Best stage & sound equipment according to redditors
We found 1,424 Reddit comments discussing the best stage & sound equipment. We ranked the 332 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. Behringer Xenyx 502 Premium 5-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and British EQ
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixerState-of-the-art, phantom powered XENYX Mic Preamp comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsNeo-classic "British" 2-band EQ for warm and musical soundMain mix, stereo CD/tape plus separate headphone outputsCD/tape inputs assignable to headphone out...
2. Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer2 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsNeo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound1 post fader FX send per channel for external FX devices1 stereo aux return for FX applications or as separate ...
3. IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 Monitor Isolation Stands (6.1” x 7.5”) Old Model
NEW VERSION AVAILABLE. Please see IsoAcoustics ISO-155 ModelIsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 stands are ideal for medium nearfield studio monitors -- ADAM A7X, Dynaudio BM6A, Focal Solo6 Be, Genelec 8040A, KRK VXT 6, Yamaha NS-10M, and similarly sized speakersHEIGHT & TILT ADJUSTMENT: Offering 14 variations ...
4. BEHRINGER, 12 XENYX 1202FX, 3-pin XLR, Black
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer4 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsNeo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical soundStudio-grade stereo FX processor with 100 awesome presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shift...
5. YAMAHA MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer With Effects
10 channel mixer with USB and SPX digital effectsFeaturing studio grade discrete class A D PRE amps with inverted Darlington circuit providing fat, natural sounding bass and smooth, soaring highs3 band EQ and high pass filters give you maximum control and eliminate unwanted noise, resulting in a cle...
6. Ultimate Support JS-MS70 JamStands Series Studio Monitor Stands (Pair)
Height-adjustable stand for studio monitors. Locking pin ensures stable and accurate height positions. Levelling floor spikes and rubber feet included. Low-profile base can be easily positioned into tight spacesProduct Name: JS-MS70Part Number: 17441Locking Heights: 32. 25”, 36. 25, 40. 25”, 44....
7. Maker Hart LOOP MIXER - Portable Audio Mixer with 5 Channels, 5 x 1/8" Stereo and 1/4" Mono to Stereo DM2S Adapter
MIXER WITH VERSATILITY - Mix audio/music from computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, Amazon Echo/Dot, mics and instrumentsAMPLIFY SIGNAL - Powered by AC adapter, increase signals from MIC to LINE level to a max gain of 50 dB for each inputSTEREO & MONO - 5 x 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo jacks with...
8. VicTsing USB IN-OUT MIDI Cable Converter PC to Music Keyboard Adapter Cord
Easy to turn your PC into a music studio. Start by connecting an electronic musical instrument to your computer with the provided USB MIDI cable. Within minutes you'll be able to play songs while they are being recorded on your PC. With appropriate software, you can overdub additional instruments, t...
9. Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer,Black
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer4 state-of-the-art Xenyx Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsStudio-grade compressors with super-easy 'one-knob' functionality and control LEDBuilt-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your computer. Free audio reco...
10. Stagg STC3CMXM Male XLR to Male RCA Twin Cable - 10ft.
Black10 FeetROHS compliant
11. Behringer Xenyx 1202 Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps and British Eqs
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer4 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsNeo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound1 post fader FX send per channel for external FX devicesMain mix outputs plus separate control room, phones and...
12. BEHRINGER, 12 Mixer - Powered, Black (Q1202USB)
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer4 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preampsStudio-grade compressors with super-easy “one-knob” functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental soundBuilt-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to ...
13. CBI MLC LowZ XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable, 20 Feet
Microphone cable for studio recording and live soundHigh-quality XLR male and female connectors; 3-pin XLR male to XLR femaleProtective metal housing; flexible PVC jacket with 6.0mm outer diameterAll copper conductors and inner copper spiral shielding; shielded cable reduces interference and excess ...
14. Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Cable Adaptor for smartLav Microphone
ENSURE YOU BUY GENIUNE RØDE PRODUCTS! Products from sellers which say ‘fulfilled by Amazon’ under the price are NOT authorized resellers, and may not be selling genuine product.Buy only from Amazon.com (labelled ‘shipped and sold by Amazon.com’)High-quality shielded adaptorDesigned to allow...
15. Rode SC4 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Microphone Cable Adaptor, 3 Inches
ENSURE YOU BUY GENIUNE RØDE PRODUCTS! Products from sellers which say ‘fulfilled by Amazon’ under the price are NOT authorized resellers, and may not be selling genuine product.Buy only from Amazon.com (labelled ‘shipped and sold by Amazon.com’)High-quality shielded adaptorDesigned to allow...
16. Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Adapter - Microphone Adapter for iPhone and Android Smartphones and Tablets
MUST HAVE ADAPTER: Most microphones don't work out of the box with smartphones and tablets. This adapter solves that problemCOMPATIBILITY: Connect wireless microphones, lavalier microphone, and any other microphone to your iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet1-YEAR WARRANTY: We’ve got your back....
17. USB Guitar Cable, VAlinks USB Interface Male to 6.35mm 1/4" Mono Male Electric Guitar Cable, Computer Audio Connector Cord Adapter for Music Instrument Recording Singing Etc (3m/10ft)
【Plug & Play】 Use VAlinks USB Guitar Cable, plug the 1/4" TS plug into the guitar you love, plug the usb interface into your computer, your computer will be converted to guitar amplifier and recording system without the need for any other hardware and driver, plug and play.【Great Compatibility...
18. Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer / 1 Microphone
Multi-purpose 3-channel mixer and high resolution (24-bit 192 kHz) 2-track audio recording /playback computer interface (MAC or PC).Flexible LOOPBACK feature - perfect for live recording or webcasting.Easy control and pro sound with 1-TOUCH COMP/EQ, EFFECT and AMP SIM processing.iPad (2 or later) co...
19. Native Instruments Traktor 8-Inch DJ Cable for iPad/iPhone
Designed by NI for perfect integration with TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2Allows separate headphone cue and master outputSilver plated, oxygen-free copper cable for maximum audio clarityGold plated terminals for optimum connectivityWorks also with other iOS DJ software
20. Party Lights,Supertech Muliti Color Changes Sound Actived Auto RGB Mini Rotating Magic Disco Ball Strobe Stage Lights For DJ Dancing Show Concert Xmas Halloween
Muliti Color Changes :48PCS RGB(16PCS Red 16PCS Green 16PCS Blue,offer red&green mixed color, red&blue mixed color,green&blue mixed color,red, blue and green mixed color seven color change) Sunflower Leds in the bottom. 3PCS RGB (1PCS Red 1PCS Green 1 PCS Blue, offer red&green mixed color, red&blue ...
Just a small suggestion for /u/RegularCars and /u/RegularRoman:
If these ask Mr. Regular videos are going to be a regular thing, get a small cheap mixer and a second mic (or lapel mics)
The noise from passing the mic back and forth was a bit distracting
^^^^Also ^^^^answer ^^^^my ^^^^question ^^^^next ^^^^time ^^^^:)
I teach music production as a side job and from what I have learned, the hardest (in terms of most confusing, not time consuming) yet most important part of getting into music production, is to fully understand the DAW itself.
So don't give up, there are tons of others who have been in your situation.
Personally, I usually approach two things: signal flow and user interface. You'll want to fully understand what gets send where and how to find that place in your software.
You'll want to have a basic understanding of what MIDI data is and what the difference between MIDI, an analog audio signal and a digital audio signal is.
Oversimplifying a little bit MIDI is a data protocol that sends information - usually information like notes being played, at what velocity etc. or controller data (MIDI CC). This data is not to be confused with an audio signal. The Akai keyboard for example uses the MIDI protocol to communicate with Reaper.
Now since MIDI does not contain any audio, but you want to make music, there is something needed to make an audio signal out of the MIDI data you can play on the Akai keyboard. For this, you can use any soft- or hardware synth, sampler etc. These programs/hardware will use the incomming MIDI data to trigger oscillators or play a sample - usually at a certain pitch, depending on the MIDI note's data.
It looks like you already figured some of this out, but didn't quite understand how it worked. Now, the software synthesizers work exactly how you imagined: They are loaded into Reaper as Plugins (usually in VST-format, but can be JS, AU, or other). For this to work, you'll have to tell Reaper where to find them. So I suggest you install them into a common folder and tell Reaper where to find that. (Options->Preferences->Plugins->VST->Add folder via "Open", than "Rescan".)
The octapad can output both, MIDI and audio. Now it really depends on what you want to get from it. Do you want to sounds from the octapad? Or do you just want to use it as a controller to trigger some sampler plugin in Reaper? Depending on that, you'll either need a MIDI to USB interface or a audio to USB interface. There are also interfaces that do both, audio and MIDI. And also interfaces with more fancy features like
Your computer probably even has an audio interface built in without you ever having thought about that. It'll probably not have many features, will not support phantom power, will have not gain adjustment for incoming signals etc, but it could work with your octapad if it has a line-in.
I'm happy to help, but your questions are very vague. Just try to tinker. Experiment, create basic rhythms, work with audio and with MIDI, explore ever feature of Reaper, bit after bit, and you'll soon feel much more comfortable. Getting comfortable is the most important step, since you'll want Reaper to be your laboratory, your tools, an empty canvas. At that point, you'll be able to truly focus on the music. So take your time :)
Oh my god, you're all morons. Go watch the video this image was taken from. The light show is a projected music visualization, from something like Milkdrop. Other than the color scheme, looks NOTHING like the lights in the worldcorp video, which seem to be from a projection device like this.
But yeah, pizzagate confirmed!11! and all that.
Not amazing quality but Behringer can get you started for cheap. This is probably the cheapest way to get started without all crowding around one microphone.
Also consider Cheap RSS and media hosting from Libsyn
and See behringer's whole range of basic mixers. You might also want to check out cheap mic stands. I would also reccomend using a backup recording device connected to your mixer like a Tascam / Zoom / iPhone in case your recording software crashes during the session.
Lasers. Lights. Dancing.
Also!!! Kaleidoscopic glasses and Diffraction glasses!
A small company called Maker Hart sells a small mixer like this. I bought one for my Volcas and Tb03 and its pretty great. https://www.amazon.com/LOOP-MIXER-Portable-Channels-Stereo/dp/B01M68UK38
I can't say for certain what you'll enjoy the most. But here are a few of the things I love doing while tripping. Keep in mind these are taking into account you are tripping indoors. Though I don't think you need any recommendations if you're tripping outside, because duh, nature.
Here we go:
I'll keep adding things as I remember them.
Oh those are cool speaker stands!
Checks on amazon to see that they are $110.
On second thought I really like the foam under mine.
Tascam user here, DR-40 and DR-60D, though I've been wanting to upgrade to the DR-70D. It's like a slightly better 60D.
Anyway, what you'll need is three cables to cover your bases, there's no telling what board the DJ has:
My RCA has only been used a couple of times, but when they were, I was glad they were in my work box/bag. You never know what someone else is bringing, so there are all the ports you'll have to contend with.
Now, the unit itself. You want to use the XLR ports, either 1 or both 1&2 depending on what cables you get and the DJ's output. I wouldn't worry about stereo here, he's likely working in mono, so we'll focus on input 1. I'm using my DR-60D for refference, but Tascam generally uses similar menu systems for all of their devices, so it should be close.
First, go into the [Menu] and select [Rec Mode]. Use the scroll wheel to select and click on [Rec Mode], then scroll to [Dual Mono] and click the wheel. Make sure the source is Ch 1. What Dual Recording does is it records the same file twice, but one has reduced volume. I have mine set to -12dB. This has saved my ass more than once, especially on mics I have set up that I can't access once the ceremony has started.
Back in the [Menu], select [Input Setting], and make sure the settings are up for Ch 1. Set gain to Med. Make sure to get a level test before recording and leaving it be, you may need to switch it to Low.
Next, make sure the input for Ch1 is set to Mic Input. My unit has a switch for this, but yours doesn't seem to, so it's probably in the menu, maybe in [Input Settings]. Mic is for general inputs (like a sound board or a lav mic receiver), Line is for things like amps (I don't use Line much), and Mic+Phantom is for mics that need power, like shotgun mics or voice-over mics.
You should be set to record. MAKE SURE THE RECORD LIGHT IS SOLID. MOST TASCAM MODELS ALLOW FOR PRE-RECORD, WHERE YOU CAN MONITOR AND THE LIGHT BLINKS. IF THE TIMECODE IS NOT MOVING FORWARD AND THE LIGHT ISN'T SOLID, IT ISN'T RECORDING. Next, flip the [Hold] switch on the side so no one accidentally stops the recording (it's the same as a hold switch on an iPod, restricts input). You can still adjust levels while in [Hold] mode, since you have dials, but you won't be able to cut or make adjustments. I find it handy to idiot-proof it, or make sure my hand doesn't slip.
Have fun, and use your H1 as a backup ambient mic. Always have one or two backups. And get a Rode VideoMic pro if you already haven't, saved my ass on more than one wedding.
I'd recommend avoiding the cheap, no-name ones like this. Sometimes they just don't work at all, or sometimes they'll work for certain things (note-on) but not others (SysEx dumps, sequencer data, etc.). I actually had one that I connected to one of my synths, and it sent a bunch of garbled MIDI data that caused me to lose some patches.
If you can afford it, I'd recommend something like the $35 iConnectivity mio. I've had 3 different iConnectivity interfaces, and all have been rock solid and dependable. This doesn't require any drivers, whereas I think the equivalent cables by Yamaha, Roland, M-Audio do.
Yamaha AG03 and PC360 headset.
My Xenyx 302 was replaced with the Yamaha ag03 just recently, so now i can scream like a moron without peaking, it also removes a lot of noise just like the xenyx 302 did.
Pc360 is a excellent headset, light, durable and open aucustics. Its also known as g4me one but its the same headdset.
Running a Corsair RGB Silent keyboard with additional orings, so keyboard is almost never picked up.
Yes, it's called a "mixer" - you can find them for about $50 and up on Amazon, example. You're going to need an assortment of cables/addons:
Note, this assumes that you have regular headphones, not a wireless bluetooth headset paired to the PS3, in which case you're screwed.
Those are ISO Acoustics set on the lowest setting. https://www.amazon.com/IsoAcoustics-ISO-L8R155-Medium-Acoustic-Isolation/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524688566&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=iso+accoustics
Define cheap? For 100 bucks new or 70 used, a Focusrite solo does the job pretty good.
Or for 10 bucks, you can just get a quarter-inch jack to usb cable, which did the trick for me for awhile.
This is what I use and it works. They make a smaller one
You could get yourself a small mixer with a headphone output. http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ for example. Then you send the monitor signal from your front of house mixer to a channel on that instead of to an amp and speaker, and then connect your click to another channel on the mixer. Plug your earbuds into the headphone out and enjoy playing to a click!
For my setup (the live mixed one) I use this.
To record my own voice, I have a microphone set up next to me.
To record my teammates, I split the Xbox Live headset with this.
From the splitter to the audio mixer, I have one of these from an old Turtle Beach headset. I have to use this and select "MUTE" on it to prevent my team from hearing an echo.
Finally, they all plug into the mixer, which then outputs to the PVR.
This is a rather complicated setup and means I have several wires going to my controller. I should also mention that doing this means my own voice comes out of my TV when I'm playing. I avoid this by muting my TV and using a Turtle Beach headset. The audio for that comes from the fiber optic connection in the back and is unaffected by my other modifications.
A simpler way to do it with the mixer would be to skip the splitter part and just have your Xbox voice output set to play through speakers. The voice is a bit lower quality, but it works.
Then finally is the third option. No live mixing, but recording your voice with a computer and mixing it in software later.
If it takes an RCA input you could just get a small mixer and mix the two permanently.
Yes - however there is no need to convert to XLR you just need to convert to TRS.
That input on the front isn't just XLR - it is XLR & TRS combo jack. it's easier to find 3.5mm to TRS cables like this: https://smile.amazon.com/MOTONG-Stereo-Female-Connector-Connectors/dp/B01DYHD2D2/
You just plug one of the two connectors into the Safire 2i2 it goes into the large center hole on that XLR connector.
And that isn't a USB mixer - that is a USB audio interface. This is a USB mixer.
Btw, nice effort on the è but you want the other one: fiancé
It's easy to remember: é the stripe goes on and so does the sound. è the stripe stops and the sound is short
/u/Endodojo - thanks for providing the picture to show exactly what you're looking for - I wish more folks would do that when they ask for gear advice :)
I would avoid 8-bit interchangeable lens cameras for this application. Your organization will want a news-style camcorder with a power zoom for quick re-framing. Depending on your distribution channel, you may also want to shoot to a 10-bit codec for broadcast. All of that said, here's what I recommend:
Here is a "news style" piece shot with the DVX:
Here is the image quality the X70 can produce in a handheld ENG setting:
Hope this is helpful, happy holy-days and good luck finding the right camcorder setup for your needs!
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
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
I have never heard of "cinch cables", and a web search only turns up what are basically zipties, so I don't know what your friend is on about.
Bring an RCA-to-RCA cable, definitely, since you'll most likely be plugging your controller's RCA output into one of the RCA line inputs on the club's DJ mixer. But I'd also bring either an RCA-to-phono cable, or a pair of RCA-to-phono adapters, because sometimes you'll need to plug into a PA style mixer instead, which will use 1/4" phono jacks for its stereo line inputs.
I also carry an RCA-to-XLR cable - I don't need it very often, but it's nice to know that I'll always be able to plug in, no matter what kind of crazy situation I encounter.
You can't turn one down without turning down the rest of the chain. At least, not without some likely menu-diving. You also have to try to manage all that gain-staging, creatively. You might be reducing your dynamic range, compositionally, for the sake of dancing the line between too quiet and clipping. There's just no beating a mixer, when it comes to, well, mixing.
I highly recommend getting a mixer. They have some reasonable portable ones now- the rolls and nady mixers come to mind. More featured ones have recorders built in, which could be helpful. Consider the Zoom R16 for this, as it gets plenty love. 8 inputs at a time. If you don't mind being plugged in, nab yourself a cheap behringer mixer used and keep it pushin. I'll link u in a sec, I'm at work lol.
edit: yeah, highly recommend a mixer, but you'll be find daisy-chaining while you research and save up. just be mindful of your needs and how you'll need to route your audio so you're minimizing compromise.
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.
Have some really comfy pillows & sheets, have a speaker inside the tent with music you both love, and something like this, which is only like $14 and it'll amaze you of what it can do.. :p
Here's one that cheaper, 5 STEREO channels instead of mono, great reviews, and a USB out!
Like a mixer?
You don't need a full blown mixer.
The easy way around this is to plug everything into a small line mixer like this one. Then everyone can happily plug/unplug their gear without interrupting the music. This is assuming there are no spare line inputs on the mixer you're using for the CDJs.
Also the S2 has RCA and TRS (1/4") outputs. No XLR.
Grab this mixer:
And two of these:
Untouched by anything less than twice the price. You will be legendary!!
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&amp;qid=1456871248&amp;sr=8-4&amp;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&amp;qid=1456871363&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=behringer+3+pack) that sound absolutely wonderful and only cost me 70 bucks when I bought them used.
Don't use one mic for a group of people. The quality never comes out great. Here's what I use and it totally fits your budget. [Zoomh4n] (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/H4N?utm_source=CSE&amp;utm_medium=PPC&amp;zmap=H4N&amp;zmac=7&amp;zmas=1&amp;zmam=89202644&amp;SID=0)
Good monitors are huge. Headphone sound is fine, but you want to mix using unbiased reference monitors so you know what things are going to sound like. Then you make sure it sounds good through headphones, in the car, etc. Even something like these will make a huge difference. If you've got some extra coin, go for something better. I found a pair of Mackie HR842 monitors on eBay for $250 (the old ones, not the new mk2 model). They're amazing.
You don't need more inputs than what you're actually using. If you're trying for a cheap home studio, your Apogee will work just fine. Just switch cables/inputs when you're recording something new.
But anyway. Here we go. What I would buy (of note, these are all Amazon affiliate links):
I've been out of the "assorted percussion" game for a while, so you'll have to use your best judgement for that.
All that I've listed is $744 off of Amazon. You can DEFINITELY find cheap used mics and the Bass DI. Look for Gear Talk: Classifieds on Facebook, for example. This is all stuff that you can use today to get your home studio off the ground and functional. You also have $256 to spend on other stuff that you might need (percussion, surdo, etc.)
Logic and Pro Tools are built from the ground up to be recording suites. Ableton, while certainly being a live-sound-first option, works just fine. Nothing wrong with getting your feet wet using Ableton, and switching over to a bigger/better suite later. I recorded my first EP using GarageBand before making the transition myself.
