(Part 2) Best musical instruments according to redditors

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We found 28,630 Reddit comments discussing the best musical instruments. We ranked the 9,230 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the products ranked 21-40. You can also go back to the previous section.

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Instrument Accessories
Musical instrument keyboards & MIDI
Drums & Percussion
Bass guitars
Brass instruments
Music recording equipment
Electronic Music, DJ & Karaoke
Microphones & Accessories
Stage & sound equipment
Band & Orchestra
Stringed Instruments
Amplifiers & effects
Wind & Woodwind Instruments
Ukuleles, mandolins & banjos

Top Reddit comments about Musical Instruments:

u/PunkyCrisps · 192 pointsr/Music


"Any half decent voiceover mic" with proper equalizer settings (controls how much of the bass, mid, and treble you hear) and compression (controls how dynamic the volume of a sound is, resulting in a louder overall apparent volume (technically, compression doesn't increase the decibel level, which is why TV commercials always sound louder than the shows despite there being laws in place about decibel levels needing to be the same)) will do the job.

He then drops some specific model names, SM7, C414 and C214

And finally, for the tidbits he adds about each model. "Cardioid" and "multi-pattern" refer to the pickup pattern of each mic. The pickup pattern is a description of where sound is best picked up around the mic. Cardioid refers to a roughly heart-shaped (in the '<3' sense) pattern, extending from the face of the mic. This means the mic will best pick up sound directly in front of it, and then extending out, with a wider pickup area further away. There are, of course, other patterns of pickup. The C414 noted above is capable of operating in 9 different patterns, giving you more flexibility for recording. "Brighter" just refers to sound quality, which here means... well, what it sounds like really. It's going to pick up less bass, which leads to the 'brightness'.

u/HowManySmall · 50 pointsr/buildapc

I don't have a picture, but I use my Superlux HD668B, a Blue Snowball, Corsair K65 RGB LUX [MX Red], Logitech G Pro, and a Pecham Extended mousepad to cover up my swiss cheese desk.

I definitely suggest the HD668B if you want a new pair of headphones for cheap, best pair of headphones I've ever had. Removable cable, top tier sound, and you can change the earpads if you want to.


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/csm725 · 25 pointsr/buildapc

All these recommendations of Logitech and Corsair (and Altec, etc.) speakers on what claims to be a knowledgeable forum really hurts, guys. You wouldn't recommend a $100 Logitech keyboard over a CM Storm, so don't do the same here.

Now to answer your question, OP:

A Xonar DG and M Audio AV40s will be a killer combo for a nice clear sound that extends into low frequencies very well for the price (great bass). I highly recommend it. Now a sound card isn't necessary, per se - you will have audio without it; but the improvement from onboard to a cheap sound card is immense. Go for it! I've recommended this setup to tens of people, and I used it myself until I upgraded my sound card, and it's really amazing bang for the buck and sound.

Hope this gets to you :)

u/buzzbros2002 · 21 pointsr/audioengineering

Oh my god, my weird sound effects history is actually useful here. I have a Zoom H2 rigged up to small boom pole using a shock absorber with a good number of washers to steady a bolt onto it that will fit onto the bottom of the mic and keep it steady without too much noise when moving it.

I've totally recorded a few animals (yes, including my own cat) this way with success.

EDIT: Pictures of the setup sans boom-pole.. Boom pole in question is from this.

u/itsZiz · 20 pointsr/buildapc

I started with just a few things and then listed everything I see... sorry for the spam
(these are all things I have, feel free to ask any Q's)

- Mini Fridge - https://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR026A1BDD-3-Designer-Refrigerator-2-6-Cubic/dp/B00MO6V96W/ref=sr_1_8?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1519347546&sr=1-8&keywords=mini+fridge

- Cup - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MUBR8UH/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Air Cleaner - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BI4UQK0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Good Chair Mat - https://www.amazon.com/Black-Chair-Mat-Rectanglular-ABS-RC-4655/dp/B00D83MURM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_229_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CMJS2EM6STF7XCCJZGWZ&dpID=51%252BWDnIRG0L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=detail

- Big Boy Ergo Chair - https://www.ergoexperts.com/collections/ergonomic-chairs/products/office-master-iu79hd-24-7-intensive-use-heavy-duty-high-back-ergonomic-task-chair

- Camera Mount - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CMLX1O2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Space Heater - https://www.amazon.com/Lasko-Ceramic-Heater-Remote-Control/dp/B00PYDGN18/ref=sr_1_17?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1519348189&sr=1-17&keywords=lasko+space+heater

- LED Lights - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX9Z3LH/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Foot Rest - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EN9W3UY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Wrist Rest - https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D510182&field-keywords=lasko+space+heater&rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A3206324011%2Cn%3A9425950011%2Cn%3A510182%2Ck%3Alasko+space+heater

- Underdesk Headphone hanger - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P31BMHG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Trash Can - https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Commercial-295700GY-Wastebasket-Rectangular/dp/B079WPRXXS/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&qid=1519348333&sr=8-26&keywords=trash+can

- Cat Bed - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJRCQBW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Keyboard - https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2164

- Keycaps - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/PBT-Backlit-Keycaps-109-Keyset-Top-Printed-Cherry-MX-Key-Caps-For-Tenkeyless-87-104-108/32842167507.html?src=google&albslr=220105582&isdl=y&aff_short_key=UneMJZVf&source=%7Bifdyn:dyn%7D%7Bifpla:pla%7D%7Bifdbm:DBM&albch=DID%7D&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=708-803-3821&isdl=y&albcp=653478879&albag=34653160498&slnk=&trgt=75384829977&plac=&crea=en32842167507&netw=g&device=c&mtctp=&gclid=CjwKCAiA8bnUBRA-EiwAc0hZk62T3uqIKPVAUNx-ATVUQIzI8kscvB4UdNBR5dMpZ46l1gp9aoD38BoCNXQQAvD_BwE

- Mouse - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JPOLLTK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Mouse Mat - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0745N6CMD/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Headphones - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R99S14/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
& https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008POFOHM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Dac/Amp - https://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/objective2-odac-combo-revb/

- Speakers - https://emotiva.com/products/airmotiv-6s

- Subwoofer - http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/m8.html

- Mic - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KCN83VI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Mic Interface - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012MIVUQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Boom Arm - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1194415-REG/o_c_white_ulp_mb_proboom_ultima_lp_adjustable.html?sts=pi

- Web Cam Alternative - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G9EYN26/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Lens - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JDGB94S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- PC Cam Interface - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4SM7H6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Lights Boxes - https://www.amazon.com/LimoStudio-Digital-Photography-Fluorescent-AGG883/dp/B0091HO1FS/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519348726&sr=1-10&keywords=16%22+x+24%22++soft+box

- Light Box Stands & Clamp - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1327281-REG/ultimate_support_17637_jamstands_fixed_length_boom.html
& https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010CYHW4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- Light Bulbs - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IB8O2VU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/i91809 · 20 pointsr/bassnectar

this is my shit right here, shoutout /r/headphones

Best bet for your price range is probably ATH M50x, nice punchy bass while retaining a lot of detail in the rest of the frequency range

The Beyerdynamic DT770 are a little more pricey but worth the extra cash imo, again you get nice deep bass without sacrificing sound quality anywhere else and these bad boys are built like tanks

On the more budget-friendly side of things is the Sony MDR-V6, this is a straight up classic headphone that punches above its price point as far as sound quality goes although I personally would have some reservations about the non-detachable cable

There are a ton of other headphones that fit your general requirements and price range but these are the first three that popped into my mind!

u/shaggmeister · 20 pointsr/Rainmeter

Second Screenshot:
Desktop with just Rainmeter, iTunes, and J.A.R.V.I.S. running.

Windows 8.1 Pro
Intel Core i7-4770
2TB HDD + 2TB Ext. HD
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

  • Rainmeter
  • J.A.R.V.I.S. Mark I
  • Windows Speech Recognition
  • Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone
  • PuTTy and Xming
  • bLend (Window Transparency)
  • MightyText (SMS to Computer - Appears as notifications on your desktop)
  • DisplayFusion

    -This setup allows you to use your voice to control the computer.
    J.A.R.V.I.S. understands commands like, "Open Google" or "What's the weather like tomorrow?"
    He can be programmed with custom shell / web / and social commands ("J.A.R.V.I.S. you there?" : "I have indeed been uploaded sir.").
    Windows Speech Recognition allows you to write in Word with your voice, as well as navigate the Start menu.

    -The links on the desktop are all clickable.
    Some links display the time, date, or hardware information.

    -[OC] Every 90 seconds, the "Visuals" widget (or meter) randomly displays a different picture from a designated folder.
    There are navigation buttons by clicking the left or right of the picture. Clicking the center brings up the full-sized photo.

    -VPN Access.
    J.A.R.V.I.S. can be scripted to run PuTTy or Xming.

    -Toggle Transparency.
    bLend remains in the system tray as an icon and can be adjusted.

    -MightyText notifies you when you get a text message as long as a browser is open.
    If a browser is not open, it will still alert you when your phone's battery is running low.

    -DisplayFusion runs multiple-monitor tasks.
    CRTL+WIN+X moves windows across screens.

    Rotating circles, World Clock, Google Earth, News Feed, Weather analysis, Up/Download information, Reminders, iTunes Widget, Disk Storage, Calender, Shutdown/Restart buttons.


    IronMan-Jarvis Theme

    BlueVision V0.2

    Rotating Globes V1.1

    Hi-Tech Desktop

    InfoSystem (System Information)

    iTunes Monitor 03 (Top iTunes Player)

    CLN (Bottom iTunes Player)


    Edit: Specifications, Features, Formatting, Added link to a screenshot without Google and cmd running.
u/dvtnlx · 20 pointsr/leagueoflegends

I like his commentary a lot and I think he has huge potential, so here a few little things that he could improve:

  • Get a widescreen monitor. 4:3 is very offputting if you're watching it on 16:9/16:10. I personally like the newer IPS panels, but an average TN will suffice.
  • Buy a better mic. The audio quality is very important if you are doing a lot of commentary and the average headset one isn't good enough most of the time. A lot of streamers/casters use this one since it's rather cheap, solid quality and looks awesome
  • Adjust your webcam angle and position. The image should contain mainly your upper body and your face while the camera is placed on the same level as your head or shoulders like this. Basically you want to give the viewer the impression that he is sitting right in front of you since it helps with presenting your personality and content. If you need a decent webcam with better quality and a better stand a lot of streamers use this one.

    If you have trouble with funding your hardware I'm sure redditors will be glad to help you out a bit.

u/new_world_chaos · 16 pointsr/buildapcsales

Here is the most popular one on amazon for anyone interested. $7.73.

u/draggingalake · 15 pointsr/giantbomb

Drew uses a lot of stuff I've used or am currently using!

The headphones are the Sony MDR7506, or the Sony MDRV6 and they are ultimately the same thing. I have both, I haven't been able to tell the difference, and from what I've researched, they use the same parts internally, so the only thing different is the cosmetics. I know the Vergecast also uses these headphones in their studio.

While I don't have the Focusrite 2i2 like Drew was using, I do own the Focusrite 18i8 (Gen 1), and the Focusrite 18i20 (Gen 2) and both are phenomenal. They are more expensive than a standard USB Mixer, but the pre-amps make up for some of that cost, plus the ease of use.

I have never used the Shure SM7B, but it's the same microphone that Kinda Funny Games uses. I use the Electro Voice RE20, which is the same Microphone that Giant Bomb West and East uses, as well as, the Vergecast. I would love to hear Drew's opinions on both mics. Both mics are exceptional review-wise and very popular in audio recordings, but having Drew compare the two would have some value.

And just because I have listed all the equipment Drew has used. Here is the Anker 10-Port Hub he was using. Anker is a great brand for USB/Computer accessories. They have an outstanding warranty and customer service department.

Note none of these links are affiliate links, this post was simply to make it easy to find the gear Drew was using.

u/Spockrocket · 14 pointsr/ffxiv

Some constructive criticism. There is some potential here, but your sketches were all very predictable and/or unfunny. You're either rehashing jokes that everyone has already heard/seen a thousand times before, or your punchlines are falling completely flat due to lack of proper comedic timing and buildup. Take some time to study some of the comedic greats, and really focus on how they build up their jokes over the course of the sketch and how they deliver the punchlines.

On the technical end of things, see if your voice actors have the resources to invest in better microphones. Particularly the "new Lalafell woman"; the low quality of her audio really took me out of the moment. You can often find good quality microphones on the cheap if you shop around online. Generally speaking, headsets tend to have lower quality mics than what you'd want in a voice acting gig. Headsets are sufficient for talking on Skype or Mumble or whatever, but when you're doing voice-over work, you really want a good desktop mic. The Blue Snowball is a good option for amateur voice work. Good quality for the price you pay.

u/marzipandancer · 13 pointsr/KerbalSpaceProgram

I think I would like a representation of the /r/kerbalspaceprogram auto-mod flair bot to be punched very much.

I'm in Orlando and don't fly home until Saturday, so I'd drop it in the mail then. This adapter appears to be of dubious build quality but is cheap and (when working) works fine.

$30 for this one but Blue makes fairly decent quality and reasonably priced audio components for home recording.

u/iAmMitten1 · 12 pointsr/letsplay

I recently made a long comment with some advice for people starting a channel. I'l just post it here:

Picking A Name: Alright. It's time to start your channel. You've kicked the idea around for long enough. This is the first, and arguably the most important step in your Youtube career. Try to think of something different that hasn't been done. Don't copy the style of someone else's channel. For example, say you play Pokemon, and your name is Kyle, don't put KyleDoesPokemon. It will seem like you copied the name of SkyDoesMinecraft. Another thing is to avoid tons of numbers and X's. Say two channels have the same video uploaded, you can't see the views, subscriber count, comments or ratings. You are basing your viewing choice based on only the name of the video (which is the same) and the channel's name. Are you going to watch the video by XxBigJ0hnxXCoDK1llerzXx or Conspicuous Cactus (I apologize, I couldn't think of a catchy name)? Some will choose the
first, but most will choose the latter. I'm not saying that you can't achieve success with a cough bad cough name, but it will be a little more difficult. Ultimately, the Channel Name is just an attention grabber, like thumbnails and titles, but we'll get the that later. If your content is good, your Channel Name will not matter, as much.

Video Recording: You're set with your channel now. You've set it up and got the name you want. Great. Now the fun starts. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, i'd recommend the Dazzle, as far as capture cards go. I used one on my old channel, and it worked flawlessly. The only downside is that it only records in standard definition (144p-480p), unless you use an S-Video cable. This isn't good quality. But it's good enough to test the waters to see if you can create good content. If you want something that will work every time, and records in 1080p, I can't recommend the Elgato Game Capture HD enough. It's only downside is that it's pricey ($155). But you are getting a product that is the best in it's class. Back in 2010, you could get away with not having HD quality video, because HD PVR's were expensive. But not today. If you ever hope to achieve any sort of success, you must have video quality that is at least 720p. It's just not an option anymore.

Audio Recording: If you have a Turtle Beach headset, or some other USB powered headset w/ a mic, you can use that TO START WITH. Turtle Beach's have a good enough mic that it will be decent enough until you decide to move up a tier. If you want a great starting mic, that isn't a headset, the Blue Snowball is tough to beat. It sounds great, looks decent (like that really matters), and is cheap (in terms of cost, not quality). Depending on what color you get, it will run around $40-$50, which really isn't to bad for a microphone. You may also want to invest in a Pop Filter. A Pop Filter does exactly what the name says, it filters pops. It will remove, to a certain extent, the popping sound when saying p's, the ssss sound with s's, and all sorts of other things. They are definitely a good investment. However, if you don't want to buy one, you can search how to make one with a sock.

Editing Software: If you get a Dazzle, it will come with some decent editing software. It's nothing special, but it works well enough to get the job done. Hell, I used it for almost 2 years. But, if you want something better, and more professional, you should look at Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier. Both are great, and offer things that the other doesn't have, so you'll need to think about what kinds of things you'll be doing with it. I recommend Sony Vegas. I have never had a problem with it, and the learning curve isn't too high.

Channel Art: This is important. Very, very important. When someone views your channel, this will either make them continue their quest to view one of your videos, or it will make them immediately look elsewhere. This part is somewhat tricky to give advice for. It just has to look good. Don't just copy and paste logos of game's that you'll be playing onto a picture and call it "Channel Art". Use Photoshop, and put some effort into it. If you can't make it yourself, there are several people around /r/letsplay that will make it for you, for a small fee (/u/fuyi is fairly popular). There are also some websites that are easy to use and will make some decent (i'm using this word a lot, aren't I?) Channel Art that will work for a few months, or until you get around to making some yourself.

Thumbnails: Another incredibly important part of your Youtube Channel. You could have the best content ever, but if your Thumbnails suck, you won't get anywhere. The key to Thumbnails is to keep it simple. Use a nice, easily readable font, use complementary colors, and don't try to put too much in the Thumbnail. Avoid the lower right corner, as the duration of the video will cut off some of the Thumbnail. You can use this site to make some thumbnails too. Like the Channel Art, that site good for starting out, but you will want to learn how to make your own, using a program like Photoshop. If you start making your own thumbnails, the resolution for them is 1280x720, just so you know the correct size.

Video Titles: Video Titles are something a lot of people seem to mess up. It's actually really easy to make a good title. Some just put something like Let's play Minecraft episode 23. While that does tell you what the video is, it doesn't grab your attention. Something like Let's Play Minecraft: Part 23 | The Sands are Evil is better because it gives an idea of what will be going on in the video, which would probably be a problem with sand in the example. You can also you some punctuation like -'s, |'s, or :'s to help organize your videos.

Descriptions: There are two basic ways that you can have an effective video description. The first is to make a somewhat exaggerated statement that is relevant to the video, THE SAND WILL SWALLOW YOU WHOLE! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!. The second way is keep it simple, Attention Traveler's: Please stay away from the sand. Several corpses have been found within them with large amounts of sand in their lungs. This is just my opinion, since I usually try to keep my descriptions witty. The third option is to just describe the video, In today's episode, we travel to an harsh landscape filled with sand and the dreams of dead travelers. You can either make the description funny and witty or you can keep it simple. Either way, don't put to much in it. Descriptions need to be kept short. It's also not a bad idea to put link to other videos in the series in the description or links to Twitter or other social media outlets.

Tags: Tags are the backbone to any successful Youtube Channel. All tags should be relevant to the video. Don't put other channel's names in their. Not only is it unproffessional, but it's useless (to a certain extent). If you search for Roosterteeth Minecraft Episode 100, and you see someone else's video below Roosterteeth's, you're going to watch Roosterteeth's video. Youtube has started to crack down on people who don't properly use the tagging system. If you make a Minecraft video and put Justin Bieber naked as a tag, you run the risk of your channel being given a strike or having the video taken down. Just put tags that are relevant to your video. If you make the 23rd episode of your Minecraft series, put tags like Minecraft Part 23, Minecraft Episode 23, Let's Play Minecraft Part 23, ect.

Other Things to Know:

  • Monetizing: You may want to monetize right from the beginning, and it is tempting, but you won't see enough of a return to make it worth the time of those who are viewing the ads. You may make a few dollars within your first couple months, so it's not worth it. Wait until your are getting upwards of 1000 views per day and then monetize.

  • Fan Interaction: Interact with people who comment whenever you can, whether it be on Youtube, Twitter, or somewhere else. Sometimes, you may want to consider replying to a comment, even if someone insults you or your channel. You may also find that most of the people who make those kinds of comments are dicks, but you might find someone who isn't (Here's a good example). It never hurts to be nice on the internet, especially when trying to grow a channel. You don't want to get popular, and then have a bunch of people look at the old comments you made and realize that you're an asshole.

    Concluding: Obviously, there is a bunch more to say, but there's a 10,000 character limit to these posts. To wrap it all up, you need to have a Channel that is well made, and regularly produces good content. If you're just starting out, good luck. You'll need it.
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) - https://www.amazon.com/Shure-SM7B-Dynamic-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B0002E4Z8M/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=shure+sm7b&qid=1549674292&sr=8-2

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) https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Microphones-CL-1-Cloudlifter-1-channel/dp/B004MQSV04/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cloudlifter&qid=1549674274&sr=8-5

Which goes into his mixer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CTKI10A/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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 https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T50LY/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=cloudlifter&qid=1549674274&sr=8-12 or Mackie Onyx https://www.amazon.com/Mackie-Producer-Interface-Bundle-Polishing/dp/B07GJWQQM3/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=mackie+onyx&qid=1549674443&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 (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: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Compass-Premium-Tube-Style-Broadcast/dp/B078MLBGRM/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=blue+microphone+arm&qid=1549674585&sr=8-5

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: https://www.amazon.com/23860-Microphone-Desk-Arm-Black/dp/B00AXMM0L2?tag=paidinsi-20


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/the320x200 · 11 pointsr/oculus

One of these and EDIT: then to one of these and then one of these and it should be good to go :)

I didn't check the gender on any of those connectors. On the plus side, after going through so many adapters you'll have authentic CB-quality audio!

u/MainHaze · 11 pointsr/buildapc

I see a lot of people here recommending great builds, so I don't have anything to add on that from. However, no one here is mentioning the audio interface that will be needed to actually record his music.

There are a lot of different options available for those, and they definitely have a huge range in price. As an audio guy/musician myself, I use the Presonus Audiobox USB for home recording. It has the inputs I need to record with either a mic or by directly plugging in my guitar and using amp plugins.

If he's using large sample libraries, then he'll need a lot of ram. 16gb would be ideal, but he can get by with 8gb. It'll just limit the amount of libraries he can load in one recording session.

Also, I don't know if he already has a Pro Tools license, but that doesn't come very cheap. Currently, a Pro Tools licence goes for pretty much your entire budget (600$). If you want a cheaper solution, I HIGHLY recommend Reaper, which goes for about 10% of what it costs for Pro Tools (60$). I use it both personally and professionally for work and can say with some authority that it's an excellent tool for any kind of audio work that you need to do, be it music, sound design, or even scoring video.

u/jimhodgson · 10 pointsr/Porsche

Hey dude. Great video. You might also crosspost to /r/cars. I bet they'd dig it.

My wife and I do a YouTube car show called Crossthreaded. We subscribed and retweeted and facebooked it.

We're by no means experts, but two things you can really easily do:

  1. Grab a lavalier mic. The cheap (~$30), wired ones on Amazon really help get all the "room" out of your audio. We have two of these going into a H4N.

  2. Be a little more dynamic. If you talk to the camera exactly the same way that you'd talk normally to a friend, for some reason it looks wooden.

    More shots of the car would have been good like the other poster said.

    Great work, though.
u/FatS4cks · 9 pointsr/pcgaming

You can get a cheap usb condenser mic. Not ideal over a more expensive xlr mic setup (watch the video I linked at the end, it explains a lot there), but for just gaming it's better than pretty much any headset. If you don't have room on the desk, there's the Antlion Modmic. Overpriced for the sound quality imo, but it should still be better than most headsets. I'm not sure if the a40s have a detachable cable, but if they do you can also get the V-moda boompro. I've used mine for a few years before upgrading to the ATR2500, and it sounds almost as good as the standalone mic and I like the sound signature much more than the Antlion. The only downside being some hiss that the condenser doesn't have, and it needs power from one of the channels for the mic to work, so you need to adjust the center for the headphones. Ideally if you're just using voice chat in games and in programs like Teamspeak, Discord, Mumble or whatever, the most you should be spending is around $50.

Here's a video if you wanna take the plunge and get something more professional for voice overs some time in the future.

u/cmiles777 · 9 pointsr/hackintosh

PC Setup (Generated from my old spreadsheet)

u/defan752 · 8 pointsr/swordartonline

Going to just throw out a few points:

I'm assuming that you didn't listen to the episode after you recorded it because it seems to only record one side of the conversation, that is, we only hear one person talking. Might want to look into that.

Also, what recording equipment are you using? If possible, buy a good microphone (Blue Snowball is good for starters and inexpensive) and a pop filter to eliminate the booming sounds that we hear when you guys make the "p", "b", and "s" sounds. (This one is good and also inexpensive)

Your intro music could also be quieter, and it would help to just remove the voice speaking, as it's kind of annoying.

u/Xioden · 8 pointsr/funny

If you're not looking for a floor one, I picked up one of these. The radial mount included with it works, although I had to use it slightly differently. The elastic band was too short to wrap around either side, and was a bit too loose just going around the sides, so I twisted the elastic bands around the brackets like this. Four extra twists like that was enough to hold it tightly.

It has the adapter to use the normal screw mount on the moment included with it as well. My only complaint with it, is the XLR cable was useless for me, it's a 3 pin, while the Yeti Pro is 5 pin (A lot of people cut them off, I zip tied it as a "Just in case"). I would have loved to see a USB or 5-pin option.

Other than that, I have no complains about it, and can say I don't see any real reason to go with the pricier options like the PSA-1 given they're about three times the price.

u/cmcentire · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Note: the mic in the title is a XLR mic and will need some sort of USB interface for use on a computer (with 48v phantom power).

I recently picked up the USB+ version for cheap and this budget scissor arm along with a foam pop filter/windscreen and it works great for discord. The shock mount was a pain in the butt to fit with the AT2020 though.

u/SeafoodDuder · 8 pointsr/buildapc

If you can do around $10-$12 more then can't really go wrong with the Blue Snowball. Other than that, I'm not sure.

u/thepensivepoet · 8 pointsr/Guitar

Either a microphone (sennheiser e609) and a USB interface (scarlett 2i2 or similar)


a direct USB microphone (blue snowball, also good for vocals or misc room recordings).

u/coreyf · 8 pointsr/nfl

Great video again!

I gotta say though, the one unpolished part of your videos is the quality of your mic. The Shure SM7 is kind of an industry standard for radio and as versatile a mic as you're going to find, but if the price tag is a little steep for you, an SM58 should do the job just fine. Eminem actually recorded album tracks on this mic. I've got a few and they take a beating as well.

I think a small investment in your part can really push your projects to another level.

Or, I'm an idiot because you're already doing a great job. Thanks for your effort.

u/ibizzet · 8 pointsr/podcasting

Ok studio engineer here. when you say you don’t see the point in getting a better mic i’ll counter with this: you get what you pay for. if you want a better microphone spend more money. if you want to stick with your little usb snowball then that will work but sound like crap.

The grail of studio mics (especially for podcasts) would be the Shure SM7B and running around $400

if you’re budget is lower than that, consider the Shure SM58 for $105

and if you’re trying to go EVEN cheaper than that, the Shure SM48 is so cheap at $35 and even that will sound infinitely better than tour blue snowball.

so let me know if you have any questions. if you’re serious about upgrading your mic you might be intimidated because there’s thousands of options.

u/mstassi · 8 pointsr/musicians

Garageband is a good option, since you have a mac. Audacity is free. You can find some other DAW programs for free if you know where to look. I plug my guitars (electric & acoustic) and mic into this interface and it works great for the level of quality I'm looking for. It aint free...but it's relatively cheap as far as recording goes and I'm sure you could find something similar for less if you look.

u/AlanDavison · 7 pointsr/letsplay

$500... lessee...

Mic: Electro-Voice RE320https://www.amazon.com/EV-RE320-Variable-D-Instrument-Microphone/dp/B00KCN83VI

Interface: Steinberg UR22MKIIhttps://www.amazon.com/Steinberg-UR22MKII-2-Channel-USB-Interface/dp/B017MVUAHM

Windscreen: Electro-Voice WS-PL2https://www.amazon.com/Electro-Voice-WS-PL2-Foam-Windscreen/dp/B0043ISZXY

Stand: On Stage MS7701Bhttps://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701B-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58

Cables: XLR cablehttps://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Male-Female-Microphone-Cable/dp/B01JNLTTKS

Cables: USB cablehttps://www.amazon.com/Hosa-USB-215AB-Type-Speed-Cable/dp/B000VBGD6S

Justification for each:

RE320: It's a hell of a mic. Consider the Rode Procaster instead if you want to save a bit of money.

UR22MKII: Solid interface. Nothing more to say, really, except that it has a full 60dB of available gain, unlike some cheaper interfaces.

WS-PL2: It's a windscreen. Since my intention here would be close-talking into the mic (i.e., lips practically pressed against it), the windscreen is the better choice. It's expensive, but it's a thick-ass microphone.

MS7701B: Since the mic doesn't come with a shock mount, a floor stand is probably going to be preferable so keyboard/mouse noises or desk bumps aren't picked up as much.

XLR cable: It's an XLR cable. You'll need that.

USB A-to-B cable: It's a USB cable. I'm not 100% certain whether the interface comes with one, but... just in case. Obviously, if you intend to buy them, find out for sure whether it does or not, first.

Total as of right now: $487.09

u/proxpi · 7 pointsr/audioengineering

I'm going to assume you're talking about electric guitar, and you want to record on to your computer.

We'll go with the simplest/cheapest way (Note, you won't want to run an electric guitar directly into a computer, it'll generally sound like crap)

First off, you'll need a microphone. The Shure SM57 is an industry standard for recording many things, from guitar cabs to snare drums, and more. It's only $100, too! There's a knockoff of that mic, for half the price, that's supposed to be just as good (some people even prefer the sound), the GLS-57. Both of these mics are "dynamic" mics, and either of these mics will work.

You'll need to get a mic stand to place the mic in the proper position on the amp, which is a separate lesson in and of itself.

Next, you need a way to get the mic signal into your computer. The quickest, cheapest, but least featured way to do so would be something like the Blue Icicle. You would plug it into your computer, plug an XLR cable into it, and plug the mic into that cable.

For software, the most basic, and free software is Audacity. It really is pretty basic, but you can plug your stuff in, hit record, and it'll record. If you want something more powerful, check out Reaper. It's really good, and pretty cheap (and has a more or less unlimited trial period if you're that kind of person). It is somewhat complex though, and it'll take a decent amount of time to get comfortable with. If you have a Mac, Garage Band is just peachy.

inally, the last important part is hearing what you're recording. At the low-end, you're probably better off with headphones. I recommend either the Sennheiser HD280s or the less expensive Sony MDR-V6s (mostly identical to their professional MDR-7506s). If you want to get some actual monitors, check out the Behringer MS16s.

Unsurprisingly, you can spend a hell of a lot more money on any of these things. Feel free to ask any questions!

Bonus advice! If you want to record an acoustic guitar, instead of the SM57, you'd want to get a small diaphragm condenser (SDC) mic, like the MXL 603S.

u/talkingsmall · 7 pointsr/audioengineering

Haha, yeah welcome to recording things. You're never done spending money.

I just checked the user manual for your current interface, and yeah, you're not going to be able to use that with a condenser mic.

Something like this will work: http://www.amazon.com/PreSonus-AudioBox-USB-Recording-Interface/dp/B00154KSA2. It's cheap, and probably a little better quality than the Line-6 you're currently using. Presonus makes high quality stuff, and I think for what you're doing, that's about the cheapest you're going to get (feel free to prove me wrong, other people)

Re: your question about phantom power adapters. I don't have any experience with them, but if anyone else does and likes them, it's really up to you.

u/thatonekid57 · 7 pointsr/PostHardcore

If you're looking for a durable, good all-around dynamic mic for recording/performing, I would recommend the SM58.
If you're wanting a condenser mic, I've been using the MXL 770 for a couple years now and it's been great. Do you have an audio interface? If not, the one that I use is the PreSonus AudioBox.

EDIT: Feel free to PM me with any particular questions. I've been in a band for a few years and working on my second CD. Not an expert by any means, but if you have starter questions, I could definitely give you my two cents.

u/TuFFrabit · 7 pointsr/HuntShowdown

Arguably some of the best headphones for gaming under $100 are the Superlux HD668's. They are open back with large drivers, so the soundstage is huge.

Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JOETX8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_u-MnDbPGZC3YH

Not sure if you also need a microphone. The Behringer xm8500 is pretty fantastic for the price. You'll also need a way to get XLR to your PC. That could be as fancy as a USB interface. Or as simple as a USB to XLR cable.

Mic: Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_BdNnDbREJJ63R

USB to XLR cable: USB Microphone Cable 10Ft, Tanbin 3 Pin USB Male to XLR Female Mic Link Converter Cable Studio Audio Cable Connector Cords Adapter for Microphones or Instruments Recording Karaoke Singing (10ft) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079DQ9ZPT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_7dNnDb3NWRQ71

Or a basic USB audio interface: BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_4eNnDbZXTS70G

You'll also need a mic stand: InnoGear Microphone Suspension Mic Clip Adjustable Boom Studio Scissor Arm Stand for Blue Yeti Snowball Microphone and Blue Yeti Nano https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L3LL95O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_1fNnDbNW9G9RW

u/JuegaDas · 7 pointsr/battlestations
  1. ssd https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. Hard drive https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IEKG2HM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Graphics card https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126109
  4. CPU https://www.amazon.com/Intel-I7-6700-FC-LGA14C-Processor-BX80662I76700/dp/B0136JONG8/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1525461083&sr=1-5&keywords=i7+6700k&dpID=411v0MvpCaL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
  5. Desk https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19006323/
  6. Monitor 1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VRCLHYS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. Monitor 2 https://www.amazon.com/Acer-R240HY-bidx-23-8-Inch-Widescreen/dp/B0148NNKTC/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1525460691&sr=1-1&keywords=acer+monitor
  8. Desk mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AI2YGK4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. Speakers, they sound fantastic! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1ZTJJK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. Speakers mounting brackets https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9O8SI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  11. External audio card for headphones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EZT7RE4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. Headphones, If you're into the bass this are the best. https://www.skullcandy.com/shop/headphones/bluetooth-headphones/crusher-wireless
  13. Headphone stand https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MUB8RJ5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  14. Phone stand https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QF1KDR8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  15. Mic https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0170NWLWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  16. mic mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0170NWLWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  17. Shock mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FQB3DD8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  18. pop filter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  20. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXCDPPK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  22. Mouse pad https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FVPPE0E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  23. Ps4 stand https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015KJAQX6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
  24. XOne stand https://www.amazon.com/PowerA-Charging-Stand-Xbox-One-Black/dp/B013JLB1IQ/ref=pd_sbs_63_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B013JLB1IQ&pd_rd_r=BD1B7QRYQ42ESY3F8MS2&pd_rd_w=uGnIp&pd_rd_wg=V2OJ4&refRID=BD1B7QRYQ42ESY3F8MS2&th=1
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  26. Chair https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQKKS73/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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u/josecouvi · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Here's a few that are in your price range and pretty well known for their durability:

Beyerdynamic DT 770

Sony MDR 7506 (Also check for the price on the V6 as they're both very similar and just as durable)

AKG K240

Shure SE215

u/spamyak · 7 pointsr/headphones

Get the DT-770. They're like the 990 but closed and bassier, a good fit for electronic music. They're built like tanks, they don't look great (and don't need to), they isolate well, and thus they barely leak sound.

If you're using with a laptop or phone with underpowered audio out, get the 32 Ohm for $124.

Otherwise, the 80 Ohm version is $118 and also has velour pads. It also has just a bit more bass, but on worse audio sources it will be too quiet or otherwise sound a bit off.

Don't get an amp - if you would need an amp, get the 32 Ohm version. If you're dead set on getting an amp, go for a DAC/Amp, the SMSL M3 is one of the best cheaper desktop models.

Alternatively, and this will be frowned upon here, you could go for HyperX Cloud for $80. You missed the cheaper sale Friday ($65), but from personal experience of having these exact headphones without the microphone, they sound great with everything and have enough detail that they're a significant upgrade over what you have now.

u/themachu · 7 pointsr/hardwareswap

Just wanted to chime in, but you can get the boom arm and shock mount for around $20 on amazon.

u/thegingerlord · 7 pointsr/Filmmakers


1 - Take a breath.

You are overwhelmed and rightfully so, shooting is not easy and weddings are not easy either.

If you are doing interviews you need a mic. DO NOT USE ON CAMERA AUDIO! YOu can rent a rode videomic maybe from a local camera store, or buy this it is cheap, if your camera take audio in it will work. Keep in mind it would be Mono so in post you would need to make it stereo by duplicating the audio and sending it to the opposite side by panning it over or using a effect. Audio is very important it will be hard for you not having done this before.

As for video goes always have a camera rolling as a safety net. Sometimes when I do handheld for a concert or live event. I stick a go-pro on top of my camera in wide mode as a safety net incase something happens and I miss something.

I am not going to lie this will be very hard for you to do and you will be stressed out, a lot. Your friends will be better off hiring someone who has experience in this, but if they are content on having you do it I will walk you through.

Get lot of footage, if you don't ind editing a lot, then shoot a lot. Stick a camera up on a tripod during the ceremony frame it nicely hit record. Then go shoot something else with a different camera. That camera on sticks would be your safety net. Zoom in to get shots of the ring and face. Weddings are very emotional so the face, eyes and mouth are key to capture.

You said you don't know how to use the reflector. It has two sides as your know a silver and a gold. This is used to get light on people in the sun (or even from a light if you need to). You bounce the light from the sun into the subject. It is used a lot on sunny days to counter shadows the sun would cause on people's faces. The reflector would be bounce light from the sun onto the subject. You have to hold it or have a friend hold it. Keep in mind the sun moves so you constantly have to adjust your angle of reflection.

  • There are other editing programs that are free. Search around I don't know off the top of my head, but I have heard of some.
  • Gear wise, as I said a mic of some sort, you will need better audio then your cameras can record.
  • the ring exchange depends on the layout of the wedding, if you are the only shooter I would do the wide from your safety camera and get a close up with another camera. Remember to get the smiles, the ring is important, but the emotions are more important.
    *Movie templates are always available, if you want a DVD template or open credits you can find something for free especially for weddings online.
  • Common pitfalls include, shaky footage, out of focus footage, poorly framed footage, forgetting to record, BAD AUDIO.
  • how you prevent it ending up like crap, PRACTICE. Go film things with your set up test audio test zooming, test editing test everything so when you are out and shooting you don't get the "Oh shit" moment. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Watch other wedding videos see what you like what you don't and how you can make a good video with your tools you have.

    TL;DR be prepared, plan, practice.
u/novel__ · 7 pointsr/truetf2

There's no way you can be on a team without a mic.

Price an issue?

  • This Clip On Mic is only 8 dollars and is pretty high quality too.

  • If you can afford to go higher I can recommend a Blue Snowball for $60.

  • Also, maybe a CAD U1 for $30.

    Even a headset will do. Make sure you enable push to talk and are using headphones.

    Are you afraid? Get over it. Sorry for the bluntness, but consider your team to be friends. People you'd play any game with and still have a good time. If they aren't people you can relate to, don't join their team. It's that simple. Find people you can relate to easily. Find people that won't yell at you. Find people that will crack the occasional joke and laugh at stupid/amazing plays. You will create incredible bonds with these people, and have lifelong friends. These people must be more important to you than a random lobby player, so talk to them!

    And to be honest... most teams don't take people who can't/won't talk. Even if you were Clockwork or Ruwin.

    So, get a mic.
u/squidwalk · 7 pointsr/truetf2

If you get combo phones/mic, you'll be getting a worse setup than getting them individually. Gaming headsets aren't worth the extra price.

When it comes to headphones, you have to consider your purpose. For TF2, you won't want to hear outside noise and you want something you can wear for a while. That usually means cans. I couldn't imagine wearing buds for such a long time, it would irritate the heck out of my ears. I use Denon AH-D1001s myself, and I can't complain. Before I had the money for those though, I rocked Sony MDR-XD200s. They also sounded great, and were even a little looser on my head. And if you don't like them, they come with so much cord you can hang yourself >_<.

For mics, you don't really need much clarity for voice. I used the basic Logitec Desktop Mic for a decade until it blew out, then I replaced it with a Blue Snowball for podcasting. A friend that does TV editing used it professionally for years, and it's a great mic.

So if you're going cheap, you'll be way better with the MDR-XD200 and the Logitech desktop mic than with an $80 headset.

u/Zediac · 7 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

If you only need the cardioid pattern, as in you only need to record yourself talking into it, then get the Samson Meteor Mic.

It's half the price and half the physical size for the same sound quality. It's my gaming mic. If you want to use a boom arm then the feet "leaves" are easy to remove.

If you need multiple recording patterns then something like the Blue Yeti is the better choice.

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/Meesterwaffles · 7 pointsr/FL_Studio

Your best bet would be an Akai MPK Mini, in that price range, you get pads, switches, knobs, and a keyboard. Can't really beat it for the price, it's also pretty high quality and portable.

u/Skalpaddan · 6 pointsr/CGPGrey

Make sure to try them out first though. Noice cancelling headphones might make it feel like you constantly have a preassure on your ears (like the one you get when you're on an airplane and it's climbing) and that's really uncomfortable. Not all people experience this but I do and I can't stand to have noice cancelling headphones on for more than 5 minutes. Instead I bought a pair that are closed headphones that passively cancel out noice instead of actively like the Bose quiet comfort do. I have pair of these and they are also great on a plane but they don't fold down as nice as the Bose ones do.

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/gabmartini · 6 pointsr/argentina


Arranqué el proyecto Economista del medio el año pasado como una forma de llevar el laburo de analista de consultoría macroeconómica a un espectro de población más amplio, lo cual implica menos jerga y biribiri financiero. Este año se sumó la periodista de Infobae Jorgelina Do Rosario y empezamos a cambiar el formato del programa: hemos ordenado los temas y sumamos las entrevistas que le dan un valor agregado enorme al oyente. Estamos muy contentos con el resultado hasta ahora, tanto en calidad del material como en escuchas.

De la misma manera que como mejoró el material también mejoró el hardware con el cual grabamos. En su momento empecé con un mixer Behringer Xenyx 1202FX, un micrófono Shure SM58, unos auriculares Audio Technica M40x y una Zoom H4n. Luego de mi viaje a Japón me traje micrófono un Audio Technica 4040 (large diaphragm condenser) y ahí terminó el avance en hardware en 2016. En términos de software editaba (y sigo editando) el archivo crudo con el Logic Pro X de Apple.

Este año invertimos y nos trajimos (via Amazon Europa) un mixer Allen & Heath Zed60 10fx y un segundo micrófono Audio Technica pero el AT875r (un shotgun cortito condenser que es una maravilla). De backup tenemos dos micrófonos Audio Technica 2100 (los que son USB/XLR) que en relación precio/calidad son muy recomendados para los podcasters amateurs. En resumen, nuestro lineup de materiales es de primera calidad y para explotarlo al máximo, estamos intentando mejorar el tratamiento acústico del área donde grabamos para minimizar ruidos indeseados.

Como te decía, estamos muy contentos con las escuchas (en número general y en público en particular, es decir, los quienes). Hemos recibido comentarios de gente que nos sorprendió y eso nos motiva. Todavía no es LA masividad en escuchas pero queremos estar acá invirtiendo en esto para que cuando explote el podcasting en Argentina (porque va a pasar, que no te quepa la menor duda) tener una buena base y experiencia para seguir proyectándonos.

Lo lindo es que se están acercando algunos sponsors interesados en el material asi que significa que hay proyección a futuro. La verdad que al día de hoy estamos muy a gusto y cómodos laburando en el proyecto, que es para nosotros ahora lo más importante.

Por otro lado, una de las cosas más copadas que me pasó es poder grabar con una persona que conozco y confío de hace muchos años. Al principio hacerlo solo era más un desahogo pero laburar con alguien en esto, que aparte sabe y se mueve en el medio, tiene algo muy especial y divertido. Ese es un item que taché de mi lista de pendientes.

En materia de proyección a futuro y ToDos, creo que seguir mejorando y buscando calidad para ofrecer el mejor producto disponible en el mercado. En materia de hardware todavía tengo la espinita clavada por el Shure SM7b con su respectivo Cloudlifter pero por ahora estamos muy contentos con el equipo con el cual grabamos.


u/nosliwhtes · 6 pointsr/podcasting
  • Script that intro. Do not wing it.

  • Have a topic and stick with it. No banter from square one (some during convo is ok but get back to the topic soon).

  • Get a good Microphone.

  • Split your show into sections so that your audience stays attentive.

