pointsr/Bass

An aux input would be ideal for your needs, but if your amp doesn't have that then you need to mix the signals.

A cable like u/TheShakerDuster described exists, but it's more like two male 1/4" on one side and stereo aux on the other. Reason being that it is actually a two channels in, two channels out arrangement, with one 1/4" connected to each side of the stereo. Two inputs will not work with one output because it will allow the electronics at either side to interact in an unpredictable manner. It would connect your guitar directly to the headphone jack on your phone and vice versa.

If you want both your guitar and phone signals going into the instrument input of your amp then you're going to need a mixer. Here is an example although for your purposes you might be able to find one with a 3.5 stereo input, a 1/4" mono input, and 1/4" mono output.

u/harroldo25 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You could use a small mixer and a headphone amp, especially if you have no intention of recording.

You'll want enough inputs for all of your instruments. If you have 4 instruments playing in your band then you'll need 4 input channels.

The cheapest way would be:

4 input mixer (all on TRS jacks - you would have to convert XLR to jack and you wouldn't be able to send phantom power to condenser microphones).

4 channel headphone amp.

Cable to connect the two boxes. The cable must be TRS otherwise you'll only get the left side or right side only - guitar cable wouldn't be great.

You would hear sound, it's cheap and compact. If you're willing to spend more money then you could get more expensive equipment. It wouldn't be pretty but it would do for starting out along with a sub £50 investment.

u/JimboLodisC · 2 pointsr/Chromecast

If you're looking for a simple 3.5mm audio splitter, they make those. I've heard you shouldn't have them funnel in from two line input sources because you could damage your speakers if more than one audio source was trying to push your speakers. Just don't use both your PC and CC Audio at the same time at a loud volume and you won't blow your speakers.

EDIT: To do it right, you need a mixer. Amazon has a couple options for $21 and $25.

u/galylag · 2 pointsr/volcas

This was a surprise to me, too, when I got my first Volca after collecting a few Pocket Operators. They still play nicely together, but not in the same way. If you plan on getting more Volcas, a Volca Mix <\> may not be a bad idea (it can power three additional ones), though it is more expensive than other solutions.

Otherwise, there are a number of affordable mono mixers out there. I've seen people mention the Behringer Micromix before <\>, but you'll need some adapters for 3.5mm to 6.35mm jacks. This will strictly be mono, however, so if you plan to add some stereo devices to the mix (pun intended), you'll hit a wall pretty quickly. Behringer has a range of other mixers, and you may want to check something out in the Xenyx range <\>, where even the lowest-end one (linked) will give you plenty of room to expand.

Personally, I just bought a Roland GO: Mixer <\> to use between a Volca, a few PO's, and a microphone for straight-to-phone video/audio recording purposes, and I've enjoyed it. If you don't plan on recording things and just need something to mix, this will be super overkill for you.

u/shindiggety · 2 pointsr/audiophile

The device your asking about it is called a mixer. It allows you to take inputs from multiple sources and mix them into one output. For your purposes, I would recommend a small, simple device such as this.

u/byrel · 2 pointsr/guitarpedals

That will probably not work that well - you'll have the output buffers on the two channels in the 720 fighting each other which could possibly (probably won't but tough to say for sure) damage the pedal

running it into a small mixer this or this are both options - there are plenty more out there
is probably what you want to do

u/vedo1117 · 2 pointsr/audio

Just connecting the wires together won't give you favorable results, you don't really have a choice when it comes to getting a mixer (they exist for a reason), it'll allow you to mix signals together and control volumes too. You can get something like this and it'll give you everything you need. You just need to get a couple of 3.5mm to RCA adapters and you're in business.

u/Starinco · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You need to look for a mini audio mixer. This is a powered device that can mix different audio inputs to a singe output.

First plug the audio outputs from your motherboard and console into the mixer's inputs. (You might need some adapters/male to male 3.5mm audio cables for this.)

Next, you'll need to use the cable with the 2 leads included with your headset. Plug the audio input into the output of the mixer and the microphone output into possibly an extension cable and into your motherboard's mic input.

Or the ghetto cheap way would just be buying a cheap pair of ear plug earphones and using one of them for your chat audio while wearing the headset.

EDIT: Something like [this] (

u/ascagnel · 2 pointsr/audio

This is a cheap version of a mixer I own -- it's nice for your use since it accepts both sizes of headphone jacks. This is what I use -- more expensive, but powered to the point of not needing a headphone amp.

u/drtonmeister · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

If you go with this mixer instead of the Fiio, then it will have plenty of oomph to amplify the pickup into headphones. It will also take an additional stereo mic, if you want to have more sound-isolating headphones and yet still hear the rest of the ensemble.
Be aware that it is really easy to turn headphones up to dangerous sound levels without being conscious that you are doing so.
I know a bunch of musicians at the highest level who play with either foam earplugs or have had an audiologist take a mold to make custom musicians' earplugs.
I also think you will be much much happier in the long run if you choose a better pickup such as the Fishman.

u/electrovir · 2 pointsr/macsetups

I've been looking for some really nice mixers (2+ input to 1 output) and haven't really found anything besides this and it doesn't seem to be extremely high quality (I have one).

u/xtreemediocrity · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

> MidiMan multi mix

I'm guessing those aren't made any more? Google'd and just found old hits from Ebay, etc.

I found this on Amazon - looks like maybe the modern version of it? It definitely is the closest thing I've found so far...but still way overkill. This will be my backup if I can't find it exactly. :-) Thanks!

u/StupidGenius · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I don't have any experience with it personally, but my friends all recommended for me when I was asking around.

u/nikofeyn · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

i don't know. i have their xeynx 1002b mixer, and it is very solid. at $100 brand new and with faders, it can't be beat. you can't find a mixer with that channel count and faders any cheaper. the build quality is not reflected in the cheap price.

u/_fuma_ · 2 pointsr/audio

That mixer only has two stereo channels (5/6 & 7/8 with faders), you'd have to use both ch 1 & 2 panned L/R as another stereo pair, then 3 & 4 panned L/R for another pair. Then you'd no mic inputs.

You can get tricky and use the tape input as another, but its easier to find a better mixer - I'll look around and post back in a bit.

This Behringer desk mixer with 2 mono (mic) channels and 4 stereo line channels would work better -



    Also, as a protip: you don't need XLR input for a mic with XLR connections, you can use a XLR to 1/4" TRS balanced mic cable in most mixers with 1/4" inputs. The bigger question would be do you need phantom power for your mic (is it a condenser mic?). In which case, you'll want a mixer with a great preamp too.

u/scottbrio · 2 pointsr/podcasting

(5) Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 - $100

(1) Behringer Xenyx 1002B - $100

(6) XLR Cables - $35

(1) 1/4" to 3.5mm cable - $10

Total = $245 (before tax)

I'm guessing you've got a computer, so I included a cable to run from the headphone output of the mixer to the 'record-in' on your computer. Audacity/Garage Band/etc will record the podcast fine.

This is quite literally the lowest barrier to entry for a 5 person podcast if you buy new. You could probably find this stuff cheaper used but it may take more time finding everything than it's worth- at the very least you want to make sure your microphones match (sound-wise).

The alternative is 5 guys sitting around an audio recorder or an iPhone, but that doesn't sound good nor does it allow for proper conversation, so I don't really consider that a podcast.

u/glimmer_ · 2 pointsr/Twitch

[This is the mixer I have for example.] ( On the top right there is a main send, phones, mon send and fx send. For this mixer you would turn down the red(mon) knobs for each channel except for channel 1, your mic, to isolate it. Then you would connect the mon send to your mic line in with a 1/4" to 3.5mm cable. Then you could either use the 1/4" or rca output to send all the sound to your pc, which is what you will be hearing through your headphones.

Edit: It looks like the mixer you linked has these features :)

u/WESTERNFAMILY · 2 pointsr/livesound

That would do the job but it’s honestly a little lacking for that price range.

I’d honestly recommend this one

Little bit more money, but waaaay more features. It’ll also have pre/post fader switches which will be instrumental in the setup you’re talking about.

u/Cottonturtle · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Okay, thanks for the help. I still don't understand the difference between a mixer and interface though. Doesn't this do the same thing as this?

u/TheMetaLink · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I went with the behringer xenyx x1222 usb, fantastic for the price.

u/mdmusick · 2 pointsr/drums

A decent mixer will work. I've got a Behringer Xenyx X1222USB for my 4-mic setup:

Run each mic into a channel, IEMs/headphones via monitor out and backing track source in via RCA or 1/4" in. You can also run the USB out into your laptop if you wanna record, though it'll only record in stereo via USB (not individualized multi-channel).

I've been using this setup for about a month for practicing with backing tracks and it works great for that application.

u/KVYNgaming · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

If you can spend $180 I'd recommend the Behringer X1204USB. It's got 4 preamps and, what I think the killer feature is, compressors on every channel (great for vocals), and an effects unit to add a bit of reverb if you'd like.

There's also the X1222USB with 6 preamps (but still just 4 compressors) for $200

u/Schwahn · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I cannot recommend the Heil Pr-40 enough.

Great, clean sound. It's a bit pricey, but BSW has some really good deals on it.

If you want to be ready to go out of the box. They have this bundle

It used to have teh Scarltite, which thankfully it no longer does because that thing was garbage. I don't know anything about the Presonus Studio 2/6 though.

Alternative. This is the package that I got. I have been extremely satisfied with it and this is a GREAT price.

You will have to pick up a mixer separately. Which I would advise doing some research on what you will need from your mixer.

This is what I ended up getting - but that was mostly because I wanted the availability of more than 2 mics.

u/yakk0 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

there isn't a mixer that takes USB mics, I'm pretty happy with the Behringer X1204USB I got last december. I'd also recommend the AT2005 USB mic. It has both USB and XLR and is usually around $60. It's a dynamic mic that works well and the mixer has the capacity to have 4 of them.

For an arm, I have a cheap Newwer Mic Boom that works well, but I don't think it'd hold up under a lot of stress. It's a good starter though and has a XLR cable built into it.

u/y-aji · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

I'm using this as a mixer quite happily.. It idles fairly warm which I find odd, but overall I have had it 2 years with minimal problems.

My only complaint is DAW related (since it sounds like you have a daw), it outputs as 2 audio tracks, a left and right signal and I cant get it to split into more. So, if you are wanting to add effects to a single instrument in your mix from your daw, it will apply it to everything coming in from the mixer.

I'm recording 1 instrument at a time which kind of ruins the value of a mixer.

u/mbrown29 · 2 pointsr/piano

I never messed with midi to mp3. I recorded my music through the track recording of my YPG-625 and used the audio out port to connect the piano to my computer's usb ( Guitar Bass To USB Link Cable Adapter... ). I changed audio in (using Audacity) to USB instead of Mic jack. So after I recorded a piece on the keyboard, I just hit record and pressed play. Not the most efficient way of doing it but hey it worked lol

Edit: now that I have a decent job, I'd probably use something like this BEHRINGER XENYX X1204USB

u/jaimestaples · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I am so lucky!

I just ordered all new audio stuff and by luck I got a cardioid Mic, a mixer with phantom power, and a pop filter.

Thanks so much for doing this! If you have a chance could you do a tutorial type post on how to adjust settings on a mixer? I bought this one: Mixer with this Mic: Mic

Just sent you a tiny tip on your channel. Thanks man!

u/Sleeked · 2 pointsr/Twitch

My gaming machine is a 6700K, 1080ti.

My streaming machine is a 2700x with a 1070.

My capture card is Avermedia 4k:

My mixer is this:

I have an AT2035 for a mic.

From there it's just an xlr cord, a couple 1/4 to 3.5mm cord to hook to my gaming computer.

I have two to keep the hum away that might happen.

u/QuipA · 2 pointsr/headphones

A DAC like the Modi 2 can only output from one source device, mixing two inputs is not supported.

AFAIK there are no DAC that support this feature because that's what Mixers do.

u/Alkalilee · 2 pointsr/drums

I think it's easier if I just explain what I use.

My drums are mic'ed into the Scarlett 18i20 interface which offers output mixing through its software. I then have my DAW (Reaper) recording while the interface sends the raw signal into a mixer which sits next to the kit (this one). I can then run another output from the PC with the track/click I'm recording to, and mix those two signals accordingly. I then use these in ear monitors which do a good job of blocking out my drums' acoustics and let me listen to just the mix at whatever volume I'm comfortable with.

Pretty simple setup.

u/bysketch · 2 pointsr/edmproduction
u/profsnuggles · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm currently shopping for the same setup right now! Here is what I've found on amazon.

The mixer I found is this 5-channel mixer. It has the headphone connection you wanted and has all around great reviews.

For the amp I found [this] ( It has basic EQ and a separate volume adjustment for a sub.

I'll be getting this duo for $130. I think it'll be great.

u/1ddqd · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I use this Behringer mixer. We have 3 different mics with pop filters, then a laptop recording with Audacity.

The Heil mic is by far the best. Plenty of review videos out there for microphone comparison, too, just Google "X vs Y mic compare" (maybe throw in the word podcast)

u/jfrenaye · 2 pointsr/podcasts

With a $500 to $700 budget I might suggest the following. Steer clear of the "packaged podcast stuff". And others will have their own opinions and thoughts but here are mine.