Start with the basics. Start with what you NEED to record, not what you want. While what you already have is basic and not feature packed, it works and will get you in the game. (Related: stay away from plugins until you know how to really mix well with the basic compressor and EQ your recording suite comes with.)
Hope that helps!
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Support-JS-MS70-JamStands-Monitor/dp/B005JTV358/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1483591400&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=studio+monitor+stands Here's the ones.
Get Zeos to review these and we can finally kiss the yoga block meme goodbye.
This looks really nice.
> sees price $155 a pair
Wait this is why we have IsoAcoustics, which actually isolate. And for less.
They're the IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R Medium Stands. I'm sorry for forgetting to add them to the parts list above, I suppose I rushed that portion. :-)
DO NOT get the Yeti. (I have so many firends using the yeti and its sounds like garbage)
My honest recommendation would be to get a USB audio interface (cheap: $100 One I would buy myself: $200 Best money can buy: soem stupid high number like $20,000) and a XLR mic. (these also range from $20 to $2000)
The interface I would recommend: Yamaha MG Series I personally like the MG10XU since it has a built in compressor (and if I remember correctly limiter as well) which is not a normal thing to find at this pricepoint. Barnacules over at Nerdgasm has this exact board too. The great thing about this board, it is something that you wouldn't need to upgrade so all upgrades would be mic based.
If I was to remove the word "USB" from your question then hands down the answer would be the SM7B from Shure, this is a professional mic used in podcasts and radio alike. You can see it being used in:
Joe Rogan podcast
Nintendo Voice Chat
If I looked hard enough I am pretty sure I could find tons more. Now do not get me wrong, this mic is pretty expensive BUT you didnt put a budget down sooooo........ yea. You could get that mentioned interface and a decent like $100 mic (like Shure SM58, literally the most common mic in the world) and be good until you upgrade.
My experience: I am a university trained audio engineer
You can use this adapter to adapt your mic to almost any phone. The free Rode Record app will do a better job than the native phone apps, too. I've recorded some great audio on an old iPhone 5--no sim card or account needed.
I enjoyed it! I had a question though, what mic are you using? I think the audio quality could be GREATLY improved with a condenser mic. Some of the voices sounded tinny and actually kinda hurt my ears because of it. It's not your voice, it's the mic.
A great condenser mic I can wholeheartedly recommend is the Shure SM58 Get that and a mixer, I use the Behringer Q1202USB Mixer. With those you will have FAR superior quality. They're really not that expensive either, I recommend getting the 4 channel mixer in case you ever want to expand with more people. But they do offer cheaper 2 channels. The SM58 mic is amazing quality for the price you pay.
If you fix the audio then I'll listen in every week for sure, also having the good audio will really allow you to compete with bigger podcasters like PFW.
The cheapest mixer I would consider would be a Behringer Q1202USB ($100US). 4 XLR jacks, a USB connection to a computer to record and a couple Aux Sends so you can do a Mix-Minus for Skype guests if you want.
Any XLR mics would work. I usually recommend the Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB ($60US)
or it's nearly identical cousin the Samson Q2U
which is easier to fine outside of the US.
You can go cheeper and look for a deal on some cheap Nady or Behringer mics.
Maybe a 3 pack of these for $40US plus one spare. They don't look like they come with cables and such like the others I mentioned above, though.
Not my favorite but at $10US it's hard to argue with and comes with XLR to 1/4" cables.
Happy Cake Day duder! Here are my suggestions!
M Audio M Track Plus
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;
Just a quick thing to mention, the AT2020 is not a Dynamic microphone as OP requested. The Shure SM58 ($100) would be a great starter, it's a solid microphone and priced well.
I personally use a Rode Procaster ($230) and Yamaha MG10XU ($200) and think the sound is great, though the mixer is almost certainly overkill so it ends up a little out of budget there. The Scarlet 2i2 u/Triksterism mentioned is a very popular and solid choice for the interface.
Edit: Either I'm stupid or reddit's new interface makes it a pain in the butt to create links compared to the old system.
My suggestion is to have two docking stations and then use a usb switch (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BD8I2OY) for your mouse and keyboard.
To be even fancier, you can use Synergy by Symless to share your mouse and keyboard over the network. You could also get this sweet audio mixer to get audio from both computer into a single headset or speakers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M68UK38
This is basically what I do for my work and home computer.
About getting an amplifier:
A power amplifier is basically a device that converts a low power signal to one that is directly fed to the drivers of a loudspeaker, otherwise you wouldn't get any sound ('mic level' and 'line level' signals are too low for loudspeakers)!
Since the B112D is a powered loudspeaker, the amplifier is included in the unit. This means you don't have to go out an buy one separately.
About getting a mixer:
A mixer is a device that takes multiple audio inputs, performs some modifications to the signal (e.g. equaliser, compressor), combines the signals, then spits it out.
You don't really need a mixer if you only have one audio source (sounds like you'll only need one since you're planning to use it for music). Even if you're hoping to mix several sources, the unit itself has individually adjustable gain settings for two discrete inputs. If you need any more than two inputs, the Behringer Xenyx 802 should suffice.
If you're hoping to get a mixer to use multiple speakers, you can simply daisy-chain the speakers together (this means you won't get any stereo separation but 1. it's a pool party, who cares and 2. you probably won't get a stereo signal anyway if you use most mixers). Plug the main input into 'Input 1', then connect your second speaker to the first by connecting an XLR cable to 'Mix Out' on the first speaker, to 'Input 1' on the second.
My advice would be to go out and buy a 3.5mm to XLR male cable, and use that to connect your phone/computer to 'Input 1' on the speaker. If you have a second set, follow the instructions for daisy-chaining above. Do that for however many speakers you have. Good luck!
The JBL LSR305 expects line level inputs via balanced XLR or 1/4" TRS connector.
The SVS SB12-NSD expects line level inputs via stereo RCA connectors, and can pass through line-level and high-pass outputs via stereo RCA connectors.
The AT-LP60 has phono and line outs through stereo RCA connectors.
Your laptop probably has a 1/8" stereo TRS connector.
Working backwards from your JBL, you can use a stereo 1/4" TS to RCA cable to connect the speakers to the line or low-pass RCA outputs on the SVS. Check your JBL manual to ensure that a 1/4" TS cable will not cause issues in its TRS jack. An alternative is to use an RCA to TRS cable.
In order to switch your signal source between your computer and your turntable, you'll need an RCA source selector. You can also use stereo receiver or pre-amplifier with source selection.
In order to get your computer's audio output from its line out to the splitter or receiver, you'll need a 3.5mm to RCA splitter cable. That cable will also work for a Coaxial SPDIF digital signal if you go with a receiver, and both the receiver and computer support Coaxial SPDIF. Your computer and the receiver may also support a SPDIF over TOSLINK, for which you'll need a TOSLINK cable. Note that TOSLINK cables and jacks come in two physically incompatible connectors.
The turntable can plug directly into the source selector.
The above Amazon links are to examples of cables and devices you could use with the relevant connectors. You could spend a lot more or less on each cable or device with different brands, colors, etc.
I have a similar pair. http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Support-JSMS70-Speaker-Stand/dp/B005JTV358
They're decent, will hold any monitor just fine, but adjusting the speaker by spinning the top plate has a tendency to loosen the screws, which is annoying.
You could use bricks and a foam pad. If you want something nicer looking there's IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 for about $109:
I wouldn't put any faith in their magic SQ improvements outside getting the speakers at ear level but for some reasonably cheap (compared to "audiophile" stands) and decent looking stands I don't really think one can do better for the $$:
Is your co-host local? If so
If they aren't local? I know blue makes some higher tier USB mics.
A few things:
There are small mixers that have built in effects. The Behringer Xenyx 1202fx is your budget solution here.
This is all you need.
If you were to use an outboard reverb like a pedal or rack unit, if you're using a mixer that has an Aux bus or FX send, you would not need multiple reverb units. The mixer will combine all the sounds for you and then send those to the pedal through a single cable.
Thanks for this. I just ordered a whole pile of stuff on Amazon with Prime. Came out to be a good bit cheaper than your estimate. I traded down on a couple of things like the vocal mics (Behringers for 1/3 the price) and direct boxes (half the price). The big thing I skimped on to make my budget was the mixer - I got a Behringer 12-channel mixer with great reviews for about $90. Hopefully it will get the job done.
Definitely couldn't have figured out what to buy without you. Hopefully this is everything we need for a great summer and beyond!
I own this mixer and I won't say it's great, but if you need an inexpensive way to unify the audio output of various devices this will do that for sure. I mean obviously there are better mixers out there but to give you a place to start there's one.
You will also want a sequencer of some sort, I don't have any recommendations on hardware for that, I am still figuring that part out, I use Ableton for now.
If you ever want to have callers/skypers/etc. on your show, make sure you get one that you can do a mix-minus with. Basically you'll want a mon-send or an fx-send. Look for at least a 2-bus mixer or you'll be limited to a single mix-minus connection.
I have a Behringer Q802USB - I should have just bought the 802 (not USB) for $15 less. Here's a little secrete I didn't know when I bought it - you can't use the USB bi-directionally. You're EITHER sending audio to the PC or receiving audio from the PC. So it didn't work for my needs to monitoring incoming audio from the PC and send my mic feed at the same time. I ended up buying a UCA202 USB interface and that solved my problem.
You'll hear the Behringer's are noisy. They are. If you drive the gain it gets really hissy. BUT keep the levels down and it works just fine. For under $80 it's really hard to beat.
If you're on a budget, and want to record 3 mic, I would maybe take a look at these:
Alto Professional ZMX122FX
For a really inexpensive 2-bus mixer with a sub-group, maybe the Behringer Eurorack UB1204. You get 2 aux sends + a 3-4 submix. I've not heard anything about these mixers - so I can't tell you if the mic pres are at all acceptable. Anyone will tell you if you're serious to stay away from Behringer.
Are you going to be running your mics through an audio board (I would suggest that) or try to go straight into your computer?
These are the mics I use:
These are doing to be your main components, if the mics are too expensive I can recommend some cheaper ones. Ideally you want to record to hardware (not your computer) then transfer it. I usually also record on my computer as well just to have a backup. I use Audacity to record on my computer
I use this to record to SD cards to put it on the computer.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Really, you dont absolutely need a mixer to run these from a phone, computer, ipad or whatever. Those speakers are self powered and have RCA inputs so you can get one of these cords and hook it right up to the first speaker and then get a couple of these XLR cables and link the next two speakers in a chain from the first.
If you really just want a mixer for more control over the EQs and volume, literally, any mixer will work. You don't need a 12 channel live sound mixer or anything fancy like that. I'd just get a, cheap, two channel DJ mixer. Search amazon and I'm sure you'll find one that looks good for you.
They're Jamstands (now called Ultimate Support). http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Support-JSMS70-Speaker-Stand/dp/B005JTV358.
I love them. They're perfect for these monitors and they are very sturdy on both hard floor and carpet. High quality materials, I would buy again.
Ultimate Support JS-MS70 JamStands Series Studio Monitor Stands (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JTV358/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_WicnybA26P2W1
These stands are what I have my JBL 305s on at the moment. I've had them for almost 2 years, never had any problems. They are just the right size, and pretty sturdy.
You should look in to Isoacoustic Speaker stands
I think they look cool and they'll separate the speaker from the desk top so you don't get any rattle.
They are ~$100 USD on Amazon
Grab a set of these: https://www.amazon.com/IsoAcoustics-1004209-ISO-L8R155-Medium-Pair/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1468513586&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=desktop+speaker+stands
They will prevent any vibrations from your bookshelf speakers from affecting your turntable. Also, you should really move the sub out of the cabinet, for the bass reasons people mentioned, and also for vibrations.
Sorry we are still jerks... We're just looking out for you! You're setup looks very nice...
I wish they were only $50 a pair as well https://www.amazon.com/IsoAcoustics-1004209-ISO-L8R155-Medium-Pair/dp/B008GOP79G
> bass isolation stands
Also very good suggestion here!
Placing an order for these: https://www.amazon.ca/IsoAcoustics-1004209-ISO-L8R155-Medium-Pair/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=ehomrecstu-20&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=as_li_tl&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;linkId=56ba6a5717c024ae9289da94836804a7
i saw a lot of praise for Iso Acoustics stands when i was looking for my stands, however i couldn't get past the negative reviews for build quality (plastic and rubber) and their cost, i'm also not a fan of how they look
I'm using these
they're well built and are rather heavy (cast iron) and have a fat rubber ring at the bottom, and they look good too, well at least in my opinion.
you could also buy stand plates that mount to the rubber feet (you're already using) for extra vibration absorption if you feel its necessary.
here's how they look mounted on my 8330A's
now having said all that i'm not going to recommend one over another since i never tried Iso Acoustics stands, have fun :p
Are these good? I think I've seen them mentioned before:
BTW, do yoga blocks work well to bring it to ear level and then put some rubber on it for cheap budget?
If this is the board you're referring to, it actually is an audio interface.
This will potentially allow for multitrack recording, giving you more control over each person's volume post-recording.
That's the difference between running audio out from a traditional mixer and running audio from an AI.
If you have to run the audio as a traditional mixer, you'll have good control over each person's volume pre-record. But, it'll all go into one mixed track. The biggest drawback here, is that if someone starts talking over someone else, there would be no way to really clean that up if you needed to.
Multitrack recording would allow you to mute somebody or lower there volume if they were talking over another person, or if they were a heavy mouth-breather and you wanted to cut some of that out while other people are talking, etc.
Overall though, I think you have a great setup to start.
What are you using to record? I recommend Audacity. It's free and a good starter software with a lot of features, including multitrack recording, if your equipment is compatible. I know a lot of people go to back for Reaper, which I believe has a fully functional trial version, but costs $60ish I think to purchase.
You might also consider mic stands (either table top booms or arms) so that you don't have to hold the mics in your hand. But, that's up to you. You'll have to be careful about things like dropping the microphone, bumping against something or even how you hold it in front of your face.
As far as headphones, as certifiedrotten pointed out, you'll need a headphone amp. Really, headphones are up to you. They're not vital, but they could be a nice thing to upgrade to later.
I would just suggest doing some trial recordings, get comfortable with your settings and play around with your recording software (AKA DAW) and get a feel for how your voice sounds, where and how to hold the mic, etc.
Good luck with your podcasting!!
Don’t go with usb. You can only use one usb mic per computer so if you are recording 3 people you can only ever use one mic. It’s also never going to give you very good audio of you have people just pile around a mic. You can get 3 cheap dynamic mics, a mixer and 3 XLR cables for around $140 total
Get the cheapest keyboard you can, imo. I think the money would be better spent on monitors (speakers) or headphones, depending on whether you have any already. If you have decent listening devices already, then don't splurge for sure and just use what you have. By decent I basically mean not the earbuds that came with your phone, or speakers that can relatively play everything in the frequency range from ~50 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation.... i.e. FL Studio, LMMS, Ableton, or whatever you choose) is going to be where the real heavy lifting is done. The keyboard will basically be a controller for using the software. You could make the same stuff without it, albeit you would have to draw the notes in.
So, my opinion would be to go as absolutely cheap as possible. I have one of these and I just plug it into my roommate's ~$100 keyboard he got from Costco when I feel like it. Basically, my advice is to get the USB-to-MIDI converter and find a keyboard with MIDI outputs on the back.
You said you play piano? On, like, a real piano? If it is electronic you might just be able to use what you already have. Look on the back and see if it has a MIDI OUT port.
Gotcha. So in order to control the Minitaur, you need to plug a controller into the MIDI IN on it. Once you're controlling it, you just play the keyboard regularly and sound comes out the audio outputs of the Minitaur.
Unfortunately, your Oxygen controller doesn't have a 5-pin MIDI out, so you can't just plug directly into the Minitaur with that, which leads to the first dilemma. You may be able to set it all up this way, Oxygen > Computer > Garageband > Interface > Minitaur I haven't used Garageband much, but there should be a way to configure the MIDI IN to be your Oxygen and the MIDI OUT to be the Minitaur--this would at least make it so that you send a "language" of MIDI phrases from the Oxygen through your computer, to be interpreted by the Minitaur. Between the computer and Minitaur you can use something like this adapter. I've never used one before and most people don't recommend them around here, but they might get the job done inexpensively.Ultimately, your best bet is probably an interface like the Scarlet 2i4. Relatively cheap, dead simple and it would allow you to record another instrument simultaneously to your computer with little-to-no fuss.
Or, if you're like me and hate configuring stuff in a DAW (and especially hate ending up with a ton of latency between what you play and what you hear)...
You could get a controller that has MIDI out (anything with a 5-pin MIDI OUT). Get a MIDI cable.Connect your controller to the Minitaur and have the audio output of that go to your bass amp. Then record your bass amp however you do now (if you do).
Sorry, the solution you're looking for isn't as easy as it should be. More than likely you'll have to purchase something else if you want to record the Minitaur, and probably to even play the Minitaur.
This is a ton of information, so feel free to ask about anything that's not clear.
edit: I dun goofed. The Minitaur has USB MIDI in. The majority of this information is unecessary when you can plug directly into the damn thing. Maybe next time I'll look a bit closer at the input/outputs before going into such detail >.>
1: That's just a controller. It doesn't have sounds of its own. I would suggest considering something that does have sounds of its own (such as a synthesizer, a piano, or something more like a normal student keyboard like this) so that you aren't tethered to a computer+software any time you want to practice. That said, you can still get by with a controller only and your laptop. Whatever you get, you probably do want Midi so you can use it with your software. (Unless it's a real 88-key piano, which is probably the best for learning IMO). For the "portable keyboards" with midi support, like the one I linked, Yamaha and Casio make some pretty good ones. A little pricier than the one you linked, unfortunately. 32 keys might feel a kind of limiting, but maybe not. You can probably find a 61-key one with MIDI on craigslist pretty cheap. (Yamaha PSR series is pretty good, nice sounds)
2: Learning some music theory is definitely a helpful tool, and that generally means studying an instrument. It's pretty much essential for collaborating with other musicians, since you'll need to speak "the language of music." (Keys, chords, etc.) One thing I've always enjoyed for learning is going to guitar chord sites (like ultimate-guitar.com), looking up some songs I know, and playing the chords on piano. If you don't know how to play a chord, look it up. You'll start noticing patterns (how to play a major chord, minor chord, 7th, maj7, etc). That combined with practicing scales can take you pretty far, and give you some tools to explore when writing songs. /r/musictheory seems to be a good community for resources, too.
3: Piano is so fun. I played other instruments before picking up piano, but learning piano has improved my understanding of other instruments (and theory in general) dramatically. So I think you definitely have the right idea looking at keyboard instruments.
4: If you do get a MIDI controller that doesn't have built-in sounds.. I noticed that the one you linked doesn't have any pitch bend or modulation wheel. I'd consider getting one that does. Pretty handy when working with synths (including the ones in your DAW). Another nice thing to have is pads for banging out drum beats. Much more intuitive than using the keyboard. Neither are essential, but they're fun, and something to consider. M-Audio Axiom series is a good one with both of these features. Oxygen series, too.
5: Interestingly, Keystation 49 II is the same price on Amazon as the Keystation MIni 32 you linked. Out of the two, I would definitely go for the 49. More keys, and real pitch bend+modulation wheels. (The pitch bend buttons on the mini look kind of lame IMO.) Unless the more portable size is just super important to you.
6: If the keyboard you get has traditional (round) MIDI I/O ports but no USB port, then you'll need a MIDI interface for your computer. They're cheap, and you don't need anything fancy. Something like this is fine. You can also get an audio interface that has MIDI built-in. If you go with an audio interface, you should do more research, as a good audio interface (unlike an expensive midi adapter) does make a big difference in the sound that gets recorded. But that's probably farther down the line if right now you're just trying to learn and get better at composition. At that point you'll be looking at good monitor speakers and/or monitor headphones, too.
No hard and fast rules, here. Just a few things to consider.
If it's just you and your buddy and you aren't doing any Skype call-ins, and you guys can both be in the same room all you'll need is...
ENTRY/BASIC: https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR2100-USB-Cardioid-Dynamic-Microphone/dp/B004QJOZS4/ - $64.00 American - $128 total.
Intermediate: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/356521-REG/Audio_Technica_AT2020_AT2020_Condenser_Microphone.html - $99.00 American - $200 total.
Two XLR cables: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JNLTTKS/ - $5.99 American - $12.00 total.