  • End your show like you start it -- scripted, fam.
u/ChickenSteve · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you're mainly going to use a mic, I would highly recommend a studio/usb condenser mic like the Samson Meteor. Just try to stay away from Blue's cheaper usb mics (i.e Snowball, Nessie, and under) ;3

u/DigitalDouche · 6 pointsr/buildapc

I'd go with the M-Audio AV40's, cheap and the sound really good.


u/shadfresh · 6 pointsr/electronicmusic

I have a few recommendations for you to get you started:

  1. This book: Music Theory for The Computer Musician , it's a great way to start off if you're unfamiliar with music theory. It gives you the basics and foundation of theory and while showing you how to apply it to various DAWs. It's a fairly easy read and there are quizzes and a CD with examples from the lessons. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  2. Here are some good subreddits:

  3. As others have mentioned, there are no shortage of resources online. There's tons of Youtube videos and forums where you can find tutorials.

  4. I also recommend listening/reading up on different types of EDM to give yourself a better understanding of what differentiates each genre. For example, check out the "House Music" wiki. Look at the description and try to understand what the "elements" of House music are: Rhythm structure, characteristic sounds, etc.. Do that for the genres you like first, and then venture to others you may not be familiar with.

  5. Lastly, if you're serious about it, stick with it. Just like anything, the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. Also, keep in mind it's not a cheap hobby or easy (time wise). You can do a lot of basic stuff with you Macbook and Logic (or whatever DAW you prefer) to get yourself started. I would hold off buying much hardware until you are comfortable with basics. If anything I would start off with some headphone and speaker monitors. (the links are to what I'm using and recommend to get started).

    I hope at least some of that is helpful...Good luck with everything!
u/warriorx559 · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm actually in the market for computer speakers although my budget is a bit lower than yours. But the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is one of the options that I'm considering, it is my second choice right now.

Here are some reviews for the ProMedia 2.1 from youtube.

Review 1

Review 2 update from #1

Review 3

Review 4 update from #3

Some issues i have with these speakers are that there is not a power switch on the speakers but instead it is located on the subwoofer. That from the reviews on amazon said for some people the knobs that control the volume and bass have not worked after a while. Also, that the subwoofer can get really hot if it is played for a long time.

My first choice right now is the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40s. One thing off the bat, is that is not a 2.1 system but looking at reviews it looks to be a solid product.

Here are some reviews from youtube.

Review 1

Review 2

Review 3

Review 4 M-Audio AV40 Vs Micca MB42

Final thoughts I'm leaning towards the AV 40s but I'm still doing some research, I hope this helps out.

u/living_in_the_future · 6 pointsr/AskBattlestations

The M-Audio AV40 is highly recommended on the Head-Fi forums: http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studiophile-Powered-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B0051WAM64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341940916&sr=8-1&keywords=m+audio+av40

They are the type of speakers people who enjoy music use, but are budget oriented. I'm sure they would be decent for gaming as well.

u/drebin8 · 6 pointsr/buildapc

These are the Bose speakers I have

Here's a set of speakers that are better for half the cost

These blow away the Bose speakers and cost a bit less

By the way - check out /r/audiophile - I'm not an audiophile, but that's what a few guys from over there recommended. The Audioengines would probably be your best bet, though if your budget is $150 get the second one. I haven't used either one so I'm not speaking from personal experience, just what's been recommended to me.

u/slightly_drifting · 6 pointsr/Guitar

Here, use this. There is NO reason you should be going into the line in on your pc for Christ's sake. It's got such low headroom you'll clip almost always. This setup doesn't come with a mic, but you can plug your guitar into it and get a cheap condenser mic on craigslist. If you're playing acoustic guitar and singing, then just buy this usb mic. Good luck!

Edit:The term you were looking for was "interface", not "preamp", which is why you got solutions that aren't going to work well.

u/123kyran123 · 6 pointsr/buildapc

There are actually a few great ones for less than $110!

  • Samson Meteor.

  • Blue Snowball. I highly recommend this one! It's great quality and picks up your voice very nicely.

  • Blue Yeit is an excellent alternative. Better than the two above mentioned mics, but is $110...
u/Release_the_KRAKEN · 5 pointsr/GoodValue
u/th3malcontent · 5 pointsr/podcasts

You want a 4 input mixer with a USB out. Brands will cause an uproar in this sub but I've had 3 different Behringers and never had a problem and they are cost effective. You want a USB out for sound clarity. If you go with line out to a PC, it will sound like shit.

This is a great mixer for the price. It's has USB out to your pc and 4 xlr inputs for mics as well as a couple for your pc or whatever audio in.

This mic will do what you need it to. It's not a condenser, but it will sound great.

With cables and windscreens you should be able to keep it under 200 with those 3 items. But, you may want to look at some cheap mic stands (holding a mic makes too much noise that will annoy your audience) and balanced Y cables for your pc inputs. I'm pretty sure the mixer will come with the USB cable. Also you will need a good headphone splitter/amp. Or you can get a cheap 4 way headphone splitter, just make sure it's stereo.

You have a low budget so you will have to sacrifice on some of the equipment. Not to say this stuff is shitty, just that five hundred would get you more bang. I realize you only have 3 people now but a guest will happen over time. Chances are though, you will do 10 shows and quit - someone will not have the time or life will get in the way, it happens. The equipment I linked to will work in many applications so it will be easy to move if you decide to get rid of it.

Again, people here will argue for days over brand name and set ups. My suggestions are suggestions that will work. I've used them for years and have had a few incarnations of each. I personally use completely different equipment now, but I know this stuff works on a budget. No - I do not work for Behringer, but the shit works for its price. Good luck, guys. PM me with the first show!

u/MMfuryroad · 5 pointsr/hometheater

Respectfully, it's a complete waste of time and money. You're better off using your B speaker setup like I use mine as a way to run a different type of speaker for different content not in an AB configuration. That can create its own issues.

Bi wiring / bi amping

McGurk effect video

Better things to do than bi- wiring and bi-amping speakers to improve your audio experience:

  1. Experiment with your speaker placements i.e. distance from boundaries, angle of speaker, distance from speaker and height of the tweeter lining up with your ear height at the MLP.

  2. Get fully familiar with your receivers room correction type and setup procedures. If there are 6 or 8 different mic positions available at setup use them and rerun the room correction anytime you change what's in the room, your seating position , the speakers themselves or the speakers positions in the room and invest in a boom mic stand and camera mount adapter to keep the audio mic away from reflection points and try to reduce your rooms noise floor as much as possible before running the correction i.e. AC system, ceiling fans , screaming kids or wife.😏

  3. Learn more about passive room treatments. You don't have to go crazy and there are several companies that offer free online modeling programs to determine the type and number of treatments your room might need at affordable prices. GIK Acoustics and ATS Acoustics are 2 good ones that spring to mind.

    ATS Acoustics online acoustic analyzer

    GIK Acoustics analyzer

  4. Use good quality cables and connectors. Again you don't have to go crazy but getting good affordable cabling and connectors usually helps eliminate or reduce many minor troubleshooting issues to something other than the connectors and cables. Again Blue Jeans Cable and Mediabridge comes to mind but there are others.

  5. Download the freeware program REW and just play with it a bit. You'll need a calibrated audio mic with an HDMI cable or stereo RCA connector to fulfill its full potential but there is a built in room modeling program that anyone with a sealed rectangular room can get some good benefits from using without a mic or cable and it gives you time to get more comfortable with what is a fully equipped acoustical software program and did I mention that it's free.?

    Room Equalization Wizard

    There's more. Like learn speaker specifications and what they mean with regards to efficiency and power requirements but these are the major things that came to my mind ahead of bi- anything.
u/Distracted_Limb · 5 pointsr/Rockband
u/BeardedAlbatross · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Adding to this, if his source is a PC then pick up This, a pair of TRS cables and you should be fine budget-wise.

u/fasterflame21 · 5 pointsr/FL_Studio

Best thing you can do for a guitar sound is get a guitar. I spent weeks trying to get a good guitar sound while using a keyboard, and the best thing you can do is get the real thing. You don't need anything fancy, but a Lexicon Alpha and a guitar with humbucker pickups will do wonders for you.

That being said, it all depends on your goal. What kind of music are you wanting this guitar sound for?

u/Roppmaster · 5 pointsr/headphones

You need a line level mixer: https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40/.

Connect the Modi and your monitor's line out to the inputs. Connect your Magni to the output.

u/Umlautica · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

That looks like it's for mono signals, not stereo. Try the Rolls MX42 instead.

u/R-A-S-0 · 5 pointsr/Guitar

You'll want a USB Audio Interface - something like this and a good set of headphones. Since you're using a Mac, you'll have access to GarageBand; grab the BIAS FX free trial for Amp + FX sims and load it as a plugin with GarageBand. You should be able to get a pretty nice setup for less than £100.

Edit: You can record in GarageBand just by pressing the 'r' key or by clicking the record button.

u/TheRoyalGodfrey · 5 pointsr/hiphopheads

I'd say just mess around with chopping things up

i'd say buy a small MIDI keyboard (something like this or this) to start off and just play around with stuff. A lot of it is learning music theory and different chord progressions

u/BangsNaughtyBits · 5 pointsr/podcasts

A full setup that will record four local mics, max, or two local mics and a Skype caller. A choice of mics.

Behringer UMC404HD interface for $100 (needs a USB cable I think)


Behringer HA400 headphone amp for $25


Needs two TRS 1/4" stereo cables, one for the headphone amp and one for Skype. $10


Behringer XM1800S three pack of good enough mics for $40


or a slightly better Behringer XM8500 at $20 each


or a very nice Blue enCORE 100 at $60


A couple 9-foot XLR cables for $12 or vary as you see fit


On-Stage, desk stand for $13 (lots of options)


You need some RCA to 1/4" TS cables. Technically two though there are reasons up to four and this six pack is cheap at $8. Wish they were shorter.


or you can get by with one of these.


and my personal favorite, the UCA202 for $30


This gives you full Skype access to the other rig for Two local mics.


u/SirClaytonBigsby · 5 pointsr/buildapc

This build will be adequate for music production, although just barely. Like others have said, an outboard audio interface that connects by USB is one of the most important components for an audio production PC (definitely cut that asus xonar sound card). this focusrite Scarlett series is an immensely popular choice https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1491756709&sr=1-2&keywords=audio+interface I would also recommend the behringer umc hd series as being much better value at the $99 price point (this is what I just replaced my ancient audio interface with) https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491757010&sr=8-1&keywords=umc404hd The audio interface will allow you to 100% bypass the motherboards audio chipset and will provide far higher quality and much more routing options than any onboard audio chipset can claim.

I wouldn't cut anything from this parts list. If you running even a few different VST's in ableton you may come to find the mechanical drive insufficient to allow you to smooth play back of instruments. An 250-500gb SSD would be a likely future upgrade for this build that would tangibly improve performance.

Also, if an audio interface is outside your budget, I would simply wait on buying one. Depending on what your doing in Ableton you might not find it essential right off the bat. Its not like its gonna affect your warping or timestretching ;)

u/gutie5 · 5 pointsr/musicproduction

This is the one I use and it works really well, would definitely recommend for a first audio interface. BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC202HD, 2-Channel ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURUBE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_v0wkDbXTEJ1G7

u/lopegbg · 5 pointsr/headphones

get the 32 ohm version of the DT770s. I have a nexus 5 as well :)


u/yojoe600 · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

Black is $55.74 at Amazon

They are nice for the price.

u/LeoPantero · 5 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Samson Meteor Mic. There's something about sounding really crisp during a skype conference call. Plus it's good enough to do a podcast, etc with, if you should ever need to.

u/IHeartThe80s · 5 pointsr/vinyl

Others will fill in the details, but the basic answer is, you'll need three more pieces of gear:

  • Preamp (to boost the turntable signal to line level)

  • Amp or tuner (to boost the signal to speaker level)

  • Speakers

    An inexpensive (though perhaps temporary) option is to buy a pair of powered speakers (like these perhaps: http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studiophile-Powered-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B0051WAM64/), which will combine the amp and speakers. But you'll still need that preamp (these are inexpensive and start at about $40).

    Edit: Just saw your post elsewhere about hating Beach Boys' Smile. I love it but am curious about your dislike (and about who's forcing you to listen to it). As a Beatles fan you should know that they were fans—and rivals—of the BB's; the two groups inspired one another circa '65-'67.
u/jkangg · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Slide your SSD and HDD onto the bottom rack and take the top rack out for much better airflow like this. Easy as pie and it'll keep your parts, especially your GPU cooler. When the time comes, here are some potential upgrades:

M-Audio AV 40 Speakers

G502. There's going to be a sweet deal for this. Bull full price at $79.99 and get a $50 steam card.

CM Storm Quickfire Mechanical Keyboard w/ MX Blues

u/AverageJoeAudiophile · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Are your price point you can start looking into entry level powered monitors.

A good first stop would be the M-Audio AV40

u/Muravaww · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

You won't find high quality until the 120-150$ range. m-audio av40's for 150$ have been the best i've seen for a reasonable price. These are 2.0 speakers, which are generally what you want over a poor quality 2.1 set.

However, your needs are important to your choice. Are you looking for gaming, general music, flac music? You say electronic music, but that is a HUGE range of things. No matter what, this is a question better suited for a pc hardware type site/subreddit.

All <$100 speakers are all poor quality and not BIFL.

M-Audio av40 link

u/Arve · 5 pointsr/audiophile

Strictly speaking, you are in the wrong subreddit - gear for a musician is better asked in /r/audio.


> HT | OMEGA Claro Halo 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card w/ a built-in HI-FI Headphone Amplifier

If your friend is making music, it's reasonably likely that he's at some stage going to record external instruments (or voice). Internal, consumer-oriented sound cards are very nearly useless for this: They won't have a sufficient number of inputs, and their inputs are unbalanced. He is going to want a proper prosumer external audio interface.

There are many to choose from, but here are a few that has been reasonably well reviewed:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i6, $299.
  • PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL, $299.

    Both of the above have headphone amps, and you can connect instruments directly, and microphones requiring phantom power.

    Disclosure: I use neither of the above - I needed a budget option for recording in situation where I may not always have a computer, so I use the Zoom R16, which is also neat because it can act as a very compact control surface.

    > Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

    No. For making music, he's going to want studio monitors, or something resembling them. The absolutely cheapest option in that department I can recommend is the M-Audio Studio AV40 at $130. I have owned these, and wrote a review here.

    However, I'm going to go out on a limb, and guess that you're coming from the PC gaming side of things. In which case, you've probably picked the heftiest graphics card you could find. Scale that graphics card back by about $100 - a fast GPU isn't needed for music. Lots and lots of RAM and a fast CPU is.

    Either way, my point about scaling back on the GPU is that while I like the AV40's, monitors at around $300 are much better tools for musicians than $130 monitors. I was so happy with the way the AV40's performed, that I upgraded to their big brother, the M-Audio BX5 D2 - but there are many alternatives to it.

    TL;DR Your friend needs an audio interface, not a sound card, and he need studio monitors, not gamer's toys from logitech.
u/ItsBigMAK · 5 pointsr/PS4

He'll also need a microphone. This one is decent.

u/dolbydog · 5 pointsr/audioengineering

Amazon hasn't deviated from $349 since 2011. I'd just buy it. http://camelcamelcamel.com/Shure-SM7B-Dynamic-Microphone-Cardioid/product/B0002E4Z8M

u/HanSoloBolo · 5 pointsr/casualiama

I would recommend upgrading that at least a little bit. I host podcasts and I wouldn't want headphone mic audio on my show.

You should at least look at some cheap usb microphones. I'd recommend the [ATR 2100] () which I bought for 25 bucks. I'm currently using an [XLR mixing board] (http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-1202-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5Y282/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1456871248&sr=8-4&keywords=behringer+mixing+board) and a [10 dollar dynamic microphone] (http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-XM8500-Dynamic-Cardioid-Microphone/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1456871363&sr=8-3&keywords=behringer+3+pack) that sound absolutely wonderful and only cost me 70 bucks when I bought them used.

u/staleygreg · 5 pointsr/Twitch

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

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



u/Ladybonerthrow86 · 4 pointsr/GWABackstage

So for recording with my Samsung Note 5, I use the voice recorder app already on there. I've never had an issue with it. I use the Stony Edge Lapel Mic, which just plugs into your headphone jack for anything with the phone now. Haven't done a commute ramble with it yet, but I will.

For other recording purposes, I use a Blue Yeti Blackout Edition, and have a Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone, Cardioid Mode(Gloss Black) for mobile use (i.e. traveling). I have a generic pop filter I picked up at a music store, and a DR Pro Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom for streaming and recording at home.

The Yeti is a pretty popular mid-price mic for GWA peeps. Snowball is a GREAT starter mic though. My dream mic is a toss up between the Shure SM7B and the AT2035 (both please?)

For desktop recording/editing, a lot of people use Audacity, which is what I started with. I now use Reaper Pro to record, and Izotope RX6 for editing.

Disclaimer: None of these Amazon links are referral links, and I earn no money from them

u/Drigr · 4 pointsr/podcasts

Is your co-host local? If so

  • Behringer Q1202 USB Mixer - $100 (Amazon)

  • Behringer XM8500 X2 - $20ea (Amazon)

  • Good XLR cables - I've been told you should be spending around $15 per cable, but buy what's your comfortable with.

    If they aren't local? I know blue makes some higher tier USB mics.
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/davou · 4 pointsr/synthesizers

Heya guys, I dug through the faq and even did that website but Im still a bit lost.

I work in an office where I'm not allowed to have a computer or a phone at my desk; and I'm not allowed to connect anything to the work systems.

Apart from that I'm pretty much allowed to do whatever I want while I idle waiting for work to happen.

I've decided that I wanna try and learn to play some keys and maybe make some beats while I idle; with that in mind I have some requirements on a synth/keyboard.

  • It needs to work without needing to be plugged into a computer while I play (putting sounds on it from a computer before I play is fine, since I can do that at home)

  • It needs to have a headphone jack so that I can jam without upsetting people around me/distracting people.

  • It needs to be compact and not a full sized unit.

    Apart from that here are some things I'd like for it to be able to do also, but wont fuss over.

    line in would be cool, so that I can play along with music from an MP3 player
    Drum pads would be awesome.

    I was looking at something like this but Im not sure if that will run without having the comptuer plugged into it.

    That thing is just about the perfect size and layout for what I want; Quality isn't so important since this is going to be mostly a time waster and quick try at something. If I find I like it, I will get something better down the road. I also realize my needs and wants are pretty specific, so I'm not opposed to spending some money.
u/tPRoC · 4 pointsr/makinghiphop

arturia minilab mk2

if you want full size keys try this or this

stay away from the launchkey it has terrible keys that feel like ass, it's only good if you want the clip launching features for ableton

the akai mpk mini is okay while it lasts but eventually the keys will break off. not might, will. Akai also just released an updated version of this controller, no idea if the keys are any more reliable on it though.

$200 is a bad amount of money to spend. either go cheap ($100) or go expensive with midi controllers and get something like this or this, everything "mid range" feels like ass for the price you pay & you will be disappointed with it.

u/thomasxx3 · 4 pointsr/Guitar

hmm maybe something like a simple usb keyboard that connects to your pc?

you can record directly with that and put it in your software + they are way smaller


im by far not a pro but this is what i would do^ :)

u/Audbol · 4 pointsr/techtheatre

The new Behringer interfaces are solid as a rock. Highly recommended. [link](BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_UahPzbFF7V6TQ)

u/YaBoyNazeem · 4 pointsr/podcasting

One problem is that mixer doesn't have two XLR input channels. Most mixers or interfaces that are used with multiple mics have multiple XLR inputs. That Mixer does have line in inputs though. So I think you would need to either get a new mixer OR try to use something like this.... https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-YMP-434-Stereo-Breakout-Cable/dp/B0010D0HO0/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=1%2F4+stereo+to+female+3.5mm&qid=1556022969&s=musical-instruments&sr=1-3


I don't know how well that would work because I have never done it but it's worth a try if you're strapped for cash.


This can connect your 3.5mm input from your Toner mic in to your Line in 2/3 input on your board.


An example of an interface with two XLR inputs is this:



A mixer with two interfaces is this:


u/djdementia · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Beginners kits get asked often here. Here is what I wrote up a few weeks ago for beginners kits:

A beginners kit on a tight budget ~$180:

u/ShreddyZ · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I was referring to something like the Akai. While you can record a midi keyboard using just a usb cable, you'll need some sort of interface to record signals from your microphone. I suggested a pci device because you're building a pretty badass rig, and pci devices are much faster/have better latency/have more inputs and outputs than usb or firewire devices. However, they're also usually quite expensive. Plus, if you're only going to be recording with one microphone, you really don't need all that nonsense. For this reason, I highly recommend getting a usb device. What's your budget going to be like? There are a wide variety of very high-quality interfaces to be had for under $200. Off the top of my head, two that I can recomend are the PreSonus Audiobox and the Line6 UX2 (which I use).

u/justjbc · 4 pointsr/Filmmakers

Buy a cheap lav mic and line it into a Zoom H1 hidden on the subject. Hit record at the beginning of each take, then ask the subject to clap once. Use 1/8" cable extensions for your headphones if you'll be monitoring more than a few feet away.

EDIT: Clap, assuming you don't have a slate. Also you can use cable extensions for the lav instead...however I find this isn't always reliable for some reason.

u/RaN96 · 4 pointsr/letsplay

Quality Test. Have to break a rule here, SORRY!!

Items, Old Setup:

Blue Snowball


ProLine Stand

Items, New Setup:

Audio Technica AT2035

Rode PSA1 Stand

Line 6 POD Studio UX2

Required XLR Cable

I also plan on picking up Noctua NH-D14 and an H440 soon to replace my 650D and H100i.

u/Fusionnex · 4 pointsr/audiophile

Separate Mic! No need to limit your options by only looking at headsets. Get a decent set of cans and get a separate microphone. This is what i did but you can swap out any solid set of cans in your price range. Drop 250 for akg701's Here and get a 15$ 8$ mic, amazing solution if you have the power to drive the headphones. If you are super picky about microphone quality go for a blue microphone.

u/sexyfail · 4 pointsr/ableton

I had good experiences with my Lexicon Alpha unit.

u/tek_fox212800 · 4 pointsr/FL_Studio

Happy Cake Day duder! Here are my suggestions!

Under 100$

[Lexicon Alpha](http://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-Alpha-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE/ref=sr_1_1?

Scarlett Solo

Tascam US-32

Over 100

Scarlett 2i2

M Audio M Track Plus

Steinberg UR22

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

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



u/triple_platinum · 4 pointsr/audio

Not sure what perspectives you are looking for but here are my thoughts. :)

I am more on the Pro Audio/recording side of things but you can run the music from anything that plays YouTube and get a mic/interface that can be plugged into any pro system. (Your living room setup can become a karaoke machine)

The standard mic for live is a Shure SM58 which is not too expensive. Then you can get a used audio interface to run the sound from your computer. For example the PreSonus AudioBox USB. Granted, you would need speakers but could plug into your current home Audio system or buy a bundled system with a mic, interface, and speakers, etc.

The advantage of using the computer is you can easily record her singing! Just another route to consider, although I suppose the appeal to a machine is simplicity and having it all in one box.

u/General_Annoyance · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I'm /u/whitefeather14's friend. If it's solely for headphones and you're not looking to spend a lot, then I would strongly recommend something by Fiio. I have an older one, the FiiO E7. They don't sell this one anymore, but they have a newer one called the FiiO E70k. I haven't personally used it, but I can only assume it's like mine but better.

If it's a little more than you want to spend, then I'd look at the Q1. I've heard good things about these as well.

These are nice, because they double as a USB dac and a portable headphone amplifier. Which means if you're traveling or something you can plug your phone into it and still get the amplifier out of it, no need for a USB source.

If that doesn't interest you, then there's the FiiO K1, which is just a USB DAC, and does not have an analog 3.5mm input, only the micro USB.

Now, understand that any of these aren't going to be the greatest DAC ever. Sub $100 is pretty cheap for a DAC, and I'm pretty sure these are all 24-bit, with 32-bit being more or less the best you can get (There's some debate on whether or not you can hear a difference, but that's entirely a different conversation.)

If you do want something a little more pricey and nice, the Schiit Modi DAC and Magni amp are really quite nice. They also have a Amp/DAC combination for $80 which I haven't heard anything about, but Schiit is pretty good.

The one /u/whitefeather14 said is a PreSonus AudioBox USB. You probably don't want this, as it is primarily an audio interface for recording instruments and microphones, and isn't a dedicated DAC, though the DAC is pretty nice, and as a bonus has a 1/4in headphone out as well as two 1/4in outs for L/R powered speakers, such as studio monitors, if that's of any benefit for you.

As for the SMSL one you posted, I have also heard good things about that one, though it's a desktop unit and does not have an analog 3.5mm input.

Let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to help.

u/pigz · 4 pointsr/Guitar

>don't see a guitar input

There's a 1/4" mono input in the centre of the XLR.

That behringer unit is prettly limited, especially getting the audio back out of the PC to your monitors. Line OR USB, instead of line and USB.

In your price range, better choices would be M-Audio MTrack Plus, or MTrack 2, Focusrite Scarlett or Presonus Audiobox

They all come with some form of 'Lite' DAW software as well.

u/DeathKoil · 4 pointsr/buildapc
  • Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. Good weight and decent button placement.
  • Keyboard - IBM Model M 1391401. Buckling spring keyboards are great!
  • Headphones - Sennheiser HD598. Open back gives a huge soundstage for gaming. Amazing headphones.
  • Microphone - Samson Meteor. Very accurate microphone that is very sensitive, so be careful what you say on the other side of the house. If the mic is open everyone will hear. In Discord you can adjust the sensitivity so that it is only open when you speak and that works quite well.
u/Cadd9 · 4 pointsr/Guitar

If you have a hard limit on staying at or below $70, I say you should get a Samson Meteor Mic. It's a plug-and-play USB condenser mic. You could use Reaper to record with the Meteor mic.

Here's something I recorded with the mic:
A string of song intros. Here's someone using it for an acoustic guitar.

With that mic, you have to play around with both mic sensitivity and placement for it. I believe I had that at something like roughly 21/100.

u/Grummond · 4 pointsr/audio

As it's for a computer you need active speakers. That just means they have a built in amplifier so you just need to plug them into your source (in this case the computer) and there's no need for any additional equipment to power them.

These are a pretty good buy in that price range. I've used them for 5 years or so and they have surprisingly good sound quality. Probably the best at this price point:


u/tcooling · 4 pointsr/buildapc

These Swan M10's are meant to be quite good, you could use the spare cash to buy a cheap DAC.

An even better option that is very upgradeable is this selection of components for just over your budget at ~$170.

Another option is M-Audio Studiophile AV40.

Just a word of warning, try to stay away from any speakers that are marketed as for "gamers". An example of this are Logitech (although the more expensive 5.1 setups are know to be fairly good).

Good luck!

u/Susfour · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Use studio monitors

Edit: You can also try A->B mixing, which is listening to a professionally mixed/mastered track of the same genre and comparing the frequency levels to your own

u/Goron_Elder · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

What I would get in that range:
Reaper - $60.
Focusrite 2i2, Mic, Cable and headphones bundle - $240
then either a
Blue Spark - $170
or a pair of KRK Rokit monitors - $265
or an SM 57 - $92
and a cheaper set of monitors. - $135

Reaper + Bundle + Spark = $470
Reaper + Bundle + KRK Rokit = $565
Reaper + Bundle + SM57 + Other monitors = $527.

Note that you don't need to buy reaper immediately, and can buy it later if you like it or switch to a more expensive DAW if you don't like it.

My monitor recommendations are very uninformed, but they're to give an idea of price range.

u/panserbj0rne · 4 pointsr/macsetups

Came here to recommend that. Surprisingly good bass out of such a tiny speaker but still great accurate sound. Not overpowering.

If those are out of budget, the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 are good.

u/LurkTV · 4 pointsr/Eve

The Desktop.

Was asked for a full parts list. Here is everything in one spot. (xpost)

u/LukeLC · 4 pointsr/VoiceActing

Depends on how you define inexpensive.

A good beginner setup would be a Neewer NW-800 + single-channel phantom power box of your choice + a clip on pop filter. Should cost you around $60 for the whole setup and get you condenser XLR quality that'll beat any USB mic in the same price range and much higher.

Links for reference:

  • Neewer NW-800
  • Phantom power supply
  • Pop filter

    Do yourself a favor and use low-end, but real audio equipment like this instead of a Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti. Using those two mics is like writing "I have no clue what I'm doing" on your VA profile, but so many people do it. A Yeti Pro is the minimum you should go for in Blue mics, otherwise the people hiring you WILL be able to tell you're on a USB mic and they WILL use it to gauge your level of experience against you. As a general principle, XLR is a much better look when you're trying to get hired doing voice work.
u/Teravicious · 4 pointsr/battlestations

Some additional photos can be found HERE. Full specs are below:

Rig on the right:

  • Cyberpower GXIVR8060A4 Gaming PC - Link
  • i5 7400 CPU 3.0 GHz
  • Asus Prime B250-A Motherboard
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • 120GB SATA SSD
  • 1TB HDD
  • ASUS VG248QE Black 24" Gaming Monitor - Link
  • CRYORIG H7 Cooler - Link
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz 16gb (4 x 4GB) DDR4 (CMK8GX4M2B3000C15) - Link
  • Logitech G413 Gaming Keyboard - Link
  • Furmax Executive Racing Chair - Link
  • BrosTrend 1200Mbps Long Range USB WiFi Adapter - Link
  • Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speakers - Link
  • Coulax Wireless Qi Charger - Link
  • Dechanic Mini Control Gaming Mouse Pad (red) - Link

    Rig on the left

  • Dell XPS 8700
  • I7 4790 CPU 3.6GHz
  • 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz (4x4GB)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB DDR5
  • 2TB HDD
  • Dell 23” Touchscreen IPS LED Monitor (P2314T) - Link
  • Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam - Link
  • Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speakers - Link
  • Auray BAI-2U Broadcast Arm w/Internal Springs and Integrated USB Cable - Link
  • Samson CO1U USB Condenser Microphone - Link
  • Koolertron Universal 50MM Microphone Shock Mount - Link
  • Dragonpad Pop Filter - Link
  • Dechanic Mini Control Gaming Mouse Pad (red) - Link
  • Furmax Executive Racing Chair - Link


  • 1 x LILLTRASK White 98” Countertop - Link
  • 2 x ALEX Drawer/File Unit - Link
  • 1 x GODVIN White Leg - Link
  • Nexlux LED Strip Lights - Link
  • Viaky 30 Pcs Black Adhesive Clips (for cable management) - Link
  • Google Home Mini (to control desk lights) - Link
u/AnomalyNexus · 4 pointsr/southafrica

No. Kinda why I bring it up...cause I know it's something not immediately obvious to others. ;)

You need 32ohm - something like this:


32ohm you can use with consumer grade gear directly. The audiophiles will disapprove & argue that 250ohm gives superior sound, but I'd argue the cost & convenience wins out here.

u/Terry_Pratchett_ · 4 pointsr/headphones

My brother tried my 80 Ohm with his S3 and the sound was absolutely loud enough. But there are also 32 Ohm which are made for mobile devices.

Edit: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B008POFOHM (German Amazon)

Keep in mind that they also have different earpads (not velour, although you can change them if you want to).

u/MiEsAmericano · 3 pointsr/vinyl

My setup is literally two pieces of equipment. It seems expensive, but if you sell some textbooks to amazon, you can easily knock about a hundred fifty bucks off the total cost. This isn't audiophile equipment, but it's solid, it's a good place to get started, it's relatively cheap, and it'll sound a million times better than whatever you'd get at best buy or urban outfitters for the same price.

Speakers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0051WAM64/

Turntable: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002S1CJ2Q/

Of course, if you can, go vintage.

u/NeonFights · 3 pointsr/videos

If you're looking to improve your sound for the least amount of money, a cheap pop-filter would be the best bang for the buck.

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/youtubers

Blue Snowball $48

ATR2500 USB $57

CAD U37 $47

Personally I use the Blue snowball (DON'T get the ICE version). It's a favorite among newer YouTubers. Same with the ATR2500. Haven't used the CAD U37, but heard good things. If you have more money look into the Blue Yeti or the AT2020 mic. Also the Rode Podcaster.

Don't forget to get a Pop filter which will help a lot. Also I suggest using Audacity to record, (and it is free). If you need help with Audacity, here's a good video to get you started

u/Hyabusa2 · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

People that don't make youtube videos for a living don't often own specialized recording equipment but at least be constructive enough to offer a recommendation.

The Blue Yeti for $100 seems like a pretty popular decent budget choice.

Add a $7 pop filter as an accessory.

u/sushir · 3 pointsr/india

I can give you a MIC for free, that I am not using. It is not as good as the Rode, but it's pretty fabulous. I have the stand and the pop-filter too. Lemme know if you want it.


I will not charge anything. And will give it away just for your need. Take it friend, and make it your own. Here it's just gathering dust.


Model: https://www.amazon.in/Zabel-Condenser-Microphone-Shock-Shield/dp/B01NB14TFI/

Pop F: https://www.amazon.in/Generic-Studio-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/

Stand: https://www.amazon.in/Robustrion-Microphone-Suspension-Scissor-Stand/dp/B01E3F62FO/


Hope it helps you create great Content.

u/ZlDANE · 3 pointsr/buildapcsalesuk

this pop filter fits on perfectly fine.

u/BrunoBrutalos · 3 pointsr/headphones

Im pretty much a newbie. So i wanna buy headphones which i can use on mobile devices and desktop too. They should have a good sound overall and also be fine on desktop for example working with fl studio(im just doing some basic stuff). Price segment is around 150$. So they should be below 50 Ohms so i dont need an amp. My favourites right now are the beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro(32 Ohms) and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. I slightly prefer the beyerdynamics. So what do you think?
Here are the links:

beyerdynamics DT 770 PRO(32 Ohm):

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

u/kRiiLiiN · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

The Beyerdynamic DT770 32ohm is $144 right now and would suit your bass needs. They are very comfortable, you can wear them in public since they are closed back, and very high build quality. Definite upgrade from the logitech in every way.

u/importflip · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

ATH M50x: Nice starter headphones.

Beyerdynamic DT770: These are closed so they are good at bass. I linked the PRO-32s because I doubt you have a soundcard, or want to get one that can push the ohms.

Beyerdynamic DT 990: These are like the 770s, but they are open, so less bass, and better positioning (sound staging).

All three should be good for music and gaming, with the first 2 being better for bassy music and the last being better for more instrumental music.

Later on you should look at getting a DAC.

You can get good stuff at the price point you are looking for, but if you end up loving the sound quality, 150+ should be your starting point. Also check out head-fi forums for other suggestions.

Edit: Changed link for the 32 Ohm version of the DT990s

u/Hackdaddy101 · 3 pointsr/Music

If you're willing to extend your budget about $20, or if you're willing to wait until the right time, I recommend Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros, 32 ohms. Over the ear, extremely comfortable, extremely durable (if you break anything on them you can get replacement parts instead of having to buy a new one). Perfect for when I'm listening on my phone/iPod or on the computer. They are German, so the price fluctuates with currency exchange, so I've seen them priced on Amazon everywhere from $230 to $160. I bought mine at $170, and sprang for extra comfy velour earpads for $20.

Edit: Right now they're $250, so you'll have to wait. But they're well worth the wait, their sound is orgasmic.


u/Obscure_Username_ · 3 pointsr/Twitch

If you want to future-proof your setup, go with something XLR based, and later down the road you can upgrade and replace stuff on the cheap.

I personally use an AT2020-XLR on a cheap mic stand that comes with a shock mount and built in cable (gets a bit squeaky after a few months of use, but only when fully retracting it), piped through a phantom power supply and an XLR to USB cable

A really good mic to go with would also be the ATR 2100 as it is both XLR and USB. It's a dynamic mic, so background noise won't be much of an issue. The price point is great, and it would be easy to expand on later. I personally have no experience with the mic, so take that as you will.

u/cinepro · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Does he have a phono preamp that he's happy with? If so, you just need a "USB Recording Interface". There are tons to choose from, and since you're just doing stereo, almost any will do.

24bit - 48kHz resolution should be good unless he wants to go nuts (maybe do an AB comparison of higher bitrates or frequencies to make sure it's worth it).

Something like this:

Presonus Audiobox 2x2

If it's just this one recording project, then you can buy used and then sell it after you're done. I don't know what the market is like there in Germany (I tend to have a good selection for that kind of stuff here in Los Angeles.)

If you need a good phono preamp too, that gets a little more expensive and complicated.

u/roblesinge · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

What kind of voiceover are you doing (radio, telephony, film)? For that price point, and since you seem to be just starting out, I'd also second a USB mic option. For quick voiceovers at home, I usually use my Blue Yeti. It is a nice quiet mic that comes with a desktop stand. Blue sells a [pop filter] (http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-The-Universal-Filter/dp/B0002H0H4A/ref=pd_sim_MI_2) for it separately, although you can do a lot to mitigate pops and such with good mic technique. The drawback to a USB mic is that you can't use it with an upgraded audio interface later on down the line. If you go with the MXL V67, you need to figure out how you want to get the audio into a computer. You'll need some kind of interface. They can be simple like a Blue Icicle, or complex with multiple inputs and outputs.

Have you considered where in your home you're going to record? This is far more important than equipment, IMO. A bad recording space will be captured by even the most expensive of microphones.

u/DrHibbard · 3 pointsr/audio

Buy This:


Blue Icicle XLR-USB with phantom power, under $50. The AT2020 actually comes in USB in case you can exchange it, but if not, you'll like the icicle. The 2020 is a great mic for the price and will be good for more than just chatting.

u/alchemy_index · 3 pointsr/audio

> there really isn't a way to get external audio

That's not true. Buy the skeleton housing, USB microphone adapter, and any microphone (wired or wireless) that outputs to a 3.5mm plug (I use this one) and you're good to go. Much better sound quality than the crappy built in mic.

u/ajdellinger · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

It's an Audio-Technica ATR-3350, my Father's Day gift to him because I'm just that awesome of a son.

u/2old2care · 3 pointsr/Filmmakers

Just a few thoughts: If you are a beginner and especially if you are going to be both operating the camera and doing interviews at the same time, don't use a DSLR. You need a regular consumer camcorder, the nicest one you can afford. Be sure it has an external microphone input and a headphone output. So, you will need at least one external microphone, a shotgun and/or a lavalier. The most important thing in your documentary is good sound!

This little Audio Technica lavalier can sound just fine:

This inexpensive shotgun also works well:

A little explanation: A consumer camcorder has pretty good auto focus and usually face recognition, so you won't have to worry about keeping things in focus. Also, you'll have pretty good auto exposure and auto white balance. If you are shooting your first documentary with limited experience and/or a very small crew, you need to think about content and let the camera help you instead of having to think about too many things. It's true a DSLR with a good operator can make your documentary look better, but it won't matter if the story isn't there. If your story is good, the audience will accept a lot of shortcomings, especially in the picture.

When shooting, use the external microphone whenever you can. If you have only one subject, use the lavalier, otherwise use the shotgun. Always monitor the audio in the headphones. I have a friend who accidentally plugged the microphone into the headphone jack and didn't know it until too late!

Good luck!

u/ViaticalTree · 3 pointsr/videography

I second this. You HAVE to invest in some off camera sound capture equipment. Good quality sound is every bit as important as good video quality. Zoom H1 and a cheap lavalier mic are good suggestions. I've used this one and it's pretty good for the price. If money is really tight, you might get away with plugging the mic straight into the camera and forgoing the separate recorder. The audio just won't be quite as clean.

u/xmirabellax · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I would advise anyone to just buy the Blue Snowball instead of the iCE, it's 11 dollars more right now and 2x better at least

u/perfectbebop · 3 pointsr/boardgames

With only a single USB camera you're going to be limited in stream quality regardless so you are going to have to be creative in your production. doing it all live will capture everything, including your friend who can't figure out what he is going to do until its his turn and then spend 20 minutes deciding (Damnit Tim) which won't make for edge of your seat viewing since you can't edit out the down time.

Audio is going to be super important so you will also want to pick up a quality compressor USB mic that will be able to pick up a broad range (as opposed to literally just in front of the mic). Blue Snowball mics have worked well for me in this regards.

Not familiar with Open Broadcaster, so I'm not certain of what it provides that connecting directly to Youtube/UStream for a broadcast wouldn't already do, again especially with only one camera. From the site it looks like it'll broadcast your video games but I could be wrong. Graphic overlays?

From an ease of use perspective if you haven't done this type of thing before, I'd suggest sticking with Youtube. Easy to use, and with proper descriptions/tags will become more searchable by others who are looking for the games that you've previously played as it'll automatically make them available via youtube (one less step for you).

All this said, after a couple of broadcasts to work out the kinks/see if folks are still onboard with doing it, I'd recommend getting a domain that you can point to your youtube channel/website so its easier to share/promote. Redbeardtheimpalerplaysgames.com is easier to remember than youtube.com/watch?v=0hiUuL5uTKc or http://youtu.be/l-O5IHVhWj0

All this said, it can be fun, but make sure that your players are onboard with it. for the sake of showing you what minimal effort can get you, here is a live stream recording of Dice Hate Me Games Brewcrafters playtest that my group did a little over a year ago using the onboard mic/camera to a macbook pro via google hangouts on-air

u/Link1017 · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Why don't you just use a microphone? This is a great example, albeit a little expensive.

u/CAvalanche11 · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Am a good friend, helped him pick out about 90% of this stuff.

Headphones are Sennheiser HD 598 special edition (the amazon exclusove ones), but those are discontinued, newest version are the HD 599


Mic is Blue Snowball USB

He also uses a FiiO e10k DAC for headphones also

u/ProPeeves · 3 pointsr/letsplay

The Blue Snowball is available for only 40$ as well!

u/IYellAtVideoGames · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I'll paste my comment from the last time a question was asked about mics.

>I use the Blue Snowball microphone in all of my videos. I have for years and honestly, this mic is fantastic. One of my achievement guides should show off the quality since there is very little game audio in the video.

>Plus it's got a 6 foot USB cable, and I'm pretty sure this damn thing is indestructible. I accidentally knocked it into a bowl of milk and it got completely submerged and still works without a hitch. I should repeat that just in case it's not setting in properly: It was completely submerged in liquid and took no damage whatsoever.

u/nicolass1101 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A better combo would be a mic and headphones. Here's a good mix.



u/Gramma2Slo · 3 pointsr/promos

The Yeti is $90 on Amazon.

And the Blue Snowball is a cheaper option that performs at nearly the same quality.

u/lockefox · 3 pointsr/Eve

As 2 ISK, there are the mics we use:

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/Aksen · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

> The Razer Seiren features a versatile multi-pattern USB digital connection capable of four different recording pattern configurations with three custom-tuned 14 mm condenser capsules. This makes the Razer Seiren digital microphone ideal for the needs of professional musicians

Yeah... no. Not without an XLR jack. Microphone preamps are as important (some say more important) than the mic itself.

These USB microphones are fine for streamers, but not at this price. Think about it, this is what you are getting:

    1. Small microphone capsules (3)
    1. Microphone preamp
    1. Analog to digital converter
    1. Microphone preamp

      Between say, $60 and $200, you really wont see "studio quality," for "professional musicians."

      Besides that, condenser mics would not be my first advice for streaming. They excel at picking up transients and room noise (clicky keyboards, anyone?) and will sound horrendous when they clip. If you want to step up your gear, buy a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and a Shure sm57 for a bit more money. Or if you really want a condenser, you can get an MXL 770. If you truly want broadcast quality, get a Shure sm7.

      My friend has a yeti, it's fine, i have heard streamers with the Blue snowball mic, yeah it sounds fine. But don't charge $180 and call it studio grade. It's like HP passing off a $300 prebuilt desktop as a gaming machine.

      EDIT: Or a great option is the Sennheiser broadcast mics. The HMD280 is an HD280 with a mic slapped on it, and this is stepping into the realm of actual broadcast-quality gear. It will sound awesome, will pick nothing up but your voice, will not clip, and hey you get a $100 pair of headphones to boot. You'll still need the preamp though.
u/themrpeanutman · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

Standard setup for bedroom production is something like a Scarlett 2i2 with varying mic choices based on budget. Two sweet spots as far as price/performance ratio for me:

Rode NT1:
New version of the classic NT1a with clear performance representation and a crisp high end. Metal pop filter is also dope. Sensitive to background noise.


Shure SM7b:
Widely used for a reason. Everyone and their mom has one of these because they sound so good. Bonus for non-studio work is that it isn't going to pick up a fly farting in the room next to you because it's dynamic. You need a cloudlifter tho so keep that in mind.


u/PuchoDR · 3 pointsr/kindafunny

I think I found the microphone!. I really appreciate your help, it's always nice to come across someone who goes out of their way to help you when they have no reason to do so. Thanks dude.

u/lalcaraz · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Xm8500 from Behringer. I love it because has built in pop filter and it’s very quiet. Required a little bit more gain than other mics so better have a good preamp.