Recorder: Zoom H4nPro $230. Portable, flexible, will accept up to 4 inputs. Records on a SD Card.

Software: Audacity. It is free and allows you to manipulate and put together a cohesive product.

Mics: 2 of the ATR 2100 USB $150. Again, flexible and a decent beginner mic.

Accessories needed. 2 wind screen/pop filters for mics ($20), 2 mic stands ($20), 2 XLR cables for mics ($25)

Headphones: Sony MDR7560 $80 2 might be nice, but 1 required.

That is about $550 to $600 at this point.

If you wanted a studio mic, a decent starter mic is the MXL 990 at $100/ea. But beware that this is a condenser mic and it will pick up a ton of ambient sound especially in a non-treated room.

You may want to add a mixer into the mix at some point. I have a Behringer Xenyx 1204USB $139, but wish I had known more when I bought it and I would have bought the Behringer UFX1204 with the difference being that the one I have sends out a single stereo track to the recorder, but the latter has the ability to send separate tracks. Woudl be very handy if your guest is VERY soft spoken, there is a lot of talk over one another, etc.

u/deplorable-d00d · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You can find these brands all over the world at your local musician / pro audio store or online retailer of your choice in your country.

These are the cheaper of the models - the pricier ones have more mic preamps and input channels along with sliding faders instead of rotary pots for gain.

u/Aezalius · 2 pointsr/letsplay

You're probably looking for a dynamic microphone. There are plenty of them around, my two picks for good cheap ones are the atr2100 or the behringer ultravoice xm8500. The atr2100 is both USB and XLR, so it works with larger mixer setups through xlr and also works on its own through usb, and the latter xm8500 needs an interface to work, and works out to around the same price when you include something like a q502usb.

u/cinepro · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Are you talking about having a backing track on the computer, and then recording voice and mixing it to the backing track? Or just voice (like a podcast?)

Either way, I highly recommend a USB-mixer, like this one:

Behringer 502

I picked one up off Craigslist for $40 a few years ago. It's a great "swiss army mixer" that I use for little projects at home and on live-sound gigs.

Then start off with a solid vocal mic:

Shure SM48

or Behringer 8500

This will give you the option to easily upgrade the microphone in the future if you want to.

You'll also want a mic stand.

Audacity is awesome, and you can check out other options here:

u/Papa_Xray · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I have been using 2 PCs for a while, I can PM you a video I made a while back if that helps.

You're old PC is very capable of handling streaming. You don't have to use a capture card, but it is what I am using at the moment. You can setup a rtmp server, I have a little success using it but decided to go back to using a capture card.

The capture card you choose should depend on what settings you want to run your game and stream at. The AV.IO 4k is what I am using right now, it lets me game at 1440p and downscale to 720p for my stream. You said you want to get an ultrawide monitor and this card can let capture that screen size. Not sure about OBS, but Xsplit will allow you to capture a portion of the screen so the rest of it won't be shown.

For sound I am using a channel mixer, with an XLR mic. You don't have to use a channel mixer. Depending on the capture card that you use you can capture the sound via HDMI, a channel mixer just offers more control.

There is a neat program called synergy that will let you use one set of m&kb for both computers.

If you use an Avermedia capture card you will have to use an extra program for OBS, at least this was the case when I still had one. Not sure about other capture cards but the Avermedia LGP has a headphone jack that will allow you to listen to your gaming computer, but not you streaming PC.

This is all I can remember right now, let me know if you need any more help.

u/MrEleventy · 2 pointsr/headphones

Neither of those will work. They just switch from one input to another. It doesn't play all sources at once. What's your current PC setup?

Cheapest option is routing the audio into your PC and playing the audio there. There's tons of ways to do this. Depends on your budget really.

E: An example would be to get SPDIF dac like this into a mixer. Connect mixer to your computer via USB and mix it together.

u/RichTatum · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Sounds like you really need an inexpensive USB mixer, something like the Behringer Xenyx Q802USB, or even the Q502USB. This will allow you to use more than one XLR microphone and port it into your computer via USB.

It would also allow you to do mix-minus with Skype calls — but I think a Zencaster account might work just as well, or even better.

You should consider picking up a Zoom or Tascam digital audio recorder as well, if only to have a redundant recording system. Ray Ortega has a great walkthrough on setting up mix-minus with a mixer: How to Setup a Mix Minus for Recording Skype.

u/cerebellum42 · 2 pointsr/Twitch


  • Audio-Technica AT2020 is totally solid (not the USB version obviously)
  • Rode NT-1A would be a proper step up from there

    Since you're aiming to do everything in hardware, you will need a mixer, the Mackie 802vlz4 would be a decent option. Any Mixer that has solid preamps and effect inserts on the microphone channels will do here. Normally I'd prefer just using an audio interface, but they don't have inserts for hardware effects or volume controls for individual channels which you do need here.

    There are lots of mixers with integrated USB interfaces, but they don't usually allow you to send audio from the PC into the mixer and then back, they're just intended to allow recording the whole mix and often don't have proper drivers so they end up adding delay.

    Since this Mixer is purely analog, you need to add a really minimalistic audio interface like the ESI U24 XL or the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (which would already be somewhat overkill since it has mic preamps which you don't need).

    Finally, you need a proper compressor. For this part, someone else might have more to offer, don't have a very good overview over the market when it comes to hardware units like this.

  • The DBX 266 XS should be very solid, has compressor and Gate/Expander
  • FMR Audio RNC 1773 really nice, but more expensive option, and doesn't have a gate. You'd need to get another device for that purpose if you go for this one.

    This would be coming in at around $470 plus microphone. More if you go with the FMR compressor and a separate gate/expander.

    Oh, setup:

    Microphone -> Mixer -> Mixer FX insert -> Compressor/Gate -> Mixer FX return. The FX insert/return is actually one jack on the mixer, you need a splitter cable from stereo 1/4" to 2x mono 1/4" to use it.

    Mixer Master out -> USB Interface

    USB interface out -> Mixer (one of the stereo channels)

    Mixer headphone out -> well, headphones ;)
u/theograd · 2 pointsr/audio

With this information, this is what I'm thinking:

  • Audio-Technica AT2035
  • Mackie 802VLZ4, 8-channel Ultra Compact Mixer with High Quality Onyx Preamps
  • Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone

    Now, with those, how would I get my audio from PC 1 and PC 2 to come through the headphones?

    Currently, to hear PC 1 from PC 2, I have to just open Elgato Sound Capture software on PC # 2 which is kinda meh. When recording, I don't mind having to open programs, but just having to open stuff just to hear? Ugh. Big hassle.

    Also, I have my consoles (PS4 Pro, Xbox, Switch) and PC #1 all going into an HDMI Splitter, where the output then goes into the Elgato Capture Card inside of PC # 2 (I can switch what I'm outputting to the Capture Card). How do I capture the audio from this? Or will the Elgato still handle that, instead of the mixer?
u/Fat_Brando · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

As long as the mic came with its own mounting (which I assume it did), it should fit on any standard boom.

For home recording at a desk, in front of a screen (audiobooks/let's play/etc...) I'd recommend one of these puppies.

And don't forget your pop screen filter.

EDIT: Just read the "multiple people in a big room" part. Disregard the links.

EDIT 2: Looking at that mic you've got, it claims "Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection." That means that it's going to try to reject most sounds that aren't coming directly into its recording path. If you can swing it, you should try for multiple microphones. (2 people can share 1 mic) Alesis makes a great, affordable little mixer that can help you manage multiple microphones.

Just remember, sound quality is a huge factor in a video. Most people forget that, and their projects end up seeming very amateurish. So even if you're just doing this as a hobby, try to hobby like a pro.

EDIT 3: Words

u/ProphetZopu · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Edit: Most of this post assumes you have a "line in" available on your computer. Most desktops have this already, not sure if laptops do if that is what you game on. Also, the Mackie Mix8 would be better if you plan to use voice chat because you can use the aux send for voice chat.

What mic you need really depends on what you're doing. Some great streamers get by with just a headset mic. Some people have $600 microphones and don't sound wonderful.

If I had $200 and was just starting streaming, I would start small, and do a lot of research. Get to know the basics like the difference between dynamic mics and condenser mics. Understand what phantom power is. Learn the difference between unidirectional, omnidirectional, and cardioid microphones.

If you want to get into pro audio, which it sounds like you do, I would recommend you should opt for a small mixer, maybe something like this:

I would recommend a mixer rather than an interface (such as a Scarlett Solo) because a mixer ultimately gives you more options. The Scarlett Solo is a beautiful device, I have one, but it's good for one voice optionally paired with one instrument, each on mono channels. That small Mackie mixer, which is about half the price, lets you have one voice paired with two stereo channels. Right now I'm sporting a 14-channel mixer I picked up used for $125, and it has more options than I need. Interfaces are supposed to have amazing analog-to-digital converters, meaning the sound they capture is more accurate, but I feed the "main out" from the mixer into a "line in" on my PC and I notice no appreciable difference. I am not an audiophile, though. To do that you'd need a cable like this:

Pair the mixer/interface, whichever you go with, with an XLR microphone. I'd recommend starting small. This dynamic mic sounds decent for a realllly low price:

It's what I currently use. It's kind of a dumbed down SM58. I started with a Sterling Audio ST55, because GiantWaffle uses that and I think his stream sounds great. It turns out my house is super noisy, so the ST55 which is a condenser mic picked up crazy amounts of noise. All the running computers in the room, the air conditioning, pets running around, people talking across the room, people stomping around upstairs, you get the idea. GiantWaffle didn't have that problem because he uses sound dampening materials in his studio, and keeps noisy stuff far away from his microphone. I tried out the SM48, and it works better for my environment, but if I had known better a couple years ago I probably would have bought this instead of the ST55:

A friend of mine has it, and it sounds amazing. It has similar sound qualities to other condenser mics, but it doesn't pick up nearly as much room noise.

I'm sure the AT2035 is great. It's a condenser mic, so it can pick up really quiet sounds, and it likely picks up a huge range of frequencies resulting in a super full-sounding voice. Just make sure if you go with this one that you streaming in a quiet room. Also, it needs phantom power, so make sure that the mixer/interface you're using can support it.

Be sure to buy an XLR cable. Some microphones don't come with one.

Pop filters are cool, but aren't strictly necessary, especially if you aren't singing.

Scissor arm mounts are nice if your desk can accommodate them. Remember you get what you pay for. A normal mic stand will work alright if you have enough room for it.

I should also mention the AT2020, Blue Yeti, and even the Blue Snowball sound great. If you simply want to plug, play, and forget with no options after that, they will suit your needs. Some headsets also have pretty good microphones on them, too. Like this one:

Good luck!

u/TurbOSquiD77 · 2 pointsr/headphones


I have something you could try....

This will allow you to hear audio from both your PS4 and PC simultaniously.

As far as chat audio goes, you may need to do some tinkering in order to have bidirectional audio from PS4 to your mic, and PC to your mic. I've tried several configurations and can't quite seem to get it perfect. If I use a Y splitter from the PS4 controller to an external mic such as the Audio-Technica Pro 24-CM, the audio levels are adjusted for lack of a better word, weird. I haven't tried a straight 3 pole 3.5mm adapter cable from the controller though. Maybe the Y split does something wrong since I dont have my headphones connected to it. I stopped trying after that, but would like to achieve the same result you are looking for. I think a Macki Pro FX would help!

Anyways, tried to give you a quick presentation of what my setup looks like. If you have any questions just let me know! I'm glad to help. I'm sure trying this and using some of the other ideas on this thread will get you there eventually!


u/kevin24lg · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I'm basically doing something similar just with a much smaller Mackie PROFX8V2 8-channel mixer

Here's my setup:

  • Ch. 1 - Microphone
  • Ch. 2 - Nothing
  • Ch. 3/4 - Xbox/PS4 game sound coming from an HDMI switch with audio out
  • Ch. 5/6 - PC sound (notification, games, discord, music)
  • Ch. 7/8 - Party Chat from PS4
  • FX send - Mic goes to PS4 for party chat
  • Aux Send - Mic goes to PC for Discord chat

    I just discovered an open source application for Google Play music so I'm actually going to route GPM to channel 7/8 and then send PS4 Party Chat to "Tape In". So I can separately control the volume with the mixer knob than trying to alt-tab away from a game or something. That application is great, it actually lets me control it using my keyboard media keys instead of having to try and do things through chrome. I was using spotify for a while, but didn't want to pay for both services.

    Uitimately I'd like to be able to route more things to the mixer to individually control things, but I don't have enough channels or space on my desk for a larger mixer. Eventually when the kids move out I'll move my office to the basement and get a second smaller desk next to me and get a bigger mixer there, but for now this is good enough.

    I also haven't experimented much with the USB connection so I don't know how that works exactly. Also don't know how channel 2 works. I've tried routing a 3.5mm to 1/4 cable to it for sound but only got sound coming from the left side. Figured it was meant for mic's only.
u/supermonkeyball64 · 2 pointsr/livesound

I am a streamer who is looking to improve my set-up over this summer. One of the things I am looking to do is separate the audio from my game system to a USB mixer I am looking to pick-up. My big tradeoff would be that no longer I'd have separate tracks on OBS Studio (where it records the audio) but with easily being able to adjust audio live better through a mixer I think it's worth it.