One XLR-to-USB setup: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTKI45M/ - $99.00 American
Two Scissor Arms: https://www.amazon.com/Adjustable-Microphone-Suspension-Broadcasting-Voice-Over/dp/B00DY1F2CS/ - $12.99 American - $26.00 total
Two Pop Filters: https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Studio-Microphone-Filter-Shield/dp/B00ACFAULC/ - $6.95 American each - $14.00 total.
A DAW: Audacity - Free - https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
TOTAL BASIC COST: $280-355 American
If you need to do a Skype call Mix-Minus it will cost an extra $20-50 depending on how you would like to do it.
The Rode podcaster is a REALLY great mic. However, it is also a dynamic mic which has a low sensitivity. It is meant to be used a few inches from your mouth and probably would not be very well suited for picking up multiple people.
The best way to mic multiple people on a single recording is to get several XLR dynamic mics and feed them into a mixing board or preamp. The Akai EIE is great for this because you can have multiple audio streams output to your computer. However, a Behringer Xenyx 1202USB or a Tascam 1200 would work well too. Pair that with a few
If you want to do mic multiple people with one mic then you're looking at a condenser mic. For the price of your podcaster($230) I have a few suggestions. I would still look at getting an XLR setup, because they are much better IMO.
Pair one of those mics with the Behringer Zenyz Q802 USB ($80), Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, ($150), Focusrite Scarlett Solo ($100), Presonus AudioBox 2x2 ($100), or Presonus AudioBox iOne ($70). For future-proofing I suggest gettign at least a 2 channel audio interface, in case you want to add more mics later. That's up to you. Make sure you factor in the price of a mic stand.
If you have any questions let me know! You could always go with a USB mic, like the Blue Yeti or the AT2020USB, but I think you'd have more luck with the XLR setup. Up to you.
Here is our usb mixer setup. We run XLR mics (60 bucks for a 3 pack).
Link: BEHRINGER, 12 Mixer - Powered, Black (Q1202USB) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTKI45M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_CMTXDb9TG5MT6
Like I said above, it's usb and we record using Audacity.
Here is an example of us with a blue snowball:
Here is an example with the xlr mic and mixer:
The best thing...we can tune it to a particular vocal range. Don (guy on the left) has deeper tones, while Beau (guy on the right) needed emphasis on the mid range.
We just export to mp3 when we are done recording. It's been a game changer for us.
Exactly what controller is it? We are trying to determine if a splitter cable is even viable.
The easiest way to use a splitter cable is to use your laptop sound card and configure the Left side for Headphone Monitor and the right side for Main output. This reduces you to Mono outputs but can be enough to get you by.
The Traktor DJ cable does just this and is on special.
Here you go. Ice said he got it used for $50 on Craigslist.
Yes it works. The adapter you're referring to is a TRS to TRRS connector. They're the same size, but there's a different number of conductors on it. This adapter allows the TRS microphone to connect to the TRRS plug in your phone. Then you can record audio that way.
Look at the tip.
Compare to something built for a typical computer
The mic you linked to is using a trrs connection (tip, ring, ring, sleeve). That's normally for stereo headphones + a mic. The mic input on your desktop/laptop is probably expecting either ts or trs. You might get it to work by not pushing the connector fully into your computer - but it really depends on how that mic is wired.
You'll likely need an adapter. I have no experience with that adapter - just linking to it based on the name alone.
Based on the cost, it would probably make more sense for you to just buy a mic that's designed for PC input
Do a google search for
trrs vs trsfor more detail.
Death by stoning doesn't sound so bad in some contexts.
Black lights can damage your eyes, replace it with one of these
Not at all!
We currently use:
3x Logitech C922x Pro Webcams
7x 3.5mm Lapel Mics
7x 3.5mm to 1/4in adapters
2x Mini Audio Mixers
1x USB-to-1/4in Cable
1x 1/4in to 1/4oin cable
For video, we just use the webcams like normal.
For audio, we daisy chain the two mixers with the 1/4in cable, and plugin each mic to their adapters and into the mixers. Use the 1/4in to usb cable to capture the audio out of the last mixer, and now you have a dial for each audio line, but only one audio input device to your PC.
It's not the best solution, but it is way less expensive than buying the hardware video encoding and digital audio mixers would have cost (by factors of 10).
LOOP MIXER - Portable Audio Mixer with 5 Channels, 5 X 3.5mm Stereo / 10 X Mono Inputs & 3 Outs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_0HbhAbP4VM96A
This one has 3.5mm jacks, so no adapters needed.
This looks to be perfect for you though it's roughly 3 times more expensive.
LOOP MIXER - Portable Audio Mixer with 5 Channels, 5 X 3.5mm Stereo / 10 X Mono Inputs & 3 Outs
I got the Maker Hart Loop Mixer for exactly this: https://www.amazon.com/Maker-Hart-LOOP-MIXER-Portable/dp/B01M68UK38
It's small (75% width of the OP-Z, and about twice the height of one), has 5 stereo 3.5mm inputs, separate line out and headphone jack. Requires DC power and no battery, which is the only downside. Perfect for a small desk setup, and very easy to travel with.
> The Bastl Dude seems cool for the little machines
People also recommend Maker Hart Loop mixer: https://www.amazon.com/LOOP-MIXER-Portable-Channels-Stereo/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498909040&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=audio+mixer&amp;psc=1
Use one of these and you are problem free.
I purchased an FX Audio DAC-X6 a couple years ago based on this review. It's a good value pick and has been great with my Beyerdynamic DT 770 80 ohm headphones. It has an optical input that I use with my PS4 and a USB input for my PC with a switch to toggle between the inputs. If you don't get this one, just make sure you find a DAC/amp with optical input.
As for your microphone, most budget DAC/amps don't have an audio input or relay so you still need to run your mic into the controller, or get a USB microphone adapter. I got this TRS/TRRS adapter and plug the boom mic attached to my headphones into it.
Headphones > FX Audio DAC-X6 \> PS4 optical out
Microphone > TRS/TRRS adapter \> PS4 controller headphone jack
EDIT: or you could just get this: https://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blasterx-g5
I plug the Chromecast Audio into the aux-in for my PC, then in Windows' Sound -> Recording -> [your sound card's aux-in] -> Properties -> Listen, flag it as "Listen to this Device"
Also confirm your levels and whatnot.
This introduces a small latency (I forget... maybe 400ms) in Windows' mixer for that input, so you may need to tweak your Google Home setup to delay the other Chromecast Audios a little bit (if you have multiple Chromecast Audios). Otherwise if it's just the one, it won't matter one bit!
Though on that note, just being in another room will necessitate a bit of latency tweaking anyway; that's just how sound works over distance.
Edit: I think using two different Sources with a normal splitter will introduce interference/noise. It's fine splitting to two outputs from one source, though. The Chromecast Audio is technically a source since it's outputting streaming audio to your speakers. The right way to combine two sources is using a mixer. Steinberg-Yamaha makes pretty good ones, but generally you can get a couple of channels mixed together at a good quality for $70-200 CAD pretty readily.
Edit 2: Here are some examples in Canada:
A small mixer: https://www.amazon.ca/Premium-5-Input-2-Bus-Preamp-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ
A USB audio device with built-in mixer/amp: https://www.amazon.ca/Steinberg-Advanced-USB-Studio-Interface/dp/B003WI3LNU/ref=sr_1_8?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1511565564&amp;sr=1-8&amp;keywords=steinberg (I use one of these for other purposes, but I don't remember it costing this much)
The 70cdr outputs line level split stereo audio on the output. First off it is not meant to drives headphones, the cheaper and less featured g1on is designed to output to headphones and thus has output volume control and a proper stereo headphone / line out combo. Your best bet is to get a cheap mixer like this https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5UEGQ and run the zoom into it so you get volume control and proper headphone driving capability.
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 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.
What mind of mic are you using? When I first thought of getting into stuff I got a USB condenser mic (Blue Snowball) and they're terrible for lets play if your a PC gamer, especially with a mechanical keyboard. Condenser mics make quiet louder and louder stuff quieter.
If that's your issue then I suggest getting a dynamic mic. Either a USB one or preferably an XLR one and a mixer, and I can recommend several that aren't bad on the budget.
Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 with a Behringer Xenyx is what I switched to after the Snowball and was much happier.
Now I use an Audio-Technica ATR2100 and a much fancier mixer (I've also bought a 2nd of the pyle mics, and now use both of those for recording couch coop stuff with a friend).
Setup? As in equipment right? I’m pretty sure that mixer is this Behringer Xenyx 502 Premium 5-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and British EQ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_I5BZCb5EM3X5V
The rest idk lol
I have several smallish mixers from Behringer, they have all worked well for me over a couple of years time. The Xenyx 502 is 5x7 inches, has enough inputs for your specifications and sells (in the US) for $39.
I don't have this specific model but a couple of smaller ones (302usb) and a couple of larger ones. I use them to route sound from three pcs, a line 6 interface and a Zoom multi fx pedal to my powered desktop monitors and headphones...works for me.
Probably the easiest way to connect your Mic to the audio interface is with a cheap analog mixer with xlr input (for example the Behringer Xenyx 502). This will give you *way* more control over the sound from your mic, be it the input gain, the panning or the equalizer. If the signal that reaches your audio interface is shitty, no amount of tricks/filters will improve the sound.
Thanks to /r/bass I am using the following:
The latter plugs into my computer. headphones on the mixer. I can listen to click tracks or MP3s from the computer and bass all through my headphones. All in all it is cheap and gets the job done.
this little guy is pretty popular and works well. if you're plugging in a game boy you are going to absolutely want some EQ to boost the bass. the other option would be a USB audio interface for your laptop, and that is a discussion worth having depending on what your needs are, but the mixer alone will certainly suffice.
The best (and often only) way to improve your sound on no budget is to move your existing microphone closer to the source. There's no cheap way to get good audio from mics that are 10-15 feet away from the audio source.
Can you put the snowball on the boom closer to everybody? You say you're thinking about a shotgun on a stand, so it sounds like everyone is stationary. A usb extender would let you get it closer to everyone.
A shotgun might pick up everyone equally at 10-15 feet, but it isn't going to sound much better than the Snowball. If you can set it up closer, it isn't going to be good for 5 people because it's very directional, so it'll pick up one person fine and the rest will sound wrong. The Snowball Ice is directional, but has a wider pickup than a shotgun so it might work ok.
It sounds like you're doing some kind of talk show? You could get a non-Ice Snowball and set it between everyone, kind of like Rhett and Link do with their much nicer mic (A Moue by Blue).
Here are two other options that might work, but are probably bad ideas.
You could get cheap lavs on Amazon for everyone and run them into everybody's phones, though that's prone to user error.
You could get a bunch of cheap lavs and 1/4 inch adapters and find a cheap mixer like this and run that into your computer.
The best thing I have used is an isolating in ear headphone and a microphone. With this setup you can play all-out while still being at a comfortable ear volume. Not only is there no muffling/distortion like regular earplugs but you can have super sensitive, low volume, hearing depending on your mic placement.
I use a single SM57 on a mic stand over my head. Plug it into a mixer, one like this would allow you to mix in a track to play with. Then I out to a pair of Shure SE215s that have decent sound response but best feature are they isolate well and are less the $100. If you were going for this setup from scratch it would cost about $250. But isolation with input is by far the best sounding ear protection I have ever used.
You're better off getting two of these:
As well as a mixer:
Here's a cheap mixer.
There are some nice usb interfaces (I like Focusrite) that might work for you. (rather than the mixer). But it will depend on your software.
You're going to need a mixer, to take the audio from the microphones and the karaoke backing track and then put out the final version (also some people sing louder than others so you'll need to be able to adjust individual volumes).
This means you'll also need an amplifier, as most TV's don't have an audio in connection.
This means you'll also need speakers.
You could look at getting some decent amplified speakers, you only need one if you're doing this in a home.
Lastly, look into something like Karafun initially as the software. You can take out a 48 hour subscription for about £5 and then you have access to all their songs.Just read about no internet at farm, not even wireless data that you can tether via mobile phone?
So to recap, you need to purchase:
Software, look at Karafun, it's likely to do what you need and has all the songs
Random question, I gather you're UK based, are you anywhere near London?
Hey there dude,
You're going to want a mixer for that. The quality of audio going from audio out on one pc to mic in on the other will sound terrible, and most likely cause some ground noise loop problems.
If you're not looking to spend any money, I would recommend checking out NDI. It's an OBS plugin that would allow you to send your game video and audio over to your streaming PC over a wired network connection. As long as both your PC's are hardwired to your network, you're good.
Here is a permalink to another thread where I explain how NDI works, and how you can learn about it. In this thread i'm talking about VR, but the process would be the same, just capturing normal game play instead of VR.
Alternatively, you could spend as little at $60 on a mixer to make what you need happen, if you decide to go that route. Good luck!
If on a budget:
I like the Behringer q802usb for a mixer $65
2 ATR 2100 Mics $80 a piece
If you want to spend more on a mic that won't pick up as much noise:
Sennheiser E835 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone $100 a piece - but doesn't come with stand or pop filter...
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones to monitor sound or edit. $70
If you want your partner to have headphones, you will need a headphone amp $25 and chord $7
If you have any questions I have a Facebook Group for beginners: Podcasting Made Simple
I wish someone would have given me this list when I started. For about $360 the list below gives you everything you need. I highly recommend against recording on your phone. There is also a lot of great free software out there for recording video for both PC and Mac. I use XSplit personally, even if I'm not streaming. You could probably find the light set without the green screen for a little cheaper if you want, but I wouldn't go any cheaper on the microphones, soundboard or webcam. With all this you'll have a semi-professional setup at an affordable budget.
2x Microphones ($70) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XOXRTX6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
2x Microphone XLR Cables ($20) https://www.amazon.com/XLR-Microphone-Cable-Feet-Female/dp/B06XC6435F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1503965340&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=xlr+male+to+female&amp;psc=1
1 USB Mixer ($60) https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1503964969&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=xenyx
Light Set ($150) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019GTCNXC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Webcam ($60) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JH8T3S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Hola! I set all this up last year so it’s a bit rusty!
This is a shopping list for an Xbox One mixer setup similar to mine and you may need some help filling in a few gaps and the wiring!
So the idea is to build a setup to be able to use an awesome mic to talk to the stream as well as party chat ‘at the same time’ (which I prefer over using a headset) but to also be able to hear game/chat/PC audio though a single pair of headphones and control their volume levels in one place with ease.
I don't need sound going out to my PC as the Cap card is getting that from the Console via HDMI.
Streaming Xbox to PC then the WORLD!
Xbox – hdmi into a cap card in the PC Avermedia live gamer hd
This grabs the game audio and that’s that bit done, stream using OBS and boom!
Here's is my shopping list for party chat:
Headset Buddy (Real name, I didn’t make that up!)
Xbox Chat Thing:
Cable from Buddy to Mixer:
Cable from Mixer to Buddy!
Astro Mixamp (I use)
Earforce DSS (an option!)
Ground Loop things:
Although I have used these ones because I didn’t see the ones above!
Mic wise any XLR mic is fine!
Here is a link to a image i found that kinda helps piece it all together! http://imgur.com/UYaQQUZ
Here is a quick vid of my setup, happy to help if i can! http://www.twitch.tv/drunkiemunkie/v/26306849
Heres is my latest Xbox One vid with party chat but it picks up the Public Lobby if they speak!
A small mixer will do the trick and it also gives you the chance to adjust the volumes of iPad and synth independently.
You could use a basic DJ-mixer (something like this) or a simple studio mixer like this.
If you want to switch between the two you could use a small mixer. Use the headphone out for your headphones and the main mix for your speakers.
If you want a good and priceworthy mixer I can recommend
Your best bet is to save up a little more and buy a stand alone mic that will last years.
This mic you can connect via a usb and xlr. Once you buy this and save more money up you can buy a cheap mixer/preamp to connect this to. It will make your mic sound a lot better.
Scroll down and buy all 3 of the frequently bought together items for under 90 bucks. The arm, windscreen to put on the mic, and the mic.
When you're able to save up more money you should buy a preamp/mixer and use that xlr cable to plug into it. Here is a cheap one for down the road:
> without the studio guitar track
In that case you don't want any audio from the game, since the studio guitar will always be in that mix.
You have 2 real options, line out from pc to an aux in on your amp (if it has an ipod input for eg) then headphones plugged into the amp. In practise this can frequently have weird noise issues however, becuase the PC is grounded and so is the amp - it may not always sound right.
The "correct" way to do it is with a 2 channel mixer. Feed amps headphone out into one channel and the games audio out into another (stereo) channel. You would then use the mixer to adjust the levels of what you want to hear from each source. A quick hunt on Amazon brings this up - its along the lines of what you'd want for this task.
Update: I got that mixer. That thing is really awesome. You can tell just by the packaging and the weight of it - it's made really well. Fully worth what I paid, I can't even believe it was that cheap. It feels like more solid construction than the S4. It wasn't a $5 or so Y-cable or adapter from Monoprice, but it wasn't what I'd call expensive. If you need something to "combine" two analog audio signals, this is absolutely the way to do it.
Awesome thank you! I'm on a MAC so I think the audio interface would be better than software. What about these other ones from amazon? I'm a cheapskate what can I say. Would they be just as good, or would the one you recommended be better because it works with Traktor?
That might work out better than what you have, but if you really want quality audio, you need to invest a little more into it. Getting a proper condensor mic like the Audio Technical AT2020 here would be a great place to start. You would then probably need an audio interface to connect it to like this or a mixer like this. Do your research and a lot of it. There are a lot of good options out there to improve your audio quality, but all options involve investing a descent amount of money as hard as that is to hear. Research, find what you really want no matter the price, and save, save, save until you have it.
Yes, you can use a mixer to do that
This one is a good example, you'd need some misc adapters as well since it uses mono 1/4" plugs for the inputs and a stereo 1/4" plug for the headphone out.
For anyone interested on the rest of the items in this photo:
Sounds like you only want to play sound from both places into one pair of headphones. One way like someone else suggested is to use an audio recording software to do that. Another would be to get a cheap mixer and input the output of the computer and the drums into it and mix it into your headphones. Something like this should suffice BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_tJiZBb4ZEABBE
You might need a couple of these to go from 3.5 cables to stereo 1/4” for the board Hosa YMP-434 3.5 mm TRSF to Dual 1/4 inch TS Stereo Breakout Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010D0HO0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bXiZBb8B904E4
Strongly urge you not to use a condenser mic live, particularly with cheap sound equipment. You're likely to get huge problems with feedback, and with your budget you could easily pick up a different mic and still come out ahead.
Secondly, condensers are fragile. You need to be babying the shit out of that thing when you move it around.
Here's my suggestion:
Get an SM58 in your life. With this you can go straight into your amp with the right conversion cable (bypassing the need for a more expensive mic interface).
If you can't run dual inputs to your amp, you can get a cheap mixer like so and run both through it into the amp.
Mini: Rolls MX42 Stereo Mini Mixer, Rolls MX51S Mini Mix 2 Four-Channel Stereo Line Mixer, Rolls MX44 Pro 4-Channel Stereo RCA & 1/8" Mixer, rolls Stereo 4 Channel 1/4 &amp 1/8 Mixer Pass (MX41B)
Larger: BEHRINGER XENYX 502
What you're asking for requires a mixer that has two inputs (1 for phone, 1 for second device) and panning controls for at least 1 input. On that mixer, your phone will be stereo panned but your other device will we panned to the right so it's only coming out of the right input. You'd be able to adjust the levels relative to each other however you'd like. You'd also need cables/adapters to match the inputs of the mixer.
The devices that perform these functions, such as the one below, are typically not under $30 or portable. I think you're asking for something that doesn't exist.
Honestly I don't know of any simple solution that doesn't involve a mixer, which are a little expensive. You can get one of these and then buy some of these. Then plug your switch into one input, your phone into another, and plug your headphones into the output. Then I'm not sure about the microphone, but at least you can hear both sources
XLR mics with phantom power for the win! If you're going for professional quality sound, save your money and invest in a good XLR mic.
The problem with USB mics like Blue Yeti is the fact that they use the integrated sound on your computer's motherboard. If your motherboard's sound system is older (2 years or older), the voice from the USB mic could sound robotic or it might not capture your entire voice range. This is especially a problem for folks with deeper voices. On older computers, you might sound far away or your voice could break up. If you have a brand new computer, feel free to use a USB mic until you can afford an XLR microphone.
XLR microphones require phantom power. Scarlet Focusrite (https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM) is a good product for phantom power, but there are affordable, good quality sound mixers that provide phantom power as well. Alot of streamers have used Berhinger Xenyx 302 ( https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-302USB-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B005EHILV4) or Berhinger Xenyx 502 (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5UEGQ). I personally use Roland VT-3 (https://www.amazon.com/Roland-AIRA-VT-3-Voice-Transformer/dp/B00IGDXK9Q) because it's a voice changer, sound mixer, noise gate, and phantom power all mixed into one machine.