One time an editor told me my mic was “too quiet to sound believable that was recorded in a restaurant”. Recorded used at that time, Zoom H4N Pro.

Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fqNmDbC48M728

u/Shake_Oh · 3 pointsr/microphones

I see in the comments below that you've already returned it, if you are willing to use a mixer the setup I would recommend to start would be:

Behringer Xm8500


XLR Cable

Behringer Xenyx 502

RCA to 3.5mm

All this is less than $80.

A stand like this would work well, and it is still below $100.

Here is a sound sample I found on YouTube.

Once you have more money to play around with for dynamic microphones look into: Shure SM58, Shure Beta 58, and the EV ND767A. These will run you roughly $100-$150.

Once you have a use case for condenser microphones look into: AT2020, Samson C02 Pair, and MXL 770. All of these will run you roughly $100, however if you went with the Samson C02s you would need more inputs and therefore a different mixer.

u/BadEmpanada · 3 pointsr/thebakery

You can afford to cheap out pretty much everywhere.

Get these first:

https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC202HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA-2-Channel/dp/B00EK1OTZC?th=1 Audio interface for $40

https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Ultravoice-Dynamic-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=behringer+dynamic+mic&qid=1555465176&s=gateway&sr=8-3 Microphone for $20

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

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

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

Download Audacity for editing audio (free)

u/Egsession · 3 pointsr/letsplay

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

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

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

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

u/TheUncleShow · 3 pointsr/VoiceActing

20$ Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic [dont be bothered by the price, listen to YT video reviews and how it sounds], its cheap because its just the mic no accessories.

48$ Shure SM48-LC Vocal Dynamic Microphone [This only better option if you going to actually sing, otherwise for voice the first one sound better, again compare and listen on YT, there are people that do 2-3 mic reviews a week and have hundreds in their review list over the years]

60$ Samson Q2U, the best all-in-one, has both USB and XLR, with this one you dont need to buy anything extra, highly recommend in tens of YT reviews by professionals.

u/TCzelusniak · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It looks a lot like the one I have, so this is my guess

u/_Apex_ · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

Check out my home studio. Gotta' keep the list building!


u/beley · 3 pointsr/podcasting

I did some testing with multiple USB microphones and was able to setup a virtual audio device in Mac OS and Windows. They were different microphones, but I would assume if they were the same make/model it would have worked as well. The quality was okay, but you've got a lot of room for interference and bandwidth issues on the USB bus doing it this way. What I did and what I recommend you do is move to XLR microphones and a USB audio interface. I have the Scarlett 2i2 but for more than 2 XLR inputs you'd need to upgrade to a 4 or 8 port version. This Behringer 4-port interface is only about $129. Then you'd just need 3 XLR microphones, I have the MXL 770 which goes on sale pretty regularly for about $65. The Audio-Technica AT2020 is also a great choice under $100. The ATR2100 is also a surprisingly good podcasting mic and has both XLR and USB output.

u/3agl · 3 pointsr/AdvancedProduction

I recently got a umc 404hd from behringer and it is sick. It runs great on mac and pc and you can take stereo inputs from it in fl studio, ableton, basically any daw. I highly recommend it, and it also has midi in and out as well as xlr out for 1/2, and trs and rca out for 1/2 and 3/4. I managed to snag mine for about $99 and it was a hell of a steal. I have my analog synth in as well as 2 mics and a guitar as my inputs. I highly suggest you look into it if you want to control and capture all the sound coming into your pc. Also, there is the added benefit of having your headphones able to listen to an alternate track that is not your master track. This helps for live performance.

Link BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_FZDmybKJS4DWX

It is currently 105$, with prime shipping available. I seriously suggest you get this interface rather than that steinberg one.

u/blackking023 · 3 pointsr/Reaper

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

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

UMC202HD , Scarlett 2i2 , AudioBox USB 2x2

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

Behringer UM2

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

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

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

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

u/randomdoohickey · 3 pointsr/Twitch

The Cloudlifter would be a complete waste of money here and many people use them where they aren't needed.

The bad news here is that Behringer's classic mixers are just plain garbage. End of story. Good for seeing how high it will bounce when being thrown off the roof of a building though.

I would go so far as to say you shouldn't even look at mixers at all unless you're playing an instrument like a guitar in addition to using the mic. You mix where your sources are, so on a gaming PC you need to mix in software on the PC, not in some external box that you need to setup loopback on. The type of software mixer you're looking for is Voicemeeter.

Behringer's "HD" audio interfaces, however, are pretty decent on the cheap. I just wouldn't touch anything less than the $60 UMC202HD though.

At the end of the day, a 2-input/2-output USB audio interface like the Behringer UMC202HD is all you need. I wouldn't bother with an external hardware mixer at all. It's just not needed. If you want to spend a bit more on a nicer interface, Tascam, Roland, and Zoom are worth looking at. Just don't buy Focusrite Scarlett as their Windows 10 drivers are straight-up broken and won't be fixed any time soon.

Get a decent mic arm like the On Stage MBS5000, plug one end of the XLR cable into the SM58, then the other end into your audio interface, e.g. UMC202HD. Plug your speakers and headphone into the interface. Done. That's all you need. You don't even need a foam ball as a vocal dynamic like that SM58 has a built-in pop filter foam behind it's screw-on head. You can stop using your motherboard's onboard audio entirely too. Maybe do an isolation mic clip if you're feeling fancy.

Remember you need a mic arm as putting your mic on the desk is too far away from your mouth and the mic will pick up more keyboard, mouse, and room noise than it will of your voice.




Some adapters you might need, maybe, depending on how your PC speakers are setup:




u/ilrasso · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

this behringer umc202hd might be just what u need. You can setup how what you want to monitor, so having both the mic recording and the playback in the headphones while recording only the mic audio is no problemo. Consider using the recording software called Reaper. It is cheap/free and very nice.

u/darkworldaudio · 3 pointsr/FL_Studio

Well this interface is really highly rated, exceptional quality for the price and this DI box was standard use back in uni. Hope that helps get you started anyways.

u/SpongeBobNudiePants · 3 pointsr/Twitch

I'm actually more of a fan of the 5 mic idea rather than one condenser, for the reasons that /u/carlmmii outlined below. I'm also going to second the idea that running the mixer via Line In, while it may work, isn't the best way to go about doing it. It will work, but the chances of having unintended audio issues (hum, etc) are increased. Instead, I would recommend pushing the mixer budget a little bit to get one with a dedicated USB audio out, or running the mixer L/R outputs into something like this.


As far as good mics in the $50 range, I'd go with Shure PG48s. They're cheap, sound decent, and Shure has a reputation of being incredibly tough. Regardless of which mic you pick, I'd recommend dynamic over condenser to cut down on the amount of vocal bleed (i.e. the voice of Player 1 getting picked up in Player 2's mic) and overall reduction in table noise/dice dropping/etc.

u/spankymustard · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Here's my recommendation for a podcast starter kit:

u/ShiftyAsylum · 3 pointsr/unixporn
u/rawriorr · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Overall pretty nice, i think the h100i at 80$ is a much better buy simply price wise, but up to you.
Otherwise. lowered PSU to 750W to take off 40$.
The GTX 980 is shit. Please dont buy it. Its a 10% performance increase for a 60% cost increase. If you need stupid top end. Get a 970 SLI. Not a 980. (reference http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2311721/gtx-980-gtx-970-sli.html#14246702) Really, a single 970 if overclocked should be more than sufficient (the 970 overclocks to about 105% of the stock 980.)

Aside form that, i changed all your peripherals because they were just shitty items. Added a good gaming mouse, a mechanical keyboard (though the Corsair k70 would be a much better item, granted its twice the price but you have the budget now.) Added audiophile headphones (see headphonemecca.com for reference) and a condenser mic instead of a headset. Headsets arent great. If they would prefer an attached mic. you can purchase ModMic 4.0 for 35$. Also changed Mobo, because based on reviews. Its leagues above the rest. Seriously though, dont change the peripherals back XD These are signifffffffficantly better :P And dont buy a 980 or ill slay a kitten. Thats right reddit.
Another option on the mic is this if you want to go up in price a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor | $378.95 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler | NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $135.55 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard | ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard | $264.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory | $194.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $202.86 @ NCIX US
Storage | Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $101.46 @ OutletPC
Video Card | MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card | $349.99 @ Amazon
Case | Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case | $98.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) | $69.99
Other| Custom Vengance C70 Case Filters| $51.20
Other| Razer Tourney stealth mechanical keyboard with Orange switches.| $60.00
Other| Redragon Mammoth 16400 DPI mouse.| $28.00
Other| Philips CitiScape Uptown Audiophile headphones.| $50.00
Other| Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone| $38.00
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $2114.96
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 21:44 EST-0500 |

u/urgentmatter · 3 pointsr/gadgets

Samson makes some great mic's. I use a Samson Meteor to record meetings in large conference rooms and sometimes for movie audio, works beautifully.

u/wolf39us · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Then what you truly want are headphones (not set) and a microphone.

Here's a couple of suggestions

u/Mukor · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I picked up a Samson Meteor a few years ago to use for podcasts and home guitar and vocal recording. It’s around half your budget.

There are people who say you won’t get any decent quality with a USB mic and that you should invest in something like an SM58 plus an audio interface (i.e. spend your entire budget). I have absolutely zero complaints with that USB mic but on the other hand I don’t have pro ears. On the other other hand I’d seriously question whether at my ‘occasional home production’ level of skill, differences in mic quality (beyond the very cheap and nasty) have any tangible impact. Of course, it’s also not as scalable/versatile as a traditional XLR mic, if you decide next year you want multiple live mics on the same recording or to run it through a desk for live use then USB isn’t the way to go.

u/therealocshoes · 3 pointsr/microphones

Holy shit I'm so sorry, lol. I got distracted.

So there's a couple of things that might be for good. There's two distinct types of mics so I'll recommend some from both types:

Condensers - these are typically very sensitive but they sound pretty nice, too.

  • Blue Snowball iCE and Blue Snowball - I think these are the same, but the iCE just has the one pattern - they're both pretty good

  • ATR2500 - Also good, and has a headphone jack for direct monitoring

  • Samson Meteor Mic - also has a headphone jack for monitoring

    Dynamic - they typically aren't as sensitive and still sound pretty nice. It's probably better to get a dynamic, although your computer is quiet enough that you might be able to get away with it. IIRC from any given distance a dynamic picks up less room noise, but that can make it harder to pick you up at an acceptable level as well so keep that in mind.

  • ATR2005 - this is a little over budget and for that I apologize, but it's a pretty great mic. Headphone output, comes with a stand to point it at your face (as do all the others), sounds great (there's lots of videos of it, it's pretty good sounding), has an XLR output so if you upgrade to a mixer you can keep using it... nice little piece.

  • ATR2100 - the 2005's little brother

    Unfortunately those are the only two USB dynamics I personally know of. Over on /r/podcasting I'm sure /u/BangsNaughtyBits knows of some more good ones that I don't know of.

    My personal recommendation would be the ATR2100, but I encourage you to look at them yourself and ask questions to find out which one fits you best. Also keep in mind this is just for your sub $75 price range request.
u/illuxion · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It's odd because I find the modmic4 to be a bit bass heavy for my voice.

AT2020 is very popular as is ATR-2500. This seems like a good starter pack though I haven't heard that mic personally. Pick up a mic boom and pop filter as well. Room acoustics can play a bit to it too, if you want to improve the sound from there look into a mic shield, though I'd go the DIY route, from there the sky is the limit with room treatment and an empty wallet.

Hit youtube and search best USB microphone and go from there. There's tons of videos.

u/LADYBIRD_HILL · 3 pointsr/letsplay

In my own research, I also found the same thing to be true. Honestly, the biggest advantage of the snowball is the convenience. If you end up returning it, i'd recommend the Audio-Technica ATR2500. IMO for the $20 increase in price it is absolutely worth it.

u/Trilingual · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I personally have the Audio-Technica AT2500. https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR2500-USB-Cardioid-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B004QJREXM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1496517572&sr=8-2&keywords=audio+technica+usb+mic

This is one that I can attest to for having perfect quality. I got mine, however, when it was on sale for $45 years ago. I am confident that there are even cheaper ones today that will be just as good. However, it may take some research to find the right ones that are cheap, but not crappy. You can search for mic tests on YouTube.

u/pronhaul2012 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you can get another $7, get this.


A-T is a big name in mics and I trust them more than most. I don't own that mic in particular but I've owned A-T products before and they've all been quality.

u/YUDoDisReddit · 3 pointsr/battlestations

I'd suggest that you cancel the order on the snowball and get an Audio Technica ATR-2500.

I'm using it now and I HIGHLY recommend it, especially since it's only $67 Just get a $5-$10 mic arm and you're golden. A lot of people that have the snowball that I've talked to say that it's best to get something else around the same price, but do whatever you want.

u/Insomniacs_Ink · 3 pointsr/DnD

I use Audacity for the software with this microphone to record. It's a solid combo, especially for amateurs like us.

u/TheJon93 · 3 pointsr/letsplay

This was on the wiki,I didn't want to get one off the wiki because I don't know how to determine what I need/what's good.

u/ztherion · 3 pointsr/audiophile

The AV40s just dropped in price on Amazon

Another option would be Dayton B652s with an amplifier.

u/rabidfurby · 3 pointsr/audio

Basically, there's two components to think about. An amplifier takes power and audio input (as stereo RCA plugs or a 1/8th inch jack) and outputs amplified audio (almost always as binding posts or clamps for speaker wire). Speakers take amplified audio as input (again, as binding posts/clamps for speaker wire) and make noise.

Active or powered speakers just means that you're buying the amp and the speakers integrated as one unit. M-Audio AV40s are a good example of this. Scroll down and you can see a picture of the back of one speaker. Power cord, RCA inputs, and speaker wire output to the other speaker.

Passive/unpowered speakers mean you're just buying the speakers, and you need to buy an amp separately. A good example of this is the Micca MB42x and Lepai LP-2020. Again, look at the back of each one to get an idea of how they're connected.

If you want simplicity, go for a pair of powered studio monitors. However, what you trade off with that is upgradeability - because monitors are integrated all-in-one, you can't easily add to them later on.

If you want to go the component route, I'd recommend a 2.1 amp (meaning it has outputs for 2 speakers plus a subwoofer) such as the Lepai 168HA. Add in some unpowered bookshelf speakers like those Micca MB42x, and you've got a great system for less than half your budget. Depending on how much room you have on the floor near your desk, you can also add a subwoofer, either now or at some point down the road. The Dayton Audio SUB-800 for example is small enough to fit under a desk pretty easily, and would still be within your budget.

u/laydros · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Samson makes some desktop monitors that feature bluetooth input. I haven't really seen any reviews for them yet. The MediaOne

Take a look at reviews for those and get at least the 4" ones. I can't expect the 3" ones would have much bass response.

Everything else listed lacks bluetooth, but you could add a standalone bluetooth reciever to any of them.

The M-Audio AV-40s get good reviews, and the Wirecutter calls them the best computer speakers.

Those are active monitors. They will be good for near field, and the amp inside them is designed with the speakers.

If you go passive plus amp you can upgrade components down the road. Maybe get the Micca MB42X and a Topping TP20, or find a good reciever (70s Kenwood, Pioneer, Marantz, Teac, Technics, etc. are great) for super cheap (0-$20) at a yard sale or thrift store or craigslist and get the Panasonic SP-BS22

u/StDoodle · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Why not just use a floor stand?

u/Aappleyard · 3 pointsr/Vive

Why not tape / stick them to the walls. I understand not being able to drill into the walls though. Most microphone stands / lighting stands will work as the pin / connectors are mostly universal. I have a studio which I am setting my VR stuff up in and I do audio production and photography and all the stands we have are compatible.


These are not bad, 3 legs should be more stable. They are boom arms so you can position them more accurately and are cheaper than the ones you linked. They should extend to about 7 foot tall or lower and can be angled which is handy and you usually get cable clamps with them so you can keep your power cables tidy. Also think about getting some weights on the legs just for extra stability because any movement in the lighthouse units will mean re calibration!

u/jacktheBOSS · 3 pointsr/Rockband

For the drummer, you'll want to get a boom mic stand. I got one for $20 at guitar center. Those can bend at the almost 90 degree angle you need to get it in the drummers face, but they work for standing up also!

Edit 2: Doesn't come with mic clip. Buy that one the other guy suggested. The Q & A led me astray.

Edit: This would be perfect for your needs and comes with a clip that I think would fit Rock Band mics: On Stage Stands MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000978D58/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awd_YvfEwbDDJ4FM3

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Guitar

Lexicon alpha. Works for me. It's ASIO, about 15ms latency (after processing in Guitar Rig 5) if you configure it right. It is on sale periodically, and has one 1/4" instrument jack and one Three pin Mic jack. The only thing that sucks is that it needs a phantom power module to power the mic. Sometimes I use it as an effects pedal.

Someting like This runs just $10. It should work, but YMMV. It also is ASIO, which means low latency.

u/toxicfreeLoL · 3 pointsr/smashbros

you kind of just need an audio-interface that provides X inputs and X outputs. Check out the stuff from Native Instruments, especially the Audio Kontrol devices, there should be sth that fits your needs.

edit: the NI-stuff is probably an overkill, its more fit for music-recording/production, maybe you can find a cheaper alternative with less features.
maybe sth like this

u/jfb112697 · 3 pointsr/SSBM

What is the correct way to setup caster headsets so they can hear each other and such, audio is definitely not my strong suit. I'm using OBS and have one of these if that helps.

u/jabob513 · 3 pointsr/PCSound

I personally recommend the Klipsch ProMedia as the best sub-$200 option. Sound is really solid and it's definitely got the bass. Plugging your computer in is straightforward and I believe the newest version has bluetooth as well. Best Buy used to have it as a demo with their computer speakers, not sure if they do anymore.

A better option might be studio monitors like the JBL LSR305/LSR30X which are also an insane deal. You'd need to get a bluetooth adapter and you'd need to worry about inputs (many studio monitors take 1/4" or XLR, which would require janky adapters (probably won't sound great out of a headphhone out without something like this) or a dac/audio interface like this or this. The JBL approach will get you a better sound (more accurate to the music, more balanced sound, magical amazing beautiful and perfect imaging) but will probably be a bit above what you'd like to spend. Most of that stuff can also be bought used if you are okay with that.

I would try and stretch or save up a bit for the monitors. They're a pretty solid step up from most all "computer speakers," and the JBLs in particular are one of the best bang-for-buck deals in audio that I've seen.

Best of luck, and feel free to shoot me a PM with more questions or what you decide to do!

u/ajxela · 3 pointsr/Bass

If you have a Mac then you have garage band which has some decent sounding bass amp sims for free. You just need an audio interface, which you could find for probably under $40.

First interface I got is this one, https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000HVXMNE/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520916937&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=lexicon+alpha+audio+interface&dpPl=1&dpID=31JIs7zmfCL&ref=plSrch and it’s $48.

Not great but definitely gets that job done.

u/LooneyNoons · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Sure, I am also doing this. What you need is an Audio Mixer. I use this for my system:

You can hook up to 4 audio sources (I have my TV, my PC and an AUX cable for my smartphone hooked up as sources) and 1 set of speakers (Output). I don't know if you are using chinch or normal 3.5mm AUX cables, so you probably have to buy some 3.5mm to chinch adapters, but they cost only 2 bucks ore so.

Greetings from Germany

u/picmandan · 3 pointsr/audiorepair

You need a mixer, like this, or maybe this would do.

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/Catman_6 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This is the one I have

It lowers the volume some but it's awesome when I want to watch TV and catch a youtube clip. There are more expensive active mixers that probably keep the volume up or amplify it, but they're much more expensive

u/heatseekah · 3 pointsr/audiophile

not sure how much you thinking of spending, but a USB audio interface would be nice for those studio monitors. Presonus Audiobox is a popular choice

u/JAWS_OF_FIRE · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This mic stand is pretty good, but I can't really recommend it for the Yeti. The Yeti is a bit heavy and if you extend the arm on the stand it won't be able to hold the mic up. I've solved this with a very inelegant counterweight.

The monitor stands are really great. They're strong and very versatile. Would recommend.

u/mysticrecluse · 2 pointsr/Rockband

Heh. Well then.

I'm apparently blind. Sorry about that.

Edit: This is what I have: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000978D58/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_AiXGxbB7X7NN3

Don't know why I didn't post it sooner.

Edit: Edit: yeah, I'm just going to shut up now. :P This is the same link the other guy posted. Lol good luck searching for a mic stand though!

u/Mert7 · 2 pointsr/oculus

I suppose you could clip the cable on a Microphone Boom Tripod that should be high enough to be over head so you can spin around a bit with out it getting caught up in your chair.

u/pookin · 2 pointsr/boardgames

A basic checklist


Would recommend 2, one for the board and one for the players (Recommend either the Logitech 920 or 930)


Need one good mic don't use built in mics (laptops or web cameras). (Recommend a Blue Yeti)


OBS is free to use and will do everything you need.


This is not needed but highly recommended as normal lighting tends to create a lot of glare off the board having lights with diffusers helps fix that issue.

Camera Stand

Need some sort of rig to get the over head shot. We use a mic stand with an adaptor

A basic set up will probably cost around $200-300. Our setup cost a lot more than that but we have a very complicated set up for our stream.

As for reading chat you can use the laptop if it is in view or sign onto Twitch via your phone to see chat.

Let me know if you have any other question.

u/MaxMonsterGaming · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Hey. I have an AT2020 and have been using it with a desk mount. I was wondering mic stand are you using because I am thinking of purchasing this one?

u/ChelatedMonoxide · 2 pointsr/recording

Yes, there are recorders that can record multiple tracks. Like the Tascam DR-40 has XLR inputs. I'm not necessarily endorsing the Tascam. I have the DR-05 and find it acceptable quality. Something like the Zoom H4N has XLR connectors built in, so you could record a mic into those and use the built in condenser mics to record your guitar.

You left out some relevant information: Budget, can your guitar be plugged in or will you mic it? Do you have a pretty sound free workspace?

I think budget is the most important part here. I interpret 'nothing flashy' as being a cheap as it can get without being poor quality.

I'm gonna link to listings on Amazon because it's easiest, but B&H or if you live near a Guitar Center might be a better place to buy.

A possible setup:

  • ART Dual USB Preamp - $80 - This will allow you to plug in one mic and your guitar and output the track to your computer via USB. Depending on the software, I believe you can have the tracks separate for editing, but they would separate into left and right channels that you'd then combine into a stereo track after editing.

  • Shure SM58 - $100 - A dynamic vocal mic that will play well in a not so perfect recording space. Check out Regina Spektor using one during a concert. This mic is so popular I would make sure to only get it from a reputable dealer i.e. not used on ebay, because there are fakes floating around.

    If you need/want to mic your guitar then consider the SM-57. It is nearly identical to the SM58. Here is a guy demonstrating using one to record his guitar.

  • If $100 is insanely out of your budget, then consider the Behringer XM8500 - $20 - Not as high quality as the SM58, but still a decent sound. Here is a guy comparing the SM57 to the XM8500 and is using just one mic for voice and guitar, without using a preamp, so keep that in mind when comparing the audio (I hear some noise in the audio, probably noise from the line to the camera, which I presume has some sort of automatic gain happening).

    This guy's video makes me wonder if just an SM57 with a decent preamp (i.e. one with clean gain) might be all you'd need... but that isn't ideal. You could go with two XM8500s, one for guitar and one for vocals ($40). Or one SM58 for vocals and one XM8500 for guitar($120). That all comes down to budget and preferences.

  • You'll need a mic stand, or two. The On-Stage MS7701B is a best seller on Amazon. I own one of these and it isn't going to impress anyone. I've never had it tip over or seem unsteady. If you extend the boom arm too far it can sometimes slowly droop over time (I may be guilty of not tightening it enough due to not wanting to strip the threads) It does the job of holding a mic in place. If you go with two mics, you could get two of them. You could also get a desk stand for the mic that is recording your guitar and find a suitable place to set it, but I think the boom arm of the MS7701B will be useful for keeping the stand out of your way.

  • And you will need cables. I recommend the cables from Monoprice, their Pro Audio series. It is not as user friendly to find the exact cables you'll need as a site like B&H, but I have had several of their cables and only had one die on me. All their cables have a lifetime warranty and the prices are shockingly low.

  • And a windscreen or pop filter for the mics is nice. There is a decent windscreen on Amazon for 3 bucks, sometimes 2 bucks.

    Potential Changes & other thoughts -

    A more expensive preamp - ART Tube Dual Mic Preamp With USB - $190- this has some compression and a limiter. It's debatable whether in this range it would be better to get a decent mixer, a preamp for your vocals, and let the preamp on the mixer handle the guitar, or if something like this would be better. Like a Behringer mixer - Q802USB ($80) + ART single channel Preamp for vocals ($40/$50) would be less money than the Dual USB preamp.

    Or maybe just the Q802USB would suffice for your needs. It has preamps already built in. They are not the best preamps in the world. I mean... after all I wrote above, the more I think about it the more I think you should try a Q802USB and see if the sound is what you're wanting.

    Headphones - Add in some headphones to monitor your audio. ATH-M40x ($100) would be my recommendation, but this is where a lot of personal preference comes into the mix, no pun intended.

    Different mics - Rode has some mics that compare the the Shure SM57/58 that might be better. And the options for mic are virtually limitless, when you consider not just the mics can vary, but the audio interfaces and processing options. I really think a dynamic mic will be most user friendly for a one off home recording.

    I hope I haven't confused more than I helped. I think the essentials are this: good mics, clean gain, easy to use. Whether you get the dual channel ART preamp or the Q802USB, either will be easy to use. I would bet the gain on the ART preamp is cleaner, meaning less background hiss at higher levels, than the Q802USB, but perhaps that is just an unreasonable bias. In either case, the mic is going to be important and where your budget plays a big role. The SM58 and SM57 are superb for vocals and recording guitar. A condenser might be better if the acoustics of your recording space allow for it, but I hope you saw from the video I linked of the guy recording his guitar with the SM57 that a great sound can be achieved with a $100 mic. If that is out of your budget, keep in mind the XM8500, but the sound is not as clear as the Shure mics it tries to emulate.
u/RunawayRobotGaming · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I use a really standard "On Stage Stands" floor stand, works perfectly with my Blue Yeti! On Stage Stands MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand

u/Riposte_This · 2 pointsr/Twitch

at2020 and a Behringer 502 USb mixer.

As for the shock mount and mic stand. The AT2020 XLR comes with a mount that will screw on to any 5/8th mic stand thread. If you really want to go with a shock mount, than I ordered the Neewer shock mount, it was like 8 bucks, thing works great and fits the AT2020 perfectly.

Here are a couple links




You will also need an XLR cable, look for one with Neutrik connectors. I'm not sure how many of those ship to Aussie, but that is my setup and I love it.

u/prostudioreviews · 2 pointsr/headphones

> If I'm thinking about this right... if a dual entry headphone is not on the end, wouldn't you have to slide off the other headphones first to get it off?

Oh, ya' got me. Actually, I can slide two off the end with one hand, and then put one back. I'm not looking to be a gunslinger. But I also don't want to have to get super involved just to put on a pair of headphones, and then put them back for safe storage.

But, with what you and /u/Tryhard_TJ commented on, then hanging the dual entry cans near the ends would solve that problem.

Here's a good, solid boom mic stand.


u/xx2000xx · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Well kind of the same deal, but my point still stands. I meant a boom mic with the adapter which is basically the same damn thing but a longer arm. The thing folds up and I haven't used mine in a while and I always think it's a tripod which it basically is.

I still think I'd win in court because it's logistics and tangible difference is putting it mildly, more like, after reading all the nuances of how to actually run audyssey, and no you don't pick up whatever shitty thing they give you and plop it in 8 different spots and think it'll be fine, you probably made it even worse actually because it's crazy precise and beyond amazing. The Judge would make you eat your hat unless you have a great lawyer.

Denon actually pays them to let them use it and it's the best in the world and you don't know how lucky you are to actually have the top of the line too. Take a pic or let me see your distance levels between the speakers and then just the Audyssey specs on the levels.

Here is what to get:

https://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701B-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58 - Boom/Tripod

https://www.amazon.com/CM01-Camera-Digital-Recorder-Adapter/dp/B001GWCC4I/ -- mic mount

The adapter that goes in the end and you screw in the mic perfectly and then you are ready to rock and roll to set it at perfect ear level, swivel it in 3 different positions so you don't have to go crazy by making sure all the positions are equal. Plus if you have a couch or recliner or something you can kind of work around it as best you can. So when you read the forums that is what they'll tell you to get too, although they are crazy over on AVS so I bet they will tell you to get some $200 boom mic/Tripod but that is just fine and what we've (people on avs) have been using for years, although I haven't been keeping up with the latest info the past few years. There are a few vids on youtube that I saw a year or two a go using a boom mic, which is how you do it, but I can only imagine the finer points of your setting.

I have a 4k TV that my 7.1 Denon doesn't display a picture at all, but that's not a problem for me because I remember ever single little setting on the receiver by heart so it's not even an issue for me and running it just fine through HDMI from computer to receiver then back to TV while still keeping all the bitstreaming and lossless formats which makes me think I can hold off even though I'm starring at the $500 3400H in my cart right now and it's a hell of a deal but with the new models coming out I'm sure we'll see it again.

u/PaVaSteeler · 2 pointsr/AutoDetailing

I've seen people use lights like that, but have never used one myself, so I can't comment.


This is what I built; it's an LED light stand; I found all the parts on Amazon (US):

Bulb mounts - $10.90

Tripod dolly - $39.99

Tripod Boom Microphone stand - $24.95

Screw Adapter - $3.95

Tripod screw mount adapters - $5.11

Par 38 5000k Daylight LED bulbs - $26.99

u/burtnaked · 2 pointsr/Twitch

i have the same mic and use a 30$ mic stand from amazon


u/ColonelSandurz42 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have an old usb audio interface that I use as a separate sound device. I have my speakers plugged into the mobo and my headphones plugged into the interface which allows me to change the playback device.

u/snowtx · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Despite the fact that both speakers seem to be a similar price, the Inclines will considerably cheaper and closer to your budget once you account for cables and a subwoofer (provided you actually need one).

Regardless of what you buy, I suggest first trying the speakers without a subwoofer to hear whether you actually miss the last bit of low frequency sound. Both of my suggestions produce fairly low bass, JBL 305 rated at 43 Hz +/- 3 db and who knows about the Inclines as Def Tech doesn't report frequency response using the standard +/- 3 db (most likely they reach somewhere in the 50s?).

For the 305s, you are less likely to need a sub. Also, connecting a sub to the monitors can be complicated and will depend upon your overall setup. A related issue is whether you will be using an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC) - I recommend you do so for the improved sound quality and that you get one with a volume control. I think the best value approach is buy a pro audio interface - these have a DAC, volume control, and the types of cable connections that would facilitate mating your monitors and sub, plus other features that are used by recording musicians. I have the Steinberg UR22 (paid about $115 shipped new off ebay) but you can do fine with cheaper options: Lexicon Alpha has been recommended https://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE/ref=sr_1_6?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1472738288&sr=1-6&keywords=audio+interface or the Behringer UCA202 https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UCA202-Audio-Interface/dp/B000KW2YEI/ref=sr_1_5?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1472738288&sr=1-5&keywords=audio+interface

I went ahead and got the matching JBL LSR310S, but it is expensive ($400 usually but I got mine new on ebay for $279). It was worth it to me as I work from home and listen to some electronic music. Here are ebay listings now: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=jbl+lsr310s&_sop=15 Monoprice has a studio sub at $220 that would work (http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=115&cp_id=11504&cs_id=1150401&p_id=605999&seq=1&format=2 For cable connections it will depend on what audio interface you get (suggest you buy cables from Monoprice for their support - don't bother with Guitar Center or similar places as their cable prices are very high), however, I think you need the following: for the Behringer you have to use unbalanced connections, qty 4 TRS male x RCA male cables, a) connect the interface to your computer with the supplied USB cable, b) then connect the interface input to the sub input using two (left & right) male TRS x RCA cables, and c) then two more male TRS x RCA (one each, L&R) from the sub output to the 305s input. For the Lexicon Alpha, you would connect in a similar manner but can use balanced connections, total of 4 male TRS x male TRS.

For the Inclines and in considering your initial budget goal, you could go with any of the budget subs. My son has the Dayton SUB-800 http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-800-8-80-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-627 ($99 - $5 Labor Day coupon + $6.95 shipping). I'd spend another $20 and get the Dayton SUB-1000 because it supposedly goes down to 30 Hz http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1000-10-100-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-628 You would need a subwoofer cable for the connection, such as https://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-ULTRA-Subwoofer-Cable-Feet/dp/B003FVYXY0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1472740255&sr=8-3&keywords=subwoofer+cable

As I mentioned before, one the nice things about the Incline is that it has a built-in DAC; however, the "manual" isn't very helpful - this review does a good job of explaining the source input hierarchy and how to engage the DAC (there isn't an input selection switch so you have to unplug cables to make sure the DAC overrides your computer onboard sound card - in any case, use the USB input or optical for DAC): http://www.audioholics.com/computer-speaker-reviews/definitive-technology-incline-desktop-speakers-review

u/Kimiwadare · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Not lame at all. When I was in high school I was obsessed with The Pillows. Probably because of FLCL. Learned pretty much that whole score. If you're a new player, though, you might want to consider getting something like a $100 usb audio interface that you can plug your guitar into and use your computer to model an amp. Unless you plan on playing with a band - then you'd need a real amp.

Example of Audio Interface for under $100

AmpliTube Free for making your guitar sound awesome through your computer

u/AntarcticanJam · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Here's a short lists of what you need to start recording:

  • Computer
  • DAW
  • Audio interface
  • Microphone/instrument

    Computer: I'm assuming you already have this, it allows you to do work.

    DAW: stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and this is where you'll be doing most (if not all) of your work. A popular and cheap option is Reaper, but you can also use a less powerful (and free) program like Audacity. I would recommend starting off with a "full featured" one like Reaper (which I believe has a 30 day trial period?) because if you do end up getting really into it you'll be glad that you have a bit of background knowledge. Some might argue that certain DAWs are better than other, but it really boils down to personal preference. All DAWs can allow you to have multiple tracks going on at once, for instance, overlaying lyrics over an instrumental track.

    Audio interface: this is the hardware that sits between your computer and your instrument/microphone. It allows the signal from the microphone to be converted from analog to digital which the computer can interpret. If you're just starting out, go with whatever you can find on eBay or Craigslist, but make sure it has what you need (correct number of input/output, USB or firewire connectivity, phantom power if you're using condenser mics).

    Microphone/instrument: without this, you won't get far. The microphone you linked above I think is generally used for vocals, as most condenser microphones are. A solid recommendation that a lot of people give is the SM57 dynamic microphone for micing cabinets or instruments; some people even use it for vocals (myself included, 'cause honestly, it gets the job done).

    The link that you gave looks like has a microphone and a DAW, but no audio interface. I think this might be because the microphone itself has some kind of hardware on the inside to be a plug-and-play, using your computer's motherboard as an interface. So for now if you wanted to use that package for recording instruments and vocals with that specific mic, you're good.

    My personal recommendation to start writing music without breaking the bank that will leave you a lot of flexibility going forward:

    Interface: some random 2-input audio interface with decent reviews Keep in mind that you would only be able to use dynamic microphones on this, as condenser require 48v phantom power.

    Microphone: simple dynamic mic

    DAW: I highly recommend trying out the 30-day trial of Reaper, but like I said, this is all your preference.

    Bottom line: the Blue Yeti All-In-One can get you started, but it has limitations (no audio interface) if you want to start getting deeper into it.

    Sorry if this is a bit rambly, I'm at work and kept getting distracted while writing this, let me know if you need any more info or clarification.
u/UltraFlyingTurtle · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Get an audio interface for your PC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It uses normal RCA jacks so you can just get an RCA jack to 3.5mm cable, something like this should work: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ISHC36A?psc=1

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

u/Rosenworcel · 2 pointsr/Bass

I use a Lexicon Alpha interface. Its about as basic as it comes, but hell it works just fine. One instrument and one mic input, I usually plug my bass straight in or run it through my amp output since I'm too cheap to get buy a DI or a good mic for bass. It also comes with the program Cubase. Again, its basic and its kinda finicky, but its as functional as any other software once you learn how to use it. There could be better interfaces at this price though, it looks like Behringer also has a pretty competent interface for $50 but I've never used it.

u/wondroushippo · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hmm, interesting!

If you want to stick with your source, you could try a single-ended to balanced converter: https://www.amazon.com/ROLLS-MB15b-Promatch-and-More/dp/B0002IL4B4/

Or you could go straight-up with a balanced DAC. The Lexicon Alpha has balanced outputs: https://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-Alpha-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording/dp/B000HVXMNE/

(if your budget is $400, you could try the Cambridge DacMagic Plus, which has balanced preamp outputs, haven't used it but I'm definitely intrigued myself)

u/MojoMonster · 2 pointsr/Guitar

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

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

Cheap: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

Cheaper: Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio.

ASIO4All if the drivers suck.

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

u/PinkFloydJoe · 2 pointsr/pinkfloyd

Hey! Thanks, I am currently mic'ing my acoustics, but that's just because my Acoustic-Electric has a broken output jack right now.

Here's my full signal path for my Acoustics:

Ibanez Talman Acoustic (with broken Output Jack lol - Radioshack 33-3004 Dynamic Microphone (with foam Windscreen) - Lexicon Alpha Audio Interface - Cubase 5 (with Compression & EQ as insert effects, and a reverb send effect.)

From there it's all about Mic placement and subtle changes to Compression and EQ. I like to position my mic right where the neck meets the body, to the left of the Soundhole.

All the rhythm guitar after the start of the 2nd verse ("And did they get you to trade") is Double Tracked, and panned 60-40 L and 40-60 R.

Hope this helps!

u/MoDuReddit · 2 pointsr/embedded

You're right, I thought OP wanted to sample, my bad. 24 bit for sound output for humans is dumb and wasteful.

Meanwhile, cheap USB 24 bit 192kHz ADC-DAC

u/Dreyka1 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Try this:


It is a DAC with balanced output.

The Wyrd will not fix the issue. Electrical noise is present on all the rails and not just the ground and +5V.

u/thesneakywalrus · 2 pointsr/audiophile

My suggestion? Grab an outboard DAC.

Personally, I like the Lexicon Alpha and two TRS cables.

u/JammySTB · 2 pointsr/audiophile

2 TRS cables, yes, but the Mixer will connect to your PC via USB.

EDIT: Wait, maybe I'm being stupid. Hang on a sec.

EDIT2: I know that some mixers connect via USB, but I had a look at the pictures of that Behringer, and I don't see a USB port.

EDIT3: I would probably get something like this rather than the Behringer. I think this may use TS, rather than TRS, but I'll check now.

EDIT4: Nope, TRS! Seems like a good product, and I'd certainly get it over the Behringer.

u/drtonmeister · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Well that optical adapter just translates between ethernet on fiber and ethernet on copper CAT cable. I've used them a bunch in a facility that oddly has lots of installed dual-mode fiber on SC connectors, but no installed networking infrastructure...
So your toslink digital audio fiber won't even fit in the fiber port, let alone do anything useful.
But that does remind me that there is a 5th way to get audio into a retina Macbook -- if you have a (multi-thousand-dollar) digital console using DANTE or similar digital snake system, you can add a computer to the CAT5 loop. Useful for multitrack recording of gigs, but the latency is awful.
You seem to be trying to reinvent the wheel, when for less money you could get a [Behringer 302USB USB](), Alesis Multimic, or Lexicon Alpha that just do what you want, and provide zero-latency monitoring of your recording input. Each of these has decent descriptions of how to set them up and do what you want, and each has lots of people here who use them and can offer advice.

u/JohnBooty · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I've seen the Lexicon Alpha consistently recommended for the LSR305 since it has balanced outputs + low cost + performance. IIRC it has some kind of problem with macOS, not sure, look into it if you're on a Mac.


These would be the cables for you I believe (thankx NoAudiophile.com!)


Tons of other good DAC/amp combos out there; the Alpha is unique b/c of the balanced outputs which should eliminate hum/interference issues.

Disclaimer - I don't own any of this gear personally.

u/techwiz2017 · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

So one question, if you plug your echo directly into the input (skipping the record player) does the sound work properly ?

I was trying to do a similar split for my grandma, she had a set of computer speakers as her home theater and it only had 1 3.5mm input. I bought the same splitter as you did thinking I could run her TV output and echo into that splitter and the speaker would play whatever is being piped through.

But I ran into a similar issue as you where the TV volume was incredibly muted. I think the issue had something to do with the echo constantly outputting a very small sound output or low frequently or something , that was overriding the TV signal. I determined this since I had previously run a DVD player into the second input, and as long as it was off, there was no issue of the splitter fighting between 2 sources.

So i think because the echo is outputting some time of “phantom” power, an analog splitter can’t handle that.

I haven’t come up with a solution to the same issue. But I think it would either be:

1: get an A/B switch that someone else here mentioned
2. Get a Bluetooth adapter that powers off when not in use
3. Get a 2 channel (or more ) audio mixer. Did a search on amazon and this came up , and would probably work:

Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zaoJAbXD4NHQV

Or look for a mixer with 3.5mm audio inputs, Just make sure they are stereo. I’m also not sure if your turntable is stereo, you might need a mono to stereo adapter to get it playing on all speakers.

I hope that helps!

u/djbeefburger · 2 pointsr/audio

Not quite. That will only do one pair of L&R - you need two pairs.

It seems like it's a little tough to find a minimal mixer with XLR outputs, but you can also use something with RCA or 1/4" outputs to connect the mixer to the KRKs instead... e.g. https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40

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/oddsnsodds · 2 pointsr/audiophile

This. You want a switch or a mixer. With a straight circuit cable like the ones you linked, the outputs will try to drive each other and that can damage them.

Here's a mixer.

u/sushiricebox · 2 pointsr/discordapp

What you might want to be looking for is a stereo mini mixer i think. https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40

u/certnneed · 2 pointsr/audio

You're going to need an audio mixer of some type.

(note: for the Bluetooth receiver, you'll need a Y cable to feed the mono signal to both channels.)

u/sharkamino · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I don't know about availability in Finland but in the US HART Mini Mixers, BEHRINGER MICROMIX MX400, or Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer.

u/sik-sik-siks · 2 pointsr/audio

That loopmixer is all mono so you will lose all the stereo from all your sources if you got that. It's the right idea though. You want something that is a stereo mixer, or even cheaper would be just a simple switch like this. Super cheap, passive so it requires no power, and does the job. Unless you need to actually mix your inputs, this will do just fine.

If you want to be able to mix sound from, say the PS4 and an iPod, then you will need an active stereo mixer maybe like this. Also passive, cheap, and keeps things stereo. There are lots and lots of more expensive options in this area too, just watch out that they are stereo on the input side. Many professional mixers will be called "stereo" because they output stereo, but really they offer pan control of a bunch of mono inputs.

u/lushpuppie · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

There are also passive mixers.


EDIT: Technically, you can use one of these, as well, but I'm not sure what that would mean for the output... If it would still be stereo from each unit, or not. I think it would also mess with the volumes.


Or combine 5 into one:


u/Blze001 · 2 pointsr/headphones

You need a stereo mixer, something like this

They also make one with 1/4" inputs and outputs, but the best solution would be to plug your source and guitar amp into this box, then the output goes to your Marantz for the final amping before going to your headphones, otherwise you have to play with volume knobs in three different places to get it to sound right.

u/reddsbywillie · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Have you considered a mini mixer? I haven't personally used one, but it seems like a perfect solution for your needs.
Here's an example, but I'm sure there are a range of options out there: https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=pd_sbs_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=63FCJJNHJFDNA7FTFNKQ

Each source (computer) gets a 3.5mm to RCA cable. Then you run the mini mix out to your existing amp in any of the aux inputs. Allows you to balance each source to the volume you want, run all 3 at the same time, and send the sound as a single source to your receiver/amp. Gives you room to add another if you need it, gives you volume on each, it's physically small. The only box it doesn't check is that it's still a moderate amount of wires, but if you set it up cleanly, that shouldn't be a huge factor with some ties.

u/squirrelpotpie · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

Here's one that I've been using for the last three years for a similar purpose, but it doesn't come with a power adapter so you need to also buy a universal power adapter to go with it.