So my set-up would be Game System HDMI Out -> Capture Card HDMI-In -> Capture Card HDMI-Out -> HDMI Splitter -> HDMI Audio Converter Extractor -> USB Audio Mixer.

Essentially after the audio converter, I'd plug this in (RCA Cables) into here (L and R Tape In on the board.) Sorry if I'm not technical enough...still learning a lot. Is this correct and would it work well?

How would I be able to send the sound out to a venue's sound system and then be able to control what they can hear on it while maintaining the stream on my computer captures a different sound?

For example: When an actual match is being played I do NOT want the commentators being heard on the live PA system as it would disrupt the at that point I'd want the sound going to the venue system to be turned off...but once the game ends I'd want them to speak to the venue about any deals showing on screen, in general getting the crowd hype, etc. How would that be possible?

Thanks for any help you can give!

u/kaXcalibur · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I just bought a mixer, 3 XLR cables and 3 XLR mics for $300.

I would look into the Mackie ProFX12V2, it's $250. Then look at the Behringer XM8500. And you can put together a good setup at a decent price. You're probably looking at $400-ish, for what you're wanting.

You could go for an omnidirectional condenser mic, but you're going to have to be careful about background noise, as it's probably going to pick everything up. Also, you'll have to be more mindful of everyone's speaking volume and nervous ticks (tapping feet, clicking pens, for example). You'll want to treat your room where you're recording, using blankets and rugs to deaden the sound.

We used to record with Four Hosts using the Blue Yeti and Audacity. It works fine, but the sound isn't as ideal as you could get from a well treated studio or using a mixer and dynamic mics.

I don't think headphones are a super necessity, but if you're using an omnidirectional mic, it'll help you be more mindful of who needs to speak louder.

u/kuhruby · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I posted this in another thread. This depends on your headset as well.

You can use a cheap, small mixer like this. Send the game audio from the controller, and the chat audio from your phone or computer into this, and then plug your headphones into it. You can use a modmic or similar and a Y-splitter on the phone to separate the mic input and chat output. Not the most elegant solution, but it works.

u/itsamamaluigi · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The least resource intensive would be to play it from a different device, like a phone. Then the issue is that you have your PC and your phone playing through different speakers/headphones.

Some speaker sets have dual inputs, so you could actually connect both your phone and your PC to one set and listen to everything at the same time from two separate devices. But if you don't have that, then your options are a bit more limited.

There are devices that allow you to mix multiple sources with a single output. Something like this. You get knobs to individually control the volume for each channel. But it might be a bit overkill for this since you have a perfectly good computer.

I think there's one more solution if you want to play from a separate device. You should be able to connect your phone to the line in audio, and then pass that audio through to your sound output in Windows. Instructions here. That would make your computer play all the audio coming through your phone without any special software.

If you want a music program that won't use many resources (unlike Spotify), maybe give Foobar2000 a shot.

u/ddayli · 1 pointr/diysound

You'll need a mixer to get the two inputs (laptop and xbox) to a single output (headphones). You can try something like this but really any mixer will work.

Just realize you'll need some cables to get everything connected. In your case, if you're using the headphone out on your laptop and xbox, you'll need 1/8" stereo to rca cables. For your headphones you'll need a 1/8" female to rca.

If you really wanted to just rig something together, you could always plug in your xbox headphone output to your laptop's mic input. Then using the software mixer, playback your mic input through your headphones. Not recommended!

u/Meghanbyte · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

I'm going to use these items to feed my powered sub:

i'm not super worried about distortion from low quality components if i keep the line level low and the subwoofer gain high. noise will be negligible because the sub can't reproduce hiss anyway. i also use acoustic suspension speakers and have fairly flat bass response already, i am mostly interested in this for frequencies below 40hz.

u/son1cs1ght · 1 pointr/headphones

Pretty much what your looking for isnt going to work well. The problem is that mixing multiple audio sources causes attenuation. So essentially if you want to mix 3 signals and play them through headphones you're going to need a powered mixer, which are either very expensive or very shity. Powered mixer circuitry is expensive if you do it right.

To answer your question, yes the 1/4 inputs are stereo but im guessing that setup won't sound very good.

My suggestion is if your going to go with a Mixer get a Rolls brand one. Ideally you should get a analog (non-powered) mixer and run the output to a headphone amp (like a cheap O2). Personally I use this:

and run it into my Lyr 2, and it works very well. But if you can't afford an amp then I would suggest going with something like this:

I've never personally heard Samsons products but I know Rolls tends to make high quality equipment for the price range.

u/Roming22 · 1 pointr/guitarpedals

Then maybe this one: ?

I'd be interested to know what you get and what's your feedback. I have a similar need.

u/ChaosInfernal11 · 1 pointr/headphones

This is the mixer that I bought. I'm not entirely sure I would recommend it though lol. Using the PS4's audio through the controller would create a noise floor when the controller was charging, which can get annoying. Other than that, functionally speaking it's perfectly fine and I still use it when I'm playing on the PS4 and wanting to listen to my PC (Teamspeak, Discord, videos, etc)

Really, any such small audio mixer will probably do the job. Do some more research about other solutions if you can find them though. I would be curious to see if there's a better way to do it.

u/Dartmuthia · 1 pointr/audio

You'll have a tough time finding something with two separate USB inputs. Pretty much any small format mixer can do this, but you'll have to just come out of your computers headphone jack or get a standalone DAC. Something like this: Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer

u/bolts-n-bytes · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Probably not cost effective, but you could get a single input amp and a small rca mixer like this: Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer

I find it really handy in a variety of applications.

u/The_Kraken_ · 1 pointr/audio

No, that's almost identical to the Rolls one which is a piece of hot garbage. Cheaply made, lots of noise, felt like I was going to break it by using it.

u/rabidfurby · 1 pointr/audio

For that, you want a mixer. This is the one I have, which isn't great but gets the job done:

I don't use the XLR input, but I have my 2 desktops and a laptop all wired in to the 3 RCA inputs. The mixer output goes to the amp, and then to the speakers (Micca Club 3, which are the little brothers of the MB42X I linked to above). It ends up looking like this:

u/Tyranisaur · 1 pointr/splatoon

You want to mix the voice chat from your phone with the audio from the game. Effectively, you need a mixer, not a splitter. That would be something like this

u/MilkywayMusic · 1 pointr/audio

>So is this a multi-channel Headphone Amp something like this -

Yes. Not this exact model and not from Behringer, but functionally the same (it has both 3.5mm and 1/4" jack IIRC).

Sadly I don't know the brand or model. Edit: I'm pretty sure I found it:

>And why would you not use a Stereo Mixer for this task?

I might be missing something here, but this takes 4 stereo inputs and mixes them to 1 stereo output. That's the opposite of what is needed here.


>Given the complexity of the Setup, I suspect the Set Up itself rather than the amp are causing the problem

I agree the setup is rather janky, but the headphone amp is and was working flawlessly and the amp received both channels as shown by the signal led indicator that lid up in accordance with the music coming from the pc

u/Nattmarabensin · 1 pointr/headphones

I used to have the same problem. My solution was getting one of these:
and some cheap HDMI audio extractor (Slim PS4 so no optical out).

There might be better solutions, but that did the trick for me.

u/ltschase · 1 pointr/audio
u/Beatlejwol · 1 pointr/audio

This looks to be pretty cheap and compact:

> 1/4" jacks

Another option:

> RCA jacks (a little more expensive for some reason!)

u/Ghost_Pack · 1 pointr/audio

One of these, and a few RCA to 3.5mm adapters should have you sorted.

u/nyda · 1 pointr/headphones

Right, slightly more expensive then sorry: Rolls MX51

I have the Sennheiser HD 555 and I really like them so I can directly recommend the 558. However, I haven't personally tried the Q701 but comparing their frequency response, they should both sound pretty similar. ([]=2861&graphID[]=2931&scale=30 )

u/hack355 · 1 pointr/headphones

Maybe this ?

rolls MX51S Mini Mix II 2 1/4 & 3 RCA Mixer

u/maxzilla · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Option 1

Option 2

You can buy one or more of either of these and pair them with the appropriate 1/8" extension(s) (e.g., m to m or m to f depending on what cables you already have)

If you'd like to take a more proper approach to this, then here's option 3. An upside to this mixer is that it's passive (requires no power).

Option 4 is another approach that has some professional features (e.g., xlr input).

I hope this helps!

u/PeefHats · 1 pointr/Twitch

Here's what I use:

Behringer C-1

Innogear phantom power

Rolls MinimixII

I also run the minimix into a Korg Kaoss Pad Mini-KP to add effects and just play around with.

Instead of the USB, you can use the analog line-in or mic-in on your mobo, which will probably allow you to achieve a higher sample rate than USB. You'll also need to make sure that you have all the wires you need, and that they are long enough. Also, while most mixers with an XLR input will claim to carry phantom power on-board, you'll want to make sure that it provides the ample voltage for your microphone.

u/ChrisRK · 1 pointr/audio

That makes it easier. You can try the simplest solution first, use an AUX cable from the line out on the second PC into the line in on the primary and enable "Listen to this device" under Windows audio settings.

If you want to use hardware, you can get small stereo mixers in varying prices. There are passive mixers that could lower the volume on the stereo channel and active mixers that can keep the volume but also boost it.

Those are the best results I could weed out on Amazon that has stereo channels but I have no clue about the quality of those mixers as I have never used either of them. You will also need 3 pairs of 3.5mm to RCA cables, two for the computers and one for the headphone.

u/WATCH_DOGS_SUCKS · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I'd try using a small audio mixer (something like this, for reference), so you could send multiple inputs to one output (headphones/AMP), along with the ability to tune the volumes for each individual input. You'd have to make sure your mixer model supports the features of your headphones (stereo vs surround sound, frequency range, etc.), but I imagine you could find something decent for >$100.

For connecting to the PC, I'm assuming you'd either be using a dedicated sound card with a cable from it to the mixer, or use a USB adapter cable from it to the mixer. For connecting your PS4 to the mixer, you have a few options; optical cable, GameDac, USB Audio adapter, or HDMI Audio Extractor. It's up to you.

It sounds like a bit of a janky solution, but if you're already using an external AMP and you're only looking for stereo audio, the only extra piece you'd be getting at is the mixer itself. All of the other wires/boxes involved are what it take to connect your devices to your headphones either way.

u/Makegooduseof · 1 pointr/headphones

I asked a similar question a long time ago, and was recommended a mixer.

Something like this:

I never got around to buying one, so I can't say whether that model is a good one or not.

u/elricsfate · 1 pointr/synthesizers

This looks like another possible option. Is there a very tiny passive mixer I can add inline to use with the headphones?

Sucks that there is no master volume :(

u/somuchflannel · 1 pointr/audio

Update: the radioshack switch didn't work at all. For whatever reason the audio coming in on its RCA video input didn't trigger it to auto-select.

What I did find, though, is an equally good solution that works for my case. Since I only plan on having a single input playing at a time, I can use a mixer to achieve the same goal. All inputs all the time, instead of playing just the one with music on.

Similar incongruous options compared to what I want, but at least options are out there. Most seem targeted at 1/4" and Mono inputs/ouputs. A lot have 1 set of stereo-capable RCA inputs, but I specifically need (at a minimum) 2 sets of stereo RCA inputs. I could also use an adapter to convert to stereo 1/4", but pretty sure all the 1/4" inputs are mono. Here are some examples that might work:

Looked good at first, but complaints that the output is too weak (it's passive apparently)

3 stereo RCA inputs & stereo RCA output:

Has 2 RCA stereo inputs, but A/C adapter is sold separately and it's radioshack brand...

u/Ahnteis · 1 pointr/hometheater

Something like this although I'm not currently using one so no idea how good this one is:

u/YourFin · 1 pointr/buildapc

This is exactly what mixers are designed to do. Normally where you see mixers is those giant boards at concerts with all the slidey switches on them, and they are designed to take all the microphone inputs from the performers, redistribute their volumes relative to eachother, and then manage the output to all the venue's speakers. You essentially want a tiny version of that with only two "performers" and headphones instead of the speakers (although the the inputs and outputs need to be stereo). The box would have two (or more) inputs, a couple dials to adjust their volumes, and an output. Example:

u/veganintendo · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch

This thing lets you combine audio sources into one and I love it!: Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer

u/1kir · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for a stereo mixer to combine inputs (PC + Chromecast audio for now). I prefer it to be compact.

I saw this:

According to the reviews it seems to be reliable. Any other recommendations?

Will I need an amplifier? The output will go to Presonus Eris 4.5 and Dayton Audio SUB-800 and they sound pretty loud right now connected to my PC.

u/ffats · 1 pointr/audio

For your situation, I would probably get something like this Stereo Line Mixer.

Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer

You may need a 1/4” (6.35mm) to XLR adapter or cable (assuming your keyboard is in mono?). If you showed me the output cable or ports for your piano, or even the model number, I could more directly address what you would need.