For mics, I admit I'm using a cheap Pyle PDMIC58 . (Hey, I got this XLR mic for free with my Best Buy points. I didn't have enough points for a good mic). My problem with the mic is that it's too bright for my voice, and I have a low voice for a woman. I need something that captures my full voice range alot better. I'm planning to upgrade to a RODE NT-1 mic (Not the Rode NT-1A) before the end of the year.
Like others have stated, take your time and do research. Don't rush! Find the mic that fits your voice best. Good luck!
There are a few options.
The Mackie 2x2 big knob is a passive volume controller and switch only, there is no headphone amp, (and you're already monitoring your headphones from the Fiio), so keep that as is... then use a 3.5mm to dual 1/4" TS cable to go from the Fiio's line out (rear) to the Mackie inputs -
(or whatever similar)
...then two 1/4" TS to 1/4" TS cables to go from the Mackie's output to the JBL monitors.
That 2x2 is passive - meaning it cuts the signal, and doesn't boost it, nor does it have a headphone amp.
Mackie (and others) also make more complex active controllers - with headphone amps (and some have DACs), or as an alternative, I like to recommend a small desk mixer (you wouldn't need volume controller in this case). Just depends on how you see yourself upgrading later.
In order to do that, you'll probably need something like this
Assuming i'm understanding you correctly, you would use the 3.5mm out from the TV to go into one of the in ports of the mixer, and then have another PC out (aux if it's there) to another port of the mixer. Then the headphones go into the main out of the mixer (or the headphone port) and the Mic can go directly into the computer (assuming you don't need it for the PS3).
edit: made a diagram
If you want a cheap hardware solution, you could always go with a cheap mixer that has a Right/Left pan such as the xenyx 502
That’s a phono preamp and totally not the right type of gear to use and will likely damage your speakers if you run a line level signal through it.
It’s designed specifically to amplify a signal from a turntable and also applies a layer of eqing to the signal in order to make records sound proper.
Get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5UEGQ
This will work. You'll need 3.5mm to 1/4" jack converters. Plug the PC and Mac into Line 2/3 and 4/5 of the mixer, and your headphones to phones.
And you'll need this for the mac's headphone/mic combo jack to split it.
I have this set and its absolutely great, crystal clear audio in games. Picked it up to try and get into podcasting. I've also upgraded to a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s and they are wonderful, sound great through the Focusrite interface.
If you just need a cheap budget mixer for a few mics and game input I would look at this.
First, what are you planning to connect from your Focusrite Forte to your speakers?
Main issue with using separate inputs to the monitors is that you won't be able to control the volume independantly. I would suggest getting a mixer to put in between the speakers and everything else in the setup you are trying to achieve. Input form tt>preamp> mixer and computer>mixer to output directly to the speakers. This will also allow you to control the volume of everything independently. Especially since the volume control for the ROKITs is on the rear of the unit.
This is a general answer to your question. I have not looked into your budget and what you can get for it, I am assuming this budget includes TT? If so, off hand, I can suggest an atlp120 (~$250), use the built in preamp, and getting a small mixer (~$40 -$100) 5 channel 8 channel.
This was a surprise to me, too, when I got my first Volca after collecting a few Pocket Operators. They still play nicely together, but not in the same way. If you plan on getting more Volcas, a Volca Mix <https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/volca_mix/\> may not be a bad idea (it can power three additional ones), though it is more expensive than other solutions.
Otherwise, there are a number of affordable mono mixers out there. I've seen people mention the Behringer Micromix before <https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Micromix-MX400-Low-Noise-4-Channel/dp/B000KGYAYQ\>, but you'll need some adapters for 3.5mm to 6.35mm jacks. This will strictly be mono, however, so if you plan to add some stereo devices to the mix (pun intended), you'll hit a wall pretty quickly. Behringer has a range of other mixers, and you may want to check something out in the Xenyx range <https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=sr_1_9?crid=120WM7ZC873VD&keywords=behringer+xenyx&qid=1555091076&s=gateway&sprefix=behringer+z%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-9\>, where even the lowest-end one (linked) will give you plenty of room to expand.
Personally, I just bought a Roland GO: Mixer <https://www.amazon.com/Roland-GO-Mixer-Smartphones-GOMIXER/dp/B01MYC4DVP/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=roland+go+mixer&qid=1555091001&s=gateway&sr=8-1\> to use between a Volca, a few PO's, and a microphone for straight-to-phone video/audio recording purposes, and I've enjoyed it. If you don't plan on recording things and just need something to mix, this will be super overkill for you.
For a few more bucks get a real mixer like this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ. It takes stereo input from your drums and has pan controls.
As a professional Audio Engineer, I would go with the second choice. That being said, with audio gear you ALWAYS get what you pay for (if its cheap it will probably sound/feel like it). Also you could go for something that has Phantom Power already on it rather than buy another piece of gear, like THIS
The XF100 does output as dual mono, it's the Intensity Shuttle that's interpreting the audio as stereo - presumably you've got it plugged in by HDMI so it's assuming that channel 1 is L and channel 2 is R.
It sounds like you're using the camera for streaming - a better solution for audio than using the camera's XLRs would be to use a USB Audio Interface and a software mixer, giving you far more control over the audio without having to reach up and fiddle with the camera.
You could also use an inexpensive mixing desk, and plug the desk outputs into your camera's inputs.
The Behringer 802 is going for $65 at Amazon
That can do two mics on xlr and two more on 1/4" plug, all mixed and going to your computer via USB cable.
I was going to recommend the ATR2100 mic but I noticed they jumped from $35 to $60. I must have got mine on special.
Audacity is free and available for mac.
would this do well:
I started with this guy which goes for around 60 bucks. Add in this mic though you can find much more budget mics, I got that used for 35 bucks at a Guitar Center. Some balanced XLR cables, probably 20 bucks of RCA cables and 8 dollars of RCA-f to TS-m plugs from ebay and one of these to eliminate the ground loop on my mixer since my house is old and has poor grounding, it gets rid of that hum. I spent around 150 bucks for rather boss audio. I have since upgraded to an audio interface and a bigger mixer, but the 802 was a wonderful buy.
I use this Behringer headphone amp all the time. It has 1 xlr in/out and 1 1/4 in. And you can mix those to your headphone out.
As for the drum machine, I’d go out from that into the front of house board. Use a di box if needed. And then send that signal to the mix that you’re getting in your monitor from there.
I suppose if needed, you could run 2 of the behringer amps. Use the first for the drum machine (xlr) and your metronome(1/4). Send the xlr through to FOH and the headphone out into the 1/4 in on the second box. And use the second xlr in for your main monitor mix. And then headphone out from there to your ears. And that gives you control over all 3. But also at that point, I’d probably opt for an extra $10 and buy this 8 channel mixer
I have a pedal board (Muff, Klon Klone, Delay, Compressor) that runs into the effects loop of my Laney Cub 12R amp. I really can't crank this thing even 1/4 of the volume without my neighbor going crazy. I'd like to be able to:
A) Play this thing through headphones so that I can crank it up
B) Play along with a backing track that comes from my phone. Bluetooth would be a bonus if possible.
I was thinking that buying a small mixer like this could be a solution but I was wondering if there is any other similar gadget ($100usd or less) that would work. I know the sound won't be quite the same as I will use the external speaker out of the amp and into whatever I get. Any help?
Looks a lot like this mixer. Seems to be a popular choice for gamers. I’m assuming mic is plugged in to the preamp and has his yamaha monitors plugged into the outputs. Not sure if what other things he has routed through it.
Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Dgl1Bb88G4QEZ
Yeah, that list contains a set of quality sound cards, but you should ask your friend more specifically what he needs recording-wise. If he needs to record something like 4 devices at once, he might just need a hardware mixer instead. Something like this.
You have the potential for noise. I've used it in a pinch, but long term, not so much.
Have you thought about getting a small mixer to handle the signal and the levels? Using a mixer would let you control the level of your sub separately. Depending on your budget, you can easily make something work.
Cables for mixer to JBL: https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-STX-110M-XLR3M-Balanced-Interconnect/dp/B000068NYY/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1502931800&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=trs+to+xlr
"FX" output to sub: https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-TRS-202-inch-Insert-Cable/dp/B000068O1K/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1502931836&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=trs+to+rca
Your two questions have a common answer: a mixer will make your life easier.
Here's an unexpensive one with some room for growth.
If you are doing three lavs, you need some way to mix them, so you can pan them where you want in the mix - position them in the audio mix, like you see them. Here is a mixer ($65) that will do what you need: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=pd_cp_MI_0
No, I don't think that's redundant. If you don't need one with a phono stage integrated, all you need is two separate stereo outputs in order to be able to control your gear to get maximum advantage. Now you're splitting up the stereo signal, which will definitely reflect badly on the playback of the music.
If you hook it all up to a mixer, you'll be able to send the signal wherever you'd want to, in stereo. I really think this might be an elegant solution to get the most out of your current setup. It doesn't have to cost that much. Looking to it in hurry, I'd say this Behringer could be up for the job. It seems to be having two lines out. You should decide on the best mixer according to your own gear and the inputs/outputs it has, but just to give you an example that it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.
I guess a mixer maybe.
But honestly you should really just use a DAW and a sound interface to record the guitar. It sounds like you're trying to use your OP-1 like its a DAW and thats simply not how it should be used for. Its a synthesizer and sampler. You'd be better off recording into a cheap standalone recorder then to use the OP-1 as a recording tools. Its better at taking samples.
But the mixer would at least allow you to plug both your mic and your guitar into the OP-1 and manage the levels of each. But be careful I've heard that ghost power can blow out the Op-1. I'm not sure if thats input or output that does it.
You would want a mixer similar to this: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Behringer-802-Input-Bus-Mixer/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1525617928&sr=8-6&keywords=audio+mixer&dpID=61W&#37;252B4lk8wqL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Using lines 3/4 for PC audio and 5/6 for the turntable. Then main out to your speakers. Unless your wireless headphones have any kind of line in jack on the transmitter then I would assume that it is not capable of being used with a mixer.
I was thinking possibly 50/50. I bought a Blue icicle and the PX22 amp. I have a question though, is this interface a good interface? It seems to have 48v phantom power and I would assume that it is much more reliable than the icicle
Wish I had seen this before I bought a Behringer Xenyx 802 and an Audia-Technica AT2035. I just can't get rid of all of the background noise from my wife in the living room with me watching tv (an office would be dope but not right now).
Cheap if you don't mind swapping cables:
2 input Interface (one mic one line) but pairs nicely with the mixing board I suggest below for more inputs - 99$ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E6T56CM/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_boEu3_c_x_1_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-4&amp;pf_rd_r=EZHZBK8WK13BRVK7F6FK&amp;pf_rd_t=101
Microphone - $94 - https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2020-Cardioid-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B0006H92QK/ref=pd_sim_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B0006H92QK&amp;pd_rd_r=YC9JK5873KG0PKYJ97JP&amp;pd_rd_w=cB3Pr&amp;pd_rd_wg=V6k1t&amp;psc=1
Alternatively the Shure SM58 for vocals and 57 for drums are worthy checkouts at a similar price point.
MIDI controller w/drum pads - $99 - https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK-Mini-Controller/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=pd_sim_267_16?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B00IJ6QAO2&amp;pd_rd_r=YC9JK5873KG0PKYJ97JP&amp;pd_rd_w=cB3Pr&amp;pd_rd_wg=V6k1t&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=YC9JK5873KG0PKYJ97JP
You can spend your remaining $200 on:
Cables (xlr/trs) ($10-20)
Mic boom or desk mount ($25)
Pop filter ($10)
A second microphone ($99)
A pretty sweet small mixing console ($99) https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Premium-12-Input-Multi-Fx-Processor/dp/B000J5Y214/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1485406829&amp;sr=1-1
My rig is all packed up from moving but it is a small 12 channel with FX and 4 channels of phantom power. Not more than $149 or $200 new. Something similar but an older version of this Behringer Xenyx 1202fx Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer With Xenyx Mic Preamps, British Eqs And 24-Bit Multi-Fx Processor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5Y214/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-bcEybWNWYCZ4
Sound guys love the fuck out of me. You just need to make sure all of your stuff levels out on your end before you go sound checking.
I use a Fishman SA220 PA in my duo; I've played with drummers and multiple other guitarists with this rig, and had plenty of power. Transports and sets up very easily.
To get four mics going in, you'll need a mixer; the SA220 only has two input channels. I use this exact setup in all my gigs, to handle two guitars and two vocal mics. I use a Behringer mixer for this purpose.
Disclaimer: We were/are complete amateurs and I had zero experience with anything related to editing before I started so take what I say with a tremendous grain of salt.
I just used Garageband on a Macbook to record and edit. Never had any complaints with that program. I paid for a license to use someone else's music as the intro theme and paid an artsy friend draw up our logos.
This is the mixer I used. I don't know what a lot of the knobs are dials are for, but I learned the basics and it worked fine as far as I can tell. I bought Audio Technica dynamic microphones and I liked them for a while but two of them just stopped working eventually.
I hosted it on Libsyn. They have several options depending on how often you'll be releasing episodes and how much subscriber statistics you'd like to see. Loved this service.
In terms of "getting it out there", I don't have a ton of advice. We never reached a lot of folks, but we didn't really try to either. Our goal was to just watch fun movies and sit around joking about them. I still have a few people who reach out every so often and ask about new content but that's about it in terms of our "listener-base".
If you're going to record with other people, make sure you're on the same page in terms of quality and style. If one person treats it seriously and the other is just winging it, it can make for a frustrating experience. All this being said, I think the best thing you can do is to make a podcast that you'd want to listen to. Good luck, and sorry I don't have better information.
Depends on what outputs you have on your controller. I have a DDJ-SX2 and it has XLR outputs, which is what most PA speakers use for input. My setup is Laptop->Contoller->Speakers. This is all assuming you have powered speakers as well. If your controller doesn't have XLR you'll want to go Laptop->Controller->Mixing Board w/ XLR outputs->Speaker. When I say external mixer I mean one of these. It has inputs for unbalanced connections and outputs for balanced. If your speakers are unpowered or "passive" you'll need to hook the outgoing signal into an amplifier before going to the speakers, so always get powered speakers if you can
The main advantage of XLR cables is reduced signal degradation. 1/4 inch and RCA cables work, but there's just two wires: signal and ground. When you have a single wire carrying electrical signals it essentially acts as an antenna. Any sort of background noise in the area will be picked up and heard on the speakers, usually a hissing or a hum.
With XLR you have three pins for each channel. One is a ground, and the other two have the same sound data but one is flipped. The receiving gear will flip the inverted signal back into its original orientation. Because both copies of the signal picked up the same noise as they traveled along the cable—and that noise is identical on the two wires in the cable—flipping the polarity of what arrives at the receiving gear will produce the original signal intact and noise which now has reversed polarity. Summing that gives you a welcome result: signal that’s preserved and noise that’s canceled. You can run an XLR for hundred of feet with very little noise, while unbalanced cables like RCA and 1/4 inch are recommended for no longer than 15-20 feet. It also means it takes a bit more power to use which is why they aren't on every controller, especially ones that connect just over USB and don't have an external power source. Converting unbalanced to XLR is pretty useless if you have a cheap adapter, but hooking it into an external mixer adds that extra power to the signal.
You need an "audio interface" for your computer, which is a box that has several mic inputs. Plug that into your computer, and your DAW should be able to record each mic/line on an individual track.
The alternative is to use a mixer with as many mic inputs as you need. The downside is that you're only going to get a single stereo recording with that, meaning that you need to get your drum mix through the board sounding as best as you can before recording, because post-processing isn't as easy when you only have a single drum track vs one track per mic.
If you're just cutting demos at home then a mixer will be fine, and a lot cheaper than an audio interface. But, if you can afford an interface, that's the way to go.
Your absolute best bet is an external audio interface with XLR mic inputs if you want more than a single in mic input to a pc. You CAN use something called 'Voicemeeter' to try to use three USB microphones...but you're opening a headache inducing can of worms unless the PC has killer specs.
This interface is about $100US https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-1202FX-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5Y214
Couple that with 3 super cheap mics: https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Professional-Broadcasting-Recording-Microphone/dp/B00XJF56O8
You'll need XLR cables as well but they're cheap too.
Best of luck.
this is the one i've been using: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-1202-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5Y282 there's nothing really "lofi" about it, i get plenty of high end distortion from it. and it's pretty versatile, i'll use patch cables to route various channels through pedals and into inputs, and tweak knobs as i progress through the song.
Here's an example of something I've done using this set up (i recorded a live take and then overlapped two parts of that): https://clyp.it/rxpzbnx1?token=8c75dc57fec78caa06cb2c204f5865e0
You do need an XLR for mixers.
I bought the AT2020 USB mic first, and I had the same problem you are having, my PC fans were WAY TOO LOUD. And so I bought This Mixer and the XLR version of the AT2020
USB mics are great when you have a studio or if they are dynamic. USB condensers are only great if you use a studio.
The benefit of condensers is that they are great vocal mics. The pick up a very good range of frequencies, and allow your voice to come in crisp. But that also means that a lot of background noise will come with it, so you need to be able to reduce way comes through, and even still post editing is a must.
I also vouch for the Behringer XENYX 1202. It's relatively inexpensive and reasonably powerful. You'll also need one of these for USB interface:
Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface
What we use :) Just grab some pop filters too.
Amazon has a couple good deals on really good setups. Here's a good example AT2035 + interface, cable, and pop filter for $200. Just get a $12 mic stand and you've got yourself a really, really good setup.
Going to also go and reccomend the Sure SM57 ($99) because I just found out how amazing this thing sounds and it's dynamic so it won't pick up that much background noise. For a mixer the Scarlett Solo is pretty standard and works well, just be sure to get a stand like this one to prop it up on, and a cable to plug it in.
I was able to find the receipt for one of the cables I am using and it's this one:
You do. It's usually integrated within multichannel receivers or the subwoofer itself. After reading your post it seems like your sub does have high pass filtered outputs (please state your model when asking for tech help). You'll have to connect your source directly to the sub's input and then its output to the receiver. You'll need some XLR/TS to RCA cables or adapters to do that, these for example: One and two.
No worries man! JBL>TRS to RCA>Schiit Sys>RCA to 3.5mm>Laptop. Plug the XLR connection into each speaker and then plug the other end of the XLR cable which is an RCA connection into the Sys output. Then plug the rca to the sys's input. Then plug the other end of the RCA input cables which is an AUX aka 3.5mm plug into your laptop. Another note is to make sure you have a long enough power cable for the JBLs as the one it comes with it quite short. Monoprice makes good cheap power cables such as this. Let me know if you have any other questions; I'd be happy to help!
You need something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Stagg-STC3CMXM-Male-Twin-Cable/dp/B003SOR6UC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1496390296&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=rca+xlr+cable
And yes, that should be the only cable you need, aside from the power cables, of course.
I havent personally looked too far into it myself yet but it appears you have a few options
either use the 3.5mm to 2-Male RCA Adapter Cable from the switch to the nano patch (rca side in the switch, 3.5 into the stereo input on patch)
use something like this cable. (rca on switch side, XLR on patch side).
Then use the included cables to connect the speakers to the nano patch. which appears would be TRS on nano patch side, XLR into speaker.
I could be off on this if anyone else wants to jump in. When i purchase mine ill probably go the rca to xlr route on the switch -> patch side of things.
the more im looking at this, after buying the required cables and the kit youre looking at a hundred bucks for convenience. In the grand scheme of things (and budget) it may be something that could wait.
You could get a RCA>1/4" or RCA>XLR adaptor and use it with pretty much any USB interface.
i use something almost exactly like these and auralex isolation pads.
Save up 60 bucks and get these. Work great.
I use these for my KRK 8s and they work well. No complaints.
They're these guys https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Support-JS-MS70-JamStands-Monitor/dp/B005JTV358
Pretty happy with them! They're relatively unobtrusive, stable, and the top is pretty large so even for relatively large bookshelf speakers like mine there's plenty of room. Plus the feet are adjustable which is an absolute necessity in an old apartment with uneven floors like mine.
Sure (below). Pretty good and cheap. Fill them with something to get the most out of them (I haven’t got round to that yet).