It also has a few slight downsides that might bug you. First, you get independent volume knobs for each channel, so you have two volumes to change to adjust one stereo source, not one. Second, it uses 1/4" jacks, so you need adapters to plug in your electronics. Third, at least on mine the internal jacks didn't meet up perfectly with the 1/4" plugs when they were plugged all the way in. The weight of the wire would pull the tip of the plug away from the contact in the socket. I fixed that by putting the plug through a washer or piece of cardboard that stopped the plug from going in all the way. Has worked great ever since.

If I had a link to another similar mixer at similar price on hand I would recommend that instead. On the plus side, the Nady is built to be user-serviceable. There are probably better options that might be cheaper once you factor in the cost of power adapter. I spent a bunch of time shopping last time I needed one and found it surprisingly hard to get a simple, cheap, stereo, line-level mixer. Everything's either DJ equipment, made for microphones and not line level, or a huge crazy $400 mixer board with tons of channels like you would use for recording a band.

I'll look around a little bit longer, but here's what you're looking for in a mixer case I come up dry:

  1. Has actual gain knobs, not just volume or level knobs. Note the bad Amazon reviews on this one, that it cuts the output volume too much. That's because the volume knobs only from zero to slightly-less-than-100%. Gain knobs go above 100%.
  2. Is not a DJ-style "crossfade" mixer like this one. Note the slider on the panel... That means it's set up to crossfade between two different things, so when it's in the middle both things will be at half volume.
  3. Is built for line level (keyboards, CD players etc.), not microphones or guitars. If it's 1/4" jacks or RCA jacks it's probably fine. If it has XLR jacks you probably won't be able to use those inputs. (But you can just turn them to zero volume and ignore them.)
  4. (EDIT) Doesn't collapse channels to mono, like this asshole device does. (I thought it was a good alternative to the NADY, until I read the fine print.)
u/EightOhms · 2 pointsr/audio

By definition what you need is a mixer. You'll just have to find a small one.


Perhaps this Rolls RCA mixer is small enough.

u/itsthevoiceman · 2 pointsr/AskMen

We've got kind of an array of equipment, as our studio isn't funded too well. Fortunately, we got an upgrade a few years ago, and we've got some nice stuff to work with:

u/evilpirateguy · 2 pointsr/Guitar

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

u/scnickel · 2 pointsr/Guitar

You can probably get a used Presonus Audiobox USB within your budget:


I have one and it's been solid. The most budget friendly option would be that or something similar and headphones. The computer will not handle the amplification. If you try to output through your pc sound card, there will be a slight delay. If you plug pc multimedia speakers into the interface, it's not going to sound good. You'll either need studio monitors or headphones.

u/Styrant · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

https://www.amazon.com/PreSonus-AudioBox-USB-Audio-Interface/dp/B00154KSA2 - Cheapest external soundcard (US Link).
edited parts list

  • added a gpu (750 ti)
  • 1x 256gb ssd (instead of 2x 128gb ssds; 1 256gb ssd was cheaper)

  • Changed processor to non-k for price and motherboard
  • removed cpu fan, processor comes with stock fan
  • got cheaper memory 16gb (your motherboard couldn't support 3200 memory)

    total is about the same as before.
u/DavidLean · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

You can do this in FL, but if you're starting out, I think FL is about the most confusing DAW to record audio tracks into. Audacity is free and will work fine. If you want something more polished, Reaper is easy to use, free to try for 2 months, and $60 for a full license—worth trying out.


But, like /u/BartonPatrick says, you're going to want an audio interface between your mic and your computer. If you buy a new audio interface, a lot of them will come with a basic DAW—so look into that first.

u/AliceWolff · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Would this device work for amplifying three headphones? I remember it worked pretty well in Music Production class in high school with this interface. I need it to be able to connect to that (I have an RCA to 1/4" jack adapter) for near-zero latency listening to playback from live instruments.

u/MasterVamp · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

First, sorry for bad english.

I think you misunderstood the noise canceling feature, your headsets cancel noise from getting into your ears, not your microphone.

I live in a very busy avenue in my country, and i have a similar problem. Mic was picking up cars and stuff from the street. Your best chance to avoid this noise is getting the mic closer to your mouth, reduce the volume (or sensitivity from your mic) and speak louder. thats why i prefer headsets instead of regular desktop (or tripode) mics.

if reducing the volume and getting the mic closer doesnt work, you probably need a better mic.

After searching for a long time i find the best price-value "noise cancelling" mic is the audio Technica BPHS1. But it isnt usb (it is xlr) and you need a audio USB interface to use it in your pc. This headset is designed to use in sport breadcast, in very loud enviroments.

Link to the headset:

Created especially for on-air news and sports broadcasting, announcing & interviews, this rugged stereo headset offers natural, highly intelligible and focused vocal reproduction, closed-back circumaural (around-the-ear) ear cups to seal out background noise, and a high-output dynamic microphone mounted on a flexible gooseneck boom. The headset's microphone has a cardioid polar pattern tailored for pickup of speech with maximum voice intelligibility over a wide range of frequencies. It is more sensitive to sound originating directly in front of the element, making it useful in reducing pickup of unwanted sounds. The flexible gooseneck boom swivels for easy positioning on either the right or left side.

Link to the audio interface I use:

After switching to this headset i cant hear almost any unwanted noise. I even apologise for a loud truck of something but people cant hear anything :).

But be carefoul, the speakers arent that good as others gaming headsets, but i think it is the best solution for your problem.

Hope it helps! Sorry again for bad english, im still learning a lot of stuff and my keyboard doesnt helps :c.

u/unicorn_defender · 2 pointsr/audio

First, I'd like to point out that in your situation it would be redundant to run your mic through the mixer and then through another interface (unless your mixer has incredibly awesome pre-amps, which is something I'd argue most Behringer products lack).

If I were you, I'd ditch the $10 mic for a used SM58, and the Behringer usb mixer for a decent cheap interface like the PreSonus Audiobox, or if your budget permits, something from the Focusrite family.

That said, you may be able to increase your sound quality 10 fold just by upgrading the mic and leaving the XENYX. I don't have any experience with either of those products, but they are by brands I would warn any newcomer to steer clear from. Good luck!

u/mintorment · 2 pointsr/PS4

Quality seems great, I use it with an AT2020 mic and from what I can tell it sounds really nice.

My Audiobox looks almost exactly like that, but doesn't say '96' and has a few other very slight differences (I'm guessing that one supports up to 96kHz sample rate while mine only supports 44.1k or 48k). See here for the one I've got. I would imagine the 96 would work too, but I can't say for certain.

u/audiotecnicality · 2 pointsr/audio

Buy a USB audio interface like the Presonus Audiobox.

u/Nautical_operator · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Of course, although I don't claim to be any expert in microphones or anything. I just have an [AT3035] condenser mic with a Presonus firestudio project as an interface plugged into my iMac via Firewire. I like to have lots of inputs, which is why I got one with 8, but you'd probably only need one. I'd check out the presonus audiobox as its cheap and simple, and uses USB.

u/SedateApe · 2 pointsr/ffxiv

First off, make sure you have a decent soundcard. My laptop's soundcard is balls so I use an external audio interface -the difference is huge. If your soundcard isn't up to snuff, look at grabbing something like this. You can get them used (or other versions) for cheaper, and they're a good utility to have around. You can also look for simple USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).

For speakers, if you want really good sound, look for powered speakers, they have built in amps to drive them so that you don't need to worry about an external amp hanging out on your desk. I use reference monitors, these have an excellent frequency range and soundstage that's hard to produce with a two-way desktop speaker otherwise. These are what I use currently, and you'd be hard pressed to find something cheaper that can produce the same sound. Also of note are the Rockit 5's at about the same price point. These are pretty future proof, if that's your thing. The next step up from a setup like this would be a sizable chunk of money more.

Of course, this is just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt and all that. This focuses largely on clarity of sound, frequency range, and small footprint at this specific price range. There are certainly other setups that use subwoofers, forgo DACs, etc.

This setup will, at the very least, blow the Klipsch speakers you have listed out of the proverbial water, but the extra cost is there. If you have the money, I'd buy better speakers now, rather than upgrade in the future when you decide yours aren't doing it for you anymore.

u/theknyte · 2 pointsr/recordingmusic

Speaking from experience, other than the Scarlett, the only other brand I can recommend is the PreSonus AudioBox. I had one for awhile and it worked great for recording guitar and vocals. I ended up selling it to a friend, and then missed having a USB box, so I got the Scarlett.

u/goingTofu · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I got the Presonus AudioBox a couple months ago and I'm very pleased with it. Definitely would recommend it. I don't do dance music, but if you want an idea of how the preamps sound, here is example of something I did. (SM57 on a guitar amp straight to the Audiobox)

u/tycoonking1 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Cheapest option would probably be to get a cheap Audio Interface like this, find a free DAW (I use ableton, they have a free version that would work for your needs but any should work), then learn enough about the DAW to add backing tracks and stuff.

u/batpigworld · 2 pointsr/hometheater

This is what you want:

Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002BG2S6/

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": amazon.com/gp/product/B0002BG2S6

u/megamanexent · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I got this in January: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002BG2S6/

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/panik-at-the-disco · 2 pointsr/NHLHUT
u/dman81 · 2 pointsr/Twitch

This seems to be a popular one. Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1YPXW2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_F3eazb565E53S

This is the one I want to get
Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002E4Z8M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_c5eazbXZ73MRP

u/FalseProof · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Off the top of my head:


Shure SM58 (go for the one without on/off switch)

Shure SM57 (ONLY DO THIS IF YOU KNOW MIC PLACEMENT AND HAVE A POP FILTER OR WIND SCREEN; SM58 is better for voice but SM57's are a bit cheaper)

Shure SM7B

Electrovoice RE27

Sennheiser MD421

Sennheiser MD441


Audio-Technica AT2020

Audio-Technica AT4050

Audio-Technica AT4040

Everything else is $500+. This is mostly a low-end choice selection to buying XLR microphones.

u/lemlurker · 2 pointsr/apexlegends

youll probably need a standalone mic and pass through an audio input. sdtone mountain 64 does audio changes (for pebble hill and CO roleplay) his website says he uses a Roland VT3 with a Shure SM7B mic. any headset with it built in will have even less of the fine tuning youre after

u/desdelgadillo · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Everyone here hit the nail on the head. Condenser mics like the one you have are death in these situations. I've been using the Behringer XM8500. Great mic, always getting compared to the Shure SM85, and only $20.

u/kadavy · 2 pointsr/podcasts

For the love of god, do not buy a Blue mic. I don't know how they got a reputation for making good mics. I think they are terrible.

The best cheap mic I've heard is the BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM1800S (affiliate link). But, it comes in a pack of three for $40. Could work if you can find friends to split with. Still all three are cheaper than the ATR2100 (which is in fact an amazing mic).

There was a booth at Podcast Movement in which I was able to test about a dozen different mics. If you want to listen, it's up on my Dropbox here. The Behringer is the first mic on this test. You can even listen to how much background noise the Blue Yeti picks up. Awful, awful mic in my opinion.

EDIT: Just noticed there's also a Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 (affiliate link), that goes for $20 for one. I would suspect (and the Amazon ratings suggest) it's as good as the three-for-$40 model.

EDIT EDIT: Also just realized the ones I listed above are XLR. You'd need an XLR to USB cable, about $10.

u/RapidMMA · 2 pointsr/audio

Ok, Thank you. Here is a similar setup to what I use. My personal one is a bit more sophisticated but nonetheless, these items will certainly get you started and aim you in the right direction.


Let's start with the Mixer:

Your mixer will be your new interface. Rather than plugging one microphone into your computer you'll plug all your microphones into one mixer which then will be connected to your computer via USB.

Microphone - Mixer - Computer

Here is a good starter at a decent price. It'll be your most expensive single piece of equipment (unless you decide to get top tier microphones). You'll be able to EQ and set levels to each microphone hooked up to the mixer before sending it to Audacity (or Audition, Reaper). You can also hook up more than 3 mics, a guitar, your phone, maybe you want to hook your computer up to it to play a sound, basically anything that sends one signal to another, you'll be able to do it with this and record it.

  • Behringer QX1202USB 12-Channel Mixer


    Next Microphones:

    If you're able to hook up a mic cable (XLR) to your Blue Yeti, you can still use that microphone, too. Obviously, switch your polar pattern to cardioid that way it's more directional and doesn't pick up as much room noise. Also, try to point it away from your AC unit. Regardless, since the Blue Yeti is a condenser microphone, it'll pick up more room noise because it's much more sensitive. That's why in broadcast situations you'll always see dynamic microphones such as the Electrovoice RE20 or Shure SM7b. For your own sake, I would do some research on condenser vs dynamic but any website you shop at (or if you go to Guitar Center in person) you can filter microphones by condenser or dynamic. I highly recommend buying yourself 3 dynamic microphones to reduce room noise.

    Here are my microphone recommendations:

  • Cheap - Behringer XM8500 - You'll likely need a mount and windscreen or pop filter
  • Low - Shure SM58 - You'll likely need a mount and windscreen or pop filter
  • Mid - Rode Procaster - No mount, windscreen/pop filter necessary
  • Best - Electrovoice RE20 - No mount, windscreen/pop filter necessary


    Finally, your Accessories:

    You'll need 3 XLR's to hook 3 microphones up to the mixer. I recommend purchasing them from monoprice.com - very cheap cables that last a long time if you learn to wrap your cable correctly.

    Same with your microphone stands:

  • Simple Tripod Microphone Stand

    Most microphones you buy will come with the mount for it. If you get the Behringer XM8500 or the Shure SM58 you might need one of these if it doesn't come with it:

  • Mount

    Also, for both of those mics I definitely recommend buy either a pop filter or wind screen to put over top to reduce plosives. If you don't know what plosives are, google it. You wont need to worry about plosives if you purchase the Rode Procaster or RE20.

  • Windscreens
  • Pop Filter

    One very last thing to mention is headphones. Through the mixer, there is a headphone jack where you can plug headphones in to monitor the mix. However, there is also something called "Main Out" or "Control Room Out" - you can send your vocal mix to an external Headphone Amplifier/Splitter that way you and your friends can all listen to the mix in real time.

    Audacity is a good program but I recommend getting familiar with Reaper The trial version is free version and I think after the 60 day evaluation you're still allowed to use it although it may press you to buy it. I personally use Adobe Audition but that requires a subscription. If Audacity works fine for you, then by all means.

    I apologize for the long post and I hope it's not too overwhelming. Mixer, Microphones, Cables, Stands, and headphone splitter is basically what this whole post is about! Feel free to ask questions.

    If all else fails just find a podcasting kit to purchase from somewhere and go from there http://www.bswusa.com/Podcasting-Packages-BSW-Internet-Radio-Going-Pro-Kit-Dual-P10534.aspx
u/_fuma_ · 2 pointsr/audio

> then an XLR cable to 3.5mm jack into the motherboard's sound card.


You really need a preamp, possibly an EQ, and better room acoustics. Then depending on the pattern of the mic, you need to learn how to position it.

BUT - you don't need a condenser mic for your voice/podcasting. Condensers are designed to pick up every little nuance.

You'll want a dynamic mic - There's a reason the (dynamic) EV RE20 is still the defacto standard for radio DJs. You don't need a mic to pick up everything when it's for a human voice (being broadcast), and you're going to compress, gate, and EQ it as well.

If you're shying away from spending a grip of money, I'd seriously look into Behringer's products - This is pretty much all you would need (besides a quiet, dull room).

u/Mr_Stonebender · 2 pointsr/podcasting

That X/Y mic is great for recording in stereo, but that would make for a weird listening experience I think. If it was all you had, then you'd make it work, maybe combine the L/R tracks into one Mono track so as to avoid being distracting, but since you're not intending to try that, I'll shut up about it.

You've got the right idea wanting ISO tracks of each speaker. Makes editing MUCH more effective. It's also SOP these days for stuff like this. (In the old days of analog recording up through even a few years ago, you wouldn't have the data-writing speeds or bandwidth to record 5 high-quality digital audio tracks to the same hard disk at the same time, so you'd have a dedicated mix engineer whose main job would be to constantly 'ride the faders' on the five people speaking so that the output was clean, clear, and easy to listen to. MAYBE you'd edit, but if you did, you did it with a razorblade and scotch tape. Post-processing was minimal compared to what a lot of folks do today as well. Especially for radio.)

ANYWAY. Forgive the wordsalad.

WAIT! More wordsalad: I should offer up a bit of a correction to my last message, too, because I was using cardioid/omni reasoning that would apply more to standard mics, not lavs. So I changed my mind. Go with omni :-). Reason: Because of how microphones get built, and how lavs are used, the 'dead zone' on the cardioid version would just...point at the floor. So. Not much in the way of rejection in any case. Plus, the more directional the mic, the more careful the speaker has to be not to move their head while they're talking, which is harder to remember than it sounds. With that in mind...

Movo LV4-C: Get these, I think. Maybe just buy one, test it to make sure it's not utter crap, and then buy the rest. There's a favorable comparison to MXL in the comments, and they have some of the best budget-mics I've used. They're never going to replace a lectrosonic or sennheiser or electrovoice or shure or or or...but they'll get you there if you don't have $2000 to spend on mics alone. And by the looks of it, the LV4-C mic may well be a copy of the MXL mic referenced, if not the exact same hardware with different branding. So, even better. Not a pro mic by many measures, but it'll do the job and be an improvement over nothing.

As for the rest:

Shure CVL: The adapter you'd need to run these costs a minimum of 20 bucks apiece. Doesn't justify the cost, plus: adapter. More stuff to forget, more stuff to break.

Behringer XM1800: These are probably ::choke:: fine? But You'd need stands and cables and also they probably don't sound any better than your laptop mic. So...they could work, and 80 bucks for six mics is just a ridiculous price. Couldn't hurt to try, I suppose. Still, with the lavs, as long as you affix them correctly, you'll have the least amount of stuff to worry about while you're recording.

Goliton Cardioid Lav: NO. No. Please just...not these ::Cries::. These would be WORSE than just screaming really loud and hoping your neighbors can hear and enjoy your show.


If you do get the lavs, check out this pic of a 'Broadcast Loop' for an example of a good way to minimize cable noise and strain on the cable. (Although with a cheaper mic, I'd use a bigger loop than you see in the pic to avoid breaking the cable. You're not doing this on video are you?)

And for that 5th mic, the inline preamp /u/matgoebel doesn't actually supply phantom power, so it wouldn't work for your setup. Keeping it cheap, something like this might do the trick, but it's one more piece of kit.

So here's a question(s) to consider, in no particular order of importance:

  • Will all five of you be recording all the time, every single session?

  • Why did you decide on lavalier mics to begin with?

  • Is finding a phantom power workaround really worth your time?

    If it is, then it is. But if it's not, you could always go the dynamic mic route, which means you wouldn't need phantom power on ANY channel, hell—even handheld would be fine if you don't want to mess with stands, just be careful to have some slack in the cable coming off the mic—don't let the mic support the weight of the cable. Those Behringer mics are worth a shot, although after listening around I think if you go that route you might want to check out these Behringer 8500s instead. They're a little meatier sounding, not quite as harsh, which I think you'd end up preferring in the long run. (Until you can afford THE VOICE OF GOD)

    EDIT: fixed my own stupid markup mistake.
u/posidonking · 2 pointsr/audiodrama

Hi, I'm the co-editor for podcast production and I think I may be able to help with your questions.

Mics: Depending on your current recording space you have 2 options, Condenser or Dynamic Microphones. Condenser mics are very good at picking up detailed sound but they are most of the time to sensitive to be used without some sort of sound proofing or acoustic treatment to the room as they are really good at picking up even the quietest of sounds. but if you have a treated room or a acoustic shield then that might be an option to look into. Dynamic mics however are really good at capturing loud sounds and because of that, they are mostly used for singing and instruments. however they are also often used for narration because you don't have to go all out with the sound proofing as they are less sensitive. now since my talents are in post production, I don't need an expensive microphone to get a good sounding recording, so I just use a $20 Dynamic microphone from amazon, they're great in fact I bought 4 of them for a podcast I was doing, I can give samples if you would like. As for price, Condenser are on average going to cost more because of everything that goes into it. Dynamic mics are older tech, so they aren't as expensive. my friend who does the vocal recordings has the Rode NT1a, a rather expensive condenser microphone $229, and I record using the Behringer Xm8500 Dynamic mic $20 on amazon. so it's really up to your budget and editing know how.

Rode NT1a


You will also need a audio interface if you're going to be using XLR mics, which I highly recommend you do. Here's the one I use, although you may not need that many channels


Software: I use Adobe Audition around $20 a month subscription. However I have in the past used Audacity and if you know how to use it, you can get some really good results. If you are looking to get into industry standard software I would recommend Pro Tools also I think $20 a month.


Yes, people who don't use a studio generally record to their preferred Audio editor and mix/edit then upload to a hosting website for their podcast, the production I work for uses Blogtalk which I think has a free option. However there are many options for hosting websites (E.g. Acast, Podbean, Libsyn, Ect.) I recommend reading this website for hosting options.


People typically find voice actors through Casting Calls which they themselves set up or by going through a casting call website, and yes voice actors are typically paid although some may offer volunteer if they're just getting out there or for charity. For the sake of professionalism always assume you are paying for their services, that way if they decline payment then that's their choice as an actor.


If your podcast gains enough listeners then yes, you can definaty make money through podcasting, but you should never go only for making money. because one, it takes a while ti gain listeners and two it's just no fun if your only in it for the money.


I remember being exactly where you are now asking these questions, so If you need any help don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps :)




Mics: I use a $20 Dynamic mic which gives me great recordings, although there are more expensive and higher quality options out there.

Software: I use Adobe Audition to edit everything but there are a myriad of other audio editing options out there including the free software Audacity.

Yes it can be as simple as Record/Edit/Post depending on what your doing and the type of podcast your going for.

You find actors through casting calls, and typically you always pay actors for their services. Always expect to pay.

Yes you can make money through podcasting depending on your listenership and Ads and things like that.

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/JohannesVerne · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Honestly, this is going to depend a lot on your budget. The more you have set aside, the more options you will have available. The minimum to get started can be you phone or any other mic/recording device you have laying around. It's not going to give you the best of quality, but there are podcasts out there that use stuff like this already. It's not optimal, but it can get you started if you don't have a budget for better options.

As far as cheap gear, the Samson Q2U is a good mic to start with. It plugs in with USB, can also be run through an interface with an XLR cable, and has a far better tone than other popular USB mics (and it's cheaper). If you have a bit larger of a budget, there are a number of quality dynamics under $100, such as the Behringer XM8500, the CAD D32, the Sennheiser E825-S, or the Audio-Technica Pro 41. There are plenty of others out there, but that should give you an idea of what's in that price range. You will need an interface for any of those mics, as well as a mic stand and XLR cable, so that adds to the cost. A setup like that can still be well under $200, depending on the interface (the Behringer UM2 is a low cost/good quality interface if you only need one input).


More important than mic selection though, is acoustic treatment. If you get your recording space well treated, even if it's improvised with blankets, your audio will sound much better. If it isn't treated, then it doesn't matter what mic/interface you get, it's going to have too much echo and reverb, and it's not going to sound professional.


Hopefully that's enough to get you started, and feel free to ask any more questions!

u/jopasm · 2 pointsr/videography

Handheld may be better. Tripod would be useful too. I don't know, offhand, if there are any decent handheld mics with a 3.5mm cable built in - we already had XLR mics so I went with the adapter cable. You can also get just an adapter that a 3.5mm cable plugs in to, or you can get an adapter cable that 15' or so long. There are pros and cons either way.

Remember to turn off one audio channel (I usually turn off the right channel) when you pull the video in to edit it - you can get weird phasing issues if you don't when you use the adapters.
I've seen good reviews on the Behringer xm8500 if you're on a super limited budget and can't drop another $100 on a mic. It runs for $20-30.

u/zndrus · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Simply put: Amplifiers add amplitude. Mixers/interfaces cut back, if needed, on the amplitude, to preserve/achieve ideal dynamic range. If your signal isn't loud enough when it hits your mixing board/audio interface, you need to amplify it first, that's not the mixers/interfaces job. So Your amplifiers/other equipment should be fine tuned for ideal signal first (as best as can reasonably be done), and THEN mixers second, to achieve this dynamic range. The closer your signal(s) are to ideal before they hit the mixing board, the better when it comes to recording quality. Naturally, this is rarely the case (especially if you're playing with multiple people at the same time/for an audience), and why Mixing/Mastering/Recording is such a complicated field that requires experts, engineers, experience, and talent.

So, if your signal is not loud enough before it hits your mixer/audio interface, then yes, you need an amplifier. Period.

> so if there's a way to just run my guitar into my computer

You need an interface of some sort (this can just be the sound card mic-in input on your pc, but it's far from ideal)

> (using something to boost the signal)

That something would be an amp.

You could always get a small combo practice amp and run the headphone out to your computers mic-in port, and then have your computer "listen" to that mic-in (thus playing what it "hears" through it's speakers). Assuming there isn't appreciable play-back delay this is probably your best bang/buck solution.

I'd try that, and if that fails, get a Behringer U-Phoria UMC22, a Behringer XM8500, an XLR cable of appropriate length, and a mic clip/stand to position the mic in front of your amp speaker. That gets you a practice amp, a decent recording interface, and a very good budget mic for about $120. It'll be far far better quality than what you've got now form the sound of things, not to mention getting you some versatile equipment that you can use in future ventures.

There is other non-behringer alternatives as well of course, but I've got many XM8500's and they frankly are damn near the same quality as the $100 near-infamous Shure XM58's for 1/5 the price, and I've got two of the U-Phoria 400HD's and can't recommend them enough for people looking for quality multi-channel computer audio interfaces on a budget, so having used everything I've mentioned here extensively, I feel comfortable recommending them, as I know they work.

u/TheGrimGayDaddy · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Hummm this is my shopping list for the cheapest usable equipment I could find, the interface is for 8 people so don’t get that lol and the prices are for 4 people but this is about the best I can think of (they’re might be cheaper stands and getting a shorter xlr cable might be a good idea but this is kinda a baseline)

4 Microphones $80https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Ultravoice-Dynamic-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=pd_aw_sim_267_1/134-4918017-9581726?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0002KZAKS&pd_rd_r=67247d59-873d-11e9-b9fc-e96a8f51671e&pd_rd_w=rl713&pd_rd_wg=YUNRU&pf_rd_p=469620d9-3e90-496d-9dc8-b19f900ba5fe&pf_rd_r=43C56ST8VNKF3SY65G3P&psc=1&refRID=43C56ST8VNKF3SY65G3P

4 Pop filters $40https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Microphone-Stabilizing-Recordings-Broadcasting/dp/B01N21H9WY/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=pop%2Bfilter&qid=1559702707&s=gateway&sr=8-4&th=1&psc=1

4 XLR cables $40 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003JJQMD8/ref=psdcmw_11973421_t2_B00018CXV0

5 Microphone stands $60

Audio interface $150
Amazon.com: BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 4-Channel (UMC404HD): Gateway

Total: $370

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/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/Abstruse · 2 pointsr/rpg

I use a Behringer XM8500 microphone, about $20. You'll also need a mic stand of some sort though, because this is a performance mic. It's really good quality, though. This is what I use on the Gamer's Tavern for podcasting.

I also use Superlux HD 681 headphones, but if you don't want a headset, you probably won't want these. They're a little overkill anyway (I'm plugged into a mixer adjusting levels for recording). But use something like earbuds at least, otherwise there's a chance for echo on the feed.

Edit: I'm assuming you're talking about an online tabletop game via something like Skype or Hangouts. If you're talking about something else like World of Warcraft or something on a console, the push-to-talk is more a feature of whatever program you're using to talk.

u/StargatePioneer · 2 pointsr/podcasting

You can get an Audio Technica BPHS-1 Headset for $200 each. Or you can try a bunch of handheld vocal dynamic microphones. They range in price from the Behringer XM8500 for $20 to the Senheiser e935 for $169. What's your budget and how many do you need?

Also, have you tried Auphonic or Levelator?

u/ZeosPantera · 2 pointsr/hometheater

If you want it done right you go with a receiver and passive speakers. The budget for Good powered monitors of which you would need 3 pair(LR,REAR,CENTER) would be immense in comparison. Also the limitations of powered monitors in a SS scenario go on and on. Sending line signal instead of power which is more susceptible to interference. Having to bring power to the speakers. Relying on your PC to decode the audio stream to individual channels. It is a much simpler proposition to just feed a receiver a single HDMI or SPDIF and have it do all the work.

Logitech is a PC peripherals manufacturer and not a speaker manufacturer. If you want real sound you get amplifiers and tuned wooden boxes.

u/bonestamp · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Do not buy a wave music system. You can get similar quality sound for much less money. BOSE is really great at telling you they make great sounding stuff, they're not as great at actually making great sounding products. Many of their products rely on sound reflection, a property that qualified sound engineers try to avoid at all costs (this is why multimillion dollar concert/opera halls don't have straight walls).

Anyway, if my budget was $400... here's what I would do:

amplified speakers: http://amzn.com/B0051WAM64

tube phono preamp: http://amzn.com/B001BYM3JU

...and that would still leave with you a few bucks for taxes and cables.

u/maplebars · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap
u/fodollah · 2 pointsr/Planetside

I've got a cheap steel mousepad which I don't like and want to replace also, so I'll be keeping tabs on this thread.

For mics, I bought the Blue Yeti and $6 Pop Filter. This is what I now use for all my audiophile needs. I do casts, presentations, gaming and sound effects with the Yeti.

As for streaming, can't speak to that. And for Youtube videos or machinima creation, video editing etc, happy to pass on what I've learned. I Use Adobe Premier for Editing and learning Adobe After Effects.

For audio playback hardware, I use a pair of cerwin vegas and for gaming I use this fantastic Sennheiser 595 headset which is so light and so comfortable, I often forget I'm wearing it.

u/brianf408 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I would stick with a dynamic mic rather than condenser, it will pick up much less background noise - especially keystrokes and PC fans.

I'm running a Samson Q2U via XLR, pretty inexpensive mic but I'm very impressed with the sound quality. Should leave you some extra money for a scissor mic stand and a pop filter.

u/GinkoWeed · 2 pointsr/microphones

With a wind guard? That might be a bit difficult. Are you able to raise your budget at all? This pop filter and a Blue Snowball are just under $60, though I'm not exactly sure where you'd connect the pop-filter. If you could go up to $70, you could get this stand.

u/LD5ifty · 2 pointsr/appers

Mic 1 - used for first mixtape

Mic 2 - used for almost every track on this release



I usually record in a mid-size room with a rug on the floor. I use a pop filter, and I keep a piece of foam folded behind the mic as a makeshift soundtrap.

^(Note: this video is from a year ago, before I folded the foam, and before I got a pop filter. That is why I have that thin t-shirt draped over the mic.)

u/MereLyap · 2 pointsr/tf2

Your audio quality is fairly good, your editing is pretty decent, you have a fine taste in music, and your analytical skills come out nicely in this video ... my only problem is that there's something about your intonation that grates on my inner ear.

^A ^more ^tangible ^gripe ^is ^you ^being ^in ^dire ^need ^of ^a ^pop-filter, ^but ^like ^I ^said, ^other ^than ^that ^you're ^doing ^fairly ^fine.

u/WaffleBoi014 · 2 pointsr/AverageBattlestations

Yo bro I didn't see your comment earlier, it's this one:

Dragonpad USA Pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter Swivel Mount 360 Flexible Gooseneck Holder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AOH1O6?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

EDIT: so I read your reply wrong lol, it's this one

NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand, Compact Mic Stand Made of Durable Steel for Radio Broadcasting Studio, Voice-Over Sound Studio, Stages, and TV Stations https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DY1F2CS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_iFtEAb8BH2RPF

u/FatEskimo97 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You can probably find these for lower prices than in the links, but I'm just providing some main ones:


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50x: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86


Mic: Modmic 4.0 (microphone that attaches to your headset): http://www.modmic.com/collections/frontpage/products/modmic-4-0


OR (you can mix-and match too. Like if you want the Modmic with the M50 or the Snowball with the M50x, go for it)


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50 (older version of the M50x I linked. Lower price and just as good. Only problem is that I can only find them in white, but you could probably find black versions on eBay): http://www.buydig.com/mobile/product.aspx?sku=ATHM50WH


Mic Blue Snowball USB Mic (awesome quality mic with 3 different recording signatures you can switch to. This is actually the mic I have and I use it for gaming as well as recording myself/my band playing guitar): http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E


Extra: Pop filter (you really should get one of these with a real microphone. They reduce the "popping" sound caused by the fast-moving air against the metal and pieces inside the mic that you'll get when yelling into the mic): http://www.amazon.com/Dragonpad%C2%AE-Studio-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/ref=pd_bxgy_MI_img_y


Here's a video that kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It shows both what a pop filter does as well as shows you the Blue Snowball: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KREN_ojEnKo


If you decide to go with the Snowball (my personal recommendation. Even better if you play instruments and feel like recording) you pretty much need to get the pop filter. I'll answer any other questions too.

u/BlackFireForge · 2 pointsr/PartneredYoutube

I'd agree with everyone else, a better mic might help, and also a pop filter (link below) that helps mitigate the "phf" and "sss" sound when you talk into the mic.

Visually the video looked great, and thumbnail too!


u/theupstateshow · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I can't speak to remote podcasting, as we do all our stuff in my home studio. Speaking to the budget side of things, there are some great alternatives out there to USB Mics. I have one that I use for conference calls on my laptop, it's a Samson GoMic. It is quite responsive and very portable. I tried using it on our podcast when we started it up, but is did not work that well. I don't know how this might fit into your budget, but here is what we are doing here:

MIXER - We are using a 4 channel mixer with a Presonus audio interface into our iPad, where L and R outputs from the mixer go into the interface and get mixed down to stereo on the iPad. If you are looking to do just 2 mics and are not going to expand for a while, this will go right into your ipad with little trickery: http://www.amazon.com/Presonus-AudioBox-Bus-powered-Audio-Interface/dp/B00M0EHRBE/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1421082444&sr=8-13&keywords=audio+interface+ipad

SOFTWARE - Boss Jock Studio. $9.99 from the App Store. This software is great because we will record some stuff ahead of time, grab interviews, play theme music, etc. When we are don recording in Boss Jock, we will export it to the computer, clean it up (Normalize, Compressor, etc.), Convert it to MP3 then upload it to our site.

Mics - We found a great deal on some no-name mics at Guitar Center where we got 3 Mics, XLR cables and a few stands for around 120. 2 mics will likely be cheaper. Get some Pop filters too from Amazon, we got some for cheap (link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) they clip onto a mic stand. Don't hit them too hard or they go out of place, but they work great otherwise and you cant beat the price ($7.00 a piece)

HOSTING - This is important, because once you get the show set up, you don't want to move around too much. We are going self hosted using a VPS at OVH. We use Wordpress and Podlove to publish our feed, and handle the blog that goes with our show. From there we have the feed exported to iTunes store, and you can subscribe right on the site. We were doing SoundCloud for free before, but this is much better because we do a new show every week and want to have a rolling list of 10 episodes for people to snatch. it helps to have some wordpress foo because it might seem overwhelming at first, but we are happy to guide you through it. I do wordpress sites for my job so I can cruise through it with rather quick turnaround time.

Please, if you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, just PM us and we will get you going, give you a run through, all that fun stuff. We were noobs once, and would love to pay it forward. As far as I am concerned, we are still noobs anyway, but at least we got the actual production aspect of our show hammered out.

If we don't hear from you, best of luck! Don't get discouraged, just keep doing it and you will be glad you did, it is a lot of fun and my friends and I have made a weekly ritual out of. We are basically drinkers with a podcasting problem.

u/pizzalover101 · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I have the C01U Pro and it does the same. Here's my setup:

Spider Mount: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LQLDM2

Pop filter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6

Arm: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DY1F2CS

Keeping the mic away from the keyboard helped a little bit. The other thing that helps is noise gating on OBS and Discord. However, the mic stand is really cheap. It works, but it isn't great. I plan to upgrade to this eventually.


Hope this helped.

u/brokenbirthday · 2 pointsr/FL_Studio

Okay, get a better mic and pop filter. I would recommend the Blue Yeti (it's super well-priced for the quality), and you can really use any old pop filter. Look around a bit for tutorials on cleaning up and processing vocal tracks.

Now on the actual subject. Personally, I tend to prefer dense hiphop production, à la El-P, but I can definitely recognize when it's well put together. The mixing is pretty decent actually; levels are pretty good and nothing is glaringly out-of-place. I would try to increase the stereo width a bit, but that's just me. Otherwise, the song itself is pretty good and you obviously have the technical talent. Just keep writing making music. Here's a link to a really long, but really good mixing tutorial. I highly recommend it, if you're interested.

u/heyskater137 · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I'll just leave feedback as I'm watching through your video:

  1. Should have cut off the first 5 seconds. Start at the intro, not slightly before the intro.

    2.Video quality is fantastic! Audio is good as well, but could be greatly improved by a pop filter! Here's one that we own and I would recommend http://www.amazon.com/Dragonpad%C2%AE-Studio-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1426227634&sr=1-1&keywords=pop+filter

  2. Your commentary is sparse and brief. It's a bit too slow for my taste. With commentary I usually prefer to have someone who is reacting to the game all the time, forming and sharing opinions, giving the viewer a sense of what they're thinking at pretty much all times. Not everyone shares this opinion, but it's definitely mine.

  3. Same thing on your outro as your intro. End it on the outro, don't include yourself exiting the game. And I would recommend Getting some outro music or playing the intro while actually asking people to like comment and subscribe. The animation is solid, much like your intro, but these things need sounds too!

  4. You're off to a good start with your thumbnails. I would recommend working on branding so that people can spot that videos are yours from the thumbnails.

  5. Your facecam doesn't really add much to the video. Use it to emote more, and add to the commentary through visuals (facial expressions, hand gestures, etc.). Either that, or consider ditching it entirely.

    You're off to a good start here. I notice you're pretty new, but it seems you're heading in the right direction!
u/TheLightMayRise · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Any generic pop filter will work to its intended effect.

This is the one I'm getting

u/astronomaestro · 2 pointsr/SmallYTChannel

So I actually have gone through a lot of mic trouble recently. I bought the blue yeti mic (~130) and it broke on me and I can’t return it, which is super annoying cause it was a bit of an investment for me.

I then got this 30 dollar mic on amazon which I used to do my voiceover in my solar video
and it worked out better then I thought. It’s not as sensitive as the blue yeti, but it did really well for voice over narration, it’s not broken, and it’s cheaper. I’m not sure how it would do for things other then narration.

I also bought this
to avoid the puffing sound that comes from when you speak into a mic close up.

Good luck with your videos! I’ll subscribe and look out for more.

u/SaxyGeek · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I personally use this one because it's cheap and reaches decently far. I also have a cheap pop filter which was kinda hard to fixate and get to stay in place, but nothing a bit of tape couldn't handle :P

u/biologicalhighway · 2 pointsr/podcasting

This is the one I have, works well enough for me and for $12.

u/DaneOfTheDead · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I'm listening to your latest episode, Interview with Robin Hanson, and the first thing that comes to mind is to get a pop filter for each mic to cut down on the breath from talking. I ordered these
I really like the topic. Gonna listen to your other episodes as well.

u/clapyrhands · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Ok I'll help. Listening to the 3rd episode now.

First, what equipment are you using? I guarantee you aren't using one of these very important things. The plosives (that hard PUH sound that you hear every time you use the letter p) are impossible to take, but that $7 will clear that right up.

It's almost like you're mocking me with how many plosives there are in the first 2 minutes. PUH-od PUh-in down, PUH-assion.

I can't even finish this. It's that difficult to get past.

Here's my advice: Create an intro that explains who you are, why we should listen to you, and what your show is about. Do not expect people to go back to Episode 1 to figure out what the hell is going on.

Edit, edit, edit. Get rid of those plosives. Learn about leveling and compression.

The idea really seems compelling. Honor that by taking the time to make it as professional as possible. PM me if you want some help/advice. Or just comment. Whichever.

u/NastyMcBurgers · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I see you have a snoball, I would suggest you add these good little guys to it. It makes it so much better.



u/s7robe · 2 pointsr/deadmau5

Unsurprisingly, everyone is recommending m50xs... you should checkout the headphones subreddit, the people over there know their shit. The Sony's and msr7s you were asking about are on different sides of the sound signature spectrum. The msr7s are pretty punchy and bright, while the Mdr-1s are more warm and laid back sounding. I would say go for something like the beyerdynamic Dt770 they really are awesome for electronic music, and they're pretty affordable as well. Also if you want to spend a little more the focal spirit pro is a great choice.

Link to the dt770: https://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B008POFOHM?th=1&psc=1

Link to the spirit pro: https://www.amazon.com/Focal-Spirit-Professional-Studio-Headphones/dp/B00EXO8Y3Y

u/TheXecuter · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would recommend the ath m50 too. But I wouldn't bother with the m50x, the x is just a prettier much more expensive version of the same thing.

But because you specifically said you don't want massively overwhelming bass I would recommend the dt770 32ohm over the m50.

u/modano_star · 2 pointsr/headphones

I think this is the right place to post this.

I am relatively new to headphones, but am looking to take the step of purchasing some dt770s , but am unsure of the differences between the 80ohm and the 250ohm. But then there is the limited edition. I would like to use them with my ipod at times, and am trying to avoid spending more money for an amp, because I really don't want to go above £120-130. So would the limited edition be the best for me because of their lower impedance (I think the Limited Editions are 32ohm?) Are there other factors to take into account?


u/WavyCrusade · 2 pointsr/headphones

Budget - 100-200 Euro price range

Source - Google Pixel and Desktop Computer

Isolation - Just don't want them to leak to much sound

Preferred type of headphone - Overear. Wired

Past headphone - I've never had headphones before. I don

Preferred music - HipHop, Rnb, and 60s-early80s rock.

Improve - I am looking for something that has low impeadence so I hopefully won't have to use an external amp with but I have heard the pixel's sound output is bad.
If I need to get an external amp/DAC or something to make something 60 or 32 ohms work for the pixel i'll get one.

Country - Ireland

These have been the ones I've been looking at

beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Studio Headphones - 32 Ohm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008POFOHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_08OdAbJXGWDCF

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HVLUR86/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_TaPdAbWBX3N1X

DT 880 Edition 32 ohm HiFi headphones https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0024NK358/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_4bPdAbVDDA4AA

AKG K702 Reference Open-Back Over-Ear Studio Headphones https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001RCD2DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BdPdAbM690AXM

Sennheiser HD 569 Around-Ear Closed Back Headphones - Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L1IIF1A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_bkPdAbMVHAJ7A


u/Ruskie_and_Kraut · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/Vliger2002 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Absolutely! I'm assuming you'll be using your phone for music?
A great set of headphones with great bass and clarity are the Beyerdynamic DT770. If you're intending to go simple and use the headphones with a portable device such as your phone or an iPod, you'd be wise to get the 32 Ohms version.

This "32 Ohms" is the measure of the headphone's impedance/resistance. This means that the headphone provides less resistance to the power being supplied by an amplifier. This means that with a lower impedance, your audio source's amplifier (phone, iPod, etc.) will be able to easily power to your headphones, and the headphones will have more volume and clarity.

The 250 Ohm version would need a decent amplifier—not found on phones. If you plugged a pair of headphones with an impedance of 250 Ohms into your phone, the headphones would resist a lot of the power coming from the phone's weak onboard amplifier—resulting in very low volume and clarity on the headphones.

I hope that I made sense with that description! Let me know if you have questions!

u/Pedro747 · 2 pointsr/headphones

What about DT 770? The 32 ohm version should be fine with you sources.

u/NationalPhenomenon · 2 pointsr/brandnew

The second pair of hi-fi headphones I bought were the Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO-32. Got them last November after several years of rocking AKG K271s.
My only complaint with them is the cord, which can be too short depending on your needs. It's also hardwired in, so you can't replace or switch it out. They sound great and give you plenty of bass without it being overpowering, which is something my AKGs were lacking. I also use them without an amp.

u/Wingman4l7 · 2 pointsr/EDC

Using the Beats Solo HD as an example, they cost at least $140, and have an estimated parts cost of ~$20. They also use metal weights (mounted to plastic, so they don't add any durability to the hinges) to make up a third of the headphone's weight -- a cheap and deceptive way to convey "quality". I see no reason to believe that their manufacturing / business practice with their earbuds is any different.