This will also give you independent volume controls and may be a bit more “pro” in workflow.

u/ainis112 · 1 pointr/audio
u/seansand · 1 pointr/amazonecho

I was also trying to figure out how to do this for the longest time, and waka324's response is correct, you need either a fader or a mixer, and there's really no other way to do it. For what it's worth, this is the mixer that I bought:

This was one of the cheapest mixers that I could find, and it does the job. My only complaint is that I have to keep my stereo volume on the high side, which sometimes results in some barely-audible popping and crackling coming from my speakers. (Not sure if this is the fault of the speakers or the mixer.)

u/Chouette11 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I've done some googling and I'm still somewhat confused about amps and DACs and mixers. What I'm trying to do is combine all the inputs from my PC, PS4, and turntable into one, so I understand I need a mixer. But, my turntable needs an amp to drive my Sennheiser GAME ONEs.

So my question is, would this powered mixer be able to amplify the signal from my turntable, or do I need to buy a separate amp as well? The turntable has a built-in preamp, if that helps at all.

u/jamvanderloeff · 1 pointr/buildapc

That splitter won't work in the way you want, that's for one output to two inputs, using it backwards you've got two amplifiers fighting each other.

Ways you could do it are to use an analogue mixer like this one

Or you can do the mixing in software on the PC, run audio out from the TV to the line in connection on your mobo/sound card.

u/cjcox4 · 1 pointr/techsupport

There are tons of mini-mixer devices out there. e.g.

u/zim2411 · 1 pointr/audiophile

You really probably shouldn't be using a cable like that to begin with. You really ought to be using a passive mixer which should keep the electronics isolated from each other and avoid any potential issues. Plus you can mix volumes as needed.

If you really want to continue using that joiner cable, but need more length just get a 3.5 mm extension cable.

u/simpsons403 · 1 pointr/cableadvice

I think I'd prefer simultaneously. In that case, would something like this do the job, along with some 3.5 mm to 1/4 inch adapters?

EDIT: If you could point out any other mixers then that would be great. Just looking for the best deal while still maintaining decent quality.

u/Frantic_Mantid · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Y-splitters often work fine. A lot of people will tell you that's not how you're supposed to use them, and they are right. However, in my understanding, (nearly?) all modern equipment is properly protected. I actually emailed both Korg and Novation about using a Y-splitter with my two synths, and they both said it was fine.

Korg did kindly point out that Behringer makes cheap mixers, starting at $25 :)

u/t4tris · 1 pointr/headphones

Both, I suppose. The DAC and amp inputs and outputs in the diagram just connect to the same physical box on your desk.
I can't find any perfectly fitting choices, maybe this like this, you could set the Yeti monitoring level with just one dial on the mixer. I'm not 100% sure it'd work without issues as I've never seen anyone do it like this but I can't immediately see why not.

u/Joey-Bag-A-Donuts · 1 pointr/Zeos

Yes I see where you're going there, however I'm not sure that mixer is as versatile as it looks at first glance. Unless I'm reading them wrong, the first slider is for the mic only, and the 2nd slider is for either usb or line, not both. Now, there are a couple (and I do mean a couple!) of line mixers that would be appropriate for my particular purpose (apparently I'm pretty rare in the computer/desktop/tv demographic). I found this, which is an active mixer. And then there's this guy which is passive, Some say the voltage drop through the signal path on this one degrades the audio somewhat. I have to say the Behringer's active electronics along with the price make it the more desirable of the two. Samson makes a 5 channel line mixer as well, but they're fifty bucks too. I'm really trying to keep my total expense as low as possible without losing the potential to hear good audio. Thanks for helping me out Zeos. I really appreciate it!

u/VintageCrispy · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Hi, thanks for responding :)

I figure that a couple of these would be my best bet if I don't want to use a online voice chat right?

Also, with something like this would I be able to route inputs to the headphones/control room (not 100% what ctrl room is either) but not to the output and vice versa?

Thanks again :)

u/leftturney · 1 pointr/xboxone

You need a mixer brah. As long as you don't mind losing stereo audio you can accomplish this pretty cheap.

Mono mixer:

u/Yolo_Swagginson · 1 pointr/audio

A lot of mixers have 1/4" mono inputs, but with some adapter cables I'm sure you could make something like this work.

u/zapfastnet · 1 pointr/techsupport


while the workaround suggested by /u/JoeGideon may work, it is less than optimum because of the issue of "phase cancellation", some sounds that are there may not be heard depending on how the mix is panned.

Also this cable may not be good for the amp circuitry because it is essentially shorting the left and right output together.

that combining cable may be good enough, or it may cause issues.

In our shop ( at work) we use something called the Iface - or a mixer -or something similar -- to convert stereo to mono properly. The I face is probably too expensive for this use --a small mixer can be had for about $30 or so.

u/ibizzet · 1 pointr/audiophile

The absolute cheapest you can do to solve this is this. Otherwise you're just going to have to switch the cable every time.

u/Daedalus359 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I'm looking for a setup that can combine the audio outputs from 2 PCs into one output that goes into my headphones (AT m50X). I recently bought this which I now realize doesn't support stereo. Can anyone suggest a cheap (under $25) way to accomplish what I want with stereo?

Edit: would this and these do it?

u/Monsterschwanz · 1 pointr/gaming
u/joshontheweb · 1 pointr/volcas

You could make your own 'passive summing mixer' if you aren't scared of soldering a little. Alternatively there is this

u/espo1234 · 1 pointr/techsupport

How about this one?

u/savelatin · 1 pointr/guitarpedals

Maybe a small mixer and a Bluetooth module? Plug the end of your pedal board chain into the mixer, the Bluetooth into it (with a 1/4" headphone adapter) and then out to your amp.

u/neospud · 1 pointr/techsupport

I think you need something like this:

Although no one seems to sell them with 3.5mm inputs. So you can buy some 3.5mm -> 1/4" adapters which are on the same page under Frequently Bought Together.

u/Procrastinator27 · 1 pointr/audio

Behringer MicroMIX MX400. Something like this may be what you are looking for.

u/nameless912 · 1 pointr/nintendo

Honestly, it's 30 bucks and they know many people will buy it. These people make a KILLING off of accessories, and they know not as many people will buy it at 30 bucks if it doesn't have the headphones. So they throw in a cheap 1 dollar pair of headphones to make it "seem worth it". I'm probably going to just buckle down and buy a cheap 4 channel mixer and use that instead, I'll only ever be playing with voice chat at home and I need the mixer anyway. Something like this will do the trick just fine and give you 2 extra channels for, e.g. piping in external music.

u/CharlesWiltgen · 1 pointr/podcast

> How would I set it up so that I can hear myself and the other person through the headphones?

You do this with what's called a "headphone amp" or "headphone distribution amp":

For the input, you can either get an adapter that merges the two analog mic outputs, or if you need volume control, a mini mixer like this:

u/Gamefan211 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Sorry if this isn't the right sub for this

Reposting due to formatting issue in previous post.

So I'm currently trying to figure out how to split audio from all of my consoles.

The best setup I can think of at the moment is splitting the audio off of the second output from my HDMI splitter I use for my PS3. I could try to move the HDMI splitter after my capture card, so then I'd still hear all audio from the currently active console.
The above visualized: Current into new

My main issue is finding a cheap stereo mixer that takes single, stereo, 1/4" plugs to the Mini-mixer, as the one I recently got is exactly what I need, except that it's mono only. I've been able to find a few passive mini-mixers, this one being the most likely. The reason I can't go with that, is because it's likely the game's audio will be too quiet for me and I'd to boost it, which requires an active mixer.

Every single other alternative has been the Behringer Xenyx 502, which may work, but I'd need to buy 3.5mm/RCA to L/R 1/4" adapters, which would be an extra $20-$30 plus I want a bit more scalability for future audio inputs.

Lastly, for a bit more info, I use the VST plugins within OBS Studio, so I sadly cant just plug these into my current mixer, a Yamaha MG10XU, or else it'll come out of where my mic is, as well as likely being too loud for viewers when I boost the volume for myself.
The only alternative would be to upgrade to a Yamaha MG12XU for the extra Aux bus's, which would be an extra $130 for only the extra aux bus's I'd be using, since there's nothing else that i feel warrants the extra cost.

So in summary, has anyone found a better way to get console audio to headphones while keeping it separate from the stream audio?

u/Moral4postel · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch

You could have used something like this for ages. Or something like this

u/PicklesAreDope · 1 pointr/Monitors

I do this. Assuming you have speakers, even the cheapest 2.0 logitech speakers will be better thank your monitor speakers, get an affordable tn monitor for ~$150 (that's the low price in Canada) and then buy a cleap mixer and tie in the audio of your pc and console both in so you can have your pc and ps4 audio going in, and coming out of your speakers and headphones if you wish. Bonus is it will be far easier to change the volume and balance of each.

I can link you suggestions if you want! Also, for gaming, any monitor would have better response time than a tv. Also you'll have to go into "game mode" and even sometimes that doesn't make the lag useable

Or you can Buy something like 2 of these then put a chromecast on one, but if you have a laptop or a pc, 2 of those would be more than cheap enough to get two and dual monitor!

something like this would be more than enough for mixing the audio lines, but you can go and extra 10-20 bucks and get an actual audio mixer or get a beringer if you can get it for a similar cost

u/ituy · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

i heard good things about this bare bones 4 input mixer for like $25

u/tenn_ · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'd like to find a small audio mixer, that has a minimum of 3 inputs and 2 outputs (all 3.5mm stereo). Basically I'd like my PC, TV, and phone to output to headphones and/or desktop speakers.

This is the closest I've found in terms of price range and form factor, but it doesn't have dual outputs (and I'd need to use adapters to get 3.5mm):

Any ideas?

u/whatevernuke · 1 pointr/audio

Thank you so much for this, I've been trying to look into getting PS4 audio into a mixer, just happened to check here and voila, answered.

I do have a query though regarding the Fiio D03K, once you've ran the PS4's signal through the DAC, you have RCA out, is it a simple case of plugging in an RCA->single .25" adapter, and then feeding that to the mixer? - That will preserve the stereo sound?

The reason I'd convert the RCA to a single .25" is due to the compact mixers I'm looking at (4 in, 1 out) all just having .25" jacks. I don't think I really need anything more complex, as I'm just wanting to combine sources. This is the mixer I'm looking at, I'm assuming that'd work for my purposes.

(sorry, extremely new to the world of audio equipment)

u/thought_i_was_cool · 1 pointr/headphones

Thanks for the reply.

How would I know what volume level to set each channel of the mixer at? I was looking at this mixer.

Also, do you think this will impact sound quality in any way?

u/lowheartrate · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Instead of getting an entire new mixer to do this is it possible that I can just use a BEHRINGER MICROMIX MX400 to get the audio from both PC's into one set of headphones?

u/ichbinsilky · 1 pointr/24hoursupport

I think something like this might work:

Except don't get that because the output is mono, not meant for stero headphones.

u/ajsmith595_ · 1 pointr/audiophile


Sorry in advance, I'm a beginner

I'm looking for an audio device that will take, let's say, 4 audio inputs and 4 audio outputs, preferably just simple 3.5mm or 6.35mm audio jacks, and will have volume knobs for each input/output combination, as shown in diagram.


So pretty much I'm looking for something that will combine 4 of these devices into one device:

Any help is much appreciated.

u/Keeror · 1 pointr/guitarpedals

I use a little Behringer micro-mixer

Or a matrix mixer, if you want to get wacky with the feedback loops.
I have a 4x4 channel one from Xiwi, who are no longer in business, but there are others out there.

u/cknlegs · 1 pointr/amazonecho

The setup you're wanting sounds like it could benefit from a mixer and some bluetooth audio receivers. You would need one receiver per echo and the audio would be mixed, so you'd need to remember to stop playback on one device before starting playback on another.

u/vonshavingcream · 1 pointr/Bass

Use a mixer like this just an older version. and a headphone amp like this again just an older version. We've been rehearsing like this for years.

You should be able to solve your problem for around $50.

u/Fartin_Gary · 1 pointr/volcas

Each Volca comes with a stereo 3.5mm cable. Plug one into the sync out of one into the sync in of the other. You'll then need a mixer to hook the headphone out to for each Volca.

Here's a cheap mixer, and you'll need one of these cables for the Bass, and one of these cables for the Sample.

u/FilthyTerrible · 1 pointr/Guitar

Well in this hypothetical, assuming my friend doesn't live in a van down by the river, couldn't we share his amp, iPhone, tablet or computer while we jam? But if you're going to jam with your friend at his house and he only has a single input on his amp, perhaps he was equally foolish and bought a Fender frontman 10G then I guess I need a 1/4" Y splitter for $5.00.

But if that's what I do, if that's how I play guitar, then there are other types of gear I'd spend money on:

Any of these three purchases are for gear that I will use and reuse if I become a professional musician. The Frontman 10G, I will discard into the trash bin when I get a good practice amp or rig.

u/SoulBrains · 1 pointr/guitarpedals

The Behringer MX400 might work for your needs as well. It's an inexpensive 4-channel line mixer.

Here it is on Amazon UK.

u/explosivo563 · 1 pointr/audio

I believe this is the cheapest you could get away with. What are you trying to do exactly? Music and game at the same time? Have you considered using the pc only?

u/CoolWeasel · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Oh dear, I don't a have a great understanding of what you just mentioned but I'm sure I can look it up.

The mixer

The headphones with microphone.