Ultimate Support JS-MS70 JamStands Series Studio Monitor Stands (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JTV358/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apip_LJm8HMHWLA3WD
Fairly cheap and are adjustable. Love these things
While these are all great speakers, they will only sound good if they are powered correctly, and so I am concerned about how well your 10-year-old receiver can power them. In the worst case scenario, you will have to shop for a new amplifier/receiver if the old one doesn't cut it.
So if you'd like a safer and also easier approach (connect directly to PC, no separate amplifier/receiver needed), consider buying a pair of active speakers instead:
Either way, adding these to the setup at any point would be well worth it:
They are here
How much desk real estate are you willing to commit to this sound system? Those speakers are designed for far-field listening and may not present a coherent sound field in the near-field. There are smaller amp solutions made for the desk environment also.
May I suggest that if you won't connect to a TV in the near future (years?) why not get the tool for the PC sound situation at hand and purchase an up-to-date tool for the future TV situation vs. compromising the PC solution now for a future "maybe."
So my advice is to get a 2.0 or 2.1 desktop solution tailor-made for this application and let tomorrow's you deal with tomorrow's TV solution.
To save desk space I'd go powered monitors on stands. My thinking on the powered vs. passive is the powered monitors have the amp/speaker electrical interaction accounted for during the engineering phase which prevents any complications from a lean/bright speaker being paired with a lean/bright amplifier or vice versa and saves you space on the desk. Looked at another way, what more easy to engineer situation is a desktop listening experience? Most of the variables of speaker separation and distance to listener are minimized to very finite distances, especially when compared to a living room setup. Why not let the engineers do their job and provide you the best listening experience they can provide for your setup and price point?
I've got the JBL LSR305s and isoACOUSTICS L8R-155 stands https://www.amazon.de/IsoAcoustics-ISO-L8R-Studio-Monitor-Stand/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473713476&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=isoacoustics and like the combination very much. Had to go with an outboard controller as my sound card is noisy, went with the Scarlett 2i4 but could've used the 2i2 but that wasn't available locally.
The speakers and stands will be a little over your 500 Euro limit but well worth it in my book to spend the extra Euro to get the final solution on the first go round.
Slightly pricier, but I like the look of the IsoAcoustics stands. I picked up the ISO-L8R155 for my LSR305s after using books as a stand.
I wouldn't say it was a sound improvement over the books, but it did eliminate desk vibration.
Having your speakers on top of stacked books is generally not a good idea if you want to get value from them in terms of good audio reference.
IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 Home and Studio Speaker Stands - Medium - Pair https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_tDl1Bb6R0DR5X
Try these desk stands that will greatly reduce the vibration your speakers give to the desk and will sound “better” overall, which is more transparent to the monitor intended sound.
Those are an example, I got something similar for my home studio back home but you can try look for similar options :)
Hope it helps.
Any size restrictions? Rythmik makes some great stuff, slightly over budget though. You've got a sealed / ported option with a minor price difference. The sealed digs deeper at the cost of output, but both claim below 20hz anyway.
As for speakers, check out the Mini Philharmonitor. The ported version of the speaker costs $750 (50 more than the sealed), but you're getting a bit more bass to start. Comes with a very well reviewed tweeter that he uses in his $1300 speakers.
For stands, its mostly dependent on your setup. Isoacoustics stands are great for on desk. For floor stands, Sanus makes a billion stands in different heights.
These are them: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B008GOP79G/ref=pe_386430_121528420_TE_dp_1
They basically have two different heights, as you can see with the two different sizes of stanchions. There are also short little spacers you can use to add a little more height, or just put them on two corners to make them angle up or down, like I did.
I think my bookshelf speakers are slightly larger than average, basic 2 way speakers with a 6.5 inch midrange. My subwoofers are pretty big and heavy.
For normal listening and movies it isn't bad. But if you play something with really heavy bass the vibrations become noticeable. I'm still conflicted about the setup myself but I am not unhappy.
I purchased some cork from home depot to try to reduce vibrations and it is okay but not great
I think the next step is possibly some type of Sorbothane. Apparently it is amazing for isolation BUT you need to do calculations based on the weight of your speakers to determine exactly how much you need to use.
Another alternative I am looking at is purchasing a set Isoaccoustics. They look like a gimmick but they got pretty good reviews, and they would also raise my bookshelfs to ear level.
Post back if you end up with some solution. I'd love to hear it as I am in the same predicament.
You could technically use your Pyle as a preamp volume control, but needing RCA to XLR/TRS and losing the benefits of balanced connectors would make it kind of not worth it considering how affordable mixers are.
Something like this Behringer Q1202USB would work perfectly fine and is cheap. Connects to your computer through USB. You can get them cheaper and simpler, or progressively more complex and expensive. Really up to you.
If that's the case, it'll certainly do the job.
Check Monoprice for cheap, good quality cables. They may even have a cheaper USB mixer, as well. I would also recommend you get a cheap headphone amplifier (Behringer makes a good, cheap one) or at least a headphone splitter (you'll lose volume, however, with each additional headset plugged in), and some 3.5mm to 1/4" adapters, so everyone can monitor audio, which helps keep recording quality up.
WARNING, I LINKED THE WRONG MIXER, REPEAT, THE ONE I LINKED ORIGINALLY IS NOT USB!!!!
This is the one I meant to link, my apologies! link
edit: fixed link in original post
i would suggest getting a mixer over a strict interface like the 2i2 or Mtrack, a mixer will give you all the features of an interface as well as a ton of extras like on board EQ, vocal fx, and multi channel support.
something like this is very popular with Twitch streamers
And its always been good to me. To be fair I haven't really tried others but this works well just grab a couple splitters for the headphones. The compressors on the 4 main inputs is quite useful although I'm sure there are better ways to compress it makes it easy for a noob
This mixer is what you need. I've used it quite a bit and it works fine. You can record directly into Audacity or Audition. The other commenters are right to note that Behringer does have bad reputation, but this unit happens to work okay. Their stuff has improved quite a bit recently.
Not to name drop but I met Maron at one of his shows a few months ago and he gave me a few tips for my setup. He recommend a good stage mic if you don't want to drop too much money. I went with these mics https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IEVDOXC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this mixer https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O517IW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this mixer price is good the mics are a little pricey. You can get a shure set for cheaper. Hope this helps.
What gear are you connecting the iPad to? But like u/slujj-vohaul said, you need the Camera Conection Kit and either connect directly to the USB port of your synths or use something like this.
I used this USB to midi adapter with a rapsberry pi https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ACGMOA6/
GoesDTX502 -> USB-B -> Raspberry Pi -> USB/Midi Adapter Out -> Midi Adapter Pro
You're using this midi cable? https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ACGMOA6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1480133451&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&amp;keywords=midi+usb
I couldn't get that working with my nitro kit. Instead use a straight midi-midi cable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000068NTU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1480133662&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;keywords=midi+cable&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=31zDPrrUTfL&amp;ref=plSrch
You might be able to find it cheap at monoprice as well.
Ah - okay, I read your original question a little closer and yeah you could get a MIDI -> USB cable to run your Volca directly into the computer. But the latency may still be a thing.
Its definitely cheaper than getting a new Audio Interface to get the cable - but at the same time I personally would want a one box solution.
And an 80s sci-fi movie prop? Dang, that exposes my aesthetic preferences, lol.
Would not recommend this, Thunderbolt connections are not completely common at this point. The advantages of one aren't even necessary unless you need very low latency. A USB interface would work just fine, would recommend: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Q1202USB-12-Channel-Mixer/dp/B00CTKI45M/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462939004&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=4+channel+mixer This would work well considering it has 4 XLR pre-amps and a USB out so it also works well as an interface. Would also work well if OP doesn't want to mix inside the box.
Native Instruments Traktor 8 inch DJ Cable for iPad/iPhone https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E411NG6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_f6ALAb3ADCVWJ
I can be your google: direct from Native Instruments or from Amazon. They’re cheap and great for newbies, as well as awesome super emergency backups or minimalistic “I don’t feel like using other gear and my laptop soundcard is good enough” events.
You could buy an external sound card, or something like this and route your audio accordingly.
Correct, OP needs a DJ splitter cable, like this one:
The he purchased is just a normal splitter cable which duplicates the output. A DJ splitter cable takes the left and right channel from the tablet and makes two mono channels out of it, thus "creating" a two channel soundcard.
Looks like this isn't what OP wants, though damn close! The top review describes exactly what this does, and then identifies the cable OP is looking for, a "DJ Splitter"
Here is one such example
Hopefully this is what OP's looking for
Could you dumb down the routing for me? This is the mixer
Not sure if it's supported but you may need the right adapter. Most camera mics use The same pins as stereo headphones. Headphones with an inline mic, for example, has an extra pin.
You may need something like this - Rode SC4 3 inches Microphone Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6C8PN0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_1mG9BbSZY6RS3
It just bridges the grounds. Plenty of other options, but this is the one I have experience with.
Hi /u/kelhamisland - from your description, it sounds like you have one of three possible problems [Referral Links]:
Here's a Wistia tutorial on why a shotgun on a boom is a better choice than a lav: http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone
Hope this is helpful!
It doesn't have the ideal inputs. It's a DJ mixer, so the line ins are RCA. My synths are fine going into it. My workflow is based around this mixer, as I've got turntables hooked up too.
Could I get something like [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-AG06-6-Channel-Mixer-Microphone/dp/B00TY8JE60/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1523157758&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Yamaha%2BAG%2BSeries&amp;th=1) (just an example mixer) plug my bass into that and then from that mixer into the line in on the MP2015?
At that price range I can recommend this mixer.
This would almost certainly get you a better DAC, and allow you to replace at least some of your VSTs, as it has a built-in EQ and compressor, although the settings for these are controlled from a Windows app-- there are more effects than there are room for physical controls on a compact mixer.
Got it from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W1RTVGO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Go to a music shop or guitar center and play with some guitars. The first thing I over looked was the mass of the neck, they very slightly. The Ibanez SR's and a many others have a thinner "fast neck," which is fantastic for me. I managed to buy a guitar and a bass that had thicker necks and were uncomfortable for me to play starting out, it would not be in a traditional posture while you're trying to learn.
Then talk to them about finding you something used. You can get a used guitar for 1/2 to 1/3 the MSRP. It's really awesome..
I just picked up my Ibanez SR800 today and am euphoric.. It was $265, came setup, new strings and excellent intonation, no buzz or action. So I didn't have to do much other than tune it in, which it was just off. Very little cosmetic scratches, no dings or bad scratches, fantastic condition. :)))))))))))))
So going used you may have some extra fees like doing a setup at the store or buying strings and intonation, but you still save a fortune. Learning to do it yourself is imperative, that's a few bucks in tools. Pro's will set up your guitar strings within a millimeter, probably not, they're supposed to though. The tuning key's for intonation are like $45 for the set.
Amps (10-20watt is fine for a bedroom, I had a 100w too)and phones and things are a bit trickier used. They can be blown or have other electrical issues.
Most amps come with headphone jacks 1/4th inch or 3.5mm, you can get a 1/4th adapter for a few bucks for your 3.5mm headphones. I haven't seen much USB. Oh, types of headphones.. Regular stereo is fine, but you will want "monitor" headphones like Audio Technica A31's or something like that. These are for audio production, which have various higher and lower frequencies than ordinary stereo phones, so you will hear every imperfection in audio, they aren't for ordinary listening. x_x
Also, Instrument Jack to USB Cable, these are 16 bit and sound terrible but you can hook up directly to your computer.
Make sure you have a return policy with your gear!
I am also playing you the software "Yousician" (1 free lesson a day, $9.99 a month) it's like "Rocksmith" they're fun games and you will learn a lot!
Steam's a legit service. It's the most used client/store for PC gaming. If you don't trust Steam you could use Uplay as well, which is Ubisoft's client. I'm pretty sure Rocksmith's on Uplay. It doesn't really matter which you get it from if playing a PC game's like a one time thing for you. A second hand copy will work on a console but there's no second hand when it comes to Steam and Uplay. FYI you'll need a 1/4" to USB cable if you get it on Steam or Uplay.
Rocksmith on Steam
Cable that should work
Apart from being able to learn some select songs on Rocksmith, one sorta cool feature on it is session mode which lets you jam with the game itself. You choose what instruments you want to be playing in the background and it'll play certain riffs and shit according to what you're playing. Another cool thing about the game is you can learn bass guitar as well. Only downside to the game imo is the DLC's expensive. Some song that ain't in the game by default's like 3 or 4 USD. Also take a look through the song list of the game before buying to make sure you'd be satisfied with their selection.
Your audio interface should have an input for a standard audio cable.
Also, your PC should have a mic/line-in input that would take a cable plug that looks like a headphone plug. Alternately, you could use a USB audio cable like this:
Get Amplitube software and one of these and some decent headphones. You will get the joy of all the effects without having to deal with neighbors.
I have one of these and its pretty ok. I think it would suffice for recording your ideas onto the computer.
I just got the maker hart loop mixer delivered last week. I was gonna get the Volca Mix but read a lot of complaints about it, so ended up on the Maker Hart.
The little I've tried so far is reasonable. Of course it's not going to be the best mixer ever at that price, but it's certainly portable and solid enough. Having 5 stereo inputs is great, too.
I opted for the $59 5-channel Hart mixer instead.
Absolutely gorgeous device and a perfect fit but abit out of my rang right now.
Probably going to go with a Loop Mixer
I got this one. Works great 👍
It just takes a regular 3.5mm trs (Tip ring sleeve) cable like everything usually uses and it converts it to 3.5mm trrs (tip ring ring sleeve) which some devices like iPads and iPhones and tablets and such need in order to know that it’s an incoming signal and to be able to record instead of like when you plug in a pair of headphones for example, which the phone senses as outgoing and will then push audio.
Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS (Female) Microphone Adapter Cable to TRRS (Male) for iPhone and Android Smartphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9CJDVE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-X3tDbRJ8HNW7
It’s worth the investment. I use mine al the time for quick recording sessions for music ideas. Sound quality is much better than the built in mic on the phone. Do some reading, it’s fun to learn. It’ll definitely do you good and if you need better quality you can get into different interfaces and stuff. It’s not difficult to learn, it’s just a lot of little things,
just take it in pieces and have fun with it 🙂
Hey, just wanted to follow up on this. I got this working using a standard stereo aux cable and a TRS Female to TRRS Male adapter. I got mine at a local shop, but I'm pretty certain this is the exact same one. though I only paid $5 for mine.
So, yes, the iPad Mini 2 has a mic input in the headphone jack (TRRS), you just need to convert the signal from TRS to TRRS.
Thanks for everyone's help, I might still pick up one of these iRig adapters, but this is the smallest and cheapest I can find.
Hey! Not sure if you found an answer to this yet, but I've been researching this recently as I want to use a better mic to record my bands' practices.
From what I found, you need some type of small sound card, or a TRS to TRRS converter with a 3.5mm to USB C adapter. Phones can take mic input, but by default, they won't recognize that it's an input signal. The options I listed should force the phone to recognize the mic input.
I am still waiting on mine in the mail to test it out, but I would guess the TRS converter method will produce higher quality audio since it wouldn't be running through a $7 sound card.
Idealy you could just connect these to the 6.3mm jack straight across. But I can't see anyone selling this simple adapter. Perhaps because few people have a need for such a thing? Or perhaps because it doesn't work (for whatever reason)? Maybe that is why vendors like IK can sell their iRig2 for a rather premium price.
You could try something like this, but I would get from some place that allows you to return it if it doesn't work.
oh, sorry, yeah it would be recorded on a single track that way and you would need to adjust the levels on the mixer. alternatively you could use 3 recording devices and then import them to separate tracks or maybe look into a usb mixer like this one: (will have to look into if it will send multiple channels to your PC) https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Q1202USB-12-Channel-Mixer/dp/B008O517IW/ref=sr_1_10?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1502774057&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=usb+mixer
I use a q1202 usb, so I can plug it into my pc and record into my DAW, and a headphone amp on the main out of the board so multiple people can hear what's going on. Total cost $120, not bad sound quality and for me being able to pull it directly into my DAW is great.
I use to do multi person let’s plays so I have one of these https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008O517IW/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1525704957&amp;sr=8-6&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&amp;keywords=4+mic+mixer&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=5153d6epzTL&amp;ref=plSrch is actually trying to sell it plus we used 4 at2020 Mics XLR I have 2 of those for sale and will throw in xlr cables if you want
What about this one? It seems to work for most people
You could try this solution. I used this years ago to connect a Yamaha EZ30 to FL Studio.
VicTsing USB IN-OUT MIDI Cable Converter PC to Music Keyboard Adapter Cord https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ACGMOA6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_2s5fAbTBCCB89
Ignore /u/lab_rabbit, they do not all require drivers. [Here's}(http://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-IN-OUT-Converter-Keyboard-Adapter/dp/B00ACGMOA6) one that doesn't.
Your computer most likely has a USB port. Get a USB MIDI interface for your keyboard. MIDI Out from the keyboard into MIDI In on the USB MIDI Interface. Or if your interface has a MIDI input, just use that.
Here's an $8 one from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Cable-Converter-Keyboard-Adapter/dp/B00ACGMOA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1464819807&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=USB+MIdi+interface
If your keyboard has MIDI ports in the back then you have no need whatsoever for the Impulse 25. They keyboard you already have is a MIDI controller.
Plug the keyboard you already have into your PC. If your PC doesn't have MIDI ports on the soundcard (few do, these days) you buy a MIDI to USB adapter cable. https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Cable-Converter-Keyboard-Adapter/dp/B00ACGMOA6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1499604264&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=midi+to+usb+adapter
Whether or not you need the Scarlett 2i4 depends on how and what you plan to record. If you are only interested in creating sounds on the keyboard, not looking to edit later, then you would need the Scarlett 2i4 to record the audio output of the keyboard you already have.
If you're not ever going to record the piano audio directly but use the DAW as your main sampler and you want to able to edit later then you don't need the 2i4 because you'll be recording the MIDI information via the MIDI port on the keyboard.
Having said that, buying the Scarlett 2i4 will give you the option to choose later, if you have no idea what the hell you want, which I am guessing is how you feel at this moment anyway. You have no clue what you're going to do about anything. Since the Scarlett 2i4 has both audio input and midi inputs then you're covered both ways for when you figure out what it is you plan on doing and how. Buying the Scarlett would eliminate the need to buy a MIDI to USB adapter because it is acting as your adapter.
Me personally, I have a very cheap, 10-15 year old Panasonic keyboard which I bought second hand for $40 because I only needed something with MIDI ports. I knew what I needed and why I needed it. My DAW is where I do all the editing and shaping of the sounds, I just need the keyboard to send the MIDI to the DAW because it's easier to write parts on a piano keyboard than it is to place notes on a piano roll in the DAW.
The Impulse 25 would be a redundant waste of money, you already have a MIDI controller.
VicTsing USB IN-OUT MIDI Cable Converter PC to Music Keyboard Adapter Cord https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ACGMOA6/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_NnU1wb9K42S5P
It's the first one that comes up pretty much.
A midi thru box just takes incoming midi and splits it to many outputs... so if you already have a midi adapter like this that plugs in to your camera connection kit, the answer is yes.
The iConnect midi is essentially combining the camera kit and midi adapter into one product.
Yes, I've done exactly as your describing and it works well. You have to have a powered ethernet hub though.
Here's what I've had connected, including the required cables:
Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (required)
AUKEY 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 10 / 100 / 1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
midi usb cable
powered usb hub (you can't just use the hub w/ ethernet above because it's not powered, if you find a powered one that should work, but that was not how I had mine setup)
I believe I've had some other things plugged in here or there, but this setup listed definitely works. It's not simple and clean, but it works.
Here is the mobile version of your link
OH that might actually be it!
I had this trash before: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ACGMOA6?keywords=midi%20to%20usb&amp;qid=1458419401&amp;ref_=sr_1_1&amp;sr=8-1
Do you think this one will work? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JLU26W?keywords=midi%20to%20usb&amp;qid=1458419401&amp;ref_=sr_1_4&amp;sr=8-4
Ah right, absolutely then. yes, you can use your keyboard to control any software instrument, most of these are called VST instruments.
You will need either a midi interface like this:
and a midi lead
or an all in one solution like this
you could start with FLstudio, there are loads of tutorials and a good unlimited demo
FL studio has its own instruments, but you can get a whole load of VST instruments for free
I see a pretty big range in prices for MIDI to USB cables, would there be a problem with getting a cheap one like this?