For $140, you could get a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50 or for a little more, a pair of Beyerdynamic DT-770 with much more respectable specs. FFS, they have a rapper's name as their brand. What do you think you're paying for?

$130-$200 for a pair of Powerbeats2 -- for that price you could get JaybirdX2 bluetooth earbuds and maybe even have money left over. Longer playback, smaller size, better tips, probably better sound quality, etc. Based on the design/size/price, the Powerbeats look to be more comparable to well-rated $50 pairs like the Photive PH-BTE70.

u/QuipA · 2 pointsr/headphones

The 32 Ohm version of the Beyerdynamic DT770 is available for 144€. Nearly identical sound to the M50X, but much better build quality and comfort.

The HD558 absolutely do not fit the music genres you like.

u/OverExclamated · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I tried to find a pair of open-backed headphones for under £100 that I could recommend. These were as close as I could get:


For closed backs, these are a good option:


edit: The m40x 's you found are a very good option for a semi-closed set of headphones, but the stock pads are not quite up to snuff in the comfort department, so purchasing an additional set of more comfortable earpads, such as HM5's, is advisable.

u/Kerry56 · 2 pointsr/headphones

The 250 ohm version is not recommended, no. Not with a phone as input.

DT 770 also comes in a 32 ohm version meant for portable devices.

Or you could get the ATH-M50x.

u/-romainl- · 2 pointsr/coding

FWIW, the Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro 32 Ohm is every bit worth the price tag. Highly recommended.

u/Tman5293 · 2 pointsr/headphones

For your friend:

I recommend that she picks up a pair of Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros. You can get them here: http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Custom-One-Pro-Black/dp/B008XEYT48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369159044&sr=8-1&keywords=beyerdynamic+custom+one+pro

They are great headphones and only have a 16Ω impedance so powering them is not going to be a problem.

Another headphone I would recommend would be the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 32Ω edition. Similar to the Custom One Pros but with a little better bass response. You can get them here: http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-770-Pro-Studio-Headphones-Limited/dp/B008POFOHM/ref=sr_1_5?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1369159022&sr=1-5

For you:

Coming in right at $400 is the HiFiMAN HE-400. I haven't listened to these myself but I hear that they are the best headphones you can buy for $400. You can get them here: http://www.amazon.com/HiFiMAN-HE-400-Planar-Efficiency-Headphones/dp/B007ZG32I4/ref=sr_1_3?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1369159720&sr=1-3

However, if you really want to step up I suggest you stretch your budget to the $500 mark and pick up the Sennheiser HD650. These are some of the best headphones out there and would be a considerable upgrade from what you currently have. Check them out here: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-650-Headphones/dp/B00018MSNI/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1369159720&sr=1-1

I honestly think that if you have the money for it then that is the way to go. I think the HD650s are more suited to the kind of music you like than the HE-400s anyway.

u/anderslistoe · 2 pointsr/headphones

Budget - $300

Source - Samsung Galaxy S4

Requirements for Isolation - It'd be best if nothing escaped or got in

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over-ear, closed

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced

Past headphones:
-M50s and Klipsch S4/R6i

Preferred Music - EDM/rap/rock

It's also important that I can wear them at the gym as that's my whole purpose in buying new headphones. I was looking at the DT770 Pro 32ohm but wasn't sure if the one at this amazon link would come with the 10 foot cable (not what I want).

u/Gatowag · 2 pointsr/DiamondClub

If he's looking to get serious with headphones, I will always recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 770s (cans of choice for Robert Krekel and Brandt Hughes!)

Admittedly, they're on the pricey side, but without a doubt the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. They're built to last and have good sound reproduction. I'm no audiophile so I won't be able to tell you about the fidelity of frequencies, but it sure as hell gets the job done.

Also I'm convinced there's some headphone Illuminati and buying these makes you a member, I feel like these pop up all over the place after I bought them.

u/nksharp · 2 pointsr/Twitch

While looking at getting a new mic it was between the yeti and the at2020 for me. I went with the AT2020 because most people said the yeti was hard to fit into a shockmount, the at2020 was fairly difficult to get into the shockmount I am currently using as well.

The stand I had purchased came with the shockmount :


No clue if the yeti would fit in the shockmount or not but to get the at2020 in I had to pry the thing open pretty wide, just need to figure out what to do with this XLR cable it came with (either cut it or figure out how to get it out I suppose).

u/TheMetaLink · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I went with the cheapest mic stand that had an integrated xlr cable. After having it for a few months I wouldn't recommend it, but HERE is the link. The RODE PSA1 would be another great option

u/Wh1t · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy Zambambo!

And my item would have to be this broadcast studio microphone boom. Unf.

Also, happy birthday and good eats and drinks to you and your fiance!

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/theZacharyWebb · 2 pointsr/podcasts

The Audio-Technica ATR2100/AT2005/Samson Q2U are very good podcasting microphones, and are versatile by having both USB and XLR connections.

The Zoom H6 is a good recorder. If you want to save money, get a Behringer mixer (1-XLR, 2-XLR, 4-XLR) and a Zoom H1 to record with.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M30x or ATH-M40x are good headphones.

Get any pop filter that fits your price. A Neewer boom arm is OK for podcasting (that's what I use), but the next step up is a Blue Compass, Rode PSA-1, or Heil PL-2T.

The Neewer boom arm comes with a plastic shock mount.

Monoprice.com has pretty good quality cables for cheap, but price almost equals quality for audio cables.

Audacity is a good audio editor.

Check out Better Podcasting, The Audacity to Podcast, School of Podcasting, The Feed, and Podcasters' Roundtable for podcast advice. Pod Squad is a Discord server that I help moderate where you can also get more help from other podcasters.

u/VG-Rahkwal · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I try to say this everytime I see the Blue Yeti come up. If you want to add peripherals (i.e. mic stand, shock mount, etc), it will be very expensive.

Blue's microphone peripherals are first party only, so the prices on them can get jacked up a lot. A shockmount will run you about $80, which is comparable to the price of the mic. Meanwhile, the average shockmount for another mic, like the AT2020 is often bundled with other accessories, and will run a lot less.

To compare:

Full accessories for AT2020: Link $50

Same accessories for Blue Yeti: Mic Arm, Shockmount. Total: $140

Granted these are Canadian prices, but it translates pretty well to American dollars.

u/Svx_blue · 2 pointsr/podcast

The mxl website lists the 990 @ .5443 kg.

Really Any stand with a boom attachment should work. If you are still worried about the stand tipping over you can put some weight on the stand legs or you can look into a boom that attaches to your desk. Like this one Neewer Broadcast Studio Microphone Suspension Boom. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AK7SKL4/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_0DbSub0H344YE

u/tcookc · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Having two mics is a good call, but instead of recording vocals and guitar together, I'd would HIGHLY suggest recording your guitar in stereo with both mics and your vocal in mono with one mic (performed separately). When I started out, I used AT2020's which are very affordable and will sound okay until you're able to upgrade to something better.
Also, Reaper is a steal at $60. Use the trial version for a while and see if you like it...comes complete with all the basic, entry-level plug-ins that you'll need.
You'll also need an interface and a good pair of mixing headphones. Good luck!

u/xeonoex · 2 pointsr/audio

The AudioBox is in my price range, but the only advantage seems to be the MIDI in and outs. Is there an upside to running a keyboard through the USB interface rather than straight to the PC via a MIDI to USB cable? I will be doing almost everything on the PC anyways right?

I was looking at Reaper actually. I've used various software like Sonar, Audacity, Reason, some Cakewalk products, and Project 5, but I haven't really done recording. I think this will be the first software I try.

u/barbequeninja · 2 pointsr/Music

I've bought all this and your estimated are way high.

My setup:
Audiobox USB: $149 http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00154KSA2

Behringer condenser: $94 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/245575-REG/Behringer_B_1_B_1_Condenser_Microphone.html

Behringer stereo mics: $58 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/373764-REG/Behringer_C_2_C_2_Stereo_Matched_Studio.html

2x XLR, 2x 1/4" cables: $20 or so monoprice

Stand: $35 (local shop)
Midi keyboard: $50 used off eBay

Headphones: $50 closed ear

Well under $500 for a good setup that lets me record electric, vocals, accoustic, and my piano.

u/SuperKato1K · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I'm pretty sure that mic needs an XLR cable and some kind of mixer or audio interface that plugs into your computer. I could be wrong but I don't think the XM8500 is usb.

It seems you need to keep $ low so something like this would probably work:


Though something like this would be much better:


u/godsmalak · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

This is a little better option.

This is really inexpensive, but will work.

Keep in mind, you get what you pay for with most things of this nature.

u/Talks_To_Cats · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

You'd want an XLR to USB in most cases for a PC. 3.5mm has some other complications to deal with.

This is a fantastic one, although it's expensive. Blue also makes the Icicle for much less.

u/MiyamotoKnows · 2 pointsr/headphones

> AT2035

You would not need a DAC for this mic application. Her XLR mic output will need to go into a mic pre-amp or input device with XLR's or a DI box that has RCA outs. The best bet for this level of use would be a USB input device with pre-amp such as this very decent one.
A DAC converts a digital signal into an analog signal. Most amps and speakers output an analog signal but most sources (your PC's sound card, a CD or Bluray player etc) can output a digital signal. By keeping the signal in a digital state for as long up the chain as possible you are insuring a higher purity of sound in most cases as the signal is just a coded string of ones and zero's (as light pulses in the case of optical) is less prone to degradation from external noise. The computer chip in a stand alone DAC is also usually of much higher quality than the one in a digital source device (sound card, CD player etc) and the other audio components in it are probably also of higher quality so you are decoding that digital information with more accuracy. All of this can lead to improved sound. How much better varies among setups and personal taste. For instance I have heard an SMSL DAC and I couldn't discern improvement from the source's low end DAC but I have also heard a Moon DAC and a Musical Fidelity DAC and I was shocked at how amazing they sounded, on that setup, to my ears.

u/kmccoy · 2 pointsr/audio

You generally can't just adapt the XLR from a microphone to 1/8" or 3.5 mm (I'm assuming that's what you mean by "audio jack"). The mic requires a preamp designed to work with it and maybe phantom power. You'll want a USB interface. You can find some relatively inexpensive ones for just one microphone -- they're not super high quality, but unless you're really spending a lot of effort on making your recording setup, it'll be just fine. The Blue Icicle is one, though you can find them cheaper, too. Or you can get fancier, like with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

u/Jaelgoco · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

If you want something really cheap in which you can control the gain then I recommend the BLUE icicle. You can probably get it for around 31 bucks on amazon.

u/Oneloosetooth · 2 pointsr/microphones

The answer is.... it's compicated.

First off... where are you (country)? And what do you want to use the microphones for? And what is you budget?

  1. "the at2035 will still sound better than an at2020usb mic right?"

    No-one who reviews microphones likes to say that one microphone is better than another (annoying right?). This is because sound and how a human interprets it and "hears" a thing is entirely subjective. So most reviewers will say "They sound different and personally I prefer this one....". It is generally true that a more expensive microphone will have better, more sensitive components, less self noise, better frequency response and will handle sound better. You are unlikely to notice a huge difference, though, if this is a microphone for you to stream games with...

    The frequency response of the AT2020 is 20-16'000Hz, the AT2035 has a frequency response of 20-20'000Hz. The power requirements for the USB mic is 5v and the XLR mic is 11-52v. When looking at the Audio Technica technical specifications for both microphones there is not much more information for the 2020 whereas the 2035 lists Low Freq Roll-off, circut sensitivity, impedence, noise dynamic range, etc. Audio Technica either do not provide that information for the USB mic as an oversight, or because it is not important/nothing to write home about. There is no doubt in my mind that AT2035 is the better microphone and a more worthy investment.

    AT2020 USB - http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/c75c5918ed57a8d0/

    AT2035 - http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/cebb57a269d232ee/

    There are also loads of links on YouTube where people compare microphones. One tip is that if you go and watch these, unless your PC has good monitor speakers try to listen to these videos using a pair of decent headphones (like these - https://www.whathifi.com/akg/k92/review). If you are streaming or producing music you will need a good pair of headphones anyway, good does not have to mean expensive. Just check out reviews, the K92's are fairly cheap and are good.

    YouTube link 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4784ITB8WFI

    YouTube link 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8wCHEe3m2E

    You will also find plenty of reviews there of the AT2035.

  2. "I dont understand what I need to buy to make it work, like a mixer or something?"

    So... You will need something that provides phantom power to the microphone and then connects to your computer, usually by a USB. I use a Focusrite 2i4 2nd Gen. (note if you go done the Focusrite route there are plenty of units on Ebay as well as new, but make sure you get 2nd Gen.) Again it depends how much you want to spend and what you plan to use the microphone for... there are cheaper and more lightweight units (that does not mean that they are poor quality) and you can go right the way up to expensive and more complex units.

  1. Blue Icicle XLR-USB Adaptor, a good leightweight solution - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Microphones-XLR-USB-Microphone-Condenser/dp/B001EW5YQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502188957&sr=8-1&keywords=USB+XLR+USB+Adaptor

  2. Music Authority Best Audio Interface Buying Guide and Review summary page - https://musicauthority.org/audio/best-audio-interface/

  3. Similar review product summary from musicradar.com - http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-best-budget-usb-audio-interfaces-in-the-world-today-570850

    Good luck.
u/Theta_Zero · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah good call, I made that mistake as well. XLR is not plug-and-play, although the Blue Yeti Pro actually comes with all the stuff you need. Most other mics do not.

For the AT2020/AT2035/Blue Yeti XLR mics, you also want/need:

  • A form of phantom power to power your microphone

  • An Analog-to-Digital converter

  • An Amplifier

    You can get them all in one piece of equipment, or separately. I'm using the CEnterance MicPort Pro but the much cheaper Blue Icicle is probably good enough for most peoples' uses.
u/fumblesmcdrum · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

The way Condenser mics work requires them to have 48V "Phantom" power, which is transmitted over the microphone cable. This won't come from your PC, you'll need an audio interface that is capable of supplying phantom power over it's connector.

Here's a cheap one .

That button on the front supplies the 48V you need to operate your condenser mic.

EDIT: Even Cheaper . But I don't know about its quality

u/darthvacuous · 2 pointsr/u_heartdamage

Microphone suggestion:
Depends on if you want to buy a audio interface (XLR-USB) and a mic or a combo. I started out with a audio-technica ATR2100. Its a great mic for the price and you can use it without an usb interface.

Comes with a little stand and and you can hook it up to USB. I would get foam cover for it so you don't pop your pees. (Heck I'll send you mine for free)

Or you can get the humungus Blue yetti mic all the streamers buy.

I have a Heil PR40 I use for my recording and radio stuff.

Bon Appetite: Claire is my waifu dog.

GoT: Should I get back into the madness? I'm a few seasons behind.

Travel Recommendations:
I like hiking and nature so natural parks are my Jam. Colorado/Utah are awesome. I'm actually planning a trip to Cuba myself. Have you considered Hawaii?

u/shtoops · 2 pointsr/CarAV

Pickup a Behringer ECM8000 .. a Blue Icicle Mic XLR -> USB Preamp .. Room EQ Wizard freeware software. A capable DSP.. and have at it. This is a very powerful piece of software.. and im surprised that its free.

u/72skylark · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

That's what I was thinking. I googled it and it looks to be something like this. Not bad at all for $60, seems like it would be great for recording demos on the road.

u/ForRealsies · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Lavalier doesn't have to mean expensive. I recommend checking the customer video review.

u/punkrok97 · 2 pointsr/youtubers

Less than $500 for even a decent camera will be difficult. I'd suggest looking into a used Canon T3i or a new/used T2i. They may be slightly more expensive but they're the best thing you'll find around that price range (in my experience). Also because they both have interchangeable lenses you can upgrade/adapt them as you get more cash to invest.

I know less about mics although I think it may be difficult to find what your describing, especially at that price. Something like this may be what your after but I really can't say that the quality will be great and the cable will probably get in the way if you're moving around.

What I'd really suggest is to abandon the idea of on-body unless it's absolutely necessary for some reason. If you're up for doing that I'd suggest a shotgun mic (something like this would probably do just fine). The absolute best option in terms of quality and lasting value would be to buy an H4n. The disadvantage is that you'll end up having to sync your audio to the video but the advantages are that the audio quality is great, you can add better (XLR) mics in the future and you can move it around depending on where your audio source is.

I know that this isn't exactly what you're looking for but I hope it's some help anyway. If you have questions please feel free to ask :)

u/averynicehat · 2 pointsr/videography

On the mic input jack - I've only ever used the GH4, but assuming the audio hardware is the same/similar, it is much better than the two Canon cameras (t3i and EOS M) I've used.

I can plug one of these cheap button battery powered mics directly into the GH4 and it sounds pretty good. If I used that same mic with a Canon, it would be unusable because of all the hiss. Also my Rhode VideoMic (not the pro which can output even more volume) works fine directly plugged into the GH4 while was terrible on the Canons.

u/SKiring · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace


And as suggested by /u/zifay:
>Get a Samson pro mic. It sounds much better than any headset mic and its $30

All of these are great examples of fine microphones at low prices. ;)

Oh and I'm glad you have no gold to give stranger, I do this because I love making sure people are getting the best piece of equipment. Fake internet points and real money thrown at my comments are a wasted effort. I'd rather see you post pictures of obtaining one of these headphones paired with one of these mics! :)

u/crazykoala · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Since your title specifies low cost you can save some money by using a wired lav mic like this Audio Technica or this Olympus lav mic. You simply plug it into the camera's mic input. A 3.5mm extension cable might be needed to reach the camera. Use the lav mic with an inexpensive voice recorder if you need the subject to move around. Smart phones have decent audio recording apps too. Syncing the audio in post can be a hassel so only do this if the shot requires being untethered. If you record audio with a separate recorder it helps to mark it by saying a scene number and making a clap sound so you can find it and sync it with the video editing software.

For lighting you might consider an inexpensive LED light and a second battery. Charge one battery while using the other.

I've used clamps like this and this for quick and simple mount of camera and small lights to a chair, windowsill, cupboard, etc. You can use JB Weld to put a 1/4-20 nut-coupler on the light if it doesn't have it already.

edit: I like Canon equipment and their line of Vixia Camcorders starts at around $300 and has a mic input. The lens and image stabilization gets you a nice picture compared to a camera phone or similar "cheap" camera.

IIRC Premiere has a basic mode that uses a simpler timeline more like Apple's iMovie. You can download 30 day trial versions of the latest Adobe products. Give Premiere Elements a try.

u/alexharris52 · 2 pointsr/videography

I did a shoot for Kea in a van, I rode shotgun with a Canon C100, 24-105mm f4 combo, rode shotgun mic and hand stabilizer. BIG ass setup for a passenger shooter. What I wound up doing was taking a rope, looping it through the handle on my c100 and pulling it tight to a metal suction cup that was on the glass. I only had to use my hand to help the c100 hover, and image stabilizer did the rest. Gave it a nice hand held organic feel even though it was rope held. Came out super good, too lazy to look for screen shot right now I could probably find the commercial quicker, will report back

Anyways as far as noise, I think they were micd up and I got some audio too with the shotgun mic that came out great.

If its a 60D maybe use this?

u/isolepsis · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

That podcasting kit looks very cool too! Have you got a link to the Reddit post you made about it? (I tried looking for it but I think it might have been some time ago).

I'm trying to put together some podcasting kit myself (low-budget, 2-person interview-style, but must be ultra-lightweight/portable as remote outdoor locations), so I'll ask some offtopic q's here anyway!

  • Do you ever use the H4n without mics? (ie only onboard)
  • No headphones? No mixing-board?
  • Is there much there you could leave out if you were trying to get a just-the-essentials podcast kit? (but still podcast-quality audio)
  • Can you tell me more about your cabling choices? ie you mentioned 3.5mm cabling...
  • How do you like Shoutcast? (Suitable for podcast-noobs like me?!)
  • With what you know now, If you were going to buy for a setup today would you change anything?
  • I'd be interested to see another pic with your current mobile setup?!

    For field recording I was thinking maybe the Zoom H2n with a few simple Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier mics, and just switching to a better studio-mic if nearer civilization... any thoughts appreciated?!
u/skeletonmage · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Don't mind the down votes in the sub. You guys will sound great with stand alone microphones and more experience. If your camera can handle it, you can get a lavaliere and split the channels. So you'll be right, he'll be left, and then combine them in post processing.

u/ilykdp · 2 pointsr/videography

I have two zoom h1's for my videography business (interviews, talking heads, etc.). I pair them with the audio technica ATR 3350 lavalier mic because it requires a separate battery that I feel will lessen the amount of noise that would be present in an otherwise device-powered lav mic. Or maybe it's because the cord is ridiculously long and needs the extra power.

I haven't run tests to confirm, but the results have been great. I also have a rode videomic pro mounted onto my Canon 60D, but the low level noise I was getting was very noticeable. I then switched cameras to a GH3 and the noise is virtually nonexistent compared to the 60D.

So be wary of the Canon's ability to record non noisy audio without a separate system.

u/smushkan · 2 pointsr/videography

> Is there a loss of quality when plugging high quality mics into a lower-end camera's jacks?

Generally yes, but not always. It's more a usability thing. If you're shooting abroad with no way of repairs or replacements, an XLR will be a lot more rugged and reliable than a molded jack. Additionally, pro camcorders provide phantom power so you don't need to put batteries in the microphones meaning one less consumable to worry about.

You've linked to a lav microphone - but be aware that the one you've linked to requires a powered preamp, and will not work on standard 'mic ins' on consumer level equipment. Lav mics are great - they don't produce as 'natural' a sound as a shotgun microphone (due to the proximity to the chest giving emphasis to low end frequencies), but they do produce reliably clear, understandable sounds. There are, however, a few reasons why I personally would shy away from using one for your project:

  • They're a bit awkward to use with subjects that are not used to appearing on camera. You need to give at least some mild coaching to make sure they don't move their head around too much, fidget with their clothes, or touch the microphone (which may be difficult if you don't speak the language very well!)
  • They're fragile
  • They only capture good audio for the person they're attached to, meaning that you'll need more than one if you want to do an interview-style conversation, or a conversation between multiple parties (and then you'll require some kind of mixer)

    If you'd like to go that route, then a nice affordable option is the ATR3350. Make sure you pack batteries though!

u/TKEOP867 · 2 pointsr/FocusST

Actually pick up some seat covers to start. Been meaning to do that for the past 4 months but they're all so expensive and ugly.

Side note: Bass of the exhaust really picks up in the middle of the video and kinda drowns out your voice. Might be worth picking up a lavalier mic or something to get a little bit better sound and more of your voice. I use this one and it's treated me well so far. And it's only $30

u/ScheisskopfFTW · 2 pointsr/videos

Hey man awesome first video! I would like to give you a few suggestions. I've made a ton of noob mistakes that you can avoid. After a year and a half my channel has had moderate success, and I hope these tips help you out. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

  1. Sound People are far more likely to view your videos if it's easy for them to do it. If there are dark scenes or sketchy audio you will lose the viewers' attention quickly. This microphone is cheap, easy to use, and will make your audio sound great.


  2. Lighting Find a light you like and use it in all of your videos. For cooking shows a whiter light gives an added pop to the screen. Yellow light makes things look dull and boring.

  3. Music Your music choice was awesome, but a little loud. Loud music can be distracting. Music is used to cover up an silence that may make your videos awkward. It should be there to comfort the viewer, but not distract them. If you're planning on making money on your videos you'll need to use royalty free music. Here are a few sites that have a good selection for free:




  4. Confidence I get the feeling that you want your channel to have a fun easy going vibe. Your confidence is key to the success of this idea. It's uncomfortable as hell the first few times you get in front of the camera, but it's vital to stay confident.

  5. Animations You seem to have a nice grasp of adding small animations to your videos. I would suggest adding an ingredients list on the side of the video.

  6. Perseverance Your channel will likely not grow big for a while. Even great channels take a long time to take off. Don't let this discourage you. You obviously know what you're doing, and I hope you're having fun. Don't let peoples' opinions change you too much. Take criticism but stay true to yourself.
u/bezerk55 · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

i think you mean lavalier mic. a lot of budget dslr users use this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HJ9PTO. it's wired and has a 3.5mm mono jack so you'll have to duplicate the left channel to the right in post. but it's very cheap and works. this could plug straight into the camera line in without an external recorder if you are super budgeted. the h4n is not really an interview mic, although it gives you xlr input recording if you get a more pro lavalier with an xlr connection.

u/HybridCamRev · 2 pointsr/videography
u/SPYDHOOM · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Any combination of these is good, I've also included a deal on amazon USA that has audio technical awesome audiophile headhones 199$ -> 70$;

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u/phloating_man · 2 pointsr/videography

In your case, I'd recommend a separate audio recorder with a lav mic or shotgun mic. Here are a few options.

Audio Recorders

  • Tascam DR-05 (~$100 USD)
  • Zoom H1 (~$100 USD)
  • TASCAM DR-40 (~$180 USD, XLR)
  • Zoom H4N (~$270 USD, XLR]

    Lav Mics

  • Azden EX503 (~$20 USD, phantom powered)
  • Audio-Technica ATR-3350 (~$20 USD, battery powered)


  • Rode Videomic (~$150 USD)
  • Azden SGM-1X (~$170 USD, XLR)
u/saltandpippa · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

I looked up your mic and it seems pretty decent sounding, so I'm guessing it's part mic placement and part room. I read you have a couch in the room, I actually sit down on the ground with my mic on my couch so that it absorbs the reflections a lot more since the room is hardwood floors and pretty bare walls.

I'm using just a usb mic, a pretty cheap hobby one too, but once cleaned up, it sounds pretty decent lol. I've got the Snowball mic, which is the Yeti's cheaper sibling mic basically. You can hear it here in my verification. It does the job, but I do clean it up a bit in audacity after (and Adobe Audition if the particular recording calls for it lol)

u/LtRoyalShrimp · 2 pointsr/GameCapture


There are two ways to do it:

Use an optical mixamp(Something like the Astro mixamp, just plug your audio technica's into them)
With this method you will need a USB mic, or the PS Camera to talk in parties. I would recommend the Blue snowball, which is known to work.


Get a headphone/mic splitter, plug it into the PS4 controller. Then, use a 3.5mm stereo splitter, and plug in your audio technicas, and the other end into the aux port on the HD60.

Make sense?


Source: I work at Elgato Gaming (Proof)

u/Shugbug1986 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It would have to be either this mic or this headset for Let's Plays and Reviews/other stuff on youtube!

u/Failadran · 2 pointsr/MLPLounge

The Blue Snowball is the best desk mic for users on a budget.

u/DiscipleTD · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Try this (Blue Yeti Mic) and this mic stand


These might look a little like his buddies. But the mic is very recommended from streamers and such, I personally us it and it is great. If he likes his headphones then a new mic would be another step to improve his audio.


I would say that I am not sure this is ideal for him, just trying to help as much as I can based on the original post!


EDIT: This is a cheaper mic made by the same company that is also a great option. Best of luck!

u/rebelx · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

This is pretty obvious, but still good advice. Quality parts do come with premium pricing, but that doesn't mean you can't score a deal here or there.

When I realized that I stayed on the computer for far too long as a result of my studies/work/gaming, I bought a Steelcase Gesture.

When I realized that I literally have my glasses on my face during every minute of my wake time, I bought "high definition" 360 lenses.

When I realized that I hated public transportation, I bought the Bose QC15 so I could block out the hoodlums and focus on music, podcasts, etc.

When I realized that I like to use voice communication a lot when gaming, I replaced my cheap voip mic with the Blue Microphone Snowball.

I'm still cheapening a bit out on shoes (Allen Edmonds are next on my list), but for now, I'll make do with a pair of nice Rockport dress shoes that I just purchased.

u/wasdie722 · 2 pointsr/battlefield_4

I've been using the Blue Snowball for the past few years. It's been working great for me.

u/The0therWhiteMeat · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

would you kindly gift me The Walking Dead

This is something that reminds me of my gaming experience. My friend /u/killiano92 and I made youtube channels and we'd play games together like Primal Carnage and Get On Top, trying to make ridiculous commentary that people would want to listen to but our audio was always subpar, haha.

u/Laetha · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

Could be wrong, but it looks like a Blue Snowball with a pop filter.


Actually quite affordable, but a great mic nonetheless.

I'd actually be curious to know what OP uses it for as well and how it's going. I've been considering a Blue Yeti myself.

u/psikeiro · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I loved it, while it worked, had to fill out a return order on amazon yesterday since it started clipping on any system I connected it to, even after troubleshooting. Picked up the Blue Mics' Snowball instead, so I can let you know how that one is when I get it.

u/grimandperilous · 2 pointsr/rpg

We have been using this microphone. Plop it into the exact middle of the table, put it on omnidirectional mode and let 'er rip: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OO18NS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/kinectking · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Blue snowball

Great mic. I use it and its on sale. I decider to shoe you the black because I feel its the most ironic because the company is blue, its name sake (the snowball) is white, and it is black XD

Jokes aside its wonderful and the best for the price, hell, its good for 100 bucks. Great for 50

u/micahz3 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A similar thread showed up around summer this year that prompted me to up my audio game. At the time I had a Logitech G630 headset and the mic boom stopped staying up so I needed a replacement. It was good luck that I saw that thread! I bought Tascam TH02-B with these replacement pads. Also got Blue Snowball and FiiO E10K DAC. I love my audio setup now!

u/Rafbys629 · 2 pointsr/mac
u/TheCarWashChannel · 2 pointsr/Monstercat

Yeti - $105

Snowball - $59

I got my Snowball off Amazon.

u/ladyoddduck · 2 pointsr/GirlGamers

I just bought a Blue Snowball and it is incredible. It doesn't pick up a ton of background noise and the sound quality is excellent. It makes my voice sound...richer somehow. I don't know what I'm talking about.

Anywho, whatever route you go, I'd suggest trying to pick something unidirectional so you don't get a bunch of background noise when you're recording. My first mic was omnidirectional and super sensitive so you could hear everything. There is a way to cut out noise using Audacity though and that really helps no matter what audio quality you have.

u/red286 · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Amazon has the Blue Snowball (standard brushed aluminum version) on for just $70 currently.

u/coniferhugger · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

We are using a Blue Snowball microphone for Skype conferencing with remote employees in team meetings. It works okay, but people still have to project their voices for it to be picked up.

u/Dan_Jackniels · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

The Blue Snowball microphone is only around 70 USD and is very good for vocals but I'm not sure for the instruments though.

u/MrLukasBrown · 2 pointsr/ElgatoGaming

I guess you are looking for a USB mic?
Actually the blue snowball is at 50$ at the moment on amazon:

  • Blue Snowball Amazon
    Another option in the same price category is the Samson Meteor.
    A little bit cheaper is the Samson Go Mic. I do not own a Samson myself but I heard they got good mics for little money.
    Always keep in mind that quality got its price. So depending on how serious you are with youtube, investing a little bit more might pay of in the end.
u/CaptainTitus · 2 pointsr/apple

I've been pleased with this Blue microphone. Very good performance per dollar.


u/AlecMachet · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Lightworks is the place to go for editing, if you don't mind the learning curve, though for simpler things, you can mix the audio using audacity and cut it together in Avidemux

For microphones, I typically use some fairly simple vocal microphones particularly these or a pocket recorder like this one and get pretty good sound out of them. It's also worth noting that this microphone is often recommended for beginners in Let's Plays and podcasts alike and might be more your speed.

A built-in pop filter is probably not recommended. For the vocal microphones you can pick up some pretty cheap pop filters or position them slightly to the side (though still pointing at your mouth). For pocket recorders and the Blue Snowball, it's a non-issue, as you're not speaking right up on it.

u/kiwiandapple · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Sorry for taking my time /u/KryptoHyde, I had some people come over & played some games with them. Board games that is, I got wrecked in monopoly.. :(

Anyway, here would be my suggestion, similar to /u/bluesam3's suggestion.
But I've also added in a new keyboard, mouse & headphones.

I'll explain the changes that I've made and provide a couple reviews for other parts.


u/RunJumpStomp · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I use a Samson Meteor Mic, I think its a great choice, and cheap. https://www.amazon.com/Samson-Meteor-Studio-Microphone-Chrome/dp/B004MF39YS

u/Kenblu24 · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

Corsair k95 Wish they had mx blues, but dang are the k95 and k70 sexy.

Samson Meteor Mic

This is the Yeti.

Shitty lighting is because, well, shitty lighting :(

u/MisterKpak · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Please, for the love of god, don't get a yeti. They are so overhyped.

Look into the Samson Meteor Mic. I used it to make a few radio commercials. For a pop filter, check this out. Finally for the arm, take a look at this

This is the setup i used until...yesterday when i got some pricier gear. But it works very well.

If youre looking for sound quality, these items should leave about 50 left in your budget. Consider getting REAPER, a professional quality DAW. Allows you to add equalizers and compressors and just sounds a million times better than audacity.

Credibility: Chief Engineer and former production director at WNYO 88.9FM in Oswego NY

u/Guitardude7 · 2 pointsr/gamegrumps

Did some research. Found you three options.

  1. Samson Meteor Mic This one is probably my least favorite of the three I found but it works. It has a bit of an airy sound to it which may be fixable with a Pop Filter. Works fine for your budget though I don't know how it'll do in your group style. Here's a test if you're curious how it sounds.

  2. Blue Microphones Snowball This one is a bit better. Pop filter recommended.Doesn't sound too shabby though long distances might be a problem. Here's a test for you.

  3. Audio-Technica ATR2500 this one is a step down from what I own. It's also the most expensive though you can buy used or refurbished if you need to. Since this is a condenser mic, it handles distance a lot better and the audio comes out clearer. Out of all of these I recommend this the most. Here's a test if you're unsure.

    Hope this helped!

u/TehSerene · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Just another pebble in the pond but I really love my Samson Meteor Mic.

Not sure how many other people suggest it but its from Samson which is an older mic company that has a good rep for nice mic's.

u/throwawhey2 · 2 pointsr/reckful

https://www.amazon.com/Samson-Meteor-Studio-Microphone-Chrome/dp/B004MF39YS This is a great microphone for the price, reckful used this one for years and it can handle both guitar and vocals at the same time I'm pretty sure.

u/Perverse_Masquerade · 2 pointsr/gonewildaudio

As a matter of fact, I do.

All prices in USD, and based on Amazon.

Price | Microphone | Manufacturer's Product Page |Amazon Link
$35.82 | Samson Meteorite | Samsontech | Amazon
$49.00 | Blue Snowball iCE | Bluemic | Amazon
$69.99| Samson Meteor | Samsontech | Amazon
$129.00 | Blue Yeti| Bluemic | Amazon

EDIT: I will mention that the Yeti is used by u/alwaysslightlysleepy

u/Icon_Arcade · 2 pointsr/gaming

Samson Meteor Mic is great for this.

Not too expensive. Records great audio, and looks great.

Best feature is the audio out feature on the actual mic. You can listen to yourself live. I found that there can be a good amount of latency with other USB mics. In other USB Mics the sound is picked up by the mic, sent to your computer for processing, then sent back out through your speakers or headphones.
The audio jack on this mic solves that latency problem.

50 Bucks.

u/JimmyTheDoor · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Nice battlestation! There's not much to improve but maybe more monitors for Elite: Dangerous ? :)

About the headphones I would suggest Sennheiser HD 598, they're fantastic headphones and arn't that pricey. They're actually about half price right now for 160$ so if you can spend 10$ more I would definitively get these. You can save the money by buying a Samson Meteor Mic(Yes, Samson not Samsung) instead of the blue yeti which is IMO a little overrated and bulky.

For sub 150$ cans I would look into Sennheiser HD 558. These headphones are meant to be used in a quiet environment since they're open, if you have childrens of dogs always making an awful lot of noise I would consider closed/noise canceling headphones :)

u/I_AM_INTELIGENT · 2 pointsr/PoetrySlam

Keep making these! My feedback is:

1.) Get a better mic. I use this one. I get pretty good quality recordings from it. I also have a pop filter. Here's an example recording with the mic.

2.) I felt like you were jumping around in a lot of different places. I don't feel like all the lines work together to create one vision or support one theme.

Great stuff :-).

u/Diver808 · 2 pointsr/letsplay

One other mic selection to check out is the meteor mic by samson, I got one and it has been bad ass in all ways, and wont break the bank. If you are having audio issues with your voice the best way to fix it would be a quality mic that can properly pick up on your lows.

u/Muffin860 · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

Looks like the meteor mics are $50 brand new.


I'll offer $30 shipped.

u/Lucky7hirteen · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I'm pretty sure its a Samson Meteor mic.

u/Internetz_Hero · 2 pointsr/gadgets

This one, for example gets rave reviews and is compared to the yeti, but is $70 instead of $130.

Are you looking for a microphone?

You can actually spend even less than that and have an excellent mic. I paid ~$30 for an Audio Technica and it is really, really good.

u/HarmlessBreeze · 2 pointsr/beermoney
u/MrSmannams · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This would help me out a lot. I'm kinda trying to start a career for the future and owning this would speed up that process. I wish it were a little cheaper though, I feel bad asking for it.

u/StayFrosty7 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio Technica ATR-2500 for $75

CAD u37 for $50

Snowball iCE for $50

Samson Go

Samson C01 for $70

If you can pony up a bit, the Blue Yeti Blackout for $130 will blow these other mics out of the water (not to say that they're bad, but this one is really good in comparison).

Also, don't forget to get a stand (preferably a scissor stand for your desk) and a pop filter.

u/EnglishTimelord · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

High end costs a lot of money, more than $200, but $200 is still going to get you plenty.

On ear headphones sit on your ear, over ear ones rest around your ear on your head.

You could just buy a mic then you would be set, or pick up some HiFi headphones too. Its up to you and how much would want to spend.

Closed backed headphones have the outside made of a solid material to block the noise going in and out. Open backed headphones just have some kind of mesh to let the sound in and out, this gives a performance benefit but means anyone nearby will be able to hear the music.

For some ideas for headphones, HD598, A500x, M50x, SHP9500. As for the mic, the modmic is a popular choice.

What kind of sound do you want?

If you like your Bose headphones then you could get a good mic, possibly like this one or this one.

u/maskedintruder0 · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I have the AT2500 USB, and it works great. It has a headphone jack for monitoring that works great, and no real delay. i bought a Suspension arm for it and it works like a dream. You can find them online for under 100 bucks


u/FiveCentPrincess · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Audio Technica AT2020 currently $99. There are both regular and USB models.

For those who don't mind USB, there is also the ATR2500 for $66.

u/MortusX · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I use the Audio Technica ATR 2500-USB. I'm more satisfied with it than I was with my Blue Snowball in terms of audio quality.

u/RedMoth11 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

none of them need mic capability.
just plugging the mic in to the mic jack on the computer is fine.
unless you have a nice mic, which you would get a usb interface for.
the audio thru a mic input, is more based on the mic quality rather than the sound card quality.
usb interface: scarlet solo + mic: at2020 or usb mic at2500usb

u/Temporarily__Alone · 2 pointsr/videography

Ok, well in the meantime, even something like this will record waaaay better audio than recording audio-only from your 60d.

Source: I own a 60d, zoom h4n and many usb mics and interfaces.

u/OsamaBeenModdin · 2 pointsr/battlestations

The speakers are passive (unpowered), so they need much more power than the aux port on your motherboard can offer. Many PC speakers are powered on their own, so they don't need a separate amp. If you go with passive speakers you need either an amp or a receiver.

For less than $300 on all of that you might want to go with powered PC speakers instead of passive+amp which would give you some money to throw at a better set of headphones. This might be controversial around here, but I would highly advise against a gaming headset. For the same amount of money as a gaming headset you can get much better audio quality with a good set of headphones and a separate mic. You have lots of mic options, some can even connect right to the headphones.

If you want to go with passive speakers plus an amp, here is a quick setup I threw together:

u/thegurujim · 2 pointsr/CODYoutube

How much you willing to spend on a new mic?

This is a good price for a decently performing mic. If your going to do a dual commentary you both either need your own mic or lean in so you don't have to boost the audio so much that you get background noise.

u/Saorigameover · 2 pointsr/battlestations
u/A_Hideous_Beast · 2 pointsr/youtube

Well right now I'm doing Console games, I use the El Gato Capture HD (Which is awesome) and use the XO4 Headphones from Turtle beach. Just bought this mic http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QJREXM/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 so now I no longer have to use a shitty webcam mic.

I also made a little animation for my intro, but I'm thinking I have to change the channel art a bit.

I'm curious about keywording, I hear it's supah important, and want to be able to reach the largest amount of people possible with it.

u/m1stertim · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

For that mic, or any XLR mic, you will need an external preamp. That's why you can't use your motherboard's sound card and you need a USB sound card - just not like the one you linked. As you noted, the $5 one won't help you here.

They are more commonly called "audio interfaces," and here is a cheap example.

Alternatively, you can get a combination device - a microphone with USB out, which has a preamp built in, like this one.

More information on these basics can be found in the sidebar over there -->

u/mycatguinness · 2 pointsr/DJs

I think this would have been a much better choice for the money.

u/blackdevildisco · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

>HD201 are pretty bad headphones, they have a good price/performance ratio, but they're still bad.

I figured, but I can't afford nicer ones at the moment, and I have a decent set of speakers.

(At least I think so? M-Audio Studiophile AV 40)

u/appropriate-username · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Had these for 2+ years now. The sound sometimes disappears from one of the speakers until you turn it off and on again but otherwise no complaints.

u/Armsc · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Here are some options that I would look into.

  • Audioengine A5+ - right at the top of your budget but should work well for you.

  • M audio AV400 - smaller, less expensive, less bass.

  • Tannoy Reveal 502 - should work well for you. I think you need to buy two as they are sold in singles.

  • Tannoy Reveal 402 - smaller than the 502's and less expensive.

    None of these include Bluetooth so you'll need a cable to connect to each. If this is an issue I would look at a different option.
u/xBarneyStinsonx · 2 pointsr/vinyl
u/hopla353 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

So I'm looking to get into the vinyl game and am looking at buying my first turntable. I've found some good deals on Craigslist for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120, so I'll go with one of those. Now, I own M-Audio AV40 speakers (link here) that are currently hooked up to my computer.

My question is how can I have both my computer and the turntable using these speakers?

Also, will I need anything besides the turntable to the speakers? I know they're active, so that should be enough correct?

Thanks for the help!

u/Glasgow_Mega-Snake · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm far from the most senior audiophile here, but I hope I can help a little. There was a similar question a week ago or so that summarized some good options in this price range. Here it is, these are all powered speakers or speakers with an amp.

Among the ones mentioned, I have the M-Audio AV40s and I love them. For what you listen to, I can genuinely say you probably will too. On top of sounding wonderful, they are really easy to drive, which makes them very versatile. Honestly, they out perform some $350 speakers I have in terms of accuracy and sound staging. The only downside is the serious lack below 80 Hz, but I think for the music you listen to, it shouldn't be noticeable.

The other options on that list I can't talk as much, but I've heard nothing but good things about Swans (besides the fact that they're gorgeous too). The Klipsch I have heard, and to be honest I didn't like them as much as I thought I would. Maybe it was the way they were setup, but they seemed to be lacking in the lower mids. And the Dayton's are often thrown out there (and always by ZeosPantera) which I looked into, but after reading so many "they're great for being only $25" posts, I seriously started wondering if they were worth the $50 they are now.

So yeah, look into Swans and M-Audio. You can find the later at GuitarCenter or any music store (they are monitors after all) where you can request a listen. Swans I'm not so sure about where to find them, but aesthetically, they may go with your turntable nicely.

u/fuhry · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I'm pretty sure these are the same ones I have mounted as my surround side speakers. The cones are all paper, the high end is weak and they're inaccurate all around.

I've recommended M-Audio's AV40s to plenty of people and have never heard a single bad thing about them, besides maybe bass response which you should not expect from any 4" speaker anyway. Pair these with a decent sub, and you've got audiophile-quality sound for under $500.