Thanks for your response. I really appreciate the help.

u/Empole · 1 pointr/audiophile

I was wondering if anyone know of any reasonable priced stereo 1/4 inch mixers.

This mixer from Behringer would've been perfect for me in terms of size and price, but it outputs in MONO, and I was looking to get something that outputs in stereo.

The closest thing to what I want was this mixer. The only thing was that it's kind of expensive, so I was hoping that someone had a recommendation that was a bit cheaper.

Or alternatively, if someone has a suggestion for something else that can let me combine a bunch of input into one stereo output, i'm all ears.

u/iehova · 1 pointr/techsupport

The function you are looking for is highly available, it just depends on your budget.

I would recommend this as a simple stereo mixer that gives you line level controls. You’ll need 1/8” to 1/4 adapters which you can get for $20 and have spares leftover.

I’m assuming you have a headset with a 1/8” jack available for your PS4? If not you can use the controller headphone jack as the sound input from the PS4.

u/razzmcdeluxe · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Why are you doing this? Are you trying to run the two through one input? Why not just get a line mixer and bypass the minilogue if that's the case.

u/Didsota · 1 pointr/techsupport

Well two ways (or three)

Extra hardware, some low end audio mixer

Durchschleifen (I think the correct translation would be "To loop through) connect one of the computers speaker output to the line in of the other (green to blue), the problem is that you need to config this on your sound card which not all support and you can't connect a mic to the second pc in line

The third option is... well....

This, they do work in reverse but you need female to female or male to male adapters... the quality is... well... Is

u/Faptain_Calcon_ · 1 pointr/headphones

[The cheapest audio mixer that seems to be pretty good quality. ](

Take my advice with a grain of salt, I highly recommend reading reviews to see what other people think of it.

u/admiralthrawn999 · 1 pointr/Twitch

Can I get it so that it all goes through one headset? I don't want external noises (speakers)

I was thinking of this (3.5mm to 2.5mm audio out, stereo in).

  1. I would take my 360 audio out, and put that into a mixer
  2. Take headset mic, split it, and put one into adapter (360) and mixer.
  3. Take mixer, output it to avermedia IN (for xsplit), and to headsets audio
  4. Take PC audio (music) out into mixer

    Would that work? Or what suggestions do you have? This was the mixer I was looking at

u/Skullriot · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am looking at mini mixers for my computer. I need to take input from two computers and get them to come into my headphones as if they were separately connected.

I was looking at this:

But I can't tell if it takes stereo in and still delivers those to the same L and R channel.

If anyone can give me advice I would appreciate it. I want to get my personal and work computer's audio through one headset while working, without a too noticeable loss of quality.

u/bcaxel · 1 pointr/xboxone

Something like this this should work, keep in mind it's externally powered though.

u/tsuenh · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile
u/ITchick2014 · 1 pointr/techsupport

The "double headed" cable is a 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS cable. This provides a stereo signal to the amplifier. I have the same issue with my receiver not having enough inputs. The easiest workaround I can think of is utilizing a small mixer to combine the inputs from your two devices.

Here is one that uses 1/8" (3.5mm) jacks so you don't need adapters or new cables.

u/e60deluxe · 1 pointr/techsupport

no, you cant do that. i mean you can but you can fry the controller's or the PC's sound jack or both.

you cannot do this safley without an audio mixer.


one potential solution to do this cheaply would be to use a 3.5mm audio cable out of the PS4 controller and into the blue input jack of your PC. then use the virtual sound mixer built into windows to listen to your PS4 through the PC's sound system. the only potential problem with this issue, is that depending on your sound card, there MAY be a slight delay in hearing the PS4 audio. this would not be present with a mixer.

u/cz101 · 1 pointr/volcas

I have this for my Volcas and Boutiques. It's ok, not as cheap as I would have liked and it's a little noisy. Does the job, though.

u/Sinsai33 · 1 pointr/audio

Oh yeah, didn't see that one. Well, it kinda sucks, but i think i could live with only 2 inputs. I wouldn't use the switch and the ps4 at the same time anway, so i just could switch between them.

Or i go with which i would need to import :-/

u/KnightMichael · 1 pointr/audiophile

You need a line mixer. Either a mixing console or something smaller, like this:

u/aizatto · 1 pointr/audio

I think this will work

I bought it thinking I may use it. Haven't used it all and it's still sealed :/ wanna buy it from me?

u/Goosebeans · 1 pointr/xboxone

Something like this.

Anything cheaper, and it likely doesn't provide stereo out. I'd only go this route if the receiver in use is higher end, really, as you'd still need to invest in the chat adapter for mic input and party chat output, the cables, et. al. If you have a HTIB (Home Theater In a Box) for a receiver, you'll probably get better sound from the DSS2. Which would cost less than the mixer, and has a mixer function built into it.

Yeah, your all in one solutions are generally more ideal for ease of use. Hopefully in the near future we see more games going with binaural, or 3D sound, settings allowing us to make use of simple stereo hookups and no additional 3D processing for headset surround sound.

u/unit537 · 1 pointr/computers

Alternatively, you could just use a stereo mixer. There's a decent amount of options out there for mixers, just find something that works with your setup.

u/chhopsky · 1 pointr/Twitch

What i'd do is get two of these:

And some long audio cables. Pump the game sound through one of them to split out to the three headphones, and then pump the mics through the other one to mix into the stream.

Assuming you already own headsets, total cost ends up being around $100 after cables.

u/cesar12321 · 1 pointr/battlestations

I've got this on my desk. you can put four lines of stereo input to one single stereo output. After that, I've got it running through a small tube amp.

Edit- Forgot to mention, the amp isn't necessary, you can plug your headphones directly into the mixer.

u/jnmjnmjnm · 1 pointr/PCsupport
u/safe_as_directed · 1 pointr/Zeos

Do you know if a small mixer would adversly affect quality? Something like this or this. I want to add speakers to a setup currently served only by headphones, and want to eliminate the need for plugging/unplugging things with multiple audio sources. Partially for convenience and partially to avoid wear and tear on the cables.

Thank you for the work you provide in this subreddit.

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/tnhale · 1 pointr/recordthis

The way I see it, USB mics simply aren't as versatile as XLR. I'd rather have an external mixer or pre-amp any day. That way, you can swap mics, try new ones, and mess around with different setups a lot easier. If you're really just looking for a no frills, no noise way to connect to your computer, check out the Alesis MultiMix 4. Best I've found for under $100. That, along with a decent condenser or even a basic Shure SM58 in a good room will give you a really solid sound well under your budget.

u/AngelPawz · 1 pointr/Twitch

if you want more control you need a audio interface board, i use a Alesis 4 channel mixer and i can control bass, treble and other things. you might be able to find it cheaper but thats what im using atm and i love it

u/Liinkyo · 1 pointr/Beatmatch

Well after you sent the first response, i went and dived straight into PA systems and shit and let me tell you its a headache starting off, but still. I have been looking to upgrade all recording equipment and shit when it came down to it (mixes and things of that sort). all of this was rEEEEAAAALLLLLY helpful man thanks so much!!!! But can i ask just one more small favor, i have a mixer in mind i'm looking to purchase in a few weeks and need to know if i need anything else for this and if this set up will work technical wise. I took all of that above into consideration whilst still learning tones of shit

I have a [Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Four-Channel] ( i had in mind. i think all i could use is a 4 channel being quite honest. Do you think it is going to be of use to my situation? im buying XLR mics along with this with all the cables i think i need.

What do you think? This seems to work in my head but i lack the experience to know if it will all work so i can get 2 channels separately recording. and overall just work with audacity (or anything for that matter)

Thanks so so much again!

u/ValyrianSteelKatana · 1 pointr/podcasting

>What is your ultimate goal. What do you want to do?

It's a podcast talking about geek stuff. Two other guys are interested in doing it with me, so I want to make sure that I can have three mics going at once.

Would this particular mixer allow me to do that? As far as I understand, 4-channel means I can have four different inputs, it could handle three microphones.

u/HomChkn · 1 pointr/podcasts

I found this one a few months ago. I am saving up for it to start recording family history and I might podcast it. I don't know yet.

Pretty cheap and I think it might work.

u/xAgee_Flame · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I looked at reviews for your mixer, seems like some models have the fuzz sound that you usually get for low quality mixers. Try this out and see if it helps you.

If you listened to raw vocals of famous artists, your current setup won't come close to it. Try to do as trees said and either change some settings, or find a better environment (one with less echo). Hang up some sheets if you need to. Anyway, your question is answered (no), and I told you things that go into making high quality raw vocals, so it's up to you to search or ask away I guess.

u/biglesworths · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Yeah, you could get an additional set, but make sure if you do that you get the uhf set so you can change channels on the second set. Also you would likely need an external mixer for any more than one set, which isn’t a bad idea anyway but I don’t know what your budget is. If you want to record through USB this one would be okay but you would need to do a bit of adapter gymnastics to get your full 5 channels:

Or if you don’t need USB this one is a bit better sized:

Once again I’m assuming a budget of next to nothing so this is pretty much the minimum you’d want to get the job done. Another option would be to use the wired mic that you already have on one person, then wireless on everyone else into a two channel mixer such as this one:
But the jankiness of that setup scares me a bit.

Oh and here’s a 2 channel mic setup as well.
GTD Audio U-35L UHF Wireless Microphone System with Headset Lavaliere Microphone

u/nostradamefrus · 1 pointr/podcasting

TBD. We were honestly hoping to get a few episodes in the can before making any major investments, but that might be unavoidable. Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Mixer option 1

Mixer option 2


Audio out to laptop

XLR cables for phantom power

The mics each come with an XLR to 3.5mm cable which would be swapped out. I'm leaning more toward 4 mics and to have people share mics if we have additional guests. 4 is probably more realistic than 6.

u/Jailescape · 1 pointr/AskBattlestations

If I were to buy this mixer would the setup we are talking about work?

u/monononom · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Jup, it should. If you don't have a pre amp already, you could consider buying a small behringer mixer to add a little flexibility in your setup.

If you route the output of the mixer into the MPC's input, you can add a few other audio sources to sample from (cassette deck, tv, pc etc.) without diving behind your amp and switching cables every time.

For example this one is pretty cheap and has pre amps. Secondhand they cost next to nothing if you find one.

u/PapaSteel · 1 pointr/podcasting

The Beringer 1000B - I HOPE this will work with the adapter.

u/Auroroz · 1 pointr/buildapc

whoops that reply was meant for a different thread but it still fits lol.

I have fixed the link


Antlion Audio ModMic
Behringer Xenyx 1002B
Rode VXLR Plus XLR to 3.5mm Female TRS Transforming Adapter
Rode VXLR Adapter for VideoMic Mini-Jack Female to XLR Male

The XLR to 3.5mm converts 48v to 5v and that makes the mic work but it introduces noise when turned on

u/TakedaShin · 1 pointr/audio

Playing the devils advocate here.

Image I were to take back the interface. And input the microphones with Cloudlifters directly to BEHRINGER XENYX X2222USB so they each have individual pre-amps > Then I run dual xlr's from the main out into the single xlr of the DBX > Then TRS from output into A solo interface > DAW

I want to remove any post production and be able to provide clear live feed. Which is why id like to keep the DBX in the loop.

Or would it still be better to run directly into the interface with cloudlifters?

u/Calrysian · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi all! So i'm negotiating with someone to buy this mixer Yamaha EMX5000-20. A little context. The guy i'm talking to doesn't personally own it, he's just in charge of the very small campus organization that i used to mix on this very board for. They are looking to downsize since the Yamaha is big and heavy. He was planning on listing it online for $800. Which i think would be out of the question for anyone, not just me looking for an obnoxiously good deal. I don't want to pay more that $400 which is a tall order but i offered to earn that discount by assisting in getting him a good deal on the replacement system since his knowledge is limited and i know a seller.

So he said they had been looking at a [Mackie CR1604 VLZ] ( Which is smaller and lighter but they still could do with half the channels. It's also unpowered but they are looking at active speakers. I was going to recommend something along these lines (or). Which is what i was considering for myself (the yamaha is overkill for the few friends weddings i'm doing) I don't have any other gear yet, was going to buy based on what happens with the board.

Is $800 insane for the yamaha?

Thoughts on the Amazon options? or am i stupid for considering Amazon? They are just always on sale!

I know it's long, any feedback would be awesome!

PS, does anyone know what year the Yamaha was discontinued?

u/kato_nash · 1 pointr/Twitch

The Behringer Xenyx X2222USB should be able to do everyone you are asking. Has a main and sub channel that you can send inputs to independently, and also has dedicated monitor and headphone outputs as well.

u/Diamondandy · 1 pointr/Twitch

Rode and Audio Technica seem to be the goto brands as far as I'm aware for the microphones.

I use the Rode NT1-KIT as my microphone.

Behringer seems to be a decent mixer, I also have the Behringer X1222USB Xenyx which is a bit overkill for what I need, but I'd rather have something I don't need to upgrade in the future.

What other advice do you need?

u/jasmith-tech · 1 pointr/livesound

For that cost you won't find a mixer than can do any kind of multi tracking via USB. Usually you'll just get a 2 track left and right out. You could probably do this with an audio interface of some kind.