Yeah, you could get an additional set, but make sure if you do that you get the uhf set so you can change channels on the second set. Also you would likely need an external mixer for any more than one set, which isn’t a bad idea anyway but I don’t know what your budget is. If you want to record through USB this one would be okay but you would need to do a bit of adapter gymnastics to get your full 5 channels:
BEHRINGER XENYX Q1202USB https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTKI45M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_0912AbNZ76M19
Or if you don’t need USB this one is a bit better sized:
BEHRINGER XENYX 1002B https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027B41P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_a912AbVWNHMKZ
Once again I’m assuming a budget of next to nothing so this is pretty much the minimum you’d want to get the job done. Another option would be to use the wired mic that you already have on one person, then wireless on everyone else into a two channel mixer such as this one:
BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_s812AbEF7EKSG
But the jankiness of that setup scares me a bit.
Oh and here’s a 2 channel mic setup as well.
GTD Audio U-35L UHF Wireless Microphone System with Headset Lavaliere Microphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XVR85M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_4l22AbVB766XE
OK awesome, thank you I will keep that in mind a long with the picture / diagram that I made. Looks like I will be investing in a smaller sound mixer - Are you aware of one any smaller / essential for this task other then the Behringer q502 USB?
Wouldn't the Behringer 1202USB Sound Mixer allow me to use the microphone pass through AND the whole task I am trying to get right now at the same time on this sound mixer?
Everything this guy said is on point. This mixer fits the bill in every way.
It may seem daunting at first if you've never dealt with live audio, but it's extremely simple
Behringer Q1202 USB is even cheaper and as far as USB mixers go that supports 4 XLR mics, it's the cheapest.
You have 4 condenser mics which means you'll need to supply phantom power to them.
If you want control over all four mics in post-production, you'll want the USB mixer.
Gonna jump in and suggest a behringer mixer. Comes in different sizes for relatively cheap. Super versatile as well, i use it for tons of different things. Also has phantom power in case a mic comes into play. 1202 is at a good Price Right now
There is a way using Soundflower if you're on a mac or try this other reddit thread if you're on a PC.
However, that is definitely going to be a bit of headache. The much easier, but obviously more expensive solution, down the line would be to use two XLR mics and a mixer. A mic like the ATR2100 that is USB / XLR is a very good choice and what my wife and I use on our show. From there any of the inexpensive Behringer mixers are really all that you need. So for just over $200 you have a very scaleable set-up. Add in a Zoom H1 / H4 and you don't even need the computer anymore.
Wondering if something like this might be better suited? Claims to be "low noise"
Hmm, it seems that Amazon is listing a new unit for nearly $200. That is EXPENSIVE. I bought mine for half that price -- the controller really isn't worth more than $100 to be honest. So you might wanna search around, and get a better controller + this NI cable that will help separate master output and headphones (so you don't have to invest in a sound card)
You need a very specific type of cable - known as a "DJ splitter cable" - to do this.
Regular headphone splitters plug in to an output which has L and R channels, and it splits both of those channels to both sockets. So each socket gets a copy of L on the L-wires and a copy of R on the R-wires.
A DJ splitter cable sends L only to one of the sockets and R only to the other. They're either mono sockets or the signal is bridged across what are normally "the L and R wires".
This means software can send the "finished mix" out of only the computer's LEFT channel, your headphone/cue track out of the RIGHT, and the special splitter cable sends those sides to entirely different sockets plugged in to different devices. Typically, speakers for the finished mix and headphones for cueing.
You don't absolutely need an external soundcard, but moving forward that is certainly a better solution. It's far easier if you get a controller with in-built soundcard, as that will take care of it for you (and won't require an extra box and USB connection and complication).
Something like this one by Native Instruments or this one by Griffin is what you're looking for. If the description doesn't talk about "Allows separate headphone cue and master output" or "Wired to enable Split Output mode" then you probably aren't looking at the right sort of cable.
These cables are often sold as iphone/ipad accessories, as they are very valuable if using ipad DJing apps to give you the split-mode output. But they work just fine on general computers - they're just a special configuration of wires and plug/sockets.
seeing as you already tested our alpha - we've pushed the latest beta to the alpha channels, so you should be able to pick it up immediately.
Here's how to switch versions on Quest:
We've fixed performance mode (you can now output mono audio using a splitter cable), but you will need to buy a $9 cable (or similar):
It's imperfect, it would be better to use both Jacks, but we can't find a solution to that yet.
something like this can help. The DJ Algoriddim has a split output option
The cable will let you plug headphones on 1 jack and output main speakers on the other
No, you can’t connect it directly out of your controller. Your controller uses RCA (the red and white) as outputs and those speakers take 1/4 jack or XLR cables. My advice is to buy a little soundboard like soundboard
Then plug into that board on the rca (white red) Inputs and out of that board with xlr cables into the speakers. Hope this helps
Well, I think it would be better to just find a mixer with what you need included. Something like this would probably do the trick.
use this, has a built in condenser that will keep your audio compressed and nice sounding.
I use the Yamaha MG10XU , and here is the El Gato StreamDeck.
Most people would recommend a Focusrite Scarlett. I’ve used this one and would recommend it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E6T56EA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2.dwCb77C72DN
You could also look into an audio mixer which could give you more possibilities for future proofing. I currently use the Yamaha MG10XU and it’s also been fantastic. Although it doesn’t work exactly how I want it to for a dual pc setup but you might not have that issue. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IBIVL42/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_AeewCb65EAS4W
Sorry if this isn't the right sub for this
Reposting due to formatting issue in previous post.
So I'm currently trying to figure out how to split audio from all of my consoles.
The best setup I can think of at the moment is splitting the audio off of the second output from my HDMI splitter I use for my PS3. I could try to move the HDMI splitter after my capture card, so then I'd still hear all audio from the currently active console.
The above visualized: Current into new
My main issue is finding a cheap stereo mixer that takes single, stereo, 1/4" plugs to the Mini-mixer, as the one I recently got is exactly what I need, except that it's mono only. I've been able to find a few passive mini-mixers, this one being the most likely. The reason I can't go with that, is because it's likely the game's audio will be too quiet for me and I'd to boost it, which requires an active mixer.
Every single other alternative has been the Behringer Xenyx 502, which may work, but I'd need to buy 3.5mm/RCA to L/R 1/4" adapters, which would be an extra $20-$30 plus I want a bit more scalability for future audio inputs.
Lastly, for a bit more info, I use the VST plugins within OBS Studio, so I sadly cant just plug these into my current mixer, a Yamaha MG10XU, or else it'll come out of where my mic is, as well as likely being too loud for viewers when I boost the volume for myself.
The only alternative would be to upgrade to a Yamaha MG12XU for the extra Aux bus's, which would be an extra $130 for only the extra aux bus's I'd be using, since there's nothing else that i feel warrants the extra cost.
So in summary, has anyone found a better way to get console audio to headphones while keeping it separate from the stream audio?
Don't apologize for giving it to me straight! I took everyone's word here and decided to help myself out a little. Snagged a $70 gift card from amazon and that helped my budget out immensely, ended up getting a sweet deal on a Yamaha MG10XU (got it used for $160 dollars well within my budget when combined with the gift card)
Destiny's mic is a condenser AFAIK which means it's more detailed, the SM7B that Reckful has is a dynamic which means it blocks out background noise quite well but requires a lot of gain to power it.
The Blue Bottle that Destiny has is good and so is the SM7B, they're just different. The SM7B definitely has "legendary" status like other mics like the RE-20, U47, etc have even though the Blue Bottle doesn't but it's still a nice mic.
I must say, though, Byron's voice sounds REALLY fucking good on the SM7B and I'd love to know his entire audio and video setup.
edit: Byron has this mixer: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MG10XU-10-Input-Stereo-Effects/dp/B00IBIVL42 it seems really good and has USB.
a google search told me he used this:
Looking for help planning out a mixer
Here is a diagram I tossed together
Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer with Effects
.... what can I do to not hear myself, but still have the rest?
Current Theory: Disable Listen to Device when in a skype call.... re-enable when just listening to music
Wow, that's super interesting. I understand why you have the sound routed as you do and I didn't realize the limitations of the various recording softwares when combined with screen readers. I gotta say, that makes for an interesting challenge. Man...
Since you have a setup that works and all you really are looking for is to replace the mixer, I'd suggest something like this Yamaha MG10XU board. That one will set you back about $200, and while I don't have any personal experience with it, I like Yamaha stuff. Another I'd suggest, and this one may be even better for you, is the Soundcraft EPM8. Now, this is a little more expensive at $250, but this is a nice mixer, especially at the price point. I had one for a couple of weeks, but ultimately I didn't keep it because it's an analog mixer. Because you're recording directly to SD and don't need the USB connection back to the computer for data transmission, this may be a better choice. I recall it having a nice pre-amp as well.
If you're looking to spend less than either of those, I'd suggest instead of buying a new X, Y, or Z, look at used gear. While I like "new" stuff as much as the next person, often times in the music/audio world you can find quality used gear at good prices. My microphone you'd never know I bought used, and I saved $100 versus buying new.
For a last couple of other options, maybe an Allen & Heath ZED-10 or a Peavey mixer, though I'm having trouble finding a specific one I think might work for you. Just the same, Peavey makes good stuff.
You're asking for a lot of pieces here. How much are you looking to spend? Seems like you're already pretty invested on the amp side.
A mixer like this will set you back $200 but might be overkill.
You plug the output to your amp, and then plug in everything you want into the different inputs. You will need some extra cables for your phone. This amp also lets you plug your computer in as an input (so you could play music from there).
Hook everything up right and you'll be able to control the volume of each input (along with a bunch of other stuff) to get the sound coming out like you want it.
Once you get it all sounding right, write another post about your setup and how to record it. That's a whole other matter.
We personally use 4 AT2020 and an MGXU Mixer:
As long as you're all facing the same way (NOT even slightly towards each other or you get bad echo) this turns out great.
We even ended up getting a second mixer so we could use the EQ on all four mics. Have a nice carpetted/padded room, and again make sure you're all facing the same direction, a very important lesson we learned. Audio syncing the video is also very much needed in this case.
We record with VERY low gain so there's little noise pollution, then up in post.
that is quite an expensive thing to start with. I'll cut that price tag in half and still show you something way more than I'm sure you will need...
I use the Yamaha MG10XU for my stream, it's an amazing mixer for it's price, it has some built in effects you can apply to channels if wanted, supports up to 4 XLR mics and then some. It doesn't necessarily have the Fader sliders you mention, but it has a volume nob which has the same function. So as long as you are cool with twisting as opposed to sliding, BAM.
I have a Micca OriGen G2 Amp/Dac that I use alongside a pair of DT990s. My question is how would I go about connecting my amp to a mixer like this Yamaha MG10XU. I know very little about the relationship between mixers and headphone amps
Yeah, you just need a TRS to TRRS adapter. Rode makes one but there are many others out there.
Rode SC4 3 inches Microphone Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6C8PN0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Fqj2AbXM6AMC8
Haha, no worries, we all start off somewhere! A cold shoe expander like the other one linked, or like this would work. Then you need a cold shoe adapter (the official Zoom one is way overpriced).
You can plug the Takstar into your phone with something like this. You can also get a TRS to TRRS adapter cable, but make sure you get one specifically for phones (like this). Not all regular cables will work.
Not without an adapter.
You'd need something like this.
Yes, look for a 3.5mm TRS to TRRS adapter like this
You may need an adapter like this;
I’d hold it there for a second. I’ve tried using aux chords with my xbox controller with no success. A straight cable from the xbox controller to the mixer/amp won’t work to begin with. A converter might work, but I can’t verify at the moment (Cali, no power), but they’re kinda absurdly expensive. Anyways he’s a list of everything he would need. I’ll have to verify if it would work though. But at least there’s a price to think about.
Mixer(portable and small):
That link works still but isn't available for sale anymore. I found this similar listing from Rode for twice the price... at $20... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00L6C8PN0
EDIT: Doh, that is Canadian pricing and link.
Hi /u/The_Movie_Kid - congratulations on your new camera. As a start, here's a great tutorial on microphone selection from Wistia: http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone
Sadly, your T3i has noisy preamps that will degrade your sound quality even with an external microphone.
The least expensive solution is probably to buy a [$50 mic with a TRRS jack] (http://amzn.to/1v6obcz) or a standard mic with a [$20 TRS to TRRS adapter] (http://amzn.to/1wwaBSR) and plug it into your phone. If you have an iPhone, you can use [Rode Rec LE] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/r-de-rec-le/id590021166?mt=8) (free) to record your audio and match it to your video in the editing suite with software like [PluralEyes] (http://www.adorama.com/RDGSHOPLURD.html?KBID=66297), which is about $179 for a non-student version.
This is a TRRS mic for iphones and other smart phones
You want a TRS mic to work with your gopro.
You can just buy a TRRS to TRS adapter and it should work fine.
Exactly what you need. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6C8PNU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yZ4DAbG3181J1
But in its current state you’re not supposed to be using it that way— you can use it with your phone through the Rode app in its current state but for everything else— like your mentioned computer input, SLR and audio recorder all require the TRS adaptor. Phones have the audio connection TRRS which is not up to the TRS quality. You need this adaptor if you want to use it with anything else besides a smart phone and that’s why you’ve gotten sub par results: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6C8PNU?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
If this is the problem and you don't want to switch headset, there probably are TRRS -> TRS adapters available.
Does anyone know why my external microphone (a Saramonic SmartMic https://www.amazon.com/Saramonic-SmartMic-Microphone-Devices-Black/dp/B0142ASNY8) which is a TRRS plug, when plugged into my TRRS to TRS adaptor (https://www.amazon.com/Rode-SC3-3-5mm-TRRS-Adaptor/dp/B00L6C8PNU), and then the adaptor plugged into my iPhone 6S Plus' headphone jack (a TRS I believe), my mic does not seem to be working.
The voice memos and all my video recordings are still using my iPhone's internal microphones and not my external mic. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but is there any fix for this? I really do need to get an external mic working on my iPhone.
Something like this could be a possible workaround if it's wired correctly?
Edit: I used a somewhat related method to add mic capabilities to my Fidelio X2's:
Product 1: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OTEPUIU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1 - this will work on the Nexus 6P if your headphones has a detachable jack.
Product 2: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y4663GG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1 This will split the headphone and mic signals from the above cable into separate channels. In my case it was required for computer use since I use an external DAC for the headphones (which does not support TRRS) and had to split the mic into a separate cable. Works like a charm (you'll lose the button functionality here but that's to be expected) :)
>Both have the small bar on the cord with the volume up and down buttons.
Well, I'm not too familiar with these, so I'm not sure if that's where the microphone is. The best way to make sure is to see if the cable end you're plugging into your receiver looks like this - or if it looks like this. If it's the latter, you'll run into the problem I've described earlier. You'll could obtain a cable from Bose for a hassle free solution, or experiment with adapters - I say experiment because pinouts can vary.
If you're on a low budget a Zoom H1 and a Rode Lav mic will work great, with that mic you'll need an adaptor as it is designed to work with phone ports
Yup this is why I always have a few of these around https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L6C8PNU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thing is Deity claims their mics like the D3 will adapt itself either TRS or TRRS however I've found this only works with certain equipment.
I'm using a USB mixer, specifically the Yamaha AG03 which was made for streaming/recording/podcasting: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-AG03-3-Channel-Mixer-Interface/dp/B00TY8JE60/
I would highly suggest getting a Dynamic mic. I have used a condenser mic in the past, and I had the same issue as you with white noise and it hearing every possible noise in the house. Currently I use the atr 2100 by Audio Technica. I picked it up for $100 and have not regretted it since. It comes with both a usb cable and an xlr cable (if you use a mixer, which i also suggest getting.)
I use a mixer, to mute my mic, for the moments when someone barges in my room or i have my parents yelling at me from outside my door. Its also a great way to change the levels of your mic (for example the highs and lows. I currently use and suggest the Yamaha ag03 as it doesnt take up a huge amount of space and has a perfect amount of space for a single pc stream setup and ive made it work for two pc's. http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-AG03-3-Channel-Mixer-Interface/dp/B00TY8JE60
Hope this helps and good luck on your search for a new mic!
> That's the primary reason I got the 2i2 in the first place.
Also, what do you mean by line level?
"line level" is a particular standardized signal voltage/etc that is generally used over 3.5mm/RCA cables for connection between DACS/Amps/etc.
> Seems like just too much equipment overall hahah. Do you have any other ideas for me?
if you are against using software to switch between devices then your options are sort of limited, you could go with a higher end audio interface that should include a more powerful headphone amp, like the Mackie Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller or the JBL ACTIVE-1 the JBL monitor one doesn't have an XLR input, but you could continue to use your 2i2 for your mic.
you could also go with a dac+headphone amp that has a line out like the Fiio E10k then connect the line out to a passive speaker control like the JBL PATCH or Mackie Big Knob Passive then the output from that to your LSR305's with this solution you would also continue to use the 2i2 for your mic input.
you could also consider a USB Mixer, like the Yamaha AG03 but I don't know if the headphone amp in it is great or not.
This was pretty common on my Z97 board, basically it boiled down to unclean USB power delivery and interference from near by devices from said port. Newer boards like my C7H have much better power delivery and less signal interference on my DAC, and even have specific USB ports for DACs like Gigabytes "DAC up". I got one of these to test my Scarlett 2i2, but was actually an issue with my DAC and ended up picking up a Yamaha AG03. Not to shit on your choice of DACs, but some are made way better than others.
So between these two boards, which would you guys recommend?
Mackie Board: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VUU702A/ref=aw_wl_ov_dp_1_1?colid=1ZWWI9N8T2ATA&amp;coliid=I2A35LTGP804VF&amp;vs=1
Yamaha Board: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00TY8JE60/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1465664919&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=yamaha+ag03&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=51qiJqYFAmL&amp;ref=plSrch
As far as a mic. You have a lot of options. You can go with a USB connection. Which is a reasonable option with good quality in products like Blue Yeti or going with a much better studio quality mic like MXL or even Audio-Technica however going with the studio mica I have listed you will need an audio interface. Like the scarlet or Yamaha
I purchased a cheap Chinese microphone kit Zingyou BM-8000 with a quality Yamaha AG03 Mixer. I can upgrade the microphone for a better one when I get the funds and I have reason to. At the moment, it works well. Other people suggested an Audio Interface, and while those are fine, using Compression and EQ on a microphone is how you make just about any microphone sound good. You will need a separate XLR cable to use that specific microphone kit with a mixer since the only XLR cable it brings is to use with their shitty USB Sound Card. I got VODS on my twitch if you want to take a quick listen to the combination of the two. Gets the job done.
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I bought this light that projects lights all over my room and I'm very happy with it. It syncs up with music and it just looks really cool.
The best black light I've ever gotten is this one and it's enough to light up my whole room. I used to have two black lights in my room and this one kicks both of their asses.
Here's a link! There are many variations to it available online, this is just the one I have specifically.
Would I be able to get one for less than $40? It's a simple cord, I thought.
Edit: Would this one work on an Air?
would something like this work?
You need something like this. A TS instrument cable to USB with analog to digital converter built in.
It's generic there are lots of them rebranded but essentially the same.
For regular Rocksmith 2014 on PC you just need https://github.com/Maxx53/NoCableLauncher
The launcher switches the hardware ID for your interface so Rocksmith thinks its a rocksmith cable. I have one of those but prefer using my interface. That will let you use the $10 with rocksmith.
The neewer cable in the first amazon link has the review I did on my wifes account with the screenshots of bias FX and the settings I used in ASIO4ALL which is why I linked it.
To get low latency you just need ASIO4ALL drivers which are free. ASIO is a low latemcy Audio streaming standard for the PC developed by steinberg and is what all the high end interfaces use. The ASIO4ALL drivers let you use ASIO4ALL with any kind of input.
The PC specs don't have to be too high since the cable electronics takes care of converting the signal to a digital one. You just need an ok CPU to handle the modeling amp and effects software. Your I5 and onboard sound should be fine assuming it has some kind of realtek audio chip on the motherboard.
This one should do just fine to make you wish you had something better.
This littel guy https://www.amazon.ca/Maker-Portable-Audio-Mixer-Adapter/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=asc_df_B01M68UK38/?tag=googlemobshop-20&amp;linkCode=df0&amp;hvadid=292975451929&amp;hvpos=1o1&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvrand=1687820180428900493&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=&amp;hvdev=m&amp;hvdvcmdl=&amp;hvlocint=&amp;hvlocphy=9000926&amp;hvtargid=pla-380177247551&amp;psc=1
And some proper cables. Because all the inputs are 1/8’ trs.
