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Offline anish

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USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:32:07 am »
USB microphone or connecting microphone to audio interface, which method is better.
Purpose: Home recordining

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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 12:16:45 pm »
Neither is inherently "better". It depends on your circumstance and the specific equipment you use.

USB Mic's are easier and cheaper in many setups.

Connecting a mic via an audio interface gives you more flexibility, for instance, if you want to do multi-track recording:

1. The audio interface can typically be used as an instrument input as well as for the mic
2. With a standard analogue mix you can connect via an external mixer or PA if you ever need to (for instance, some podcasters/live broadcasters use an external mixer to create a "mix-minus"; this cannot be done with a USB mic)
3. If you ever want to do multi-track recording where you are recording more than one track at the same time, USB mics really aren't a good option for this. You really need a multi-input audio interface.

But for simple home recording/podcasting purposes, decent quality USB mics are perfectly fine.

Specifically, what are you aiming to record? If you are trying to record electric guitar, then there may be better options.

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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 07:25:35 pm »
Iam planning to record acoustic guitar solo fingerpicking without any vocals.

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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 10:50:00 pm »
Then a USB microphone will be fine.

A cardioid pattern condenser mic would probably be the best type. The Audio Technica AT2020 was well regard for this, and they did a USB version. It's now discontinued, but you may still be able to pick it up on Amazon or eBay.

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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 12:21:10 am »
I was in the same position about 7-8 years ago and went the interface route for expandability. At this point I'm on my fourth audio interface and own a few mics.

If your acoustic guitar has a pickup, it could be nice blending the pickup sound with the sound of a microphone. You can only do that with an audio interface since it requires at least two inputs.
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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 05:30:34 am »
My guitar (Yamaha FG 800) does't have any pickup. My intention is to record Fingerpicking without vocals and put it on soundcloud, youtube or some similar sites.

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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2017, 08:46:26 am »
Hi Anish

If you want the best quality of recording acoustic guitar solo, then you will need a matched pair of mics set up in an X-Y pattern. Condensers will probably be best for this but they tend to be expensive.

If you want a really great general purpose set up then you might like to try the Line 6 Sonic Port VX (http://amzn.to/2vlIvio). This is a USB mic which also has a lightning i/f if you are an iPad/iPhone user. But it also has a pair of condenser mics, a single dynamic mic as well as a guitar interface (should you ever get a guitar with a pickup) and an aux in if you want to add drums or keys.
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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 04:34:42 pm »
If you want the best quality of recording acoustic guitar solo, then you will need a matched pair of mics set up in an X-Y pattern. Condensers will probably be best for this but they tend to be expensive.
I disagree. Although I currently have two sets of the same mics, none are matched.

Having said that, you can get great results with just a single microphone.

However, you can do some cool pseudo-stereo set-ups with two mics to make it sound larger.
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Re: USB microphone vs Microphone to interface?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2017, 01:59:45 pm »
Personally, I prefer using an interface. I'd get one with at least two inputs, even if you only start with one mic. Later you can add another mic.

 

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