Your main outputs are for your main speakers, if you're just recording you could mix your monitors like that and not run mains. I would be looking for something with a few aux outputs that you could use for monitors because you could then send just your vocal channels to them.

How many inputs are you talking about recording?
Something like a Behringer Xenyx would work, but again you'd be limited to recording JUST your left and right output, so you wouldn't be able to mix anything after the fact. There are a lot of little boards like this that might fit the bill depending on your needs. Yamaha, Allen and Heathe, Mackie, so on and so forth.

Other option is picking up an audio interface that would allow you to multi track in some software and send some outputs to your monitors, but your money probably won't go as far per input.

u/indoninjah · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I actually do happen to have this mixer with 12 line-ins. Not the best but I've never really had trouble with it.

I'm somewhat concerned about my workflow though, and if you have a setup like this (analog mixer -> audio interface), maybe you could shed some light on it? Usually I'll record a bunch of MIDI stuff and send it off to each piece of hardware (using Ableton's external instrument) and just let them run while I'm composing more things. Then once I'm satisfied I'll record all the different instruments to different tracks (easy to do simultaneously with an audio interface). I think it would get a little more hairy with the mixer - having to mute channels, record one at a time, etc. It wouldn't be terrible but I don't think it's as clean, and it could get annoying.

I am chewing up all of the 6i6 inputs right now though, and it would be nice to free up the front inputs with preamps for whenever I feel the need to do mics or guitar/bass.

u/draggingalake · 1 pointr/podcasts

Most computers can't deal with 8 USB mics at once, on top of the fact those mics don't work well all in the same room together. I would get a USB XLR mixer and some dynamic mics.

8 people seems like a lot? This mixer goes up to 6 via XLR and is pretty affordable. Behringer is an "affordable" brand.

Speaking of Behringer, these mics are pretty decent for the price. They will slightly pick up others in the room, but nothing a simple gate in post can't fix. I don't know your budget, but if you want to get fancier, you can go with the MXL BCD-1.

I use the Focusrite 18i20, it's way more pricey.

I enjoy using Reaper.FM, it's $79 on both Mac/PC. It can record your software and edit it. I'm on Mac, I record everything with Audio Hijack first, then do my post in Reaper.

If you have more questions, let me know. I can get more specific with other stuff if you care.

u/k-murder · 1 pointr/podcasting

The NW-700 is a decent mic for the money but you should probably use dynamic mics instead of a condenser mic. You’ll have a lot of issues with sound bleeding with 5 condenser mics in a room.

You could get 2 of these.
3x mic pack

That way you also don’t need phantom power.

Then you can pick up a better mixer with something like this.

Lastly, you can get 5 Neewer boom arm with XLR cables inside the arm for $18

That puts tour total at about $370 for the setup or about $75 each.

u/brentcopeland · 1 pointr/podcasting

absolutely love my behringer usb mixer which mixes in computer audio from skype/hangouts/zencastr/cursevoice/discord/anything just fine.
And if you have the same hosts each week, the mixing should stay the same, too. But I've stopped editing for the most part. Doing everything front end with a mixer, and other devices, saves SOOO much timer and effort. Finish the show, and upload. More time to focus on the next show, marketing, or interactions with your listeners.

u/mobile_monster_ · 1 pointr/podcasting
u/Deranged40 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I'm not sure of a soundcard that might be able to do that, but have you considered external effects hardware? Either effects pedals, or the Behringer X1204USB has effects on it. I use the 10-input version (with no built-in effects) for my audio setup.

u/dylanljmartin · 1 pointr/podcasting

Not a bare-bones budget, but I think if I could spend less than $500, that would be good. I'm starting to eye this Behringer mixer with four XLR channels because I would like the option to record up to four people in person at some point in the future.

u/Sevigor · 1 pointr/Twitch

I'd highly suggest XLR mics and an Audio mixer. For voice effects, you'll have best quality with a hardware voice transformer. There are lots of software options available, but they typically have limitations and quality issues.

Here's a few suggestions as to what you could use...

  • Audio Mixer

  • Microphone

  • Voice Transformer

    Getting a good audio setup isn't cheap as you'll quickly see. lol. The microphone I linked is what I currently use and I love it. The Audio Mixer and Voice Transformer, I recently ordered myself so I can't fully say how good they are. But, they do have great reviews.
u/noicedream · 1 pointr/synthesizers

i don't have this exact one, i have the the X1204USB and its ok. perfect for the average studio musician/performer.

here's the setup, routing:

wish i'd gotten that one, but its a lot more monies. i will probably upgrade in due time. that mixer looks fucking amazing. has amazing features. great price.

i'd pick the xenyx ufx1204 with the overload of features, good quality, and great price over the overpriced, great quality, but subpar featured mackie. i feel like mackie fandom is a bit of the monster cable/gold tipped crap... not much different in quality in the cheaper stuff... mixers are super easy circuits...

u/saturdaynightbob · 1 pointr/podcasts

Check the Xenyx line of Behringer mixers. Affordable, does everything you need. You won't find a better value for the price. A lot of audio snobs turn up their noses at Behringer stuff, but I'm an audio engineer and I've used tons of it and its never let me down. It always seems to have the right functionality and you can get 4 channel mixer with USB functionality for about $150 on Amazon


u/jackemrys · 1 pointr/audio

This is what you want. It will give you 4 individual tracks.

Look at this page to give you many more options.

EDIT: sorry, the Behringer will only send your stereo mains to the computer via USB.

Something like this Presonus AudioBox44 is what you would need.

u/Dad-IO_Podcast · 1 pointr/synthesizers

The X1204USB has the same effects professor as the standard 1204FX but also adds USB. For 170USD it's a killer little mixer although I don't have the FX version so I can't vouche for whether or not they are any good. Reviews seem positive about them though.


u/robertf999 · 1 pointr/podcasts

Hey man just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to respond with so much detail.

Your answer pointed me in the right direction and what I've found is that my mixer (Behringer 1202fx) only exports 1 channel. My understanding is that although I have 12 channels going into my mixer (that I can adjust, e.g. adjust gain on each) when it goes out of my mixer and into my mac, it's all one channel (this video helped me understand this: One of the next versions (Behringer 1204fx usb looks like it would be able to record to 2 channels, but mine can't.

I had to bite the bullet and look into another option - either go for the 1204 (or another mixer with the 2 channel input) or an audio interface. It looks like the Focusright Scarlet 2i2 audio interface is a good option ( It records 2 channels, so in audacity I can record both mics on a separate channel. This seems worth it to me, because if someone speaks over the other or if someone starts coughing or their mic picks up noise or one person is louder than the other (and I don't pick this up when recording), I am assuming this means I can edit each mic's audio independently, so that when combined it's better quality.

If my understanding looks wrong, please let me know and thanks again for taking the time :)

u/Mikzeroni · 1 pointr/podcasts

Microphone: Get a dynamic mic. I recommend the ATR-2100 or the ATR-2005 which functions as USB and XLR.

Mixer: I usually get some hate for recommending the Zoom H4n or Zoom H6, but they do the job for quite the low price. Also consider the Behringer 1024.

Headphones: These headphones are quite pricy, but I've heard good stuff about these Sony headphones. You can always check out Daniel J. Lewis' post about headphones.

Mic stand: I think we may be over budget at this point, but you can pick up some Musician's Gear Boom stands from Guitar Center or the On Stage mic stand. There are some scissor arms for cheap, but they are made cheap.

u/crunchprank · 1 pointr/Twitch

If you're strictly wanting a mixer for the very basics of streaming, then I'd honestly recommend using some sort of virtual mixing software. Most users would disagree, but I think that reason is because a lot of streamers jump to using actual mixers because that's what they "hear other streamers doing" and they also want to appear more professional. But some sort of virtual solution would be my first recommendation. If you actually want to start implementing and building upon your setup other than the basics though, then obviously that wouldn't be a smart decision.

However if you really want a mixer, then I agree that a Behringer would be the most logical solution in my opinion. Most models give the user a lot of control and functionality, without a hefty price point. I personally have the X1204USB I use for recording music, and sometimes streaming. I wouldn't think someone only streaming would need that high of a model as I don't really suspect you needing that many inputs / control. That being said, you could possibly look into the Q802USB.

A very important thing to note is that you need to remember that mixers are typically used to convert analog to digital (while I do realize there are methods / adapters to create a digital to digital solution), so the fact that your microphone is a USB essentially means it's not going to plug into that mixer. You would need to invest into a standard condenser microphone that uses an XLR connector. Some might recommend purchasing some sort of USB to XLR adapter, but I've never found that to make much sense as it's regression.

u/doougle · 1 pointr/audio

Go for a stand alone mixer that has a USB interface. It costs more than the one you're looking at, but not that much. I'm afraid you'll quickly outgrow the mixer you showed. Plus you'll eventually want a USB interface.

Good Luck!

u/Apod_shuffle · 1 pointr/podcasts

I started a podcast with my nephew about 6 months ago. Since starting, our setup has evolved a lot from where we started, which was two USB microphones into my laptop. Now we have:

Behringer 1204usb mixer

2x LyxPro LDX-20 condenser microphones

2x LyxPro LDC-10 condenser microphones

And some scissor mount stands and a behringer headphone preamp for four headphone outputs. Overall it wasn't tremendously expensive, but the quality shot way up.

u/Individualghost · 1 pointr/podcasting

Behringer XENYX X1204USB Would prolly work for you. I use it. It runs for about 150$ Its vary similar to the Behringer UFX1204 BangsNaughtyBits linked above but less then half the price.

u/Gatowag · 1 pointr/DiamondClub

I want to say it's a pretty good sized Behringer mixer, similar to this one, but not that exact model. I'll try to remember to check in on that tomorrow when I drive over there.

u/septigal · 1 pointr/podcasts

I would splurge a bit more for

I have the bigger version of this, and it had a bit of a learning curve, but once i got it all figured out, everything works great.

The usb allows you to record the output via usb instead of messing with adapters from RCA. If you want to record audio using the computer as a source ( music/videos/etc ), do not use the usb line in option, it really limits you, use a 3.5mm to double 1/4 inch and put it into one of the balanced channels past the 4 unbalanced ones. Get a good cable, otherwise there's bad hum. Also, i found a headphone amplifier was incredibly helpful when having several people on shows, they could each have headphones with independent volume control, i got this one:

I noticed, you could not just use a stereo 1/4 inch cable from headphone out to headphone amp, it wasn't coming through stereo, so i ran RCA output to 1/4 inch stereo to the headphone amplifier, and BAM worked.

I'm not an expert, so i could be wrong about all of this, just what i've done after hours of tinkering.

u/TheGameMechanics · 1 pointr/Twitch

I actually haven't - I contacted a guy about a Behringer 802 for £30 and haven't heard back. Have you any Mackie equivalent to the Behringer 802 you'd recommend off the top of your head? I'll go do some research in the meantime anyway! Cheers for the insight Jehos (Y)!

Quick EDIT: Just quickly googled it as I knew immediately I should have done.

u/trogdorburn99 · 1 pointr/headphones

Okay, so you sold me on getting the Magni 3 and Modi 2 lol. Also found this mixer, so I think this might be my new setup.

u/Buzzatronic · 1 pointr/podcasting

I'm wondering if this would fix my issue without having to buy all new individually powered lav mics.

u/ulut_as · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am a novice turntable owner and I have a question about what speaker I should choose. I just don't want to buy the speakers and realize it's not a good fit..

My Current Setup:

u/knoid · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You could do most of this with a mixer. Something like this:

would allow you to do everything except 3 pretty easily.

Connect your L and R channels to inputs 1 & 2 on the mixer.

  1. Pan pots on the channel strips.
  2. Faders on the channel strips
  3. You'd need a separate box for this. Did a bit of hunting on summing bass to mono but didn't find any dedicated hardware.
  4. EQ on the channel strips.
  5. On most mixers with mute function, when you mute a channel it's redirected to another set of outputs labelled 'Alt 3-4'. If you connect the Alt 3-4 output to one of the Stereo Aux Returns - making sure to swap L/R on one end of the cable - then muting channels 1 & 2 will give you your stereo swap. Looks like you'll have to go to 6 or 8 channels to get channel mutes though, which is overkill for what you're doing. On the plus side, it would allow you this control from multiple sources.
u/gamefreak613 · 1 pointr/youtubegaming

No problem, if you want to go the "Mixer" route, and only need 2 microphones...I'd recommend this one:

Remember, You'll need to buy XLR microphones and a couple XLR cables for the microphones as well. You're looking at about 20 bucks per microphone and depending on the length of the cable, 5-15 bucks each for those as well. Microphone stands are also something you'd want unless you buy XLR body microphones but those are pretty pricey. Decent to good stands range from 15-25 bucks depending on shipping.

The nice thing about the XLR route is that in the long run, you can mix match and replace equipment on an individual level. XLR microphones can sound just as good as high quality USB microphones and are much cheaper (when only buying the mic). The Mixer itself gives you more control over your sound too.

If you want more specific recommendations on the other pieces of equipment just let me know. Generally I just go with what's rated well and priced right at Amazon, but I got 3/4 of my mic stands from monoprice.

The one I use is:

I got lucky like I said and was able to grab an open box one for 67 bucks instead of 150.