Just saw this: https://www.amazon.ca/Maker-Portable-Audio-Mixer-Adapter/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_cr_simh_0_6/137-5386091-4038218?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B01M68UK38&amp;pd_rd_r=0af6f2e6-e890-4649-b058-fca55d8139d6&amp;pd_rd_w=IG1r5&amp;pd_rd_wg=ZAIu1&amp;pf_rd_p=dc0745e6-bccc-4a65-9613-73d8814429b2&amp;pf_rd_r=38C8KDBRTNRM6N4N91Q4&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=38C8KDBRTNRM6N4N91Q4
No sure how the loop function works but it seems like I'd be able to input everything into one mixer, then loop it over to the second (with no other inputs) to be able to do 2 mixes. not sure if im understanding loopback right though
I've been sitting here for a few minutes now considering this, and I genuinely don't know what the best way to do this is.
First thought: You'd need to build a full HTPC with a pretty good video card to drive 5 TVs. That seems pretty expensive. Probably min $600-800. So let's go to idea 2.
Second thought: Streaming sticks. In theory, with enough streaming services and and HDHomeRun, you could handle this really easily... except depending on your wifi you may start saturating things pretty quickly.
Third idea: Raspberry Pis. As long as you are only using HDHomeRun and PSVue, you could run Kodi on all those Pis, plug each one into a gigabit switch, and everything would work great. If you are depending on services not available in Kodi though, this wouldn't work.
Fourth idea: Cheap wintel boxes! https://www.amazon.com/ACEPC-T8-x5-Z8350-Graphics-Computer/dp/B07D9YX3W6?keywords=windows+stick+ethernet&qid=1540840765&sr=8-18&ref=sr_1_18 Each one of these is about $100 and already comes with Windows and can theoretically play 4k content. They also have ethernet. Plug them all into a gigabit switch. Install Synergy (a mouse and keyboard sharing program) on all the devices, so a single mouse can control them all. Profit.
You can also accomplish the same thing with Fire TV Cubes (current version with ethernet). Except there you'll need 5 different remotes. It's also slightly more expensive. https://www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-Cube-hands-free-with-Alexa-and-4K-Ultra-HD-and-All-New-Alexa-Voice-Remote/dp/B0791T9CV7?keywords=fire+tv&qid=1540841484&sr=8-5&ref=sr_1_5
Each of these ways would probably be pretty fun and impressive for friends.
Edit: Just saw the goal of being able to also stream audio to a receiver. No problem. Grab the audio out from either the TV or device depending on what you are using. Pull it all into a 5 channel mixer. Send that to your receiver. For e.g. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B01M68UK38&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=f52e26da-1287-4616-824b-efc564ff75a4&pf_rd_r=YMRFG6VP060T8G9TPEZT&pd_rd_wg=o8OkC&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=VothI&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=f5532ae8-dbb2-11e8-9a6a-33a8eee8b3d9
At this point, you could probably start charging for beer and popcorn.
From another newbie, I spent a lot of time weighing strengths and weaknesses of different mixers for the volcas and wound up getting this and I'm really happy with it:
Can do mono and stereo, has a headphone output, cheap, already has all 1/8" jacks so no adapters needed.
I think the general consensus of budget mixers with included FX is that they're not very good. I don't have firsthand experience with the 1202fx, but I'd rather handle the fx separately anyway as I have a lot of pedals. If you want fx, consider looking at one of the Zoom multifx pedals as they're pretty cheap but offer a lot of freedom in what you can do with them.
I have a Dude. I like it and use it with my portable stuff, but if you weren't aware, it's mono only and powered. I were to get another smaller mixer I'd probably go with the Maker Hart Loop Mixer. 5 stereo inputs with a lot more options, and you can stack multiple mixers together should you need more room.
So I currently use a pair of headphones plugged into a FIIO ALPEN 2-E17K usb amp. I have been using a stereo splitter to plug in multiple sources (PS4,Wiiu,3DS) to my line in port, but the sound is too low for some of them and there is constant hissing. What do I need to be able to have all of those consoles audio come into my PC and into my headphones through my amp? Something like this? https://www.amazon.com/LOOP-MIXER-Portable-Channels-Stereo/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=sr_1_7?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1500284081&amp;sr=1-7&amp;keywords=stereo+mixer
I misunderstood you slightly, so the one I posted goes the other way, (2 inputs > 1 output) but a mic mixer is the same general price range.
I would go with this one:
It's a little more expensive, but can handle more inputs and has 3 separate output channels. (so PC + tablet, plus you can connect headphones for monitoring what the mic sounds like.)
I was wondering if anyone know of any reasonable priced stereo 1/4 inch mixers.
This mixer from Behringer would've been perfect for me in terms of size and price, but it outputs in MONO, and I was looking to get something that outputs in stereo.
The closest thing to what I want was this mixer. The only thing was that it's kind of expensive, so I was hoping that someone had a recommendation that was a bit cheaper.
Or alternatively, if someone has a suggestion for something else that can let me combine a bunch of input into one stereo output, i'm all ears.
check this out
This mixer would work [This] (https://www.amazon.com/Maker-Hart-LOOP-MIXER-Portable/dp/B01M68UK38/ref=pd_cp_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B01M68UK38&amp;pd_rd_r=9cc5cecc-64d9-11e8-82cb-956118da8fd6&amp;pd_rd_w=XlE9z&amp;pd_rd_wg=V1J26&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=80460301815383741&amp;pf_rd_r=7HQG6E412XG699D2X0NP&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_t=40701&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=7HQG6E412XG699D2X0NP)
Oh, you'll want one of these or something similar.
Headsets and combo ports (TRRS jacks - Tip Ring Ring Sleeve) have four sort of...segments on the connector for left headphone, right headphone, mic, and ground. Headsets without microphones use a TRS (tip ring sleeve) with 3 segments, which, as you probably know, omits the microphone and is just left, right, and ground. A TRS (3-pin) plug in a TRRS (4-pin) jack appears as left, right, ground and ground (so the mic pin is connected to ground, indicating to the computer that there is no mic).
Unfortunately, 3.5mm microphones also use a TRS plug, with the 3 segments being left mic, right mic and ground (although most mics connect the same actual microphone to both the left and right channels). As I mentioned, plugging a TRS plug into a TRRS jack lines up with the headphone outputs (left headphone, right headphone, and ground) and leaves the microphone pin connected to ground, so the computer sees (mic, mic, ground, ground). The computer isn't smart enough to know that there's a microphone connected, and assumes that anything plugged into that port must be (left headphone, right headphone, mic, ground), and since the mic is connected to ground, this must be a headset without a microphone (ironic, isn't it?). This means that, yes, it thinks your microphone is a pair of headphones and it's trying to play sound through it.
The adapter I mentioned takes a (mic, mic, ground) at one end, and puts a (no connect, no connect, mic, ground) at the other. In other words, the computer sees a headset with microphone. Unfortunately, it will attempt to play sound through this headset, and since the left and right headphone pins are left unconnected, this sound will go nowhere.
If you can't convince Windows to force output to the speakers when there are headphones plugged in (some laptops can do this, but some can't), use this instead of the adapter mentioned above. This adapter takes a TRRS (left, right, mic, ground) at one end and splits it to two TRS jacks at the other, one (mic, mic, ground) for the microphone, and one (left, right, ground) for a pair of headphones.
Pioneer DJM-REC app, will record from headphone jack if the correct TRRS cord is used.
I’ve used this one Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS (Female) Microphone Adapter Cable to TRRS (Male) for iPhone & Android Smartphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9CJDVE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cZwCCbFC2DFGS
Yeah you want to buy a trs to trrs adapter.
Regular headphone jacks used on stereos, all music equipment that predates smartphones, are TRS cables.
The smartphone era invention of a headphone cable that also includes a functioning mic is TRRS.
You want to get one of these bad boys
Thanks for this!. I just actually contacted Zoom directly (have a contact) and figured out that I can use a Rode SC4 (or similar) into my smartphone, and then a 3.5mm male to make into the H6 to get the audio from the H6 to play through smartphone. I purchased these two products.... Should these do the trick?:
Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS (Female) Microphone Adapter Cable to TRRS (Male) for iPhone & Android Smartphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9CJDVE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8nh3Cb2W23310
DuKabel Top Series Long Audio Cable 26 Feet (8 Meters) - Shielded Aux Cable Cord 3.5mm Male to Male Stereo Auxiliary Cable Cord/Crystal-Nylon Braided / 24K Gold Plated / 99.99% 4N OFC Conductor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PHSR9T2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Doh3CbF8FZ03H
This mixer doesn't have USB. I convert it to 3.5mm audio by a RCA (only red/white) to 3.5mm audio cable which is then plugged into my computer.
This is the mixer I have is here
Excellent thanks for the help. I found this which I am hoping will work.
yeah, it definitely was worth it. with a little of adjusting everything sounds so much better and not like a tin can which is great too. I mean Idk what your budget is but you can basically find something for your needs.
OK your best bet is to Buy a separate microphone, a mixer and headphones.
Gaming anything is just marketing you will end up paying a premium for something that you really don't need.
For first timers I would recommend a cheap XLR microphone into a cheap mixer. DO NOT GO WITH USB MICS or USB AUDIO INTERFACE.
If you buy a USB device that uses a regular windows generic driver. windows will muddle your audio. This is commonly known by advanced users.
Instead plug in your mic using your mixer to your mic jack on the back of your motherboard.
Here are some affordable but great mic/mixer combo you can even maybe get them on eBay for Hella cheap.
Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XOXRTX6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_iDwIAb8DBK7RA
BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BFwIAbG6B1SAT
I'm williing to invest a little more when its something that will out live my pc, but yea you got me on teh right track for sure! may even get this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behringer-502-Xenyx-mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ with some adaptors, as long as it can do what i want
We're going to need more information to be able to help you.
What are you trying to accomplish? It sounds like you might want a mixer with [at least] one mic input and be able to control the volume of two separate outputs from it. Is that correct?
If so, nearly any mixer will work. Here's one: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ The Main Outs are two mono outputs controlled by one knob on the bottom right. The Phones output is a second stereo output controlled by the other knob on the bottom right. Since it sounds like you only want a single mic, the signal is already mono, so either output will work the same.
So if I hook up this to the mic and speakers then that would work? Would it be crappy quality?
This won't work and could cause damage.
However, a simple mixing desk, such as this will do the trick. You'll need the correct adapters porssibly, but effectively it will allow you to merge the two signals.
This is a simplified way of how I merge the audio from my PC, PlayStaion and guitar at once :)
What mic should I buy?
Budget = <300
I want a nice condenser mic at less than 300 (less than 200 is preferred)
And also, would an audio interface such as this one http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1344058823&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=mixing+board
work with any sort of condenser mic I choose? The description says it has phantom power , and I know you need that for a condenser mic, but can I connect it to my Mac? And is there any other accessories I need like cables and whatnot?
And final question, if I want audio quality like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOn1vY7_2b0
Just judging by your ear, would you say that was recorded on a thousand $ mic or what? can I achieve vocal quality like that with a condenser mic that costs less than 300?
> Is this going to be a computer set up or a hi-fi set up?
I'm trying to cover as many bases as possible with a single set of speakers (live synths / guitars, computer DAW, 1/8" for phones/ipads, movies, etc.). It seems like a cheap mixer is the most appropriate answer, but I'm unfamiliar with the jargon and don't know how to tell if there is a 3rd mono output channel usable for subwoofer.
Take this for example
Is it sane to use the headphone, or tape output for the subwoofer? Are they essentially all clones of the mix at line-level output?
You might not strictly need one but it's useful to have because if those monitors are anything like my Rokit RP8s they take XLR or balanced 1/4" TRS, and your computer probably doesn't have those cables. You can use an audio interface (which usually has one of them) or you can just run it through a simple mixer, which also usually does. you can get these pretty cheap but as usual you have to pay for proper quality/durability.
The interface will generally sound quite a lot better than most computers' internal sound hardware (just because computers deal with a lot of RF interference and often cut corners) so it's a good idea to get eventually, but you don't 100% have to have one just to use monitors.
I use this Behringer mixer.
Also edited my post because I go 1/4” to XLR from my mixer to my speakers.
Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/
Here's a (more expensive but pretty versatile) alternative - mini mixer - you'll want some cables to go with that (3.5mm to L+R jack from phone to mixer plus a stereo 6.35mm to jack from edrum brain to mixer) then plug your headphones into the mixer too. You could also pipe the output to your computer to record what you're doing so you can hear your progress.
I'm not sure how the mic would setup on this mixer. Haven't worked with this board, just the Behringer X32. But yeah, you can do :
PC(USB) -> Mixer
Xbox(RCA-Line) -> Mixer
and to toggle from one to the other, just tap the red switch.
E: Found this if you want to skip USB and deal with strictly analog. Might be more suitable for PC gaming since going PC to Mixer, you might lose positional cues since you'll be removing your sound card from the equation. Only important in FPSes.
I have a Behringer Xenyx 502 and I just found out that the Jack port on channel 1 is dying. Would I be able to adapt the XLR into a female Jack connector? Or is the whole channel dead?
I believe the mixing knobs you're refering to are actually RF Preamplifiers to improve S/N
(signal to noise) Ratio.
This is similar to what you will need in conjunction with a wireless mic system to control the "volume" levels being sent to your camera and eventually to your audio output.
I have the same microphone and I use this:
That would be good if you have a line in input on your computer (the blue one)
If not, this would work if you don't mind loosing a USB port:
I’m ignorant in audio/gear stuff. I just love to make music use loop pedals.
Lately I’ve been running a sennheiser e835 dynamic microphone and my electric uke (swap cables when switching instruments) through a jamman solo pedal.
Problem is, the mic is terribly quiet compared to the uke.
If i get this mixer, will everything work?
Also, does running a mic->mixer->guitar effect pedal->looper->amp work well?
Not when using Spotify playlists. Thinking of getting something like this: BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_vADLAbTKN7QWR figure I could hook my RCA from controller to a line in, use the master out for monitors and run a 2nd line out from mixer to my PC line in. Would this work?
A small mixer has always worked well for me, something like the small Behringer Xenyx. Cheap, simple, flexible, and you learn a little about live sound.
Behringer Xenyx 502 Premium 5-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and British EQ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FTKDDbGF1PHHE
Hi, I have a Pyle Pro PDMIC58, a Shure SM-58 Knockoff. It's really fulfilled the purpose I wanted it too when I bought it, a cheap and surprisingly clear form of voice.
I do YouTube videos with my friends using gameplay recordings, and I used to have a lot of static with my mic. It is worth noting that I record my videos using Shadowplay, which means that the audio cannot be ' cleaned up ' afterwards, as Gameplay audio is there as well, and it leaves the sound a bit mushy.
I connect my microphone to a small USB Soundcard, from my old Logitech G430. This cleaned up immense static, and that sample can be heard here.
I then decided that I was done with static, and am using Adobe Audition's Adaptive Noise Reduction feature to clean audio piped in, and output it through Line 1 using Virtual Audio Cable. The end result is extremely satisfying static free music... but with a couple of caveats. Here's a sample of the post-processed audio.
There are 2 caveats. 1) The post processing takes up a small amount of CPU, usually negligible, except for when I'm playing taxing games. 2) The audio coming out of Adobe Audition will occasionally be extremely distorted and buzzing. I believe this is due to the CPU being over taxed when playing the aforementioned games. ( Sorry for the lack of context and dumb Prequel Meme! ) Sample here.
Vocaroo doesn't have the absolute best quality sound, and I can assure you there's far more distinct crackling, like my words are being distorted but not at the same time. It's odd. Also of note, the audio glitch and distortion is only in recordings, which is the only thing that uses Line 1. Teamspeak, the program I use for my VOIP, is using my mic before post processing. So the distortion is obviously occurring in Adobe Audition somewhere.
The question I seek to ask, is I want to make my microphone have the quality of the Adobe Audition post-processing, without having to actually run the software. I'm not sure, but I think a pre-amp / USB audio interface would help me greatly here? Would this be an adequate product for my needs, or am I in the complete wrong area?
It's worth noting my Pyle Pro is an unbalanced mic, and that pre-amp provides 24/7 phantom power. There are other pre-amps where I can toggle that off, however. Please advise, thanks. My brother in law is also proficient with a soldering iron, and from what I've seen on YouTube, balancing this mic is extremely easy, moving one cable and removing the solder connection on pins 3 and 1.
Well then I can't answer about the amp, but here's the mic I bought: https://www.amazon.com/Shure-SM48-LC-Dynamic-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B0002D0HY4
It's the Shure SM48 which is a budget model of the Shure SM58(the model used during pretty much all beatbox battles). It costs less than half what the SM58 costs with very minor differences in audio quality. If you really want bass to come through as well, I would also reccomend you get this mixer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000J5UEGQ/ref=oh_aui_i_d_old_o0_img?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
It's only $40 which is the cheapest you'll find a mixer of this quality. You can adjust the bass settings to your liking no matter what set up you're using, on an amp or recording on a computer.
To hear audio from two different devices you will need a mixer.
mixer from ebay
mixer from amazon
I compared different mixers from both websites and found the best one. I did your work for you 😉
If I'm not mistaken, wouldn't a mixer like this be what you need along with a decent CPU capable computer? Not an audio expert though.
Mixer is hardware. It allows you to plug multiple devices into one "source" that you can then listen to. I'll put a link to a good starter one below. H.264 is still the best way to encode which is all CPU driven so adding a GPU won't help you unless you are going to use NVENC or AMD encoding via a GPU.
Another question, are you a partnered streamer? If not, you won't always have transcode available so streaming at 6000kbps will limit the amount of people who can watch you. Streaming at less than 6000kbps on a 1080p60 stream will make it look pixelated. This also matters on the type of game. If you're playing an RTS like civilization where there isn't a lot of movement on screen you can get away with a lower bitrate at 1080p but if you're playing games with a lot of fast movement you're better off streaming at 720p60 at 3000kbps because then even mobile users can watch you if they are in a decent signal area.
I'm not sure about listening to both through the TV itself, but you can output your TV's audio as well as your phone's audio through an audio mixer or an A/V receiver and into a speaker system. A mixer like this or a reciever/amplifier like this would work just fine.
There are benefits for using both. A/V receivers are optimized for home theatre systems (processing both audio and video signals from separate devices, hence "A/V") and can output audio to a surround sound system, whereas mixers are usually used to process audio only (used in music studios/concert venues/home recording.)
For the simple purpose of playing two audio sources at the same time I'd go with a cheap mixer, but if you are looking to upgrade your home theatre system in the future, then maybe consider investing in a receiver. You'll need a set of speakers for either one, and probably adapter cables if using a mixer.
2 Radars into a mini mixer?
I'm using a Behringer Xenyx 502 - it only has one mic input so you may want to look into the Xenyx 802 (2 mics) or the 1202 (4 mics) if you need more.
Could use more info on your current setup equipment wise. I think the easiest way to do what you want is to get a cheap mixer like this one. You just split the output and route it to both computers.
It might also be possible in software with something like synergy. http://synergy-project.org/
Yeah, sounds like you've tried everything. That's odd. It might be a problem with your PS4 but I don't know. You could check your PS4 video output settings. Maybe playing with those settings will fix the issue. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
I will say that I'm happy I upgraded to the Pro. It's not a huge improvement but games do look a little better and have a higher/smoother framerate. Plus, it has an optical audio output, so if you still have trouble with audio extractors, you can use a digital to analog audio converter to get audio from your PS4 to headphones or speakers. You can also add a mixer and get volume control. That's what I use now and it's great.
Digital to analog converter
5 channel mixer
It's not sadly. Got rid of it not too long ago actually. :( I would suggest this though if it's just for a microphone, it's pretty cheap and works well from what I've heard/read.
This can mix two separate stereo inputs into one output. you just need TRS to TR adapters
Would this let me hear all 3 at once?
Also why is an 8 channel mixer only limited to 4 instruments?
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&amp;qid=1539275837&amp;sr=8-2&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&amp;keywords=stereo+mixer&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=517QoJlNM0L&amp;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!
This is the correct answer.
Since you already have phantom power supply you'd be able to use a Xenyx 502. You could also use this interface with or without the phantom power supply. With either of these I'd recommend using the RCA out to Line in on the PC, with a cable like this.
The one you're looking at already comes with an XLR cable, so you're good there. I made the mistake of buying a separate cable, when both the boom arm I bought, and the audio interface, both came with their own cables. Long story short, I have 2 spare XLR cables.