[edit] This is the subwoofer I've had for over 3 years. The reviews do not lie, it is way more than you would think a single 10" could ever be capable of.

u/AdventurerSeth · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Personally, I agree with /u/tysonification but if you are truly intent on buying some monitors at that range then I'd recommend M-Audio AV 40s. I've heard some pretty tight tracks that have been produced using them (though that says more of the producer than the speakers themselves).

u/TheExoticFruit · 2 pointsr/headphones

That amp is meant for outputting to powered speakers. The speakers you have posted here are passive and can not be powered without an amp. You could use these speakers with your headphone amp

u/dubear · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Prior to my more budget friendly ventures, I was eyeing the M-audio AV40. What are your opinions on those speakers? Are they better than the AV30?

u/The-Confused · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I have a pair of M-Audio AV40s and a Polk Audio PSW10 for my setup and they sound great as long as the room isn't enormous and you aren't planning on using them to fill an entire room with sound (speakers seem to be more directional). I managed to snag both sets of speakers for less than $100 each. Neither of them require an amplifier, so it makes them more convenient for a computer setup.

u/The_Russian · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Not sure what youre looking for or your budget, but i got there a few weeks ago and am really liking them. You may want to try to find the proper audio subreddit for it to get better results.

u/maxecho · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I saw these for sale on Amazon earlier today. link

u/dudenotcool · 2 pointsr/Beatmatch

I got these, I think they sound great

u/Slug0 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have this mic, got this stand for it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AK7SKL4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Only thing bad about it so far is one of the tightening screws giving out, so twisting it loosens the bit that holds the mic at an angle, but this only happened recently, and I've had the stand since January. But I bought it for $26 :(

If you don't mind some soldering, you could put the USB cable through where the XLR is running, but you probably won't be able to also fit in your headphone cable if you plan to plug into this mic (which is a thing you can do, and have the mic playback your voice in real time to you). Mic also has a volume wheel on it if you plug your headphones into it.

u/berserkcucumber · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

The Arturia Minilab Mk2 isn't bad, but I think the Launchkey Mini Mk2 is better. I've found I don't use the knobs as often as I'd thought, the extra pads are a more than welcome exchange for it. Plus, it has easy-to-install drivers, works with most DAWs, and great feel on the keys for the price, too.

Make sure you get what works for your workflow. If more knobs are better, then go for that. If having more pads readily available without having to press any buttons is better, go for the Launchkey.

Another option is the Akai MPK Mini Mk2 but I've heard it can be really wonky with certain software.

u/CaptainYankaroo · 2 pointsr/loopdaddy

I have an Akai MKII that I plug into a pretty basic setup using FL Studio and have spent hours making 8-12 bar beats of various genres. Its good fun. There are thousands of hours of youtube of people making stuff in FL Studio for lessons, and you can kinda point/click to make simple beats then just play the Rhodes/Piano/Synths over the top to your hearts content. It is the best way I've found to poop on it so far. Im close to buying the looper he uses but Ive spent a long time playing around with just that keyboard (99$) and learning FL Studio. Knowing the software, and finding your style are probably the key things. Being able to find instrument packs to get the sounds you want etc.

u/mindcryme · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

I will jump in and sayi f you want to get into producing I would highly recommend getting a 25 key midi keyboard. AKAI MPK Mini is a solid choice. If you want to used pads AKAI MPD218 is a good choice as pads on most midi keyboards are not ideal. Other than that, a DAW and some monitors is really all you need to start.

u/Xulrether · 2 pointsr/TechnoProduction

The volca stuff is great, though if you are going to use Ableton a good starting point may be the Akai mini so you can work with various software instruments and have tactile elements - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LzWxDb6DVGZPF

u/irish_guy1991 · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

Which of these would be more useful to some one who enjoys playing around with this as a hobby, not trying for a professional level. All I have right now if fl studio and am thinking about buying my first bit of equipment . I'm a fan of hip hop and sampling




u/RedDeadRedemptioner · 2 pointsr/FL_Studio

If you're looking for something compact, check out the MPK mini MK2. It's right at $100, comes with a pretty decent synth(Hybrid3), and it just gets the job done. I've abused mine for over a year and it hasn't given me any issues. Definitely worth a look! Best of luck!!

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII | 25-Key Portable USB MIDI Keyboard With 8 Backlit Performance-Ready Pads, 8-Assignable Q-Link Knobs & A 4-Way Thumbstick https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_kIgADbBHGN19A

u/skeletalG0d · 2 pointsr/dxm

hey, i enjoyed the report. Good to know that even with a stomach full of food the DXM works. I listened to your song, trippy haha. What program do you use to create? I am not a well versed in midi keyboards/pads but I did do a bit of research before buying the one I did and I love it. https://www.amazon.ca/Akai-Professional-MPK-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IJ6QAO2?th=1&psc=1&source=googleshopping&locale=en-CA&tag=googcana-20&ref=pd_sl_8ui5vlk1ju_e. It comes with some free downloads for sound banks and had its own DAW. I've hooked it up to FL studio and it worked. I think you'd like this keyboard for many reason but mainly the little knob/stick in the top left corner is able to distort sound by pitch and speed, is super satisfying warping sounds while baked. Also everything including pads are really sensitive to the pressure you are trying for and play well with real time sound.

u/mxer125 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Here's an Amazon link!

u/unia · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Reaper's trial is full-featured, it just opens with one of those WinZip-style "Hey, please do actually pay for our program at some point" messages that you have to look at for 5 seconds or so. You don't need to worry about not being able to save or anything. It's also only $60 to buy a personal license anyway. (Here's the link, incidentally.)

As for the MIDI keyboard, I've been recording for about three or four years now, and I just bought my first MIDI keyboard about a month ago (the new MPK Mini, which I'm rather liking so far). It depends on how you like to work. A lot of people are all about playing things in live with a keyboard. Personally I'm very meticulous with my arrangements and have a high tolerance for tedium (not to mention I'm a terrible keyboardist), so I got a lot of mileage out of just clicking the notes onto the MIDI roll with a mouse. I have a professor currently who's an incredible EDM producer and doesn't even use a mouse most of the time, just the trackpad on his laptop.

So in short, you can probably go very far without a MIDI keyboard, if it turns out that your workflow is good without one.

u/GeneralTS · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

> arturia minilab

Is there something particular in the Arturia that you are looking for or is it one that you have settled upon? They make amazing gear, but there are so many products out now that you can find one that directly fits your needs.

For instance:

This is a bit more, but has transport controls and rocker-style pitch and mod wheels and some extras. It can be found used but new for $139.90.

I personally was at Musik Messe in Germany last year; Largest Electronic and Audio Expo in the world. There are so many people making gear now that you really can find pretty much what you are looking for. Additionally there are tools like


Not trying to sway your vote one way or another. I just have spent thousands over the years on all sorts of controlers over the years, have been doing this for a very long time, and want to help educate those who are pursuing similar paths.

One word of advice, having a hopped up gaming computer is great. However, the "tuning" I was speaking of in the thread pertaining to digital audio recording is a lot different than how one would tune a computer for gaming. Both can still be achieved well on a single computer, but there are some major differences that have to be lived with on the gaming side to ensure best recording experiences possible.

u/thestarheart · 2 pointsr/gamemusic

It's actually pretty easy. I have a lot of experience playing music, but 0 experience playing any kind of piano or keyboard...and I use a MIDI controller/keyboard to make that stuff.

So you really don't need to have crazy skills or anything, just an ear for what you're into. Got this one for 100 bones on amazon, but I bet you can find even cheaper ones.

I then use this program called Reason to emulate synthesizers and drum machines and stuff. Set a tempo and get to recording!

I put some more of my stuff up for you to check out if you're interested on that account.

u/itzDeniiz · 2 pointsr/musicproduction

thanks for the quick answer!

I think i'll go for the 25 keys one because i do not need a big keyboard. Thanks a lot btw it seems perfect!

What do you think about this one?

u/wikerroot · 2 pointsr/ableton

Another vote for the scarlet interface. As far as a controller, as the others have said, this depends on what you're interested in doing. I would recommend either the McMillen k board (has good ratings, good reactivity, and the soft keys can function well for a wide range of inputs. It is just a stripped down midi controller, no frills, no knobs. Supposedly indestructible and very low profile, small footprint.)


Another option is an akai mpk mini. Feels a bit like old school casio entry-level keyboards, but it has both keys and a set of 8 pads. The pads are good and it's got some nice options for additional control of your DAW.


I outfitted my entire studio (minus the push 2) for about 500 by getting equipment used off of amazon, offerup and craigslist. Be patient, get what you need to get started and spend most of your time learning your DAW and its core functions and stock plugins. Watch tutorials and read the manual. Experiment a bit and research when you run into an obstacle. Start with too much and you'll get overwhelmed quick. Take your time and you'll feel like a wizard.

edit: A quick afterthought. Both of these keyboards have smaller keys. If that's an issue, you may want to look at other options. I list both of these because they have good quality and versatility for the price, with a nice addition of being highly portable should you want to take your setup mobile.

u/diversionmary · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

You can get by with as little as an Akai MPK MINI. Headphones are always on sale. Get sennheisers or grados. Or get maudio studio monitors.

u/BoomBapJazz · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

I would get this midi keyboard


This thing is really affordable and is the best bang for your buck. It's portable, feels great, and convenient. The drum pads feel amazing and the keys are kinda small, but still velocity sensitive so it's great for laying down synth leads or chords. It's a great intro piece to your production. Its so much better than a computer or laptop keyboard. You'll find out even early on how limited just a laptop keyboard is.

So idk ask for this for Christmas, mow some lawns. It'll be one of your greatest investments in early production.

u/Grandclosing · 2 pointsr/FL_Studio



Thanks for the suggestion! Now THAT looks like a sexy midi keyboard. I'm strongly considering getting it. Perfect size for my desk especially.

u/Cyrax89721 · 2 pointsr/aphextwin

Sorry I don't have any advice on the units you're looking at since I'm new to the space too, but I can share my experience.

The route I ended up going was purchasing an Akai MPK Mini, and used that to get a free copy of Ableton Live Lite. It's giving me the opportunity to experiment with soft synths to see what I'm capable of before taking the plunge into the rabbit hole of $1,000+ units, just in case I end up getting overwhelmed or bored with the creation process. Luckily, so far I haven't.

u/dreadpirater · 2 pointsr/WeddingPhotography

I also use midi2lr. It's a life changer. I keep meaning to buy one of the X-touch-mini's, but I already had one of these - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_boEuX_c_x_1_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-4&pf_rd_r=Z06DHTG7ACHWCTNRHX2Y&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=faffebcf-0ddd-527b-962e-cdd5b006e17a&pf_rd_i=11973721

So I just use that for now. Map next and previous photos to big buttons... I have the 0-5 rating numbers assigned to the left most white keys... my most used presets assinged to the right most white keys... the knobs control all of the basic panel sliders. It's amazing how much faster it makes editing.

u/illimist · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm also looking at <$150 controllers, but I've been checking out the AKAI MPK mini. Doesn't look like there's too much difference in quality but I've heard that AKAI drum pads are always good.

You absolutely can learn piano on 25 keys, dont limit yourself. Once you know your way around the 13 keys in an octave, it's just repeated up and down the keys.

Would love to hear from someone who had experience with some of these controllers

u/DM-ME-UR-PUPPY-PICS · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

my boyfriend has been really into music (mostly hip hop/rap) since he was a kid and has recently expressed an interest in the producing side of things. he’s mentioned a couple of times that he’d like a keyboard or synthesizer, so i thought i’d get him one for Christmas this year.

i should emphasize that he’s never played an instrument before; i’m sure he doesn’t know how to read notes or anything. i played the piano for about 10 years growing up so i at least can help him out with some of the basics, but what i don’t know anything about is keyboards or synthesizers.

i just want to get him a solid option for beginners. i don’t want to spend too much money (hopefully $150 or less?) in case he tries it and isn’t into it. i don’t know if a keyboard or a synthesizer would be a better fit for him and his interests. below are a few options i pulled from amazon, but again, i don’t know anything about any of this so if you have suggestions please let me know! i really really appreciate all your help in advance, i’ll send gold to a few of those who reply later this evening :)








u/Atojimusic · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

I really like the Akai MPK Mini MK2. Check it out! It's got 8 drum pads, 8 knobs, and a mini keyboard. All for $100. I have one myself and absolutely love it!

u/RobotAlienProphet · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

Huh. Well, butter my grits -- that one is indeed made only for mic and instrument level sources. Presonus actually suggests that line level sources could damage it:


I'm also a 0-coast user, and I'm using this Behringer, which is relatively cheap and works fine (there's also a smaller two-input version):


u/jfrenaye · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I do not think so. Do not know that piece but if you are considering USB, I believe that is only USB out.

I prefer a recorder rather than a laptop or computer, but if you can record directly to the computer an interface via USB is probably the way to go without breaking the bank.

The UMC404HD is a decent one for $99.

u/kaeles · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

I have a similar setup, though it's all digital.

Here's what I do, and then I'll suggest a setup for you.

My equipment:
vocal mic - at2035

audio interface - umc404hd

midi pedalboard - fcb1010

midi controller - maudio code61

I have both my vocal mic at2035 and guitar plugged into my UMC404HD.

The UMC404 allows you to record 4 input channels (2 stereo) into the computer via USB, it also has midi inputs if you want a midi controller that isn't USB.

That allows me to monitor the input directly and to monitor after passing both through ableton live. The direct input monitoring (using the mix knob on the umc) doesn't have any effects applied to it since it's only the mic and guitar that are straight into the recorder.

The UMC also has 4 output channels, which allows you to send some outputs to the monitors, and some to the headphones, I use this for "cue" tracks and the metronome, which gives me a click track in my headphones, but not over the output I would use for playing live.

I then have a code 61 that I use for pad drums, midi control and keyboard input.

I want an FCB1010 to do the looping and etc inside of ableton itself, so it's a single contained unit and everything goes through my laptop, but currently I just program my sustain pedal on the keyboard to trigger looping.

What I would do for you is...

If you're using an amp / pedals for your guitar, get something like a shure sm57, plug that into the UMC, and point it real close to your amp so that you're capping it without any room noise.

If you're looping guitar, you can have the looper pedal connected in line before your amp.

If you're only wanting to loop vocals, you can inline the looper pedal to the mic before input to the computer/umc.

You can loop both with a single pedal, but at that point, your output probably should go into the computer only, skipping the guitar amp. You can direct monitor that, and have it inputting to the PC. You can have midi / etc backing on the PC playing back at the same time into your headphones/monitors.

I personally use amp modeling VST on the PC and just playback my guitar through my monitors anyways.

A much cheaper (but still good) alternative to the code61 is the akai mpk mini 25.

If you want to skip a loop pedal and only loop in software, this is specific to ableton, there are a few ways to do that.

I've seen 2 main methods.

  1. Map a pedal switch to the "session record" button in ableton. It's the empty circle to the right of the transport controls at the top. When you hit this, it triggers midi / audio recording for every armed track in the session view. I know this will overdub midi notes, but I think it will simply overwrite audio.

  2. Map a pedal to arm/load/play the looper VST on a track. If you want to loop more than 1 track, you can set the track output to be send only, set the looper on a send, and direct the audio output from those tracks to the send with the looper on it. This will allow you to trigger the looping for any track thats getting sent to that single send/fx channel.

    Here is a video explaining one of the ways to do looping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFQzc8bYE2g

    If anyone else knows better ways to do looping in ableton, I'd love to hear about it.
    Hope this helps.
u/Triumph_4_Eva · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Our set up with the audio interface and XLR mics has been so much easier to work with. We use the Tascam MiniStudio. It's a good little machine that works well for just the two of us. Also lets you plug your phone/tablet in to record music, but not as a separate track. Ultimately, will probably upgrade to something like this, this, or this. That Monoprice mixer however may not be great for recording more than 2 people on separate tracks. But the Behringer and other Monoprice audio interface look good.

We use the Samson Q2U microphones. I really like them, and think they have great sound quality. If you want to hear the difference between our USB episodes and our XLR mics, check our podcast out: https://fanlink.to/bzYq. Episodes 1 and 2 were recorded with a Blue Snowball and Yeti Nano, and the rest of our episodes are with the Samson Q2Us.

u/Bobsorules · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

I'm just getting into the game and am looking to pick up a good inexpensive audio interface, how does this look? I know most people here recommend the focus rite ones, but this one has pretty good reviews and is less than half the price.

u/honkimon · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

iPad + UMC404HD + Korg nanokontrol2 + AUM and you'll be all set. Replace the UMC404HD & nanokontrol with any class compliant usb audio interface of your choice and the nanokontrol with any midicontroler of your choice. These are just inexpensive options.

Or just buy a full fledged mixer. There are too many options to list.

u/OrendaBass · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

That depends on your set up. Most basic home studios have some kind of audio interface that your monitors and headphones will all be plugged in to.

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=sr_1_5?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1499395618&sr=1-5&keywords=audio+interface

u/blakedance · 2 pointsr/audio

If you want multiple tracks to edit in your software I would probably get something like this instead https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_9KznzbCHMHMGM . If you still want to use your mixer your going to run into issues trying to record separate tracks at the same time because I'm assuming the mixer only has 1 output. If you don't mind only having 1 track to edit I would say keep the mixer and get a cheaper interface to make that 1 output USB :)

u/GrooveTank · 2 pointsr/podcasting

So we use the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD Audio Interface for our show that has 4 hosts, and I love it (I'm also the guy who edits the show and sets up our recording setup). It provides the power to all 4 mics, but it needs power. Also, we were about to buy a mixer and quickly learned that is not what we wanted. If you are wanting all your mics to have a separate audio track in your program than what you want is a USB audio interface, which is what the UNC404 is. I would highly recommend it.


u/RonaldFoose · 2 pointsr/audacity

Assuming you mean 4 mics with 4 separate channels. We do it for our podcast.

We use this interface: https://www.amazon.com/BEHRINGER-Audio-Interface-4-Channel-UMC404HD/dp/B00QHURLHM

It's a little tricky because there are you have to use an older version of the Behringer software (3.29.0) and the following drop down settings in Audacity: Windows WASAPI, Behringer LINE in, and then you will have the option to have 4 inputs in the last drop down.

If you go this route and have questions, let me know and I'll be happy to help.

u/CharlesWiltgen · 2 pointsr/podcasting

> I believe the Blue Yeti is a USB mic, meaning you're not going to be able to use multiples of it anyway without having to jump through a lot of hoops to make it work.

On a Mac, it's pretty easy (search for "aggregate device"). On Windows, you can use something like VoiceMeeter Banana.

But to /u/wittiestphrase's point, USB mics are really for one-person setups. For multiple participants, a better budget setup would be a "starter" audio interface and starter XLR mics.

u/ImprovObsession · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Yeah, I really love the Behringer UMC404HD. Not a lot of options to play with it, but I did buy one and return it to amazon no problem.

u/undskyldja · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

The Behringer U-Phoria is probably the best value for a mixer I've seen. I also second the Focusrite, but they are a little more than the Behringer.

u/ModernHeathen · 2 pointsr/Guitar

I second the Behringer UMC404HD and an SM57! Add some software for recording, I use Studio One, and you are definitely still within the limit.

If you want to get more complex in the dorm: I live in an apartment and have to worry about how loud I'm being at night especially. Learning about the amp sims and VST plugins you can get will really help. Mercuriall makes some KILLER sounding amp plugins that I use.

Here's a sample of the Mercuriall Tube Amp U530. This guitar is just plugged directly into the Behringer UMC404HD. I was pretty pleased with how much like my amp it sounded.

Hope that helps!

u/Alar44 · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Ohhh, I see.

You need a USB audio interface, get rid of the Behringer.


Something like that. Run your microphone and audio out from your gaming rig into the interface, into the streaming PC, and then you will have separate channels to play with in Reaper and then push that to OBS. Connect your speakers/headphones to the streaming PC.

u/Joe_Paquin · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Here’s my personal recommendations:

For an interface, this is the best bang for the buck on the market right now (again, in my opinion), especially if you’re just starting out :

For a mic(s), it really depends on how extensive (and what) you’re going to be recording, and specifically if you plan on recording real drums or not. I’d recommend just getting one or two mics to start with, and getting more slowly over time, because if you use sampled drums in the beginning (which is a reality for many small home studio owners), you can do quite a lot of work with 2 mics. I’d recommend the following:

Any large diaphragm condenser in this price range will get the job done, but here’s what I use:

An SM57 is a standard in many studios, and is also versatile and good to have around:

Now, for a monitoring situation (a.k.a. How you’re gonna actually listen to what you’re recording and mixing), it’s not the smartest idea to invest in monitors (which will eat up a substantial amount of your budget) without investing in treatment for the acoustics of your room. You could easily spend $500 on these two things alone, so I’d recommend just getting a pair of decent headphones for starting out. I know mixing on headphones is a whole can of worms on its own, but while you’re learning, it’s really not gonna make a difference, as long as you have something better than apple Earbuds (not that they aren’t useful). Just get something where you can really understand the sound of it, and reference on a lot of different systems, especially your car. (Disclaimer, I wouldn’t recommend spending more than $100 on headphones, and try to look for something with a relatively flat response, instead of something with cranked bass and hi end, so you can hear as accurately as possible)

As far as DAWs go, I know how appealing it is to buy the same program that people at the top of the industry might be using, but the truth is that most DAWs nowadays can essentially do the same thing. If you only take one of my recommendations, let it be REAPER. You can use a fully functionally demo for as long as you want, and chances, it’ll do everything you need, especially while you’re starting out. Hell, I know professionals that swear by it, and for good reason; it’s insanely flexible and useful, and for the price point (basically free, but if you end up sticking with it, you really should buy a license, it’s only like $60), you just can’t go wrong.

Edit: Unless you’re gonna be mixing 50 track songs right out of the gate, your MacBook will probably be just fine for the time being

Hope all of this helps, good luck!

u/AvgKirch · 2 pointsr/Twitch

$60 USD Samson Q2U: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001R747SG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_PYRxDbX6NHYK4

$96 USD Behringer UMC202HD:

Look at the manufacturer website for accurate information about specs. The Amazon listing for the 202 had info about the 404 model.

u/Kristoffer__1 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'd not get a dac, what you want is an audio interface.

Like for example something like this. (I've got no idea if that one is actually good or not but it's got separate volume control for headphones and speakers which is incredibly useful if you use both.)

u/seldomstatic · 2 pointsr/AudioPost
u/kyL0h · 2 pointsr/Twitch

personally i'd probably go with a scarlett solo or 202hd amp and a e835 or sm58 mic around that price point; i'm a bit of a dynamic mic fanboy though

u/errorcache · 2 pointsr/indieheads

Generally, cheaper interfaces will have worse preamps and lower bit-depth/sampling rate capabilities (try to shoot for min 48kHz/24-bit).
Behringer's interfaces with midas preamps are quite good for how cheap they are. Something like this would be good enough for pretty much anything except recording drums https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC202HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA-2-Channel/dp/B00QHURUBE

u/blackjakals · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

An audio interface with balanced outputs would work best. The have outputs for monitors and headphones.

A DAC/Amp combo would work too, but you may get more noise.

I suggest any of the following for an interface:





For a DAC/Amp combo, I suggest the following:

I personally own this and it is great.




or this:
plus this:

u/SacredMaskMusic · 2 pointsr/homestudios

You can get a MXL 770 for under $100 and a 2-channel Behringer U-PHORIA for around $100. This will definitely be enough to get you recording. I use this set-up (mostly for recording samples and very limited vocal work, as I do electronic instrumentals for the most part) and it does the job. That leaves you $200 for accessories (you're gonna want a stand for the mic and a pop screen before you even think about acoustics). You can get an acoustic shield for well under $100. Pop screens are as low as $10 on Amazon. You can definitely stay in that budget if you're only looking to record rap vocals.

MXL Mics 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007NQH98/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Hhj2CbR9JD6X1

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC202HD, 2-Channel ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURUBE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Rij2Cb226B0WC

(I haven't actually used these two products before, just providing you with quick search results. Definitely shop around first)

LyxPro VRI-30 - Portable & Foldable Sound Absorbing Vocal Recording Panel - Stand Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012OFI98I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Wkj2Cb78J3YWP

NEUMA Professional Microphone Stand with Pop Filter Heavy Duty Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand and Windscreen Mask Shield for Blue Yeti Snowball, Recordings, Broadcasting, Streaming, Singing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JHCL3KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Coj2Cb8MF5N0G

u/Widget_pls · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Seconding a big SSD (I like the Samsung ones, and among the types of SSDs, NVMe is usually 4x the speed of SATA if you have an M.2 drive to put one in, but only really new computers will have an M.2 port.)

The SSD won't really make anything faster but really big projects with an "old" spinny hard drive can take like 3 minutes to load.

Basically if you have a true ASIO card (and not a card which is "compatible" with ASIO4ALL since all cards are but it's fake ASIO) anything with an i3 or better (i3, i5, i7, i9, Xeons at 2.4ish GHz or faster, any AMD Ryzen or Threadripper processor) is probably fine.

It's worth pointing out that Intel laptop processors are like half as powerful as desktop ones, and a laptop i5 is usually about as fast as a desktop i3 (so subtract 2 from the "i" number.) For the most part AMD doesn't have good laptop processors yet but they'll be coming soon-ish (also under the Ryzen brand.)

I'm a fan of the Behringer UMC202HD because even though Behringer's history makes their products somewhat suspect, meaning it might break after a couple years, the drivers are "good enough", the audio quality is basically flawless, and it works with condenser mics. (To be fair it's mostly their DJ equipment people hate as far as I know since their DJ stuff doesn't like to take a beating unlike most other companies'.)

Edit: On the Amazon Questions for the specific computer you linked, someone said they were able to install a Samsung Evo 970 NVMe SSD in the M.2 port it has, but it was somewhat difficult to get to (probably because there's a bunch of stuff right next to it and NVMe drives are really small - about 2/3 the size of a stick of RAM.)

u/mstrblueskys · 2 pointsr/TwinCities

I have a buddy who runs a music studio, but if you needed the space, he'd definitely set it up for a podcast interview.

I do tend to agree that you should be able to get pretty close to studio sound on a budget assuming you have a computer already. I understand that sometimes owning stuff is a huge hassle itself, but if it's something you want to do a few times, the cost savings would start to be there.

Since no one has given you any real advice on how to do this, I can give it a shot.

I'd start by installing Audacity on your computer. It's super basic, but what you're doing is super basic. And it's super free. That's a huge plus.

Next, decide how you want to do microphones. First, you'll want stands. If it's an interview/two person thing, you'll need a couple of these (or more if you want more mics). We're at $25 for two now.

Next, decide what quality you want to be at. The Blue Snowball is a pretty great entry level microphone. I've honestly never run two into a computer before, but I imagine it'd be easy enough to record two different microphones on two different tracks in Audacity. That would bring our total to around $150. To upgrade in this way, you would go to something like the Blue Yeti. At over $100/unit, that adds another $100 to your cost.

The other way to do microphones is using a USB Interface for your computer and buying standard microphones. I'm keen on that option because it's a little more flexible if and when you look to upgrade your setup. You can use $15 microphones to get by or if you're locked and loaded, you can upgrade to really nice condensers.

As far as soundproofing goes, you can decide if that's possible wherever you're at. The last voice over project I worked on, I hung blankets in my bedroom and that was perfectly fine. Obviously that's not the most professional look, but there wasn't a pile of ambient noise to deal with and the directional mics do a good job focusing on your voice. You can build sound dampening walls with plywood, insulation, and fabric if you really want. It takes a staple gun, some screws, and about an hour per panel.

Assuming you have the time, an okay computer, and about $300, you could really build yourself a nice studio. If this is a one off kind of thing, it's definitely not worth it. My buddy's place is called, The Petting Zoo and I'd be more than willing to ask him details if you want.

Either way, good luck!

u/iscreamuscreamweall · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

grab a cheap/free DAW like reaper or audacity or even garage band

grab a 2 channel audio interface

plug the stereo line outputs of the tascam tape recorder into line inputs 1 and 2 of the interface.

set the DAW to record at 16 bit 44.1

press record on the DAW and play on the tape machine



u/russiandressing · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

+1 for being in the same boat as you! 31/F/originally from NY. Professional singer of 10+ years; have always been told I have a very unique and soothing voice. I've honestly been stewing on this for over a year and hadn't pulled the trigger until last week. I sat down and figured out what it would ACTUALLY take me (financially and space-wise) to give it a real try.

I have a closet in my current "studio" with all of my guitars and what not; I figured I could commit to turning this space into a booth. I did the math and realized I could treat the space acoustically for $179. eBay had 2" foam panels for way cheaper than anywhere else. Is it the BEST product out there? Probably not - but it will definitely get the job done.

Equipment wise, I figured out that I'd need an updated USB interface and a dedicated VO microphone. I ordered both of those things for $130. Here's what I ordered:

Mic: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007NQH98/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

USB interface: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QHURUBE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Again, not top-of-the-line products, but I did my research and these both seem to be solid choices for beginners. I've cleared out the closet and I'm currently waiting for the panels to arrive. They get here tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be able to install them on Thursday or Friday morning. They need to "sit" for a bit to uncompress. Haha.

Anyway, I hope my story has helped you! As soon as I get my booth set up, I plan to take webinars and learn, learn, learn. I'll also spent a significant amount of time just recording practice scripts. I learn by doing, so there will be a LOT of doing going on. Haha. I feel as though I could be a tiny bit ahead of the game since I have experience recording and I'm comfortable with recording software and gear. I've also been using my voice as a tool for over 10 years..but in a different way.

Good luck and feel free to hit me up if you need some motivation! I know I've doubted myself multiple times since committing, but I've gotta go for it.

u/jjohnson1979 · 1 pointr/podcasting

I recommend this boom mic stand! Very easy to set up, plus the xlr cable is built into the arm. Love it!

u/clockdaddy · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Just finished setting everything up! The only changes I made was I got the Sennheiser HD 599 SEs because they were so cheap on prime day and I got an at2020 and a stand because those were on sale too. One question though, the stand and shock mount combo that I got share the same size thread between the stand and shock mount and I can't screw them into each other. What adapter would I need?

u/Orin965 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Heres the one i have


It works well for me with the AT2020. for $23 Id say its pretty awesome, I dont use the xlr cable, i have that tucked down. This is the Canadian amazon so if your in USA it may be even cheaper for you.

u/Inzane71 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Whatever mount came on this junk stand.


whole thing is super cheap but it accomplishes what I want so I haven't spent the money to get something nicer

u/TiSoBr · 1 pointr/battlestations

Sure buddy: The Neewer nw-35 (using it without the spider)

u/bondjaybond · 1 pointr/letsplay

I have the same issue. I'm going to be picking up a desk microphone arm to keep the mic away from my desk.

u/AizuchiKinoko · 1 pointr/audioengineering

It's alright, you're correct it is cheap. It's the connector end of the Neewer desk stand the whole thing was only $25 (Canadian) on amazon.ca. I guess with this particular aspect, is where it truly shows you get what you pay for.

u/RazzlePrince · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

oh sorry I was thinking of the snowball, but it's the ICE version, cheaper and it's just the same mic, but without the different modes, Microphone Link and here are accessories, the boom stand is much better than the tiny stand they give you, and it's better for freedom, and it comes with extra bits for future proofing Suspension Stand Here's some medium quality padding if needed Padding and a nice pop filter to stop the P's and S's slipping through Pop Filter This is all the same stuff I use and it is a wonderful starter kit, I highly recommend this to you!

u/TacticalBacon00 · 1 pointr/Twitch

I have my NEEWER and it's pretty fantastic. It creaks just a little bit when moving it about, but you shouldn't really be doing that while using it. It has that built-in XLR connection, so hooking up my real (non-USB) mic to it is a dream with no wires shooting all over the place.

EDIT: not sure where you're shopping, but amazon has lots of them in stock. 1 2

u/BigRonnieRon · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Not that I can think of. I just took mine out of the case, just the device and the USB cable. It draws power from the USB, so no power cord. Comes with some software too, but it's not a real DAW or anything really good tbh.


The Akai MPK Mini pretty cheap (new) on amazon, btw ($100). Goes on sale sometimes (was @$80 at xmas IIRC). Same price on sweetwater.


White limited edition is back in stock too ($100). Only differs cosmetically, but some people like it.

Also, for the sake of diversity, the Launchkey Mini 25 at @$100. (New) Launchkey comes with Ableton Live Lite (a DAW). They make quality stuff, too but it's Ableton oriented. That's a plus because you basically get a free version of the introductory version of a great DAW. That's a minus though if you try Ableton and decide it's not for you (the major DAWs are all good, it's really preference at the high levels of stuff like Ableton, Logic, FL, etc).


u/Maniacccc · 1 pointr/croatia

amazon.de + 10 Eura dostava

u/freedompotatoes · 1 pointr/Beatmatch

So I'm relatively new to both (producing for about a year and DJing for a few months). Put out one song and done a couple mixes, hoping to play a show soon. In my brief experience, DJing is way more immediately gratifying. It's a lot easier (imo) to throw down a mix that sounds pretty good and just experiment when the songs themselves are already there for you to play with.

Producing, on the other hand, has a much steeper learning curve; you will probably have to put a lot more time into it before you enjoy what you can do with it. But at the same time, I find finishing a song or even making a nice-sounding beat that never gets finished more deeply satisfying since it feels very original.

So what I'd recommend is:

  1. Learn the basics of DJing. Beatmatching is the essence of this, but learning good transitions and song choices is another skill that will take some time to develop.
  2. Spend most of your serious work time on production. First step is getting a DAW e.g. FL Studio or Ableton. Then I'd recommend picking one synth and learning it very thoroughly; I'm a big fan of Serum because of its rent-to-own plan through Splice. Honestly, you don't need much equipment to get started; my best investment was a small MIDI keyboard that helped my creativity.
  3. Any time you want to chill or aren't feeling as into the whole sound design/composition/arrangement side of things, go do some mixing.

    This is just what works for my workflow though. If you've got any other questions, I'd be happy to answer from a relative beginner's standpoint.
u/TreMorNZ · 1 pointr/FL_Studio


This is quite popular for beginners since it offers a few controls as well as drum pads and a small keyboard. It’s intended for portable use, so most studios would have a larger keyboard, such as this:


I would definitely recommend trying the Imageline Remote app first, since it’s free. Touch doesn’t give the same nice physical feedback as a physical control knob, but it’s definitely usable, especially on an ipad or phone with a bigger screen.

u/Vault92FTW · 1 pointr/macsetups

That’s actually a MPK mini mk2. Just a midi controller. Quite a complex one at a rather affordable price.

u/FrankYouPrease · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

My suggestion assumes you already have FL Studio, a capable PC, and $100 to spend on a MIDI keyboard, specifically the Akai MPK Mini mkII because it's widely available and has a little bit of everything for you to learn with. I'm also assuming you have 4-8 hours everyday to spend on production-related things and that you'll use all of that time.

Day 1: Become familiar with the general layout of FL Studio.

  • Rearrange the buttons at the top of the screen (right click>edit) so that the things you'll use the most (playlist, channel rack, mixer, piano roll, audio editor) are all in one row.

  • Plug in your MIDI keyboard and configure it in options>MIDI settings to get it working with FL Studio.

  • Open FPC and learn how to map your drum pads to it, and also how to route them to their own mixer channels.

  • Learn how to link the knobs on your MIDI keyboard to the ones in FL Studio.

  • Learn to color-code your sounds in the playlist/channel rack/mixer. It sounds relatively unimportant but it's one of the most important things.

    Days 2-10: Get acquainted with your keyboard and drum pads.

  • Label the keys on your keyboard. Start with a piece of scotch tape on each key, then write the letters over the tape, then put another piece of tape over the writing so you don't wipe it off while playing. It's tedious but you only have to do it once, and having that visual aide can be helpful in numerous ways.

  • Learn some scales and chords; D and G scales are a good place to start for making hip-hop beats but there are no actual rules about it, so do whatever sounds good to you.

  • Find a scale you like and play it until you can do it with your eyes closed, then play it with your eyes closed until you can start to improvise with it. Play it forward and backward, then try playing it but skip every other note. Playing every other note in a scale can help you find chords and build your own chord progressions instead of Googling one and boxing yourself in with it every time you go to make something.

  • In FPC, create your own drum layout or find one online that makes sense to you. Once you've made or found one you can jam with, save it as an FPC preset and stick with it so you build muscle memory toward it. Change the sounds, but never the layout.

  • Start putting together a beat for the sake of learning, because you'll need it for the next phase.

    Days 10-15: Learn about common mixer effects, and practice applying them to a variety of sounds. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Compression

  • EQ

  • Reverb

  • Delay

  • High Pass/Low Pass Filters

  • Distortion

    There are stock plugins for all of those effects in FL Studio, so you'll at least be able to mess with those.

    Days 15-20: Learn Automation. It is a key part of adding motion and life to your tracks.

    Days 20-30: Make some beats, and try to use as much of your knowledge as you can in every beat. Don't take more than a day or two to finish each one, because at the beginning it's most important to repeat all of the aforementioned steps until you get to a point where you can sit down and work without thinking too hard about the technical process.

    The day numbers are irrelevant because everyone learns at a different pace, but that's the order you should do things, in my opinion.

    A few side notes:

  • At some point you should get some new sounds (drum kits, VSTs, mixer effects) and the better you are at pirating things, the more you'll have available to you, so I suggest learning the basics of torrenting as well if you're not rich or above it.

  • If you end up with a bunch of different drum kits, make a folder for all the drums you use the most so you don't have to look for them every time. Do everything you can to minimize the amount of time you spend setting up or finding things, so you maximize the time you spend on the creative process.

  • The Akai Mini is a good starter keyboard, but eventually you should upgrade to one with 49 keys so you can play a wider range with both hands and learn more advanced piano/keyboard techniques. When you get to that point, I highly recommend the Akai MPK249 because it would also be an upgrade to your drum pads and give you MIDI faders to automate things with as well.

    Hope this helps, even if it's not exactly what you were hoping for.
u/xYokai · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I've been looking at getting this MIDI is this a good beginner setup? My budget caps at around $200
Open to all suggestions and advice :-)

u/bobbyflips · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Thanks! Do you have any recommendations as far as hardware requirements? Like what do you have? Something like this looks serviceable but I have no idea haha. Also any recommendations for Ableton tutorials?

u/legalremedy · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

This the one I use.
25 keys and 8 drum pads to get you started.

u/sec_goat · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Wel it depends on what you want, I started with the Arturia Keylab 25. It has a lot of knobs and faders, no pads. t's actually a really sturdy controller and I like it a lot. I still don't use th eknobs and faders to their fullest, and couldn't "laearn piano" on it because it was too small.

Next I got a Nektar Impact 49+ ti kearn keyboarding on, it also has a good number of knobs and faders, plus some pads. .

both were 150$ i think. You can get achipear one by Midiplus, but they quality is really poor.

I would say shop around and try to find one that fits your idea of what you think you will be doing. it is kind of hard to know until you're doing it though.

Edit: I haven't used this one but i've hear they are decent and its on sale https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK-Mini-Controller/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=pd_lpo_267_bs_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CNCGZ29DM8K6CPQY9Y3F

u/bryan484 · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Well you've got a few options then.

If you want to start with an All-in-one, this controller has a keyboard and drum pads. It's $100. It'll get you started, but it'll leave some to be desired. The main issue is it only has 8 drum pads which I don't think is really enough.

Otherwise, I'm a big fan of this midi keyboard. I use it a lot when I'm on the go. You'd then want to get a drum pad as well, I'd recommend this or this. I'm partial to the Akai, I'm big fan of their more inexpensive drum pads over the Korgs, but with the Xkey there, too, you're looking at $200 which is the max you've got for your budget. So XKey+Korg is about $160.

u/Cowboybeatdrop · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I dont know if you plan to be on pc or mac. If its pc then fruity loops as others said with machine is a great place to start. If your on mac, which FL is still not available in full size i dont believe, ableton is a great program. I use ableton for everything i do, plus its great for live performance to which i think it has the edge over fl for. Its really easy to learn to. I switched from FL to Ableton and it took me about 3 hours to get re- acclimated. Theres a 100 dollar basic package for ableton if you want to buy it. Otherwise just pirate the full software package tbh. Also alot of DAW have free demos you can download just to get a feel and look. Sometimes the interface is enough to turn you off (as reason which is great did for me). Other DAWs that you can look into are Reason, Cubase, bitwig (which is new and is kind of a combo between ableton and fl) and then also apple's Logic X. logic X, if you plan to but your DAW is great bc i think its only 200 bucks which is a great price and it does alot. Idk how great it is for hip hop style of music but i doubt its "bad". It definitely has its strength in production of house music though, but learn enough and the world, or the DAW rather, is your playground. As for midi, maschine is awesome, but there are some cheap and portable midi controllers that combine pads and keys. I use the akai mpk mini mkii and i love it. I can fit it in my backpack and use it for everything i need at home as well, although i do have a full size keyboard that i use sometimes. That little beauty runs at 100 bucks. Good luck with it man! Remember though, some of the most famous artists out there started out on the shitiest equipment available. So really what its about is getting your hands on whatever you can and just having fun with it. Good luck!!

u/PenguinLoL · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Looking at this keyboard currently, 1 would a full size be better?

u/holoholomusic · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Why not both! The theory is the same, it's just the hand skills that are different. You'll probably find yourself gravitating to one or the other which is fine. Practice 30min - 1hour a day and you should pick it up pretty quickly. Tons of online tutorials for both instruments, just make sure you actually play along and do the exercises because just watching isn't good enough. Money wise you could get both a uke and mini keyboard for under $200 total.


Kala makes cheap ukuleles that sound pretty damn good. Their more expensive ones are good too, but no need to spend that much yet. Lohanu's are super popular and sound good as well.

Soprano is the more traditional size, Concert is a little bigger with a bit more fret spacing which is nice if you have big hands.




Useful accessories:







Midi Keyboards (Note: these connect to your computer):

Komplete Kontrol M32 (best software bundle by far)


Arturia MiniLab MkII 25


Akai MPK Mini MKII


Novation Launchkey Mini 25



Too lazy to do useful accessories for this at the moment.

u/jvcbye · 1 pointr/india

This is the product.

u/i_dont_like_reddit_6 · 1 pointr/MusicMakersLounge

Cool! Is it this little dude? https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK-Ultra-Portable-Controller/dp/B00IJ6QAO2

Does it have MIDI out, or just USB. I've been trying to find a MIDI controller with MIDI out on it, which is a bit rare these days. What are you doing with it?

u/YouLostTheGame97 · 1 pointr/edmproduction


I was looking into getting should I get one of the ones you listed instead? This one also has pads and knobs, I'm looking to start producing House as a hobby.

u/WhiteFox41 · 1 pointr/trap

Most DAWs like Ableton and FL don't really require an equipment thanks to VSTs and plug-ins (been using nothing but my laptop's keyboard as my main input for years now), but it does help if you have a controller to work with.

If you're new into the production scene, I would recommend this. It already has a few drum pads there, so you won't need to spend more money on another drum pad. Borrowed it from a friend a while ago, and it's pretty good for its price.

That one works with pretty much any DAW, but it works best with Ableton. Another alternative would be this. Best thing about this one is that you can practically bring it with you anywhere (perfect for the road)

If you only want a drum pad, get this. It's the most common drum pad out there, so if you need any tutorial on how to use it, you won't have a hard time finding one.

u/funkysnave · 1 pointr/House

for keyboard, get something with knobs and buttons. the one you linked to will fall short for midi control of the DAW. You will quickly wish you had knobs/buttons to trigger and will end up buying something extra for that control as knobs/triggers are way easier than mouse clicks...

Akai makes a pretty sweet one though only 25 keys.

So does Novation

If you really want more keys, this M-audio one is nice

u/Connor00400 · 1 pointr/musicproduction

I really appreciate all the tips, I recent bought a blue yeti blackout mic and was looking into getting this keyboard ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_sQ8ODb1MB4DPK )
Or something like it thank again for taking your time to write all that, really helps!

u/TeamWorkTom · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

I specifically got FL Stuidio instead of Ableton because it has the better piano roll. (Plan on getting both eventually)

With that being said do you have any good suggestion for a MIDI keyboard I could use to also learn with?