Feel free to ask any questions, I've been dealing with my setup for about 6-9 months so far.

u/Meshtatsuo · 1 pointr/Twitch

I have a Behringer 1204 USB myself for this purpose, but this one only has 1/4" and XLR stereo outs. I'm not aware of any interfaces that have a 3.5mm stereo out for standard computer speakers though.

u/magaman · 1 pointr/Twitch

Either find a compressor with phantom power to make your life easy, or use the Aux Sends/Returns on that mixer, so you'll send the audio out of the mixer to the compressor then back through the compressor out the USB which I believe is the same as the main audio out of that mixer.

*edit- Wait is this the mixer?? it says it has a built in compressor.....

u/nmb93 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've had an old mixer hooked up for years. I don't record much anymore but I just can't give up having a physical volume knob. Also handy for sending music to multiple stereos at the same time.

u/HateCrew5 · 1 pointr/audiophile

You need a mixer with a USB-interface, for example the Behringer Xenyx 1024USB

u/InfernalHero7 · 1 pointr/battlestations

Correct! I mainly use it for audio from my computer or my record player to the Rokits.

u/MercenaryOfOZ · 1 pointr/audiophile

I just bought a Shure SM7b and attached it to my RODE PSA1 and im getting a lot of bassy desk noises and sounds that whenever I lean on or hit against my desk even lightly it will carry through to my mic and it's really iterating. I thought the purpose of a boom arm was to reduce this. Will drilling the holder that it came with through my desk and using it that way opposed to the desk clamp make a difference? I'm having a tough time solving this issue.

Edit: If it also helps at all I am using a BEHRINGER XENYX QX1002USB
and Cathedral Pipes Ribbon/Dynamic Mic Buffer Amp

u/WittenMittens · 1 pointr/brandnew

Thanks man, I really appreciate you giving it a listen.

I do all my recording on a PC I built a few years back. I purposely went overboard on RAM when I did, because prior to that I'd had nothing but trouble with laggy, crashing audio software during marathon sessions. Beyond that, mine is a "budget" setup to the max, but it works for what I do.

The DAW I use is Reaper - I've experimented with several over the years but this is the most responsive one I've found yet, and even the "vanilla" plug-ins are awesome. I think it cost me $60, but in reality it's a Winrar type deal where you could use the free "trial" forever. In the end I really wanted to support the dev though, because it's a great tool for the price tag.

When I'm just looking to bang out a quick recording before an idea escapes me (most of the time), I literally just use a $50 Blue Snowball wired directly into the PC via USB. I never intend for those to be the final versions of my songs, but sometimes I just kind of fall in love with random happy accidents and can't bring myself to toss out tracks with "real" moments in them. Hence the poor quality on a lot of my stuff.

When I want to record something "for real," I use this six-channel USB mixer, this standalone compressor/gate (I'm a bit old school about that), and some combination of a Shure SM58, an MXL 990 and an MXL991 depending on the situation. I was gifted a pair of Sennheiser HD280 cans many years ago, and they have been my faithful monitoring headphones ever since. When I want to play back what I've recorded so far at unreasonable volumes, which I consider a mandatory part of the process, I use the time-honored pair of Dayton B652 bookshelf speakers with a Lepai LP-2020A digital amplifier.

The only thing I somewhat regret is the mixer. It's fine for what it is, but I wish I'd spent a little more money on something that had more channels and enough juice to support the unpowered speakers I use for live performances. Other than that, my setup won't hold a candle to a $5000 or $10,000 rig, but it gets the job done and it's something I'm proud to have built one piece at a time. I paid for all of it using money I've made on gigs at local bars and coffee shops over the years, so it has some sentimental value as well. One day when I have the money for a serious upgrade, I hope I get the chance to pass this stuff down to a random kid who's just getting started and make his fucking year. :)

u/Fox_GAMING_NTF · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I think an unmixed demo might be nice, do you also have a version that is mixed? Also, is the Behringer Xenyx USB powered, or can it only be AC powered?


I've found a different Xenyx, too, :

u/morjax · 1 pointr/letsplay

As Kic said, you can opt to convert to a sound card-compatible interface, but most creators I know go the route of a XLR to USB converter like the Focusrite Scarlett solo, Behringer Q802USB Mixer or XENYX QX1002USB mixer.

Here's a typical XLR cord. Don't get the cheapest one, but you don't have to get a super fancy one either.

u/rtj888 · 1 pointr/videoproduction

HD webcams that are connected to the laptop just with regular usb?

Yes or via active usb extender cables such as

Any suggestion to which one? Could you suggest mics and mixer?
i use a cheap behringer usb mixer

many good quality mics available for under £100. you could even just use the mic on one of the USB cameras and do away with the mixer altogether if it was close enough to the person - audio quality will not be as good as using dedicated mics. if you let me know about the anticipated set up / scene you're wanting to broadcast i can advise in more detail

u/Deadsens3 · 1 pointr/Twitch

I highly recommend this one. With the built in FX theres alot of fun options to play around with.

Behringer QX1002USB Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer, KLARK TEKNIK Multi-FX Processor

u/MacGhriogair · 1 pointr/letsplay

Instead of the dbx 286s and the Scarlett, would the Behringer QX1002USB Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer, KLARK TEKNIK Multi-FX Processor work? I've been thinking of changing my setup and was thinking of getting it... I also need something that can at least do compression :P

I should mention that I really don't know much about this stuff, which is why I'm asking... audio interfaces and the such are still new to me :P

u/CountTrestka · 1 pointr/headphones

All right, here's the conundrum:

I need an external USB DAC/ head + mic amp for my work laptop:

Budget (very small) ~50-80$/euros

Has to be an improvement over default Lenovo T440p audio - lenovo doesn't even list the name of the bloody thing, stating that's it's "Dolby"... Device manager likewise states a generic Realtek HD driver.

Headset: Sennheiser game zero 50ohm

Problem: I've recently purchased Sennheiser game zero headset as a replacement for the company provided Plantronics crap. I know I like the cans, and having forced my friend to buy pc350 and recently pc360 sets, I know i like the microphone. All good here. But on the company laptop the microphone is absolutely horrible. Laptop has the silly combo console-style headset jack, and while the headset has a separate cable for the combo jack, by all accounts my voice sounds extremely flat, weak and distant compared to 40$ plantronics usb headset. Windows audio input settings don't fix the issue, but can introduce background noise.

Now I need a budget external dac, that won't make my ears bleed and will allow me to fix the microphone input issue.

Search for similiar issues I've found but it appears to be all about mixing and nothing about DACing, unless my impression is wrong. There's also but I've found some worrying accounts of it freezing when the mic input is used.

Any suggestions?

u/hobogoblin · 1 pointr/audiophile

Ok, I googled this a bit and found an audacity plugin that seems to be decent, but would require I separate the audio from the video then put it back together, this seems like it'll be a lot more time consuming than I'd like.

So I went down the hardware path a bit, I'm really not sure that I'm on the right trail, but is this something that would do it?

Behringer Xenyx Q502USB

u/bowtch · 1 pointr/hometheater

If that's the case, you might be better off buying active powered PA speakers. Most home theater speakers aren't going to be able to handle the volume you're probably going to throw at them. You won't have to buy a receiver either, because these speakers have their own power source.

These speakers would be good, and you'd need a mixer like this (and power supply to hook your source up to, using this cable.

We had a system similar to this in our frat house in college, and those speakers were just about indestructible and ridiculously loud. You can also add a subwoofer (or two) if you want.

Edit: Forgot about speaker cables.

You can also skip the mixer and just directly hook up your audio source to the speakers using this.

u/Riposte_This · 1 pointr/audio

It depends what you're wanting the mic for. And XLR setup is more expensive upfront, but it is better. The mics are essentially the same, the difference with XLR is that you have more control over the mic. You can also have filters and compressors depending on your mixer. My mixer is quite basic BUT has a compressor and equalizer on it so if I yell really loud, it wont get distorted like a USB mic would. That alone is worth the extra cost, imo.

My mixer:

u/WeLoveJuice · 1 pointr/audioengineering

No one's mentioned the bias power required by the electret mic element. These types of mics require +3 to 9 VDC to power the FET inside the mic. This voltage is usually supplied by the computer's Mic Input jack. (also supplied by phone's headphone jack on a TRRS connection). The headphone jack can just be adapter to 1/4 inch and use the headphone output of the mixer (

A direct connection (passive) XLR adapter will not work, and if you turn on Phantom Power from the mixer you may damage the mic.

The Rode VXLR has a battery in it, so the passive adapter still works. You need something like this:

It takes 48V Phantom power from the Focusrite (or whichever mixer you use) and adapts it to the 3VDC you need to run the mic. Plus is does the connector change too. Now this one is a Chinese knock off, and sold to work with Sennheiser mics which come with 1/8 connectors, so no guarantee.

Also, I don't have a recommendation for anything cheeper than the Focusrite, but they make 'em. It really depends how many setups like this you'll be running at one time. If its just one, and you don't really care about high end voice quality, then there's ones like this:

u/UltChowsk · 1 pointr/audio

I have the same microphone and I use this:
And this:

That would be good if you have a line in input on your computer (the blue one)

If not, this would work if you don't mind loosing a USB port:

u/induna_crewneck · 1 pointr/googlehome

That's actually a good idea that I hadn't thought of at all. I'll look into that. Do I need to look out for anything specific? Could I use this? Cause I still have one of those somewhere.

u/dragonshuffle1 · 1 pointr/Twitch

Behringer Xenyx Q502USB

This is my exact mixer. To give you an idea of how it's all layed out and what it has

u/the_zechman · 1 pointr/microphones

You could probably use a small usb interface to run your audio into the PC and also output it into the controller. Something like this

u/gbrldz · 1 pointr/audiophile

I don't think it would make that much of a difference (if any) if you were to use either the PS4 or TV SPDIF.


I have my PS4, XBOX, TV, etc. going to my powered monitors via a mixer.

This is connected to my TV. - SPDIF DAC

Which goes to this. But you don't really need it unless you have multiple sources you want to easily switch to. - RCA Switch

Switch is connected to this. - USB Mixer

Or you can get the smaller version.

Or one cheaper without the USB.

u/tartersawce · 1 pointr/battlestations

This is the Mic and the power amp is here

u/achtagon · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Recording on a budget with an XLR mic needs at minimum a mic preamp circuit and some level adjustment. See this option. To get everything into a computer with one piece step up to this for a few dollars more

Edit: this option is even cheaper.

The Scarlett Audio interface is a better option but twice the money.

u/kicgaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

If you want to stick to Behringer, look at something like this instead. You want something that has an XLR input for your ATR 2100 and has USB out to get to the computer. I can't speak to the quality of the pre-amp in that, but honestly, I'd guess it's not great. Alternatively, you might consider this one which I'm guessing has a better pre-amp, but I don't know. I really have no experience with their products.

If you want something with more inputs and flexibility, I'm pretty sure the 802 (as /u/fridaynightarcade has mentioned) gets used fairly frequently in here to good reviews. That is more expensive and has more inputs, but it also provides room for growth if you're ever planning on adding more people/microphones/audio sources to your stuff.

u/Obscure_Username_ · 1 pointr/letsplay

Definitely go with something XLR based, since USB usually can't offer the same quality at the same price (even for a whole setup.)

Though I say that ATR2100 is something I keep recommending because it is both XLR and USB, and has very good quality (per quick youtube search) for the price. It's also a dynamic microphone, so it will pick up less background noise and other things dynamic mics do.

As for a stand I have been using this boom arm for almost two years, and have absolutely no issues with it except for a minor squeak when putting it away (not really an issue you're going to have if you're using it) and as much as people like them, pop filters are not really neccisary, just talk with the mic a bit to the side and you're fine (don't waste the $8 I did).

All in all both the atr2100 and the stand will run you about $100, and it is pretty damn good quality for that price.

I would reccomend an XLR interface in the future though, since they do live mixing, built in EQ, better gain control, better sound quality, and a built in DAC for your headphones, but that's around $50-$80 for either of my decent interface choices: the Q802USB Which I am currently using, or a Q502USB which If it's anything like the 802 is cheaper and just as good (albiet with less inputs, but you probably don't need 8 inputs).

u/GalacticArachnids · 1 pointr/audiophile

You need two 1/4 inch TRS cables like these

a mixer/sound card is required, and if you're connecting to your computer A usb mixer would make everything much simpler. But, if you want balanced (XLR) connections, I'd look to get the Q802 for ~20 bucks more. If you plan on using longer cables, the balanced outputs of the Q802 could help reduce noise (which the LSR-305s already have enough of).

Then you just plug the TRS cables to the 1/4 inch "MAIN OUT" on the Q502, then connect to the 1/4 inch unbalanced input on the back of the 305s, and you're set.

u/AlanDavison · 1 pointr/letsplay

To add by the way, I would definitely recommend this over the mixer you have listed for one key reason: if you just get one extra audio cable, you won't have to worry about using Voicemeeter or similar software to record Discord/Skype separate to your game audio. I could elaborate further on that if needed.

u/tcookc · 1 pointr/Twitch

there is a Makie mixer with better preamps that will run quieter, the 402VLZ4 and the larger 802VLZ4.

But I promise you that what you really want is an interface, not a mixer. this one is very popular and will allow two mics. there are more expensive ones with more inputs. Then for a mixer, use a DAW. Reaper is free and fully functional.

u/LerkHern · 1 pointr/edmproduction

If I understand what you want to do correctly:

Since the 2i2 only has 2 ins, I think what you're looking for is a "studio mixer"

I am not necessarily recommending that particular mixer, but just as an idea of what it is, perhaps other users here can give a good recommendation.

You would route your PC's audio into the mixer, the turntable's audio into the mixer, and the iphone cable into the mixer on 3 separate channels and then the mixer's master out would route into your sound card (The 2i2) at LINE LEVEL. This would allow you to listen to and record from all 3 of those sources simultaneously or independently without unplugging anything ever

u/xfatdannx · 1 pointr/podcasts

You dont have to know a LOT to get a good deal on a mic that will perform. I have two AT2020s and a Perception 200. Total spent? $50. The only reason i done have better quality on my podcast is I spend less time on the back end. As i stated before, and u/firelight pointed out, mine is portable so there is some give and take. Your best bet, IMO, would be a decent mixer (mine ran around $150 new ), some SM58s, and something similar to a tone port. This is going to give you the best bang for your buck. You do not need the same mixer that I have, a smaller one would suffice but I do other recording projects with our band from time to time so its kind of a jack of all trades.
if you want to hear the change in quality look up Shiddy Cast Radio. (should be on mst podcast apps iTunes for sure) the first and third episodes have a HUGE difference. That was just from the mixer upgrade.

u/ravenousld3341 · 1 pointr/gaming

Any old 4 channel mixer with USB output should work pretty well.

This is just an example there's probably cheaper models.

The USB will go to your PC, and ALL of your audio will go into it.
Connect a headset and mic, you should be good to go.

This video could help, i dunno.

u/-DarkIdeals- · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm trying to decide what condenser mic to go for and the Shure PG42 seems the best in the $200 or less price range. I looked over the other options like the AudioTechnica AT2020, Blue Yeti, Razer Seiren, Rhode's selections etc.. and it looked like the PG42 was the best bet (anyone have a better reccomendation?) Only problem is that it's not being sold much of anywhere anymore for some reason. It's kinda bizarre, nobody is selling it really, especially the USB version. Amazon and everywhere else is completely out of the USB version (1 seller selling for $1,000...smh) and just barely have some XLR versions. Most other sellers are completely sold out.

At first i thought it was that they replaced it with a "PGA42" (not sure of the difference between pg and pga honestly) but that doesn't seem to be the case as Shure has NO PGA42 listed on their site. Only place i found a "PGA42" was on musiciansfriend and i wonder if it's a mistake or something, as it just shows a PG42 with a mic stand in a bundle. Amazon lists the PGA27 as the "newer version" of the PG42 but that doesn't sound right to me as the 27 versions are all-purpose mic's, and i want a pure audio cardioid mic.

I'm just wondering whether the USB version would be better than the XLR version since i don't have a quality mixer or preamp etc.. and if i did it would have to be a cheap $100 or less one like this Alessa (
Do you think that for someone without much experience in audio recording like me, a USB mic would be better than XLR since a cheap $100 mixer might sound exactly the same as the cheap built-in preamp in the USB version?

$200 Budget for mic. $300 budget for mic + mixer.

Looking for a Cardioid Condenser mic for Vocals: deciding between a USB version or an XLR + Mixer setup.

I'll be using them to record spoken audio mostly, sitting on my computer desk, with occasional sung vocals.

I'm willing to buy used, but would prefer not to if possible.

u/funktest · 1 pointr/Opeth

Just listened to some of your other stuff. You sound pretty damn good for not having an interface! But if you get one, it will help a lot.

There are a lot of options, just depends how much you want to spend. I'm sure there are better ones, but I have this one and I like it:

u/CatOnProzac · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

The presonus fader port isn't really going to be of any use if you are doing multitrack mixing. It is useful if your just demoing/playback a track that is already mixed.

There is no such thing as "best" for FL studio. There is only what fits your needs. So you need to figure out what your trying to do and invest in a tool that helps you with or fulfills that need.

Obviously digital consoles would work best with FL studio but an analog console will also work. For example, lots of twitch streamers use analog consoles like this one. I don't recommend Berhinger as a brand. Instead a Mackie would be a better choice. Such as this one

There is also mastering consoles but they tend to be very expensive.

u/justikowski · 1 pointr/audio

splitter cable could work to make dual mono but tbh I'd probably just replace both the micro mixers with a compact stereo mixer like this

u/Spunkrawker · 1 pointr/Twitch

Although they make relatively inexpensive gear, I'm not a fan of Behringer products.
Granted, I've only ever owned one of their mixers, but I ultimately I had to return it due to bad crosstalk and channel mutes that didn't fully cut the signal to the mains. I suppose it could have been a one-off faulty board, but when it comes to audio gear I don't do second chances. Take a look at this:

I've never had a problem with Mackie mixers and this one is the same price and spec as the one you posted.

u/cooldead · 1 pointr/podcasting

> It easily could be a bad mixer, cable or some real weirdness in the system somewhere. We'll see. Behringer usually is good enough to start with. Lots of much better equipment that is complete overkill for us out there.

Oh definitely . I didn't mean to make it sound like its shit. It really is a good enough mixer for most. Just noticed that it has a few reviews mentioning hissing. [amazon link]
( Though many people got a perfectly fine unit. It's worth trying to isolate the problem, to see where the problem might be, and if it is a problem with the mixer it self, and they didn't want to risk picking up another faulty one there are options.

Mackie ProFX4V2(analog only you'll need a separate audio interface.)

This might be better. Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2x2 USB Recording Interface

PreSonus Audio Box 2x2

u/theofficialorange · 1 pointr/karaoke

I see... I may do the XLR to XLR cable for the microphones then.

Where do the two speakers plug into on the mixer? I see some of the single Mackie Thump 12A may not come with any cables.

u/Semetery · 1 pointr/podcasting

I've never used a Behringer mixer (but I have used some rack gear) so I can't really comment and I'm in no way trying to advise you not to consider it! Just when doing research for myself, I read that they can be noisy sometimes. Then again, I also saw people who said they had zero issues.

What I eventually decided was to reduce the risk and look into something else, Mackie or A&H. Almost pulled the trigger on a ZED until I saw Mackie put out a new mixer with better preamps, the ProFX12v2. The ProFX8v2 would give you 4 XLR inputs for $199. To be honest though, the 12 is only $249 and you get 2 more XLR inputs, which is 100% worth it!

The preamps are great, you've got some room to crank it, much better than an older Mackie I've got.

Best of luck either way, just sharing where all of my exhaustive research landed me!

u/Vancitygames · 1 pointr/Twitch

If you want to do it properly, you will want a USB Mixer that has both built in FX and Insert channels such as the Mackie ProFX8v2

And a dynamics processor Expander/Gate/Compressor/Limiter such as the DBX 166xs.

The mics connect to the mixer, then you use 2 Insert TRS(Tip-Ring-Sleeve) cables to run each mic into channel 1 and 2 on the back of the processor.

Inserts allow you to send audio to a processor and then back, all on the same cable (Example It utilizes the 2 channels of a standard TRS connector, one to send, one to receive.

Because you have 2 mics in close proximity, the Expander and Gate will help limit spill from the other person talking further away, the compressor and limiter brings your dynamic range closer and boosts levels to increase your clarity.

This video explains how Inserts work

u/RareItemX1 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Thank you, I'm very grateful (I wasn't able to wrap my head around it all)!

One last question to finish out: let's say I purchased something with a USB out (like this:, then connected all the microphones with the adapters to this mixer, and also connected the mixer to the PC. If I then opened a program like Audacity, would it show and be able to record all the streams into one file (mp3 or the like)?

u/bbartokk · 1 pointr/modular

I went with the Mackie ProFX8. I followed the same advice of "get more channels than you need". Bought one that was marked as used but never opened on eBay during the holiday season for about $100 off the new price. Its been a great mixer for my needs.

u/DragOnGamer626 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Audio interface isn't necessary but as many other people on here have stated, they're nice to have and, depending on how advanced yours is, they can save you quite a bit of time when trying to balance out your mic audio. My mixer - was recommended it by another redditor here - for most people is massive overkill but I am so glad I purchased it. The EQ knobs are a god send and at some point, I plan on getting extra mics and maybe other audio devices to plug into it. I'm very much a hands on person and even though I love figuring out software, there are many times that having a full on hardware solution makes getting from Point A to B so much easier.

u/dooj88 · 1 pointr/synthesizers

i need to upgrade my mixer, but i'd rather spend the money on an interface to track everything into my pc.

but this is a good option for op

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u/SuperKato1K · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use one of these:

There's also:


The biggest difference would probably be a better mic preamp in something with a bit larger $tag. You're still not getting premium preamps or plugs, but they're generally going to be better than what a basic, el-cheapo mixer offers.

u/Drigr · 1 pointr/podcasting

So something like this board which I asked about below wouldn't do what I want as far as outputting to individual tracks goes? It also has a USB out like the one you posted, do they not work the same? And because I'm a noob at this part of the trade, would you be willing to explain what makes the different?

u/ardweebno · 1 pointr/Guitar

I sold all of my individual USB/1394 inputs and am currently using a [Mackie ProFX12v2] ( as my USB input device. The latency is low and the ample tone shaping controls on the mic preamp are oddly decent.

Revalver4: I'm torn by this. The whole reason I've gone away from AmpSims on PC is due to the fact that the sound was meh. However, Pixxy's review gives me much to think about. At $99 it's almost impulse buy cheap.....

u/brigarz · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Yes. Depending on the gear, it will likely require:

  • a splitter for the headphone audio in and mic out on the headset;
  • a splitter for the audio out and mic in on the PC
  • a digital-analog converter with optical/coax in for the console audio
  • a mixer with enough channels to handle 3 stereo inputs; I used this one: FIFINE Ultra Low-Noise 4-Channel...
  • a multiple cables that match the splitters.

    Note: consult the PC audio subreddit for further tutelage.
u/picmandan · 1 pointr/audiorepair

Nope, that's a splitter. 1 input, multiple outs.

But this might do it.

You need multiple inputs, 1 out.

u/schirmyver · 1 pointr/googlehome

So this might work, but it really is not what you want to do. A splitter is to take one output to two inputs, like splitting the output of a headphone jack to two pairs of headphones. You want to take two outputs into one input. A splitter might work for these levels but it is not the right way of doing it and you will not have any control of the volume mix between the two devices. If you really wanted to do this right you would find a small audio mixer. Something like this, .

As someone else posted, if you leave your PC on all the time you can have the Chromecast audio plugged into the line in of the PC. You are basically using the PC as a mixer, in fact you will open up the audio mixer controls to set the volume.

u/1Darude1 · 1 pointr/audio

It should just be an audio splitter to direct the mic signal to two sources, and to combine them to one you’d need a mixer. You can look up “audio splitter” and find what you need, but mixers can seem complicated and have a lot of features that you don’t need for what you’re talking about. I’d recommend this because its just a few channels to plug into. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take 3.5mm, so I’d order what Amazon says that people frequently buy with it and you’re set.

u/boompoopah · 1 pointr/LoopArtists

You're going to need a loop station with multiple inputs or a mixer to plug everything into and then out that to the line in on a loop pedal (that's probably your cheaper option).

I have a digitech jam man stereo looper ~$125. You can pick up a mixer for 75-125. I actually just got this one on amazon for about 20 just to connect more to my loop pedal.

FIFINE Ultra Low-Noise 4-Channel...

u/brendanw36 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Combining audio isn't as simple as duplicating it unfortunately. You'll want something like this. The problem with this is that it uses 1/4 inch stereo jacks so if you have 3.5mm audio jacks you will need adapters to convert 3.5mm to 1/4 inch like these.

u/bevelga · 1 pointr/podcasting

Hey, I know I'm hitting this late. I'm looking to start a DnD play podcast with a few friends of mine. I'm totally new to audio recording though and would love some advice on getting recording gear. I was looking at mics and equipment and found a really good deal on some very cheap mic sets, and also know I'll probably need Phantom power and a mixer.
Do you think I could get away with starting with this stuff I've picked out (I've gone cheap because I'm very new at this) or is there other stuff you would recommend? Also ,is there anything I'm missing or should I be able to plug this stuff into a PC and record? OH! I almost forgot, I'm getting 3 mics to record 5 people, do you think that's enough or should I plan on one mic per person? Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Stuff I'm planning on buying:
Mic Set :
Phantom Power :

u/Bombast- · 0 pointsr/makinghiphop

Microphone (vocals and/or guitar amp) and analog keyboard need a way into the DAW.

Along with the fact that those other to-USB converters are so damn expensive for just a single slot, that you might as well get a mixer.

A Blue Icicle is $50. 1 XLR->USB, no options besides gain, mandatory phantom power (which ruins certain types of microphones!)

A decent ass analog (USB capable) mixer is ~$120 -

4 XLR slots, plus TONS of instrument cable slots. Analog effects: 3-band EQ, compression, gain, option of phantom power or not, plus the ability to wet/dry mix through an effects loop (all my guitar pedal-heads know whats up).

TL;DR If you have a for love analog sound and real instruments, plenty of reasons to get a mixer. If you do everything "in the box" and don't care about using anything non-digital, then no reason for a mixer.