The one that looked and sounded best to me so far was:

its a pretty good price point for me. I don't mind eventually buying something bigger/better later down the road. I just want something that is decent in quality and price, so I can start learning with.

u/puppetlifemusic · 1 pointr/musicians

not sure if you know enough about his process, but you have pretty much one decision to make: do you wanna get a keyboard with fewer keys and more knobs/sliders/drum pads, or more keys and fewer knobs? If you want more knobs, the Akai MPK mini MKII is a great option. If you want more keys, M-Audio Keystation 49. For something in between, Alesis V49. Good luck!

u/DuoThree · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Depends on how big of a keyboard you want. If you want something to just mess around with and don't need a full-size keyboard, I'd suggest something like this Akai MIDI keyboard:


Depending on what kind of music you plan on making/messing around with, I'd say either Reaper or Ableton. Ableton if you're making loop-based music (like hiphop or EDM), and Reaper if you want to be a little more open-ended with it. I'm not sure what you'd need the tablet for, other than to have one? And maybe you just need to update the drivers for your M-Audio interface? Which one do you have?

u/charcoalist · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Find a MIDI controller within your budget, maybe something like this. You'll have the tactile feel of keys, drum pads, and knobs, and can control virtual synths and drum machines with it.

u/BernieArt · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

Try the Akai MPK mini Mk2. I'm using it and it really gets the job done.


u/-MjD- · 1 pointr/edmproduction

If you want something small, then I'd recommend this, which is what I own. If you want something large, take a look at this, which comes in 49 keys, 61 keys, and 88 keys. Good luck! Of course these are just two examples of keyboards that I like, but I hope this helps.

u/DepressMode · 1 pointr/videos

For serious I got this midi controller off of Amazon recently and I swear I learned more about music in one night than years of on-again-off-again guitar/piano playing ever taught me.

Something about being able to go back and looking at what you played and fixing your mistakes was just eye opening for me.

u/four_7 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

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

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


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

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



u/musicandtech · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Getting into audio recording can be expensive, but if you're looking to just get started you should probably consider working with MIDI. Try using Reaper as a DAW, it does audio and MIDI with virtual instruments. Find some free virtual instruments online. Then you should probably get a MIDI controller. I recommend the Akai MPK Mini. It's a USB MIDI controller with 25 keys and drum pads for percussion. You'll also need headphones, but maybe just start with whatever you have for now. Then you could eventually consider some microphones and an audio interface.

u/-JWS- · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I'd highly recommend a synth if you want the sounds of it. If you want a midi controller on the really cheap, get a cheap casio keyboard or something that has midi out, then get a midi to usb adapter, plug it in, and go. If you want a better midi controller that's dedicated for midi and probably has better keys, yadadada get an MPK Mini MKII.

Lastly, if you want a synth, get a MicroBrute. Great sounding portable analog synth for around $300.

u/Boiifthoudonotith · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

Tbh I got a MPK Mini and it’s been by far the most helpful thing to learn music… I don’t see upgrading editions to be very helpful if you’re still pretty new

u/Cota760 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I'd recommend (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483920756&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=mk+ii+mini+keyboard&dpPl=1&dpID=41xJRcojBJL&ref=plSrch)[this] if you have access to Amazon. It's never steered me wrong! Yes, the license is 60 days, but they believe in the power of their brand, so you can keep the full version for as long as you'd like. I personally used without a license for a good 2 years, and finally paid it when I had the means

u/aumfer · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Since you already have the upright to learn on, I'd start with a mini controller (eg MPK Mini). That thing's so small, its always useful for jotting things down quickly, even after adding a full-size weighted keyboard. Aside from plugins, maybe switch to a bigger Scarlett and add a 2nd mic for more options recording acoustic piano/guitar/vocals (combo mics, more players, recording in stereo, w/e).

u/terkistan · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

When you say you're interested in ambient and techno you're dealing with so many different types of sounds and rhythms and beats that one single synth can't cover but a small fraction of sounds. The Monologue and the Arturia Microbrute are fun monosynths that can yield great sounds, but with limitations.

You don't list a budget but if you're looking at a $300 monosynth and want "natural" electronic sounds (I think I just had a tiny stroke) then I'd still spend the money for a good controller keyboard with aftertouch (and pads, and transport controls, and faders), then get deeper into a DAW and its included VSTs to make songs. Great options can be as cheap as a 25-key, $69 (usually $99) Akai MPK Mini II (here's a review) to a Novation Impulse 49 for $300 (with tons of other options in various numbers of keys, configurations, and price points).

If you're inspired you can do an awful lot with a little. MGMT created most of its first release in a dorm room using a laptop with a cracked copy or Reason

u/ArguablyHappy · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Ive only seen Dreamville use it. Haven't seen anything else but I picked out there budget controller so far I love it. I use it on GarageBand and it's like I'm playing a real piano. Im trying to figure out why I have a slight lag in FL Studio.


u/EnterTheCake · 1 pointr/france

Pour ceux qui s'y connaissent en solfège et/ou musique : qu'est-ce qu'une octave ? Je cherche à apprendre le solfège (avant tout être capable de lire une partition), mais il est apparemment très fortement conseillé d'avoir un piano, même "MIDI". Je pensais à ça : https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1X6FK5RDHNB96 après avoir vu cette vidéo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQHayN69T24.
Est-ce que c'est un bon choix pour débutant (car pas cher et/ou un bon début pour apprendre) ?

u/DeeDeeInDC · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I'm also looking for a mini midi controller. Would you say this is a good one? - http://amzn.com/B00IJ6QAO2

u/n-butyllithium · 1 pointr/audiophile

I recently purchased a pair of monitors ([JBL 305s] (https://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR305-Studio-Monitor/dp/B00DUKP37C)) and an audio interface ([Behringer umc404hd] (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM)), and I'm hoping to run iPhone audio through the Behringer to the 305s. I have a 3.5mm / TRS adaptor to run the iPhone headphone jack to one of the Behringer inputs, and I've tried various configurations connecting the Behringer to the 305s. I've used only TRS cables (no XLR). So far the audio has come through only very faintly or muffled. Am I connecting my iPhone improperly to the Behringer? Might I need a stereo splitter/adaptor like [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-YMP-434-Female-8-Inch-Breakout/dp/B0010D0HO0)? Or am I missing something regarding how to run the Behringer to the 305s? I also haven't tried turning on the Behringer's phantom power, but I can't imagine the iPhone audio would require it.

Anyways, if anyone can help, thank you in advance!

u/neo_styles · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Glad you said Out. Most in this bracket are going towards Speakon for some strange reason.

A lot of my producer friends are recommending this. Behringer doesn't usually stand out, but looks like they've got a solid choice here and it's dead on your budget:

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_4SoHAbP6MFDPZ

u/runit4ever · 1 pointr/LogicPro

So here’s what I’m thinking...

Using this Behringer interface I should be able to use these 4 inputs along with a usb Audio-technica a2020 and a m-audio guitar usb interface for my other 2 inputs.

My only concern if the interface will run properly of the laptop power alone?

u/FilthyTerrible · 1 pointr/Guitar

Two ways you can go. If you just want to record your guitar, then most multi-fx will do the trick. I use a POD XT Live I picked up for $200 secondhand, but the cheaper ones like the BOSS GT-1 or Zoom G3XN work too. The POD gives me great guitar tracks in stereo and of course it's got all the fx and amp sims built in. It permanently sits next to my computer. But the Zoom G3XN will connect you via USB and it's got a looper and a drum machine built in. The POD has a drum beat metronome too, but it's part of the interface software for the POD.

EDIT: One thing a multi-fx doesn't have is phantom power, which is only necessary if you've got a condenser mic that requires phantom power. You SHOULD get one if you're going to lay vocals, but if you don't have one, then you don't need phantom power at this point and you could just run a SM58 through your multi-fx.

Or, if you think you're going to record guitar and vocals at the same time, it's worth looking a Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD. This is the best value for money in the digital interface market.

I'd stay away from that Monoprice 8-Channel Audio Mixer, among other things it seems to have difficulty multi-tracking and there's no sampling rate listed for that product. I'd stay away from packages. They're tossing in a $10 Chinese mic and charging you $100 for it. Spend your additional money on a mic in the secondhand market. Stick to Shure and Sennheiser.

u/The_iron_mill · 1 pointr/letsplay

Samson go mic? I used to have one of those ages ago... Decent for the price, as I remember. So. Here's my advice for multiplayer commentary at a budget of $250.

Mixer = $100

Mic x4 = $120. This is my go to mic and I love the sound it gets. Not suitable for live performances through a PA, but for lets plays it's awesome. This particular link includes XLR cords too.

These mics are also dynamic, so they should pick up considerably little of the game audio. I'd recommend picking up some boom stands, like these for about 20 bucks each.

As for headphones and such, I've used my microphones without headphones and it's picked up little to no game audio.

u/MasterUnholyWar · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Thanks for the responses! I think I’m gonna go with this Behringer U-Phoria mixer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_almdAbD6HD9CE

u/ParisGreenGretsch · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I picked up a Behringer UMC-404HD a couple of years ago for $100 and it's exceeded my expectations in that not only is it reliable and sturdy, but also that I haven't seen anything else at that price point that has nearly as much versatility. Four inputs, and all of the outputs you'd ever need.

u/nwep14 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Alright the separate tracks argument is certainly an interesting one, I'm not sure I would be able to say definitively if we'd need that kind of support or not, before actually getting into recording.

How would this Behringer box (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM) compare to the H6 you listed?

u/himynameisneck · 1 pointr/AroundTheNFL

Audio Interface




Hosting for $20 a month


That's everything you need to run the show.

u/StrobeLight3 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Thanks everyone for the feed back. After your suggestions I think I am going to use my Dell Inspiron to connect to the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD audio interface. From there connect 3
BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM1800S by XLR cables. Connect BEHRINGER MICROAMP HA400 to the audio interface by TRS cable and use 1/4" to 3.5mm adaptor to connect headphones we already have. Pick up 3 inexpensive windscreens and stands. Did the pricing on amazon and it came to about $240 total, so not bad breaking it down to $80 a guy.

Amazon Links:

(Audio interface) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=ITTP0UQOZBIWX&colid=1KL6BZLXFZXJS&psc=0

(Mics) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NJ2TIE/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I30L3TMCYKWFWT&colid=1KL6BZLXFZXJS&psc=0

(Headphone amplifier) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KIPT30/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I380FGUUPU9497&colid=1KL6BZLXFZXJS&psc=0

Finally using Audacity to start. If I missed anything or something is wrong I definitely appreciate the feedback.

u/Poospray · 1 pointr/BedroomBands

I can help if you are using an iPhone. I believe garageband is free and records multitrack full quality with decent editing and mixing options. You can even use 3rd party plugin apps! You'll need an USB adaptor to connect an audio interface. you'd be best with this usb adaptor because it also get's power from your charger. This does two things for you, 1) your iPhone won't die on you 2) your iphone will have enough power for the interface. Then you can get something like this behringer. Then all that's left is grabbing a few SM-57 mics, or a shure drum mic kit](https://www.amazon.com/Shure-DMK57-52-Drum-Microphone-Kit/dp/B0002E51C6) to get a usable recording. Toss the big one on your kick, then one 57 on the mic, and then the other two over head pointing at your cymbals and toms. this set up will allow you to get pretty decent recordings, especially if your kit is in a good sounding space. Alternatively you can get an omni/stereo mic for iOS and mess around with placement to get a passable sound. This is cheaper, and still good enough for a more vintage vibe

u/Frenchlakegunslinger · 1 pointr/SoundSystem

These work well and are budget friendly.

BEHRINGER Audio Interface 4-Channel UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_s87vCbQQJDY9R

u/firelight · 1 pointr/podcasts

Mod mics? You mean something like this? Those aren't going to be amazing, but honestly I've known people who record their show using their laptop's internal microphone and it sounded okay. It's more important to use what you have and produce something rather than sit on your hands and produce nothing.

That board you linked claims to have 8 inputs, but it actually has 4 stereo channels, two of which are mic-level and two are line-level. If you have more than 2 people, that's probably not a great option. I also wouldn't recommend that particular mixer because it has no USB-out. It's also going to be outputting stereo, which is to say two audio channels. You can record in stereo, but it will give you less control when editing. If you want to get a board like that, I'd recommend this one from Behringer. It's substantially the same, but has USB.

Incidentally, how many people are you going to have on your show? If it's more than two, what I'd actually recommend is something more like this 4-channel audio interface. To use those mod mics you'll need some adaptors for the 1/4" microphone plugs. But it will let you record up to 4 individual audio channels, and if you decide to upgrade to better microphones in the future you'll be able to use the same device.

You might be able to find it for less than $100, but that's the first one I came up with.

If you have more than 4 people, I think you'll have a hard time finding an effective solution for less than $100. But again, I think the quality of your show is more about the content than the fidelity of the audio.

u/alarmalarmalarmalarm · 1 pointr/podcasts

We use those mics for our recording. And no you can’t really do that; it needs some sort of phantom power.

We run our mics into this

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Then from there via usb into the computer. We record/edit with adobe audition.

u/0xBAMA · 1 pointr/ManjaroLinux

Looking around, I guess there's different standards for how those contacts are used. Not sure what to tell you, the way I do what you're trying to do is with one of these.

u/AStuffedRowdy · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Sorry if this question is coming in a little late. I'm looking at two audio interfaces to use for 4 mics for a podcast and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with them.

The first is the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD.

The second is the Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer.

I'm leaning towards the UMC404HD, it's got a smaller footprint and is lighter by 4 lbs (so it'll be easier to transport), but it seems to be on perpetual backorder pretty much everywhere. The Q1202USB is available and about the same price (and most importantly available), but I don't really need the mixing board aspects. I'm also seeing varying reports of whether or not it outputs via USB to a single or separate tracks. Help? Thanks!

u/claytonbigsby66 · 1 pointr/buildapc

for a build JUST for audio production, you could honestly probably get away with a pretty barebones motherboard. This is because the main question will be what outboard audio interface you will use with it. The audio interface will completely bypass the motherboards audio chipset, and if functioning properly, will provide far higher quality audio and much more routing options/customization than any motherboard chipset can claim. Fortunately you don't need to spend much to get something like that. This focusrite scarlett series is a particularly popular choice: https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-2i2-GENERATION-USB-Recording/dp/B005OZE9SA/ref=sr_1_12?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1491458677&sr=1-12&keywords=audio+interface I don't really recommend something like this though since it has no external power supply - if your friend intends to power and record a microphone that requires phantom power this interface will both transmit the data and 48 volt over usb 2.0. It works, but seems like people have mixed results with it. This Behringer Umc404hd is outrageous value for the $99 dollars its currently priced at. https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1491459101&sr=1-1&keywords=umc404hd. Pretty sweet with those 4 inputs and all those output options on the back.

I would say as long as the mobo has enough usb and sata connections you'll be fine. Just depends on whether your friend is interested in overclocking or gaming which will definitely increase the cost. For an overclockable motherboard Id get something like this https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130993&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= If not overclocking, you could go as cheap as this $46.99 ASRock H110M-HDS LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and not run into problems as long as it has enough I/O for your friends needs. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157685&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

u/rswalker · 1 pointr/podcastgear

That will only work for 1 person. How many daughters will be recording with you?

For up to 4 people, this is a good interface:

Behringer UMC404HD

Use ocenaudio to record without issues.

And these microphones will be fine:

Samson R21 3-pack

You’ll need some cheap mic stands and you’ll be all set.

Put the mics in the stands, plug the mics into the interface, plug the interface into the computer, adjust the gain, and press record in ocenaudio.

u/samuraialien · 1 pointr/Twitch

This is 192khz but it's out of stock right now on MusiciansFriend, Amazon, Sweetwater and probably other websites. /r/audioengineering or some other audio subreddit can probably find you something.

u/whotookjobin · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I think this is what I'm looking for (BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_dcYSAbR7FJ3X8), but my next question is how do I incorporate headphones into this setup? I want each person wearing headphones, so we can all hear the person on Skype, and each other, without also having to hear our own voices while we're talking. If that makes sense. What's the next part I need?

u/cmndr_spanky · 1 pointr/Guitar

> Shure MVi

Seems close although a deal breaker for me is an interface that uses it's USB input as both communication and power. In the case of the Shure, it limits what amount of phantom power can be used when plugged into an iPhone.

I also looked at PreSonus AudioBox and AGAIN it seems to piggy back it's only USB interface as power without a discreet power source, also it's totally unclear if it works with iOS.

Same thing with the entry level focus rite scarlet... until you get to the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (at $250), which finally seems to have a discreet power source form it's USB input. However, no idea if the pre-amps are good enough to boost an SM57.

This Tascam interface seems to be a bit cheaper at $150, takes two inputs and has discreet power. https://www.amazon.com/Tascam-US-16X08-channel-Audio-Interface/dp/B00MIXF2RS/ref=pd_day0_267_4

This higher end Presonus https://www.amazon.com/PreSonus-Studio-USB-Interface-Extended/dp/B073PT77HC/ref=sr_1_8 (although at $299 is more than I'd like to spend), also has a built-in sound meter, which is really handy for setting levels when plugged into an iPhone recording video with literally no software aids to check your sound levels. SUPER HANDY.

Finally this ludicrously cheap monstrosity from Behringer for like $99 https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=sr_1_5 no visible sound level meter, no clue if the preamps are shit

u/lilblovesyou · 1 pointr/MusicBattlestations

Gotcha, Thanks for that I was looking at this, damn thing is out of stock everywhere.

No the speakers were these. They don't have xlr on these ones. I have them boxed up and ready to go out.

EDIT : Just ordered these let me know what you think.

u/Isnifffingernails · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Your question is a bit confusing. Are you wondering how to import 4 tracks at once so you can mix in ableton? If that is the case, you want a 4x4 audio interface. Here is a cheap option: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_polAwbE9CS461

If you are wondering what mics you should use, I would say it totally depends on your budget. Get a decent kick drum microphone, an SM-57 for the snare, and XY a pair of small diaphragm condensers overhead (and make sure your interface has phantom power, which I assume most do by default).

An alternative to XY overhead, since you will have to place them pretty high up, is to put one over the hi hat / crash and one over the ride / toms (kind of pointing away from the snare). You will just have to be vigilant for phase and shift it out if necessary.

If you wanted to add a 5th channel, I like to individually mic the hi hat. A close-miked hi hat sounds so much better to me.

u/soulbldr7 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

So I spent a couple hours last night trying to get it to work. I downloaded the driver and it installed correctly. When I turned it on though, it kept trying to install a firmware update but kept failing.

Also, I kept trying to open up Pro Tools First but it wouldn't open. From my understanding, it seems that Pro Tools First won't open unless you have an audio interface installed and configured so I'm guessing it won't open because the Fast Track Pro isn't working.

I'm planning on getting Windows 7 on one of my old computers and see if everything works there.

Any recommendations on a new audio interface I can use for simple basic recordings in case that doesn't work? Something under 100 would be awesome. I was looking at this. Is this what I need or what do you think: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC404HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURLHM/ref=sr_1_14?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1501558973&sr=1-14&keywords=audio+interface&refinements=p_36%3A5000-20000

u/AlwaysSpinClockwise · 1 pointr/Guitar

Everyone says go with a Scarlett, but a UMC404HD is basically the same price and has way more features and will give you way more options to progress with your music production.

u/Kief__Sweat · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I have the UMC404HD

I need 4 ins though, depemds on your need

u/AfterWorkRespawn · 1 pointr/letsplay

We use this audio interface. Works with audacity to give 4 separate tracks, very affordable and rated well but it doesn't have any controls beyond mic gain if you need that.

u/DungeonsandDrinks · 1 pointr/letsplay

Condenser mics are good for picking up a lot of people, but they also create a lot of background noise too. I used a condenser for 2 years, we JUST made the switch. Now i use 4 dynamic mics, via an xlr to USB interface. We record in adobe audition. Even if you dont record in it, i recommend learning it and running your audio through it for post editing. ill link all my useful stuff and equipment. These will all be amazon links.

The Mics

Good Mic Stands for cheap


if you go through the trouble of learning audition this is helpful. This is the algorithm the Game Grumps use, i cannot state enough what an amazingly drastic quality difference this makes. it raises the lows, lowers the highs, evens it all out.

Dynamic Audio Processing Chart


I should mention that to record multiple mic inputs, you need either an additional sound card, or the ASIO4ALL driver (which hogs your soundcard making it so you cant hear your game, booo.) The alternate solution i went for is recording the audio on another PC.


If you're recording with lots of people, to avoid audio spillover (one person being picked up on another's mic) you want to record with each track at the near lowest possible Gain/Volume/Db, and raise it all later. this will make the mics only pick up the voice right in front of them. I usually also angle all the mics in a way that they face only their speaker, but not others. I can elaborate on this further if you like. Then i run it all thru the Dynamic Processing. I think that about covers the gist of it, sorry for how detailed it was lol. If anyone is curious, i can give good tips on creating thumbnails, info about how i make my art and music, how i edit my videos and general technique too, when i have time

u/_Ex_Nihilo · 1 pointr/audio

Thanks for the responses, it's been hard to find answers since I'm really new to this.

I mainly want the set up for practicing singing and piano at the same time and getting quick feedback through direct monitoring or recording in a DAW. The less fuss I have to do with the equipment the more experimentation with my practice I can have.

I found this Behringer UMC404HD interface for only $100. It might not have the same quality preamps as Focusrite, but maybe that's ok for now?


u/RawAustin · 1 pointr/letsplay

Nice pick there! I'm not sure if this is the one you where talking about but it's nowhere close to 70 bucks, although it's still 'under 100$' so it's certainly viable.


u/mymaloneyman · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

You know what, I'm a moron. What's the advantage of having an external soundcard over the internal? My original plan was to get the sound card in the OP as well as this Behringer external for audio recording, but I have no idea what I'm doing.

u/hot_pepper_is_hot · 1 pointr/audioengineering

you should get a dBx 286s channel strip ($200.) and a Steinberg UR12 or UR22 interface. ($100.-$200.) or a Behringer ($60.) or Audient interface. Mic into dbx. Line level out of dbx into interface. Interface connects to computer via usb. Which mic? not that big of a deal. You could get an sE Magneto ($99.) or a GLS ES-57 ($37.) https://www.amazon.com/GLS-Audio-Instrument-Microphone-ES-57/dp/B001W99HE8 or try plugging anything you like into the dBx unit. go get a flea market or pawnshop mic. you might be surprised. pawn shops are stacked with used LDC's that they can't sell.

basically for $3-400. you can have a versatile and very pro rig. (??) get shrewd and second hand and do it for half that. the main thing is the dbx 286s.

-as always read the number of stars in the reviews. keep it 4.5 or better out of 5.

u/jacobchapman · 1 pointr/VIDEOENGINEERING

Another option you could try would be to feed the XLR mic lines directly into Wirecast (bypassing the C300/SDI lines entirely) via 2-input audio interface. Doesn't have to be fancy, something like the Behringer UMC202 would do you just fine.

u/BeguilingOrbit · 1 pointr/podcasts

Doesn't sound like your co-host's mic is being picked up. You could download Voicemeeter and get both mic's to be picked up by Audacity, but they'll both be on a single channel. The better option is to by a $59 2x2 digital audio interface and plug the mics into that with XLR cables.

u/SpursGuy90 · 1 pointr/podcasting

So just stick with the UMC202 I mentioned in the original post. this one

u/ZettaTangent · 1 pointr/audiophile

Me and my brother play online games in the same room, and voice communication has always been an issue. We share a Blue Snowball right now but because it has to sit between us, it's too far to be anything but passable and using individual mics usually causes the echo of doom.

So I've been doing research and this is my plan.
I buy two Audio Technica AT2020 XLR Microphones with all the fixins' and I connect them both to the same audio interface and output to a single computer.

I do not have much experience doing anything like this, so my question is will this work? Will connecting these mics together prevent weird / disruptive echos?

u/verticaluzi · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

TL:DR Help me choose my first setup. Dynamic vs Condenser.

I’m looking for my first microphone, to start recording over free trap beats I find on the internet.

Both of these are in my price range. I’d like to point out that the Shure SM58 is a dynamic and the AT2020 is a condenser.

I’m struggling to decide because I’ve read that a condenser picks up more details which is good, however my bedroom isn’t sound treated. You can hear the very gentle buzzing of electrical appliances, the faint rumbling of the hot water pipes, and the wind against the side of the house.

I’ll be picking up the XLR versions, and will be buying either the Behringer UMC202HD or the Focusrite Scarlett Solo . If you have experience with either of these, feel free to comment.

Edit: I should mention that I’ll probably buy a sound shield as well. Are my sound treatment issues solvable without breaking the bank?

u/1stPiece · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

ok so shopping list is:

The two Monitors

XLR to RCA adapter (https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Connectors-Shielded-Oxygen-Free-Conductors/dp/B001UJH0XU?th=1)

Audio interface (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC202HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA-2-Channel/dp/B00QHURUBE)

USB cord for amp.

Does this look like a decent setup?

u/_damnfinecoffee_ · 1 pointr/battlestations

Shit magni + modi, both second gen, driving some HD650's. The other interface is the Behringer UMC202HD driving some random old XLR mic. I'm looking to upgrade the dac, amp, and mic during black friday/cyber monday.

u/ChrisG615 · 1 pointr/podcasting

You need something like this then.

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC202HD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHURUBE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fiCLzbWDM60Y6

u/11235813213455away · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Depends on what you're going to use it for. It completely will work for making that mic clearer and louder, and provides phantom power. If you intend to record audio and care about the quality, you might want a more expensive one as they'll support higher bitrates. For streaming and discord though it'll be fantastic, especially at that price. I have this one as well and it sounds identical to the cheaper version, just with one less port.

Keep in mind that it requires you to plug it in with an XLR cable, so add one of those too if you don't have one.

u/MountainManGuy · 1 pointr/ultrawidemasterrace

On the left

Yamaha RX-V377
On top of the Yamaha is a Behringer UMC202HD
The mic is a Shure SM7B

On the right side of the desk is my HP docking station for my work laptop. I work from home a lot so it's nice to have a dock.

In the middle there is an Infinity center channel

I've got 4 of these, front left and right and rear left and right

Using a spdif connection from my motherboard to the receiver.

The subs are two of these.

Keyboard is this

As of tomorrow, mouse will be this

And this huge ass mouse mat

u/BreckEisner · 1 pointr/Twitch

Yeah I love using contact and the many VSTs xD, it does make it very easier! The pathetic part is that Yamaha won't obviously allow their VSTs to be made public...

I have this box, but it only has one, which is already being used for the mic so I suppose I should upgrade to the 2 port then lmao... though I'm not sure what connectors I should use

So I upgrade to this right to get my 2 inputs, one for my mic and the piano


then I buy a specific cable fuckery for it, XLR to Stereo 1/4 and it should play the song from that port and thankfully my piano has a headset jack I can listen on it as well.


Do you think I should get one of the sound cards or some audiophile shit I can't remember what it's called, but it basically enhances the sound... I'm not sure at any rate

u/kazin667 · 1 pointr/headphones

AMPS - Well I have sennheiser HD 599 cans and my computer started sending poping sounds into it. its time to buy an amp before i destroy them and I need your help boiiz!



Help me choose, If i can save 50 dolls on behringer it would be aawsome, keep in mind i might connect guitar and microphone into it(Headphones are primary concern!) and if u have any other option for me pls link it!! (im buying from amazon.de)

u/zazathebassist · 1 pointr/podcasting

Are you guys planning on recording in person?

If you can scrape together just a bit more money, I'd really recommend something like the Blue Yeti. Mainly because you can set it to bi-directional mode, so you and your friend can sit on either side of the mic and get clear audio without having too much interference.


I honestly would not recommend that pack you found. The mic is fine, but you can find that same mic by itself for less than $20. USB to XLR cables are notoriously bad. And the Neewer NW-800(or whatever brand this mic is, they're all made in the same factory) is a cardioid condenser mic, which means it'll pick up audio really well and clearly right in front of it, but anything to the sides or back will be very quiet and not full.

Also, just so you're aware, Windows REALLY doesn't like more than one USB mic connected at the same time, so if you guys want to move to having two separate mics you will eventually have to get an interface. You can get something like a Behringer UMC202 and two microphones(something like Pyle PD58) if you have the budget for that, and then upgrade your mics down the line.

Behringer Audio Interface: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC202HD-BEHRINGER-U-PHORIA/dp/B00QHURUBE/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_267_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XVYQ6F57F9J89M61B16E

Pyle Mics: https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Unidirectional-Microphone-Connection-PDMIC58/dp/B003GEBGA0/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1526021122&sr=1-1&keywords=pyle+pdmic58

u/acastrov9 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

There is, i picked that one up, i appreciate your help nonetheless!

u/NicholasTheGr8t · 1 pointr/edmproduction

Behringer UMC202HD worked out great for me.

u/BearArmsMcGee · 1 pointr/Twitch

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

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

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

u/Rvby1 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Hey, all!

I'm looking into getting a microphone with a shock mount, microphone arm, and pop filter. It will mostly be used to record singing, instruments, and voice over work.

At the moment, the Blue Yeti has my attention; it seems to be pretty universally praised, and it doesn't seem like it's all that expensive.

As far as the shock mount goes, I think Blue Yeti has its own proprietary one? I'm also looking at this pop filter and this microphone arm.

Any recommendations?

Thanks, guys!

u/enderflop · 1 pointr/answers

Would this mic and stand be better?
pop filter

u/steaksteak · 1 pointr/gamedev

Haha, that's a pretty funny trailer - good job! Just a couple notes for improvement:

  • Get a mic windscreen like this or this - or if you really want to be DIY, just use a sock or some pantyhose. The voiceover (while hilarious) pops a little, and a screen (and a little more distance from the mic) should fix it.

  • The 'Ridin' Dirty' song is great, but you're begging for Youtube to slap an ad on your trailer once the copyright holder finds your video. Maybe swap it out with some of Youtube's own free AND royalty free music?
u/Ephjizilla · 1 pointr/letsplay

They work well for headset and close-miced lavalier mics, in my experience. They're also good for dynamic mics in outdoor situations because they enclose the mic capsule and protect it from wind. Indoors, they aren't really necessary for dynamic mics and, generally, you're better off with a pop-shield instead. Something like this

Pop shields are more effective for indoor, controlled situations.

u/h2ogie · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

Hell yeah, happy to help.

The Yeti is a perfect option; it's fantastic quality, especially for the price, and it has the reputation among consumers and distributors alike to back up that claim (e.g. appears on every "Top USB Mics" list, 4,000+ Amazon reviews at a 4.5/5 average, etc). It's also got a few other nifty features that make it really the only contender in that bracket.

The Snowball is cheaper, but the sound isn't going to be as rich/full/warm, which are things you absolutely want if you're going to be doing a lot of talking. That said, if you can't do the $120, well...save up for it, but failing that, get the Snowball.

TL;DR: Yeti for sure. Get a pop filter and maybe a stand too.

I do audio professionally so any other questions or anything I can explain, let me know!

u/Snapdad · 1 pointr/Android

Nice review, however I recommend investing in a pop filter. You had a few hard Ps in your audio.


or get some pantyhose in front of your mic.

u/Gojurn · 1 pointr/podcasting

Others have already asked some pretty useful questions, but if you're looking for more specifics here's what I know.

Recording & Editing Software

While I can't speak to resources for non-Apple tools. If you have a Mac you can start out with simply a good microphone and the GarageBand application.

Microphones and Pop Filters

If you're looking for a mic recommendation I've had a lot of success with the Yeti USB microphone. It's pretty versatile and the sound quality has been quite good. A cheaper reliable option is the Snowball. You can find mics for less than that but I can't vouch for the quality. No extra set up is really needed, just plug it in and record. Some people recommend a pop filter, they're pretty cheap and I've had a good experience with the Dragonpad ones. If you need an example of sound quality PM me, I'm happy to link you an episode I created using the Yeti mic.

Uploading and Hosting

Once you've recorded and edited your Podcast you'll need somewhere to host it so others can listen to what you've created. I usually upload the file to SoundCloud and then share the link or embed the player in my blog and website. There are a lot of other podcast-specific hosting sites out there but I've found SoundCloud to be free and easy.

Helpful Guide

When I first started out I came across a great blog article by Mike Cernovich that I followed to create my first episodes. You can read it here if you're interested (it's specific to using GarageBand though).

I hope this helps, a D&D podcast sounds great. Can't wait to hear what you create.

u/GiraffeRaging · 1 pointr/amazon

Does anyone know a way to see if any specific items I want will go up on prime day, because it seems if you are on a page of a specific item, it will tell you nothing about prime day if it's "prime day timer" hasn't started yet.

I waited for prime day to buy these items and have no idea if they will go on sale:

1 2 3 4

u/altered_state · 1 pointr/asmr

Wow, thank you so much for the quick reply, Griseus! Your uploads are superb!

> There are ways to solve that though.

Are you rocking this foam windscreen as a solution? It seems to be doing a great job all by itself, from what I can see in your videos. Do you also use a traditional pop filter like this one for an extra layer of filtering or would that be redundant in this case?

> I suggest you put the pc or laptop as far as you can from the mic

Would buying an extension cord of sorts remedy this issue? Or could that introduce mild to moderate distortion?

On a related note, do you use a sound card or preamp for your recordings? Those cost a pretty penny and might just push me into sticking with the best bang for my buck, the Blue Yeti, while I spend the remaining funds on an audio interface if that helps a ton.

Thanks again for your input, and I, too, am psyched to get this project started asap!

u/TheBWF · 1 pointr/pornfree

I use that mic, too. I use this pop filter, if you're interested.

u/jorelpogi · 1 pointr/chelseafc

hey boss. nice effort!

Just a little bit on the technical side. i heard a lot of plosives (the "P" and "B" sounds) and i think you can make efforts to remedy that. Either by mic placement (diagonal) or just simply getting a [pop filter] (http://www.amazon.com/Dragonpad-Studio-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1411123698&sr=1-1) you can even [make one for yourself] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLavNbfH7j0)

on the mixing side, you can definitely duck that music a little bit behind when you are talking. not sure where you are doing your audio editing but in iMovie, there is a feature that does exactly that.

You can also do that in all of the audio editing software thats available. (audacity is free)

anyway thats it. towards the middle everything seemed ok. The dude doing the main voice has to move a little bit closer to the mic because its picking up the room ambience. an inch closer will make the voice sound fuller and in its intended timbre!

nice work! keep it up

u/576875 · 1 pointr/Minecraft


Don't record myself, but this one has good reviews on amazon and is less than $15. Your welcome

u/Ctri · 1 pointr/EliteDangerous

The Shock Mount is a nice touch if you have it anchored to your desk, seriously reduces the amount of clatter from the keyboard that comes in.

Check you have a suitable connector for it, that doesn't appear to be either USB or 3.5mm audio, and the text indicates that its not intended as a computer microphone, but one that plugs into an amplifier/sound system.

Definitely worth getting a Pop Shield, it drastically cuts the force of certain sounds before it hits the microphone, making the P, K, T, and S sounds all softer and easier on the ear.

u/oooWooo · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I'm actually diggin this! sort of reminds me of clouddead.

I get locked into a mindset sometimes where my rhymes have to be absolutely perfect and it's really frustrating and limiting so the concept behind your rhyme scheme seems almost transcendent to me.

The only one I didn't really get was the at the beginning. My advice would be to make sure you really emphasize whatever rhyme you're going to go for to make it clearer when you hit it again and also work on your delivery.

And get a pop filter!


this one is cheap, prime-eligible, and works surprisingly well.

u/rkinney6 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Get the Samson C01U and this

u/DirkBelig · 1 pointr/podcasts

Don't know if this will apply to your needs/budget/expertise, but here's how I record Culture Vultures Radio. (Add a dot com to that to find our site.)

  • Mics are Audio-Technica AT2020USB which is a large diaphragm condenser which don't require a mixer and phantom power. They're about $130 at Amazon.
  • Using a mid-2009 model MacBook Pro which I've upgraded to 8GB RAM and an SSD. Have used Yosemite and Mavericks.
  • A Behringer headphone amp/splitter to convert the one output from the MBP to 4 headsets.
  • Using Reaper DAW to record. I couldn't figure out GarageBand to save my life for some reason, so I started using the recording software I already had a license for.
  • Pop filters! These are generic cheapo units (~$6.50) and they work fine. My co-host used to like to blow the mics by doing the Stewie on Family Guy "Wil Wheaton" thing and it totally blocks that.

    The tricky part was setting up the aggregate audio device to pipe in the mics into Reaper. It's funky and it took me a couple of hours to get two freaking mics working - haven't tried a third yet - but it worked out.

    To save space on the HD, I set up Reaper to print the tracks as MP3s at 192kbps instead of WAVs. I apply compression and limiting when I record to get a nice solid level. When I'm done, I transfer the project folder to my bruiser of a gaming PC and apply an expander to the tracks to minimize mic bleed and background noise like fans or furnace/AC (we record in a basement). On mixdown, I hit the music track and the overall mix with master bus compression to make it nice and full-sounding with even levels.

    It's a slightly involved process to do, but I think the results and quality control are worth it. We used to go into the Internet radio station's studios to do the show live and just put the recording out as the podcast, but they tripled the studio fee and I calculated that if I bought my gear and sent them a file to air, it would pay for itself in 13-14 shows; we've done 18 so far. Bonus is that when the studio was stifling hot in the summer when the AC broke down and they've been having chronic technical problems affecting audio quality, it hasn't impacted us. We miss the live feedback from the listeners and it takes much longer to produce a show, but it's a tighter product overall.

    Hope this helps someone, if not your specific needs. Cheers.
u/iCeCoCaCoLa64 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Don't get a headset. Get a pair of Seinheiser HD 558 Headphones. If you need a mic, get an SF-920 mic and a small pop filter. The audio quality of the headphones is amazing, and the mic is surprisingly high quality.

u/DangerKitty001 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Wow, losing footage sucks. Sorry to hear that, man. Btw, this is a pop filter. Helps cut down bursts of air from "p", "b", and "t" sounds. Makes a huge difference.

u/StoneTheWarden · 1 pointr/teenagers

If you want people to listen to your music more than once, invest in a decent microphone and a pop filter, cause honestly, the mouth noises and distortion in your voice makes it harsh to the ears
Otherwise, I def see some potential

u/Nautilis · 1 pointr/microphones

fuzeebear provides a good question! Most boom arms have a standard size mounting point, which links to the same size socket on the microphone itself, or a shock mount which is mounted to the microphone.

What I'm seeing from a decent search, the Rode arm you are getting will match up with the Yeti without a shock mount, but a shock mount will never hurt, and a pop filter is also a good plus.

I don't have a shock mount for my Yeti, but I don't hear a huge difference, unless I have super-sensitive headphones plugged in, and even then, the keyboard clicks are better heard through the air than through the desk vibrations.

I do notice a difference between no pop-filter and yes pop-filter. I've positioned my pop-filter to try to filter out as much of my computer noise as I could, as well as any "pop"s from me. http://www.amazon.com/Dragonpad-filter-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1450855861&sr=8-3&keywords=pop+filter This is the filter I have.

If you're tight on cash but feeling adventurous, I haven't tested this filter yet, but it looks promising.

u/kyleblane · 1 pointr/letsplay
u/lost_mail · 1 pointr/weightlifting

This costs you like 7$ to eliminate the problem. It's worth a try for that price and you hold it in between you and the webcam/microphone.
Streamers tend to fixate it to their microphone stands, but as you do videos and record relatively little compared to them, holding it in front of you might be good enough.
Oh and the distance between you and the microphone/webcam also matters.

u/WithTheMasterPlan · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use the AT2020 USB with a cheap desk-mount spring arm and a shock mount. I noticed that most tend to prefer this desk-mount, but you can find cheaper alternatives that will do just fine. I also purchased a third-party pop filter that fits over the mic. You can also get a generic clip-on pop filter that will work just as well. Very clear and crisp audio.

The AT2020 was a gift, so I had no say in the selection. For more control over the audio, I would have preferred an XLR microphone and a USB-out mixer. With the AT2020 USB, I have to double-check my microphone levels in Windows before streaming, because other applications will occasionally change them.

The other option you may want to consider is if the mic has an aux connection so you can plug headphones directly to the mic and self-monitor, such as the Blue Yeti (listen to yourself speak). Some find this helpful, but to each their own.

u/SuperBaconGaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

the one you linked is good. but this one is better. its by the same company, and its a usb plug n play microphone. its one sale until jan 4, and right now its only like 5 bucks more than the one you linked.

Also, this pop filter is good price. you also get some foam to cover the mic with. Hopefully this helped you, and if you buy all three before jan 4, then its should be around 30 bucks

u/IStillBelieveInYou · 1 pointr/audiophile

I can't decide between this and this for a Blue Yeti. Suggestions?

u/allWoundUp357 · 1 pointr/letsplay

I use something like this:


Actually, mine is branded under DragonPad, but searching for "DragonPad pop filter" on the Amazon UK site literally yielded no results. They're the same thing, though.

u/TakeCoverOrDie · 1 pointr/headphones

Its recommending i get this with it? May ask why?

u/gtvrhs · 1 pointr/PS4

I also bought a cheap pop filter and mount my mic on a boom stand, which has worked out pretty well.

Good luck!

u/kicgaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

Can confirm the Yeti and AT2020 will pick up the room the same. I ordered both and used each of them for a little while before I decided on and kept the AT2020. I liked the sound of the AT mic a little better, not to mention it's a lot lighter and doesn't pull my boom arm down to the desk.

For the OP: I picked up this shock mount and this pop filter from Amazon. No idea if you'll be able to get them or they fit what you're looking for, but they work fine for me.

u/Gypsyfly · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use the Blue Snowball with this boom arm attached to my second desk that my tower sits on: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DY1F2CS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02

And this pop filter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01

The pop filter is flexible so gives a little I just secured it to the boom arm with velcro and black bands.

The Snowball is just fine if you are on a budget and what something that sounds clean. I use it for streaming and Youtube vids. It does tend to pick up my keyboard, but I have a mechanical keyboard so that's gonna happen lol.

I used this video as a reference and you can also hear the quality of the mic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZCxtaqzvgA

u/nekoyasha · 1 pointr/letsplay

It took my a good 20mins to find a good way to put my pop filter on, though the kind I got it different from yours.

This is what I have, fits well after figuring out how to put it on.

u/Nicodemu5 · 1 pointr/battlestations

These are the items I bought, Amazon had a "suggested bundle" that i got, i might check out a different pop filter if you go with that mic arm, i had to get some spacers to make it so the screw could tighten all the way down.

Mic - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1YPXW2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

Arm - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DY1F2CS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00
Pop Filter - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

Other than the pop filter complaint everything works well and sounds great.

u/Yulppp · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

You seem to be pretty knowledgeable, so maybe you'll have some input for me. I jumped on this yesterday as my girlfriend really wants to start making videos, but doesn't have a clue what she needs as far as video/audio recording etc. Anyways, I bought this setup to attach to my desk and use as a recording station. I don't know much about boom arms, or windscreens (and the quality thereof). I've just seen them used and Amazon suggested them and they seemed like a good deal so I jumped on them. Was surfing around after making the order, and was seeing some much more expensive boom arms, etc.. Got me to thinking maybe I bought something junky, as I have a huge pet peeve of buying quality if it's worth the extra few dimes.

Anyways, sorry for the wall of text, was just wondering what people think of this setup, given everything i just said about what I'm looking for;

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition:

NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand:

Dragonpad pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen:

u/HyprDmg · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Razer Adaro headset with CAD U1 Microphone (Dragonpop pop filter)

u/maliedoo · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I have a CAD U37 with pop filter. Great condition, barely used. I'll do $30 shipped if you're interested.

u/LordDango · 1 pointr/headphones

Looks like you are pretty limited since you are in the Netherlands. I personally wouldn't get the 598 for the music above, I thought the 598 were too relaxed for these genres.

I took a look in the amazon website, can't really read it but here are a few decent choices for what you are looking for.




The Cloud II isn't a very bad option. You should try it and see if you like it first. If they aren't good enough, then try one of the options above. It does make more sense to buy another headphone though since you have a standalone mic already.

u/eegras · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I'm partial to Beyerdynamic. I just picked up a pair of DT770s for around $180. There are multiple other really good brands that you can go with ( Sennheiser, Audio Technica, etc ).

Anything that is marketed towards gamers is usually bad. Anything by BOSE is usually bad for the price.

u/ronaldgoddamnreagan · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/rsilverblood · 1 pointr/ZReviews

If you need closed headphones with bluetooth for 200$, stretch your budget to 250$. Beyerdynamic DT 770 32Ohm (low impedance for mobile amps and smartphones) are closed and 180$.


Add a bluetooth adapter in your pocket.


Plug headphone into bluetooth. Enjoy good, closed headphones. Make sound go oomph big fast loud time.

u/lustylotta · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $150 - $200 CAD, $250 MAX

Source - I phone 5 SE and computer

Requirements for Isolation - Yes prefer Isolation. Using while traveling on bus, walking, at school (can get noisy sometimes). Using while studying

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over ear preferred unless IEM is very comfortable.

Preferred tonal balance - I like Bass but for studying it can get annoying, so balanced I suppose?

Past headphones - cheap OEM earbuds (Samsung, apple) and KZ Zs3

Preferred Music - Deep House, [Rap]

Location -Canada

Other relevant info - slightly bigger ears. Lol

Current Black Friday Opportunities

Sony MDRXB950B1 - CDN$ 123.00

Bose QuietComfort 25 - CDN$ 229.00

Sennheiser PXC 480 - CDN$ 199.95

beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO - CDN$ 232.45

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs - CDN$ 158.95

ATH M50X - CDN$ 168.00

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus - CDN$ 184.37

Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headphones - CDN$ 89.99

Shure SRH440 - CDN$ 109.00

I would love to hear your experiences with either of these and which one you recommend given my situation. Or even other ones not from this list you suggest. I would love to purchase one this weekend. So your advice is much appreciated.

Thanks everyone

u/WSBowman · 1 pointr/headphones

Thank you! Just to be clear, this is the proper one?

u/bathinginreddit · 1 pointr/headphones

Oh ok that makes a lot of sense then. I'm going to go ahead and order the Beyerdynamic DT770s. Thanks so much for the suggestions and explaining everything to me. It's really nice to get unbiased feedback and support for something I find so insanely confusing. Are these the ones I should buy?

u/andysaurus_rex · 1 pointr/headphones

Well, yes, without an amp you can't use headphones at all. Luckily there are built in amps in everything nowadays. So you would likely be able to push those DT990s to a loud enough volume just from your on board sound. As for the leakage issue, DT770s are the way to go.

u/MeAskManyQs · 1 pointr/headphones

Source - Laptop (hp Pavilion 15 series)

Requirements for Isolation - Some; I'll be using them indoors.

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced

Past headphones SoundMagic E30; Currently Xiaomi ProHD (http://www.mi.com/in/headphonesprohd/)

Preferred Music Mostly Progressive Rock; Jazz and Blues; bit of SynthWave and ChipTune

I have gone through the rec list and I have narrowed down to these four which are similarly priced at Amazon India.
Which of these would be best for my music taste?
I do want to avoid using an amp or a DAC.

1. Sennheiser HD 598 SE Over-Ear

2. Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO-32

3. Audio Technica ATH-AD700X

4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

u/eagleye719 · 1 pointr/headphones

Look into [Beyerdynamic's 770 Pro 32 ohm.] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008POFOHM/ref=twister_B00AXHMAJY) It's at the tip top of your price range, but it might just be what you're looking for.

u/RavenFFS · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Hello again!
The final candidates i got from all the suggestions are:

HD569-link which are 110eu

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 32 Ohm - link which are 117eu

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7GM - link which are 169eu

Sennheiser HD598CS - link which are 229eu


The starting budget was 100eu, but im willing to go to 200, or even 229 if some of you experts think its worth the additional money.


There is also an option of waiting for black friday and seeing how the sales go, but i would like to be prepared in any case.

Do you maybe have any more suggestions on those headphones?

u/nyda · 1 pointr/headphones

Audio Technica M50x

Sennheiser 380 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 770

I'd go with the latter myself but it's 3 good pair of headphones that will last you a while.

You can also consider these modified T50RP:



u/MrElliotB · 1 pointr/headphones

I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD598's. I would like to get a pair for on the go use, though I'm also not opposed to upgrading the 598's for home use. My only concern with IEMs is spending a lot of money to have them broken/lost. I'm hoping to spend <$200. I listen to a lot of jazz, hiphop, and classical. Bass isn't particularly important.

Would either of these Beyers be an upgrade to my 598's? They're currently on sale on Amazon:

For IEMs, I'm looking at these Westones:

Which of these would be a better buy for a DAC/Amp (honestly not that sure of the difference)? I'm also open to other options in the ~$50 price range.

Thank you very much!

u/oh_sheesh · 1 pointr/TagProIRL

Check these out

I went with dt770s over m50s and personally, I wouldn't mess around with wireless stuff.

u/Sehs · 1 pointr/headphones

Current Amazon.com deals:

u/Diablo-D3 · 1 pointr/headphones

The 32ohm ones are considered lower quality than the 250s and the 600s.

Also, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008POFOHM/ says $250

Efficiency is measured as dB/mW. I think the term you were looking for is sensitivity.

u/Eyloner · 1 pointr/headphones

The [Beyerdynamic DT 770, 32 Ohm Pro] (http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-770-PRO-32-Headphone-Monitoring-Applications/dp/B008POFOHM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1421448130&sr=1-1&keywords=dt+770&pebp=1421448136092&peasin=B008POFOHM) lies $30 out of your budget (Amazon sells for $230) but fulfills almost every requirement you want. Closed headphones, good comfort, deep bass and no amp required. However, the bass sounds loose sometimes. So almost every requirement.

u/the_monster_consumer · 1 pointr/headphones

If you got the DT770 250ohm you wouldn't be able to drive it straight from your iPhone and would have to get a portable headphone amplifier as well; the 32ohm version would probably be a better option. Another option is the Sennheiser HD25 which is on-ear, but are really well made with all replaceable parts - if you are prone to destroying headphones these are a really good choice.

u/rmw156 · 1 pointr/headphones

I would recommend the Beyerdynamic DT-770 pro. They have very good low end/sub bass which is perfect for the genres of music you listen to. The only negative is that it has an attached cable.

I'd check out some reviews, but they sound like they are in your price range, they're closed back which is similar to your M40x's and they have great punchy low end.

They come in 250, 80 and 32 ohms. If you don't know what ohms are, simple put, it's how much power your headphones need. So if you don't have a headphone amp I would look at the 80 or 32 ohm versions on amazon. Something like a phone can push a 250 ohm headphone, but it wont get as loud as it would with a 32 ohm.

Link to dt-770 pro "limited editions" (Limited edition just means the velour pads are black)

u/usernamesdontmater · 1 pointr/headphones

open-back headphones do leak a lot (as shown here).
Here is the Beyer-dynamic DT770.
Although I don't have them, many people say that they are balanced with a slight u curve. They have velour pads, so they only leak a little, and they isolate a decent amount for velour pads. Its also said to have a wide sound-stage, especially for closed headphones.
They are also just under $150, and the 32ohm version doesn't need amplification.

EDIT: the version with velour is actually 80ohm gray version, and it may benefit from amplification coming from a phone, but I am not sure about your sound-card (i just can't find any specs).
The dt 770 32 ohm is more neutral than the 80ohm, but the soundstage is smaller due to the pads.

u/SaltedKittyBits · 1 pointr/headphones

Hello everyone, just picked up some Beyerdynamic 770 Pro 32 Ohms over the weekend and I'm absolutely loving them so far.

Even at the risk of sounding like a dumbass, I'm stumped. They sound great but I'd love for them to potentially sound even better. I have a SMSL SA-50 Amplifer which powers my Micca MB42X speakers. This setup worked extremely well in the past as all I had were some crappy Steelseries Siberia V2's for gaming.

But now do I need more equipment to have my headphones sound as good as they possibly can? I know very little about DACs/Amps or audio equipment in general but from what I do know I'm missing something crucial.

Sorry if my question is vague and please let me know if you need more information!

Thanks for any help you can provide.

u/rezaramon1 · 1 pointr/headphones

help guys, pros n cons between Beyerdynamic DT 1350 , Beyerdynamic T50p, and Beyerdynamic DT 770.

trying to decide on headphones, but confused. looking for somethign with quality. somethign an ipod can drive (likely going to go with 32 ohm ones), and something where sound doesnt leak, all of these are closed so hopefully not a problem.




thank you guys so much again

lookin for headphones for iphone. something i can wear all day at work. music type : edm, deep house, trance. i tried on the beyerdynamic 880 and 990s in a store and they were great, just open back and leaked alot of noise. hence y i am lookin at closed back versions of beyerdynamic. open to advice bout what is best, or something outside of these 3.

u/framedrag · 1 pointr/audiophile

There is a better sub for this /r/headphones.

But here is my advice:

u/KenGoesBRAP · 1 pointr/edmproduction

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

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

Links to make life easier:



u/ttdpaco · 1 pointr/headphones

That's new, and their price has gone up lately. You can get it refurbed for thirty more for the 32 ohm: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B008POFOHM/ref=dp_olp_refurbished?ie=UTF8&condition=refurbished

250 ohm is 140 refurbed: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0006NL5SM/ref=olp_tab_refurbished?ie=UTF8&condition=refurbished&mv_size_name=0

Headphones are awesome since you can buy them used with no issues usually.

u/Balzac_Onyerchin · 1 pointr/headphones

Beyer is one crazy all over the map with prices brand. Unlike, say, Sennheiser who keeps a pretty tight grip on retail channels; you want to shop around.

Never pay MSRP for anything from Beyerdynamic. Ever.

For Amazon, I go to CamelCamelCamel, set a target price and wait:




edit: never pay MSRP for anything, I guess. ;-)

u/Karzyn · 1 pointr/headphones

Question: Would the KRK KNS8400 sound "correct" to a non-audiophile?

I'm looking to purchase a pair of headphones as a gift and am strongly leaning towards the KRK KNS8400. The primary requirements for selecting the gift were comfort (with glasses), durability, and isolation (specifically not leaking noise). Based off everything I've read it seems that the 8400 is the correct choice for these. My concern is that neither I nor the recipient are anywhere close to audiophiles so they will sound just a little "wrong" to her. All descriptions call them very neutral and balanced. Considering that she's currently using, I believe, JVC marshmallow earbuds do you see the change in sound signatures to be a problem. I'm guessing not, but it's worth a check.

As a side note, the runner up was the Beyerdynamic DT770 since it also received good reviews on the comfort front. My basic reasoning is that the 770 looks bigger and heavier whereas people have described the 8400 as being barely noticeable while wearing them. Based on descriptions of the 770 I have a lot less concerns about the exact nature of their sound. Realistically speaking, if I were to go with them I'd probably get the 32ohms because she'd be running them off of a phone. I guess the second question is would that be a better option? Or something else?

u/pr_eliment · 1 pointr/podcasting

oh ok so I am not sure about the one I linked to but I can say for certain that this one does because it's the one I have. It has a brass adapter that you can unscrew from the shockmount. (if you look closely at the pics you can see the brass adapter on the shockmount)

u/Ramzinho · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

here are some mounts with great reviews and used by some casters. comes from as low as 18$ to 100$. depending on your budget.




u/legodawg0088 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Do you have the xlr or usb version? if its xlr any old xlr cable should work, but the usb uses this cable . Personally I use this shockmount and this desk mount which isn't very bad for the price but you can definitely tell its a cheap mount. Most of the accessories are garbage and I ended up cutting out the XLR cable and wiring my usb cable through it, but if you have the xlr version I guess it'll work fine for you. I know for a fact that shock mount you just linked doesn't work, but it does come with the desk mount I linked (for $20 more) so you may as well try it for yourself, the best option would be the Audio Technica shock mount but its pretty pricey. I should also mention the better option for the desk mount would be the Rode desk mount and that the AT2020 on its own is comparable with either desk mount as long as you use the mount that comes with it for the desk stand, just remove the mount itself and screw it to the desk mount. hope my experience could help you out :)

u/bruhsmh · 1 pointr/audioengineering

There is a buzzing sound coming from only only the left channel when I record.

My setup is an AT2020 connected to a Steinberg UR22 via XLR, all connected to my Windows 10 PC. I record in FL Studio. The XLR cable I use is the built in one from this, so the XLR cable isn't the best quality:


So here's a recording of it:


Up until 0:10 I am silent and not near the mic and the input is maxed from the interface. Then I start tapping the mic gently. At 0:28, I lower the input level to around half. Silent again, until I tap on it around 0:33.

Is it my Mic, XLR Cable or Interface?

u/ConureDelSol · 1 pointr/Twitch

Not sure what mic you're using but if it has a -10db setting, I'd say change it to that and make sure the mic is close to your mouth. In addition, be sure to use the noise gate.

If you're having trouble positioning your microphone, you might want to consider getting a suspension boom to get it in just the right place without it being in the way of anything.

Example suspension boom for $32: http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Broadcast-Microphone-Suspension-Scissor/dp/B00AK7SKL4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1416686696&sr=8-2&keywords=mic+boom

u/DetroitHustlesHarder · 1 pointr/Twitch

If you don't have a ton of room around your desk, I've found this to be a GREAT solution... I'm using it to hold an AT2020 and it's rock solid. http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Broadcast-Microphone-Suspension-Scissor/dp/B00AK7SKL4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414249617&sr=8-1&keywords=microphone+boom+arm

u/fabier · 1 pointr/Twitch

Yes. This is the exact one I ordered. They have a cheaper one that doesn't have the built in cable, but having the cable is nice since I have an XLR mic :


Edit: Ha! Just noticed I ordered it exactly two years ago to the day!

u/MumrikDK · 1 pointr/pcgaming

This mount fixed to the right-side edge of my table: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AK7SKL4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Holding this sucker (50 buck sale): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006H92QK/ref=ox_ya_os_product

With this guy http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002GXF8Q/ref=ox_ya_os_product

It feeds into this guy (for phantom power) who already had been living on my table for years http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UB802-BEHRINGER-EURORACK/dp/B0002JF5CM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417327657&sr=8-2&keywords=eurorack+602

and that goes into my line in.

Yes, it is silly overkill, but it is extremely comfortable to use (just pull in the mike) and I got tired of shitty mikes. Being Cardioid it works perfectly sitting next to my face rather than stuffed into my mouth, so eating and drinking is a non-issue. The stand means it takes pretty much no desk space. The mixer of course does, but that was already there. There's also a USB version of the 2020.

u/GrandStarYoshi · 1 pointr/Twitch

listen to me and tell me using audition to reduce background noise is bullshit. it's not, you just have to know what you're doing. http://www.twitch.tv/grandstaryoshi/v/27950653 (this link is used as an example of audio quality, not advertisement.)

what i do, for those curious/wanting to do the same:

  • in your microphone's preferences, set its levels to 75, + set the default format to 2 channel, 16 bit, 48000Hz. http://prntscr.com/9bagtn

  • using adobe audition, open a multitrack, then go into your audio hardware settings and set the default input device to your microphone, and set the default output device to your default audio device (for me, that would be my headphones.) http://prntscr.com/9bag9u

  • do the same to track 1 of the multitrack (you can delete any other tracks, you only need this one.) http://prntscr.com/9bah80

  • in the effect rack, add a single-band compressor and a parametric equalizer. http://prntscr.com/9bahkh
  • single-band compressor settings: http://prntscr.com/9bahzp + parametric equalizer settings: http://prntscr.com/9bai9z

  • click both the little R and I icons in track 1 of the multitrack. this will make the microphone output to the selected device, in this case, my headphones. http://prntscr.com/9bajgp

    you may see i also have two other effects, dynamics processing and an echo. dynamics processing basically evens out audio levels, bringing quiet sounds up and loud sounds down. i use this for various other things, but not for cutting out background noise. it actually brings that out more. and the echo is just for fun, really. :P

    a couple of things about this setup. one, i run my microphone audio, as well as any other stream audio, through my headphones and only use one channel in OBS, the desktop audio source, and then give that a 5db gain boost within OBS, that way i'm able to know and balance my own audio levels rather than having to constantly ask chat if audio levels are okay. hearing yourself during stream takes a bit of getting used to, but it's super useful in the long run. if you don't want to do this, you can run it through a virtual audio cable and set that as your output device in audition, then set that up as your microphone source in OBS.

    also, i HIGHLY recommend getting a mic arm. the one i use cost me $20 on amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Suspension-Scissor-Built--Female/dp/B00AK7SKL4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449483500&sr=8-1&keywords=neewer+broadcast+arm), and came with a shock mount. i also don't recommend pop filters unless they're attached to the shock mount out of personal preference, as i've found clamping shock mounts to be super clunky and in the way, especially for streaming. i prefer to use a windscreen (although get one bigger than the one i have. it doesn't cover the entire mic, and more importantly, the actual part you speak into. i just keep it there until i get a bigger one.).

    and the advice about keeping the microphone close to you is very sound. 6 inches, no more than a foot.

    any questions, feel free to ask.
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/ImpoverishedYorick · 1 pointr/buildapc

Scissor arm mic stands can make a huge difference if you have limited desk space. Great for cord-management too. Don't need a mic right now? Just shove the whole thing out of the way.

I'm sure the mic will be fine for most use. Without a digital audio interface, you'll be limited to microphones that are direct USB devices. While they do record sound, you're never really going to get that "radio voice" that you might be seeking. Next step up would be to get an interface and step up to an XLR vocal mic. Shure makes some damn good voiceover mics, but they'll set you back a couple hundred. The difference is night and day, though.

Those headphones are fantastic for listening, but maybe not the best for editing. I'd go for something with a much flatter response that isn't open-ear. I've been using a basic pair of SONY 7506s and I've not had too much of a problem with them. The ears could use a bit more padding, but the sound is good enough to do what I want out of them. Ideally, one should use a decent set of studio monitors for proper editing, but... yeah that's a major investment. For basic voiceover stuff it's not going to be super necessary.

u/Sharpxe · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I actually think it would fit if you unscrewed it from the stand. The scissor mount end is a screw end that can fit a shock mount or a normal mic holder.

I use a Shure SM 57 lo but a lot of people use the Blue Yeti.


u/TrueButAlt · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I have no idea if this is the right place to ask, so I waited until this thread to ask it, It's a silly question but if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. We will be attending a convention coming up and may need to take some relatively quick camera interviews, for a camera we use a phone to shoot in 4K which is more than capable for these interviews, however the audio is quite bad and loud in the environment. My question is: Could we use this Microphone http://amzn.com/B0002KZAKS connected to this http://amzn.com/B00FC4YR58 (Going into a Mono to Stereo converter) and record interviews directly to the phone this way? In theory it seems it would work, but I honestly am not sure which is why I am here. These interviews really aren't important enough to go the extra mile and use something like a Zoom H4N. Any help would be greatly appreciated, even though I know this is a bad question. Thank you.

u/distortednet · 1 pointr/Twitch

did a bit of research, this stand according to the Q&A section for it is compatible with the blue yeti. its the same stand I use for my AT2020 and works great. It's very basic (ie: no 360 degree movement) but still has alot of options for movement/placement. been pretty happy with it, and I am not sure you can get any cheaper to be honest :D

u/TheRealJake9041 · 1 pointr/Twitch

I've noticed that just having a cheap microphone stand for your mic does wonders for background noise.

u/Mr_Paquette · 1 pointr/letsplay

i don't use a shock mount at the moment but This! is the mic stand that i use, its simple and light weight and its really really cheap. I am going to upgrade to a better stand and also invest in a shock mount when i get my own place and have more room to expand my setup.

Edit: i should say that this is the second stand that i have had to order, but the first one lasted me a little over a year and it was the same model.

u/frozenfoxy · 1 pointr/letsplay

I agree with /u/bluesmcgroove that the Blue Radius is a good one, but you can certainly go with non-Blue stands as well. I personally use this stand as it works well for me -> http://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58/

Pretty inexpensive and you can clip whatever filter you use to it easily. Of course, this is if you have a spot to set it next to you to swivel the arm in front of you. There were some other people who recommended one that clamps onto your desk in the past, but I can't say I have experience with those ones.

u/Kroteux · 1 pointr/letsplay

If you have room on the floor, you can get a mic stand. By having it on the floor instead of your desk, the mic won't pick up vibrations from your keyboard or mouse.

u/JapanCode · 1 pointr/letsplay

Wait how does it only work with their branded mounts? My friend told me that this stand works with it because, well, he uses it. Or am I misunderstanding what you mean?

And I'm not trying to say the yeti is better or anything, just trying to understand that part. That samson mic is very good too!

u/Redditor965 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/Hantoki · 1 pointr/letsplay

This is the boom arm I use with my Audio-Technica at2020.


I skimmed through the reviews for you and landed on this review that says it works with his Blue Snowball.


I also wanted to note that while the arm itself is sturdy, the thing is a tripod. So if you have it extended too far and the arm is between 2 legs, the stand will want to tip over. I just put some weights on the legs and it's perfect.

u/JunkFriend2 · 1 pointr/microphones

Im currently using the Podcaster, so this is a pretty bias'd opinion.

If your desk have space for it, a boom arm like the RØDE PSA1 (UK Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/RØDE-Swivel-Mount-Studio-Microphone/dp/B001D7UYBO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474200451&sr=8-1&keywords=psa1) compliments the Podcaster really well.

If not, then a simple tripod mount (American Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701B-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58) would prob. also do the trick.

TL;DR A boom arm is really great for the PODCASTER, because, since it is a dynamic mic, you need it to be about a fists length away from your mouth, (at least from my experience.) and a boom arm gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of positioning the mic.

Oh yeah, use this part of the offical RØDE website to check where you can buy their microphones, and microphone stands(If you didn't know already): http://www.rode.com/wheretobuy

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/StJason · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers


u/LtCuppycake · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use this with a shock mount and it works perfectly.

u/DarklordAsmodeus · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use this to mount my webcam at times.

On Stage Stands MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000978D58

On Stage CM01 Video Camera/Digital Recorder Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GWCC4I

u/TheDopplerIsDown · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This a fine stand? http://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382179568&sr=8-1&keywords=mic+stand

or this? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002MJTZ8/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I found a bundle on amazon that comes with a pop filter and an XLR cable too. And I'm a pretty fair producer I'm sure I could get a good sound going. Thanks for the help man :D

u/Lamb3ntProductions · 1 pointr/letsplay

You can get this, http://www.amazon.com/Stage-Stands-MS7701-Tripod-Microphone/dp/B000978D58/ref=pd_bxgy_MI_img_z

It's pretty cheap and makes the microphone sit out of your field of vision, it's what I use and I don't have the problems that I used to have.

u/HyruleK1ng · 1 pointr/letsplay

I recently grabbed this one... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000978D58/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Not sure if it gets as low as you may want it but it it holds my snowball nicely and easily sits next to my desk or the middle of a room for recording groups.

u/Mumbolian · 1 pointr/letsplay

I use this stand and this pop filter

u/thisisnotarealperson · 1 pointr/acting

Here are links to the stuff I got; you don't have to get exactly these things of course, and I'm pretty sure the mic and recorder were cheaper when I got them.

Mic: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQ79W0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Recorder: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NACC6M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

XLR cable to connect the two: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002GML68?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Mic stand to act as boom: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000978D58?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

The recorder writes to an SD card. I learned the hard way that you want to get one of the fast high-performance cards rather than the standard cheap thing that comes with the device. Otherwise the data comes in faster than the card can record and it just stops halfway through. When you're a one-man crew like me and you can't sit there and watch the recorder to make sure everything's going fine, it really sucks to cut and then see the audio stopped two minutes ago. Same goes for the camera, get a high-performance card.

The main drawback to using the mic stand instead of having someone hold the boom is that you can't really move in the scene. Otherwise you hear the actor's voice get louder as they approach the mic. A lav mic would solve that problem; I've never used them so I have no experience there at all.

Oh, and I have a T3i as well, I've been really happy with it. Here's an episode of my webseries I shot with all this stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By5LflOE1gI

u/Helix101_Gaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

I don't use that mic, but I do use a floor stand and I absolutely love it from reducing desk noises. Works like a charm. Amazon sells several kinds just make sure it can work with yours. The one I snagged was on sale for 19$ and has enough customization to place it in different angles and heights to match your needs.


u/thisguythatgame · 1 pointr/deadbydaylight

If you're referring to the mic stand it is this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000978D58/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Although it is a bit wobbly after nearly 4 years of use.

u/nervez · 1 pointr/hookah

I recommend a mic stand. I use this: http://amzn.com/B000978D58

Should fit most hoses. I use a NuHose with it and it's a little loose, but if you fasten it in with a rubber band or a little bit of tape, it works great.

u/jedinatt · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

This is recommended on noaudiophiles site: https://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE

Honestly though, volume +/- buttons on a keyboard will work in a pinch.

u/Bishoop47 · 1 pointr/microphones

Okay, I just looked up SLX4 and we're not paying anywhere NEAR that price.
You basically need an adapter from the Mic connection (XLR) to USB, I think you can get adapter cables for this seeing as Dynamic Mics don't need something called Phantom power, but what I did was buy something called an Audio Interface.

An Audio Interface is basically the Soundcard you're computer comes with to control sound going in and out, but wired up by USB on the outside, with the XLR port(s) you need, plus mic volume and speaker volume dials (sometimes headphone volume too) and often little tweaks to make sound nicer in general.

Seeing as you don't need Phantom Power you can probably buy the cheap ones and be completely fine with it http://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1465059155&sr=8-3&keywords=audio+interface+xlr

u/thoughtprovoka · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I went the super cheap route and went with a Lexicon Alpha. I use it perfectly with my SP-303 and SP-404. http://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-Alpha-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE

u/Rick-Ross-Grunt · 1 pointr/edmproduction

Hey thanks a bunch, and would this work for now as opposed to the pre sonus audio box?
but again, thanks so much for the advice there :)

u/dorekk · 1 pointr/headphones

Yeah, run them with a balanced audio interface. You can get one for as cheap as $50: http://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE

u/m00n3r · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I've been very happy with my Lexicon Alpha for the price.

u/zero_volts · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Hey, I am also using a set of the MK1 version of the LSR305 with a PC. I think everyone is spot-on about the ground loop isolator. If you are looking for a cheap fix, try that first.

Beyond that, like many have suggested - the on-board audio from a PC can be noisy. An external DAC is also a good suggestion, but also a more complicated one, in terms of what all you will need to buy. If you wish to go this route, I will make a recommendation that I can confirm works very well (noise-free, even at high volume) with the LSR305's:

  1. Lexicon Alpha - Currently $59 (regularly $49, track price on camelcamelcamel.com if you want to wait.) Yes, technically is a DAC, but is considered a USB recording interface. Think of it as a USB sound card. It is designed to be used with powered studio monitors like the LSR305's - and will take advantage of their balanced audio input capability to cancel out noise. Bonus capability - a physical volume knob (no reaching behind the JBL's, or trying to get to PC soft mixer while in a game, etc), and adds an aux input - you could connect your phone and mix phone+PC audio at the same time.

  2. 1/4" TRS balance audio cable - get 2, one for each speaker, in the length you prefer. See the 3 contacts (between the 2 black rings)? Each speaker will get a balanced signal from the Lexicon Alpha - a positive audio signal, negative audio signal, and ground. The negative+positive balanced signal cancels out noise.

    Either way don't stress over it - the LSR305's are a great choice.
u/codemunkeh · 1 pointr/livesound

This is as good a solution as any. Most of the very cheap USB interfaces are probably the same re-branded microchips anyway.

I was going to suggest a Lexicon Alpha ($60), which has a mic plug, a headphone plug, and line outputs that could go to the TV. The mic goes straight in, but would limit you to mono game audio (2 channels: 1 is used for the mic). You can then sell/ditch the mixer entirely, maybe getting back some of the cost.

u/Exozalen · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Is this the correct item for the Lexicon Alpha? https://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-2-Channel-Desktop-Recording-Studio/dp/B000HVXMNE
This for the cables? https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CPP-202-Stereo-Interconnect-Cable/dp/B000068O1B

I'll expand my budget to include two new monitors for $283 plus $47 for the Lexicon and approx $7 for the cables. Does this look good?

u/leveebreaks · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I know I'm a bit late to this topic, but I recently faced this exact issue. I was using a Lexicon Alpha as the DAC, but had decided that I wanted to swap for a higher quality DAC and headphone amp when I found a pair of Sennheiser HD700s on sale for an unreasonably low price. After a ton of research and some listening comparisons, I settled on the cliché Schiit Stack (Magni 2U / Modi 2U), using the Magni as a pre-amp for the JBLs when the headphones weren't plugged in.

I originally had the Lexicon run with balanced TRS cables, and didn't experience any hiss, but switching to the Modi 2U DAC introduced a horrible coil whine whenever my graphics cards were under load. I switched which USB bus I was using, tried a USB decrapifier (not the Schiit one, just a cheap Amazon substitute that I don't have anymore), and even tried placement changes. In the end, I swapped from USB to optical input on the Modi and solved the issue that way.

I suppose my point is, a DAC alone may not solve the problem, even a decent quality one. Make sure to buy from a place with a decent return policy and try what works best for your setup.

u/GroovinChip · 1 pointr/Guitar

Yay on the mic, nay on the interface. I suggest the Lexicon Alpha. It includes Cubase LE. It got me started years ago :)

u/zim2411 · 1 pointr/audiophile

>Cheapest ones I know of are $200+.

+/u/BennyKB -- Lexicon Alpha is $50.

u/fluffy_ninja · 1 pointr/audiophile
u/My_Free_Toes · 1 pointr/Guitar

If you're into sort of low budget for a decent sound, I'd recommend a Lexicon Alpha Audio Interface.. Cheap, easy and gets the job done, because the USB to 1/4's don't really work well. They're very delayed.. This a USB device that takes XLR or 1/4 inch(to mic an amp or plug straight in). I recorded this plugged straight in. It has a few slight cut outs here and there but that's because mine has been banged around a bit.. I use mine for primarily Garageband, but another upside is that you can use it for Skype and other things like that.

u/aldaraia · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

GLS ES57 and a Lexicon Alpha. Just about $100, gets you an extraordinarily cheap mic that sounds just like its Shure counterpart (for serious) and a decent interface to use with it.

u/awesomeisluke · 1 pointr/edmproduction

Behringer UFO202 is only $40 but honestly it's a piece of junk.

302USB for $50 might be a little better. Never used it so I couldn't tell you.

This Lexicon Alpha unit for $60 looks decent for the price. Has balanced TRS outputs as well as a couple of inputs. Again, never used it so not sure how good it is.

Here's the thing, you bought a great pair of studio monitors, but any of these three options will likely output less than the potential quality of those Rokits. I really recommend spending the extra money on something comparable to the Audiobox I mentioned in my first comment to get the most out of your investment. If not, that third link would be my next choice. TRS will provide better quality than an RCA connection, hands down.

To find more options, just look up "audio interface." Add "usb", "firewire" etc to get more specific results based on your setup.

u/fritobugger · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

That is only a DAC. You want something that is both a DAC and a pre-amp with a physical volume knob. Something like this


u/skytbest · 1 pointr/Guitar

So something like this maybe?


Edit: Sorry, missed your recommendation of the scarlett...

u/john1475 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Studio monitor speakers don't usually have selectable inputs because it's assumed a mixing console is in the studio. If your current interface has only one input, you might consider replacing it. Something like this Lexicon Alpha. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000HVXMNE/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488252399&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=lexicon+alpha

u/That_Sudden_Feeling · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

If I were to use [this] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HVXMNE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=AV80KMVI6ZWQL&psc=1) amp, with the JBL's, would that suffice? Also will those speakers put out enough bass to fill the room well, or should I look into a subwoofer?

u/KeyboardKonan · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You'll need two things to get going.

  1. A TS-Audio Cable
  2. An audio interface

    (Above links are just examples)

    Now, I do see that your YDP-142 has only Headphone out ports. I can't find a general consensus on whether these also double as Line-Out plugs, but it doesn't hurt to try.

    The worst thing that can happen is that it is too soft. Headphone out can be too low to be well recorded sometimes. At that point, you may need to buy a Headphone Amplifier as well to boost the signal. BUT! The Audio Interface, more than likely, should be able to boost it up to a level that a computer can record.

    For iPad, get Garageband. It's simple and easy to use and does everything you could want for standard piano recordings.

    Hope this helps, if anyone else knows if a headphone -> AI works well, feel free to pitch in.

    EDIT: PS - please note that this solution will produce a Mono output (because of the TS cable). If you'd like a stereo recording, some experimentation will be needed with a TSR cable instead.
u/Hk0203 · 1 pointr/sonos

Sorry links didn't attach for some reason.

Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_vx3GybVQ11VHY

Current Home Theater:

u/paulmarchant · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

Normally one would use the volume control on the AV amp if you're cascading bits of equipment this way, but it doesn't really matter.

As for multi-channel:

The latter generation of DVD players, and (I think) all Blu-Ray players use a single connection for their audio output - either an optical fibre (called Toslink) or a single RCA cable which carries the multi-channel audio as a digital data stream. Some PC sound cards also support this.

The multi-channel aspect is typically front left, front right, centre, rear left and rear right channels (and sometimes rear centre and upper rear left and right on real high-end stuff - I think it's DTS EX).

It's really intended mostly for the home-cinema application, but I think some computer games / consoles also support multi-channel (computer games aren't my thing).

If you want multiple sources at the same time, you're going to need a little sound mixer (and a bunch more cabling).

Something like this:


You'd plug your computer games unit / PC into one input, and the Beomaster 5500 into another input, and the output from the mixer goes off to the input on the AV amp. I'd imagine smaller and cheaper mixers are available (bigger ones certainly are - I look after two of these at work : http://sportsvideo.org/main/files/2011/08/IMG_0221.sized_.jpg)

One of my former tennants used a similar mini mixer to do exactly what you describe, and seemed to get on just fine with it.

u/plig606 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm interested in a signal mixer like this 4 line device (Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_tZpJAb72CDFV9) but am horrified of the likely impact to the sound quality. This wouldn't be on my main setup, but still would prefer not to totally mess up the sound quality of the system just for convenience sake.

And that is the reason I'm considering it, the idea is to simplify the steps required to set up and begin listening to music, so the wife doesn't need to fiddle with setting the correct input to put some music on (it's not that she's incapable, it's more like if it's just a bit easier to "just play" she'll happily use it more often which is a win for both of us)

I know the device will affect gain, but how? I'm guessing it won't be a nice flat attenuation, but will it vary depending on whatever's connected?

TLDR; does a signal combiner like the one linked above a really bad idea and if so, is there a higher quality alternative?

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/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/OldSkooRebel · 1 pointr/audiophile

What would be the advantage of buying the Schlit sys or TCC TC-754 over something cheaper like this?

Second option seems pretty pricey, but thanks for the suggestions.

u/LostVector · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch

It can get kind of complicated, especially if you want native voice chat on multiple platforms.

But basically the idea is you just buy something like the Astro A50's, connect those to your PC via USB, and then run all your console audio in stereo to a mixer like this:


and then you pipe the output of that to your Astro A50 aux input.

u/ThatoneguyTonight · 1 pointr/battlestations

Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_c5OxDb2E0WQ2Y

Yea to change the inputs you do it on the monitors. Trying to find a simpler way but it isn't the worst. It's the main reason there is a gap between the monitors so I can get my chubby fingers in there to change inputs.

u/bankaboard · 1 pointr/audio

3.5mm to 1/4 adapters. If they are stereo to mono, that's not the right way to combine L/R and it will do some weird things to your sound quality. If they are stereo to stereo, there's no telling what the mixer is doing internally with the unused right channel. It could be grounded, floating or tied to the left. Each scenario will cause different problems.

You should be using something like this:


BTW, You mentioned you have a record player. It should have a preamp built-in or you should be using a separate preamp with it.

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/yatrickmith · 1 pointr/vinyl

Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_mlPAybZN4WVXZ

Would this work?

u/Freezerburn · 1 pointr/audio
u/JiNCMG · 1 pointr/pcparts

Nope that was not it (Already have a 4 line switcher) but that page led to this recommendation:

u/bryson430 · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

Ok, I found a better pic of the back panel of a 102 Controller. It has two input channels (left and right, usually) for audio and a third input channel for "voice" in mono. It's really designed to be the controller that EQs your input for the speakers, not as a mixer or switcher for multiple sources. You should really add some kind of mixer or switcher between this and your sources to do it properly.

I wouldn't try wiring your aux input to the vacant "Voice" input as it looks like it does some "clever" EQ to optimize for speech, and will make your input sound terrible. (As well as only being half of the signal.)

In short, add a mixer of some kind. (How about this: https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40. Twice as big as you need but hey, it's $50.)

This device is there to protect your speakers and make them pretend not to be tiny Bose POS speakers. It's not the right way to get the signal in there.

EDIT: Unless, of course, the Aux cable is to REPLACE the existing input.... ?

u/crapinet · 1 pointr/audio

Very cool. I wasn't 100% sure those existed until I looked. Something like this will only work with powered studio monitors (not passive ones, those would require a separate amp).

This is a much nicer suggestion than that other one I looked up - both of these were just quick Google searches, not well researched on my part. https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1539275837&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=stereo+mixer&dpPl=1&dpID=517QoJlNM0L&ref=plSrch

And the cheapest mixer you could go with


Although, honestly, I'm not sure I'd get a behringer for something that I would trust to be on all the time. Their build quality isn't great (they're the cheapest for a reason). If it were me, I would get that $50 rolls above. It's simple, unpowered, and will probably be reliable for decades and the extra inputs and volume attenuation would make it far more usable. Just my 2 cents!

u/Jaxcie · 1 pointr/audioengineering

From your description you want something like this.

But to be real the microphone only catches sound from 20 Hz to 20kHz, so any standard mixer should do. Using any standard audio format will remove all sound above 22050 Hz as cannot be heard by a human ear, the same goes for very low frequencies.

u/yobilltechno · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This could work for you. Depends on how the audio out works on your TV.

u/kungapa · 1 pointr/audiophile

> Yes, it is mad that there aren't more passive pre-amps on the market.

I'm not sure if you are pulling my leg - but I imagine there are plenty, no? :)

> Could look for one second hand or find an integrated amp (a.k.a. "stereo receiver") with pre-amp outputs?

That's a good idea, thanks! I imagine that if it has RCA out, that implies they are "pre-amp outputs", no?

> Yes but it doesn't have volume control and that is quite important (otherwise you will have to adjust the volume on both speakers when listening to vinyl.

Good point - thanks.

I've been digging around a bit more - and found some things that could work, but not sure about quality:

This would contain all that I need: bluetooth, 3.5 in, 2XRCA:

Or this: https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40

I was also thinking of a Marantz R7 kit - fun to solder it together myself.

u/sanityvampire · 1 pointr/24hoursupport

I think you'll need to use a mixer. They make tiny ones that are pretty much perfect for your use case.

This one is only 50 bucks on Amazon.

u/shitboots · 1 pointr/audiophile

Currently have a setup with Klipsch RB-51 IIs, but my roommate's taking them when he moves out. How would the JBL 305P MkIIs compare?

For usage, I'd like to have the speakers output my television's audio, and also connect to my chromecast audio. Would a Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer suffice for this? Is there any quality drop by relaying the signal through a mixer? Trying to avoid purchasing a receiver for this simple task.

u/super_not_clever · 1 pointr/audio

So something like this?

Or this, with the appropriate RCA to 1/8" adapters?

Note: I've never used or heard of the first link, but trust the manufacturer of the second link.

Or if you're willing to push a button to switch between the two... Again, I've not used this product:

Edit: also this little guy from Rolls


u/wdouglass · 1 pointr/hometheater

you'd need a mixer (or a switch)

something like this might work:

u/fantompwer · 1 pointr/audio

Here is what you want

u/krilu · 1 pointr/audio

Then mostly you're gonna be doing a home audio entertainment setup, which IDEALLY, you would want a receiver. But good ones can be expensive.

Actually I would recommend a really simple device for this and just get this


u/Jakomako · 1 pointr/buildapc

You're looking for two dacs and a mixer essentially. I really don't think you'll find anything that does that in a single package. Even if you get three parts, It's not too expensive. Here's what you'd need.

2x https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AWBA8U8/

1x https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40

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/3meta5u · 1 pointr/Chromecast

This is the right answer.

If you want something more complicated then buy a passive audio mixer like this https://www.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40

u/murderfacejr · 1 pointr/audio

I don't have a perfect solution for you. Your best bet would most likely be to convert the console optical to analog (rca or 3.5) and use a regular mixer. I also couldn't find a mixer with optical out, so you would then have to convert back to optical, which is kind of lame (unless your transmitter has a 3.5 input).

If you wanted to go this route here is a cheap optical/rca and here is a "cheap" mixer

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/ThePrimeCo · 1 pointr/PS4

I use a stereo mixer to connect my PC along with my consoles to my headphone amp/DAC.

There are lots of ways to connect everything, but this is how I do it:

  • 3.5mm headphone jack to RCA connects my PC to the mixer.
  • An HDMI audio extractor is used to connect my PS4 (and other HDMI consoles using an HDMI switch) to the mixer.
  • I use an RCA switch to connect multiple older consoles to another input on the mixer.
  • I then use an RCA to SPDIF/Optical adapter to connect the output of the mixer to my headphone amp.

    It's a lot of wires, and a lot of parts, but it allows me to hear what I want to hear, and at the volume I want.
u/blindluke · 1 pointr/piano

An adapter or splitter will not suffice. You have two sources of audio and you want to mix them into one audio stream that will flow into your speakers. You need a mixer, like this one.

u/csmock · 1 pointr/Zeos

Settled on a mini mixer. Thank you for the advice.

u/wygibmer · 1 pointr/audiophile

I have a question about volume reduction using a simple splitter like this vs a passive mixer like this. The splitter caused an unworkable drop in volume for me--is there reason to expect the passive mixer would be significantly better in this regard? I'm trying to run two phono sources into one preamp. I don't care if I can listen to them simultaneously, or adjust the levels of each separately, so alternative suggestions are welcome.

u/tehkhop · 1 pointr/techsupport

The problem with a Y cable, is not just limited to ground issues, the two source might try to drive each other, depending on the resistance and volume.

You'd be best off with a small stereo mixer, such as this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00102ZN40/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1469980064&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40

It does cost a bit, but in my opinion its worth it compared to a Y cable solution.

u/Shirkaday · 1 pointr/SoundSystem

You could do it with simple RCA Y-splits.

If you want separate level control without having to go to the speakers to turn up or down, you might be able to use this:


and run it backwards. I.e., input going into the holes labled "output" and then the signal is split across the 4 stereo "inputs" which are now your outputs. You might have a little signal loss doing that, but it's also totally passive - one less thing to have to plug in.

You could also do it with a little headphone mixer like this guy:


with some 1/4" stereo -> RCA cables.

u/FilthMonkey · 1 pointr/buildapc

Nobody uses internal sound cards for actual audio work. You want an interface, either usb or firewire. Which one you buy is somewhat dependent on what needs to be hooked up. XLR mics? Midi devices? On the low end, you have stuff like this. If you get spendy, you can be buying things like this.

u/my_personal_army · 1 pointr/makinghiphop
u/redditisfun_ · 1 pointr/drums

I'm not sure exactly what equipment he has. We're in a band so I was hoping I could utilize the equipment he has and whatever I may purchase to give us a small simple recording set up. I've seen videos on YouTube where bands have recorded rough demos with only one or two mics.

A cheaper alternative that I found to the one AI you posted is this. At the moment it is almost half price and comes with it's own free software.

edit: the link I posted is Amazon UK so I'm not sure if the same offer is on for you in the US?

u/Fsjal · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You see, this pisses me off a lot: Prices in my country; amazon.

I'm fairly new to recording.. it isn't worth connecting my guitar directly to my pc, right?

u/gotbannedtoomuch · 1 pointr/pcgaming

get one of these and plug a mic and headphones in it.


u/grevenilvec75 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Most of the USB interfaces i've seen are pretty much made to connect your mic to the PC. I don't think I've ever seen one that also had a DAC builtin to take audio out of your PC and send it to speakers.

So you're probably going to need two separate devices.

Have you tried just connecting your speakers to your PCs audio outputs? You might find that it sounds good enough and that you don't need a separate DAC. The speakers appear to be powered, so you won't need an amp.

As for the mic, I use a Shure X2U. Mine is a dynamic mic, not a condenser, but the X2U supplies phantom power so it should work. It's pretty compact and it has a headphone port so that you can monitor the mic. It also acts as a usb soundcard so that in a pinch you can use it to get sound out of your computer.

If you want something a little bigger PreSonus makes one, but it doesn't seem all that special for the price. The brands I'd probably look for would be Behringer (cheapest, most likely) Focusrite, or M-Audio. They will all be pretty much the same.