The 2 things you'll need to make the above work:
If you want a more reliable mixer: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MG10XU-Bundle-Cables-Polishing/dp/B0711M2VRR/ This will last you longer than the Behringer.
i have a phantom power microphone and dt990s running through a fiio e10k, can i run both of those through this without losing any quality?
i want to buy this one https://www.amazon.it/Behringer-XENYX-502-studio-karaoke/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1543129680&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=mixer
Echoes is far and away better than some of my more left field albums in the USA. Will this Behringer mixer board allow me to sell either of them on vinyl is fact that the picture only partially covered the vinyl.
https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ + https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-5-Pack-Plated-Adapter/dp/B00PIWB2SO/ref=zg_bs_3224439011_20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=Y3ZGNZSK0VV2T8PN6XBS use cables from the headphones out and then use the small adapters (depending on where you live they are easily available from shops like maplins(in the uk, if you are in the uk)) and then plug them into the mixer and plug the headphones into the mixer, audio levels can be changed for both instruments, and the mix etc
Get one of these and then the right adapters. Those are very cheap to get, probably could get some at guitar center.
We sing pretty straightforward post-punk. So, think - pretty melodic (if not "soft") verses but with dynamics that sometimes can get... loud.
I plan to use this everywhere from practice (small room) to house shows to the occasional larger club/theater performance (Not common and usually we just use the venue's equipment in that scenario.)
I have a giant recording console that I'd rather not move around, and then I have this as a portable mixer.
I don't think that would work, as it doesn't have a headphone output. Pretty much any small cheap mixer with a headphone out would work though. The Behringer Xenyx 502 is the cheapest I could find with a quick search, but there may be even cheaper options out there.
A mixer at your mic split to both PC will work. With that mic you might want a good mixer anyway. https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ Most small mixers will have 2 outputs. You can also use virtual solutions like Vban, Virtual Audio Cable, and Voice Meeter banana to pickup the mic and bring over to the stream PC. https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/ These come in handy because there's often other stuff (discord, games, music, etc) that you might want to pickup from your game machine and mix differently before they end up in OBS.
I currently do the same with an additional keyboard through this https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1550115467&amp;sr=8-6&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&amp;keywords=behringer+mixer&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=51GyTA4WTHL&amp;ref=plSrch
Would something like this be able to mix them together? https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-Premium-5-Input-British/dp/B000J5UEGQ
This combo has been very nice for me. Input for my PS4, Alexa, PC (through usb), and phone audio.
Here’s a diagram I made on my phone. Running audio for an event at the moment.
Plug the usb card into your PC. plug the items into the mixer. Plug the Audio output from the mixer into the IN channel on the usb audio card. Flip on the “Monitor audio” switch. Plug your headphones into the convenient jack on the USB audio card.
only buy the usb audio card. You don’t need a mixer. Get a 3.5mm stereo to RCA stereo (headphone jack to red white cable). Plug this into the in slots on the usb audio card. Plug the card into PC. Plug headphones into jack on the card. It has a volume knob on headphones that will let you control it.
I would heavily recommend the usb audio card I linked. If you want more versatility, grab a mixer too. Message me if you do grab anything and need help setting it up.
BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YzONBbJV9RHD7
BEHRINGER U-Control Uca202 Ultra Low-Latency 2 In/2 Out Usb/Audio Interface With Digital Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KW2YEI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TAONBb1FJ01ZQ
I don't think it would make that much of a difference (if any) if you were to use either the PS4 or TV SPDIF.
I have my PS4, XBOX, TV, etc. going to my powered monitors via a mixer.
This is connected to my TV. - SPDIF DAC
Which goes to this. But you don't really need it unless you have multiple sources you want to easily switch to. - RCA Switch
Switch is connected to this. - USB Mixer
Or you can get the smaller version.
Or one cheaper without the USB.
a sound card, any kind will do.
2 sets of 3.5mm to 1/4" splitters
a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter (Don't need if your headset already has one)
a mixer like this
Hook up your 2 sound cards and headphones to the ports at the top of the mixer. Set only Teamspeak to use this sound card as playback device. Everything will still use the system default. Touch the knobs to adjust volumes.
You could run a little mixer to adjust the audio: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ
With that you can probably max out the volume on the control module for the speakers and hide it, using the mixer to adjust the sound instead. With this setup you'd still be using the monitor create analog audio from your TV box, if not you'd need a cheap DAC that would take the coax digital and turn it into RCA output.
I'll just preface by saying that the fullest extent of my knowledge is amateur voice over/acting and having ran a small YouTube channel however with that being said there are a few recommendations i can give.
I was unable to find an exact match to the 7dayshop Aero Freedom which is what i wound up using after my Bose Quietcomfort 25's wound up broken due to an internal wire becoming loose, regardless i found that with getting these headphones i was more making a trade off rather than a downgrade, they're louder than the bose, "base-ier" than them and have only a slightly softer high end and about the same in terms of the mid frequency. Overall if the Quietcomfort 25 is 100% then you're getting 85% of that experience for much less (And the noise cancelling is a must if you like me are extremely sensitive to noise).
Audio Interface: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J5UEGQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Now as to why you should be looking into getting an audio interface? well this mostly has to due with the microphone pick but generally you will be getting a quality pre-amp, decent EQ and later on you can use the 2nd track to process the audio to your headphones (great for listening to music) all of this results in much lower background noise (increase volume with the preamp then reduce it on the main out/windows) and the ability to make decent adjustments to the high and low frequencies of your microphone.
So the reason I would pick the PDMIC is tri-fold, 1st even with very cheap dynamic microphones the design is so similar (and i suppose easy to manufacture?) that the quality difference between a $20 dynamic microphone and a $100 microphone is minimal at best and once your signal has been through the audio interface it should be nearly indistinguishable to a pricier model (https://youtu.be/_Vqz44dijw0?t=213)
All that's left is a TRS to 3.5mm cable which you can get for about $7 this is just to connect the interface's main out connector to your PC.
I can grab a picture of it when I get home from work but its this one: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417804212&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=behringer+802+mixer
The mic: MXL 770 - Used ~£65 from eBay, I got mine for £70 on Amazon, they look to be going for £92 right now
Mixer - Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer - ~£33 Amazon link
I guess I got lucky, but it's leagues ahead of the Yeti.
> plug my headphones into my PS4 and listen to the game sound, while I also use my headset for my PC
It is possible to use two headsets. It will not be comfortable or convenient.
Best option would probably just be to grab something like this. Plug your PC and PS4 into the mixer, balance audio levels, and output to a single headset. You'd have to get an extender to send your mic to your PC, though, if it's a combined headset.
Alternatively... speakers for PS4, headset for PC, set Discord to PTT?
You can buy one of these :)
Hello, I am looking to buy a mixer to reduce background noise, equalize my voice, and add a bit of treble and bass to it. Normally I do all of this in audacity, but sometimes it's just not enough if something isn't quite right with the source.
I have a phantom powered microphone that outputs through a 3.5mm auxiliary.
I'm still pretty new to audio and broadcasting, so I was wondering if there was a mixer I could get ~$60 or less that would help make my audio quality sound better. I'm just looking at this right now, as it's cheap on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B000J5UEGQ/
Thoughts? Suggestions? Tips?
Here's the mixer I use for my PC and Switch:
BEHRINGER XENYX 502 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fEwUAbD6SZ2FS
Get two 3.5mm TRS to dual 1/4" TS cable and a dual 1/4" TS to female 3.5mm TRS adapter for your headphones. I use the Hosa cables because they're cheap.
I've been using the mixer for over a year with no issues (used it for my Xbox One before I got my Switch).
I also have a cheap USB audio adapter for the Switch because the headphone jack buzzes when my Switch is in the dock.
Yeah, having a small interface can make those mics actually sound really good. For future proofing of better mics, i would recommend these at one point or another. If latency free monitoring is important, Use the first one
Recording on a budget with an XLR mic needs at minimum a mic preamp circuit and some level adjustment. See this option. To get everything into a computer with one piece step up to this for a few dollars more
Edit: this option is even cheaper.
The Scarlett Audio interface is a better option but twice the money.
Well theres the Yeti
Or you can get an analogue mic with an XLR output and get a 3.5mm Stereo Jack Plug to 2 x 6.35mm Mono Audio Cable Going form your PC to a Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer
Obviously these are all up to you, I'm just suggesting stuff here.
You would need a basic 2-channel mixer that will bring any sources you want through RCA and output to the powered speakers.
You would have to go from the mixers 1/4" TRS cable to the input on the Yamaha powered subwoofer, and then use the XLR outputs on the powered subwoofer into both your studios inputs and use the mixer for all your volume control.
For example - http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1452408602&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=audio+mixer
You use an audio mixer to "mix" two or more audio sources into one. (ex: PC audio + Xbox audio > headphones)
This can be done with software (http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Voicemeeter/banana.htm) or hardware (http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/)
Agreed. I run a Push with a Livid DS1 in an 8 channel configuration, and the 8 channels also gives you the benefit of limitations to be creative in finding ways around, while keeping the setup relatively tidy and manageable.
There may well be a way of doing all that with just your interface and a mixer. However, I'm not familiar enough with the Babyface to say definitively; I'd say snag the breakout cable if you haven't already and a small format mixer when you can. The mixer is also just a handy piece of hardware to have in general, and you'll find uses for it in a variety of situations. Something like a Behringer 502 will do you just fine while still fitting in a backback; I've actually had one for about 6 years now and haven't had a problem with it.
Guy who knows almost nothing about audio stuff here asking what is probably a very basic question. I am looking to combine two audio sources (from a PC and a Wii U) so I can listen to them both at the same time, through the same set of headphones, for personal usage. Would something like this be able to do that without many issues? If not, is there anything around the same price which will?
Yeah, not really the right sub, but what you probably need is a mixer, something like this for example: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-502-XENYX502-5-Channel-Mixer/dp/B000J5UEGQ/
Would certainly work. RCA outs to your receiver and you should be good for this instance.
As others have said, your budget options is an analog mixer or doing it in software on a computer. The software part is probably the best if you're only using one sound source in addition to the mic. Just plug the headset in the USB sound card, the USB mic to the computer and dick around in the sound mixer. For Windows 7 it's right click the tray icon, "recording devices", click "properties" on the mic, "listen", check the box for "listen to this devices", select the desired output channel and click "OK". I got ~200ms latency on my system, but others might help you get this lower. I've just used Windows for games the last decade, so this is as far as I can help you.
I personally route/combine the sound from two computers using a Behringer 502 mixer, but I'm sure there are newer alternatives, and there is a 502 USB which is probably better for routing the end result to a computer. The disadvantage of analog is that quality cost money, and you might end up degrading the signal with enough steps. I also had to "airgap" the computers from the mixer using optical cables and cheap DACs to avoid a ground hum, but I'm sure there are better ways of dealing with this. I'm using a Windows/Linux pair of computers and a USB mic connected to a USB switch connected to both (and regularly switch the mic between the two systems), which is partly why I'm doing it this way. In a pure Linux environment I'd rather just fix everything with a few low latency Pulseaudio JACK sinks and route all sources from one computer over the network to the other and mix in software there, but my analog solution "just works" and has snazzy physical knobs for individual channels and monitor volume.
Behringer makes multiple versions of that kind of soundboard. If you're not recording multiple people or using multiple microphones, it's not worth it. The sound quality doesn't go up, just the amount of options. If you're only recording with that 1 mic, then get this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=psdc_11974871_t3_B000J5Y214
Also, This might not apply to you but, I bought a usb mic and used an XLR-to-USB chord to plug into my soundboard. My audio kept clipping (becoming so loud that it cracks) and I had to buy this as a go-between for the adapter chord and the board. It lowers the mic's natural volume: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZLX2TU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
You probably wont need it but if you have the same problem then pick it up after you get your other stuff.
Hey there :) thank you so much for your reply
The reason for which I wanted to go for for an amped signal into onboard sound card was that I wanted to eventually get a good PCI-E sound card for virtual surround sound for gaming. I was looking at mixers like this.
I'm now going to start to look for a USB sound card that facilitates good ingame sound -> virtual surround sound capabilities. In case you have recommendations (I need to make full use of the potential of the Teufel Real Z, I want good audio quality, and at the same time I want to be able to have it calculate virtual surround from gaming audio output), please tell me what you would get!
So something like this might work?
I'm sure this would be fine Behringer Xenyx 502 Premium 5-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and British EQ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5UEGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_5O4QCbGM00QMJ
Plus if you're into audio you can probably find other uses for it
Yeah, just had to get home to get the model number:
I use Shure SM-58 Mics simply because they are pretty much bomb-proof and do a great job of canceling out background noise.
I've never been a fan of USB mics.
But I have both my mics and my computer audio coming into this so that I can level out everything and then run it back into recording PC as a single stream.
Being able to hear yourself while you stream without the software delay of using a separate mic line is, what I consider, a must-have.
How about just a smaller Behringer Xenyx, maybe the 502?.
It does utilise phantom power, but you can't switch it on or off, so if you plug your condenser mic into the XLR port phantom power will be provided, to use a mic without phantom power you have to use the line port (just below XLR), so you may need a different cable (XLR - Line) for a different mic. Bit annoying but it's small, cheap and does what you need. Hope that helps.
Perfect... You could even get a crappy 2 channel mixer with headphone monitoring... I am NEVER one to recommend Behringer, but if budget is an issue, even this would work. You plug in the XLR from the sound board into the XLR port, and plug in your headphones... $50. Don't expect amazing audio quality or for it to last 20 years.
Thanks for your answer. Will something like this work?
So if I run my headphones through a soundboard it, it will not cause any damage to any equipment?
This $45 model does have headphone amplification built-in, but it's quite a bit bulkier. With this amp you would have to use the speaker-out from your computer and make sure that volume is set correctly along with the mixer's output volume.
With the previous mixer + a headphone amp, you would hook it up to your computer's line-out (fixed volume), set the volume on the mixer to a medium level then adjust the volume only at the amp. So that option might be a little more hassle-free. They would take up less space but the cable between the mixer and amp may introduce some unwanted clutter.
This is what I would use if you don't already have an interface with XLR input and phantom power
I personally use this.
I have my PC on one input, and my TV on another input (so I can watch a movie or something on my PC and play console games with one pair of headphones)
With the mixer I linked, you can have three inputs and two outputs, which is perfect for your setup.
You'll need three of these to connect to inputs 2/3 and 4/5 as well as the main out output. Then you also need two of these to go to the first input, and the other output.
I highly recommend that mixer, it works fantastically and is built tremendously.
All told it will run you about ~$50
If you have any questions let me know!
Yeah, for a loopback without delay, you'd need an external sound mixer with a stereo input (for the PC sound) and a mono input (for the mic), as well as a monitor out (for your headphones), and a line out or a Y splitter to get the mic into the PC.
You could do that with a 40$ behrigner board or else, really doesn't need to go with an expensive option
Use an Audio Mixer like the "Behringer Xenyx 50" via https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000J5UEGQ
Hey sorry to bother again. Ok so if I got this mixer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J5UEGQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;psc=1
and these cords: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000068O3C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;psc=1
should that work in theory?
I was looking at this BEHRINGER XENYX 502
Would this sound okay? I don't mind spending more if there's a noticeable sound quality increase? What about tube pre-amps? Worth it?
So something like this would be a good choice.
> topics could include - different types of mics - mixers demystified - how to use EQ to improve the sound of your voice - what is compression and why you need it ...etc.
I could totally go for this. I'm getting a mixer and would love to know how to utilize it fully as I have a basic knowledge of what to do.
Mixer: Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer
I don't believe that there is a way to have a zero delay software solution. Since it has to pass through your computer, it needs to be processed in some way before it can be played back. Perhaps an external mixer like the one that i'm currently using would work well for you, if you need a mic monitor with no delay. I'm using a XENYX X1622USB in the pic, but for your needs, a simple XENYX 502 could suit your needs perfectly.
EDIT: the Zalman mic that you mentioned requires a boost if you want to plug that into a mixer. Something like this and a 3.5mm to 1/4" audio adapter would be required.
This is the one I have. It works fine for that purpose.
Perfect! Ive just done some research and I wont need a USB version will I, so i will go with the cheaper one.(https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=dp_cerb_1)
Yes I would like to use it for my game chat, I have thought about this and think it would just be best to use a webcam mic or something similar. Please tell me any alternatives.
Thank you so much for the response.
Stupid question.. but if if I'm using this mixer: https://www.amazon.ca/Premium-8-Input-2-Bus-Preamps-British/dp/B000J5XS3C
Does it matter how many tracks the recording device has if my mixer only has one stereo out? Is there a way to connect my instruments into both the mixer and the instruments, or have something like the DR-40 record the separate mixer channels as separate tracks?
Unless I am misunderstanding that your needs are a microphone, a PC input, potentially a second PC input, with the ability to act as a 2-channel USB interface, this should get the job done.
One reason I'm suggesting Yamaha is ASIO audio driver support. This isn't uncommon, it's just that Yamaha owns Steinberg, so seems likely to work decently.
BTW - you can get cheaper mixers, the trick is the USB interface with the PC. IF you didn't need that, this Behringer gets the job done
I've been using a mixer in this way for years; it's nice to have a Youtube on whilst playing a game too - why not? Something like [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments) would allow you to mix 3 stereo sources.
You may want to consider something like this:
It's inexpensive and would allow him to record both Microphones and Keyboards into the computer (stereo in).
i can definitely afford something better, i just wanted something on the cheap end so i could practice at home. do you have any recommendations? i was thinking something maybe like this
I would suggest this mixer as a cheaper alternative. When we first started my podcast we got these mics which although slightly different work well enough (we still use both, added in another MXL990 and a Shure SM57A Beta which although more a live sound mic works okay). The MXL990 is nice though a little more expensive individually. Add in stands and cables and you have a package right around your limit. I would also suggest pop filters. The extra $10-15 for them pays off in the end.
Hope that helps.
The MicPortPro from CEntrance is pretty good idea. But a simple behringer board (link below) with the tape-out outputs going directly to your mic port on your comp should do the job fine. You will just need to buy the cables.
If you are recording a "live" type show just use audacity. record it and send it out.
If you want to do some editing use Reaper. these programs are free
finish it off with levelator (until you familiarize yourself with the programs) to keep the levels the same between episodes.
Total cost about 85$ with the cables.
I have run this setup for years and I get no complaints about my sound quality.
The presonus fader port isn't really going to be of any use if you are doing multitrack mixing. It is useful if your just demoing/playback a track that is already mixed.
There is no such thing as "best" for FL studio. There is only what fits your needs. So you need to figure out what your trying to do and invest in a tool that helps you with or fulfills that need.
Obviously digital consoles would work best with FL studio but an analog console will also work. For example, lots of twitch streamers use analog consoles like this one. I don't recommend Berhinger as a brand. Instead a Mackie would be a better choice. Such as this one
There is also mastering consoles but they tend to be very expensive.
> Can you suggest a solution to the problem, something I can try out, or a new stereo selector, preferably one that doesn't cost a fortune? The current box allows me to plug inputs and outputs in anywhere and select which I want to use. I supposed I could get by with just one input and 3 or more outputs, but I'd prefer to keep the current arrangement.
i use a mixer, which gives me the the option to adjust volume and bass, mid and treble on the fly.
something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1523218946&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=mixer+xenyx
I think I will try audacity. I tried using it a little bit before but that was with a laptop integrated mic...
Would something like this work for plugging guitars into the pc?
I'm trying to buy a mic/effect pedals set up for my friend for his birthday. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to do it cheapest? I specifically am thinking about guitar pedals as I have some I could lend him.
I've been reading through threads and it seems like these are some options (please correct me if I've made a mistake)
Am I missing anything out from these? I've no experience mic'ing acoustic instruments so a lot of this info is cobbled together. I would want to avoid option 3 because i think a mixer would be overkill. Any advice would be really appreciated, thanks!
It all depends on budget.
Blue Yeti Microphone // c920 Webcam // Behringer Mixer
3 links to what you would need, if you have a decent budget, you might want to use an XLR microphone for your audio mixer, but then you would have to find a way to chat to people ingame (If you were playing CSGO for example).
In that case you'll need an audio interface like the Behringer Xenyx 802, for example. If you want the output to be through USB then make sure the interface you go with has one.
And that microphone stand is basically as cheap as they get, you're gonna have a hard time finding something cheaper. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Since it's a condenser mic that means it's gonna pick up background noise fairly easy so you're gonna want a stand that gets the microphone close to your face so that you can bring the sensitivity down.
I have this sat on my desk. Its not a DJ mixer, but it does what you want.
Alternatively, if your dead set on using a DJ mixer, just get something cheap and cheerful like the numark m4, I don't see much point in spending silly money.
You would need a hardware device to capture each console. Plenty of them out there from Elgato, AverMedia, Blackmagic. Then configure each one for your streaming software of choice.
I chose to go the Blackmagic path as their products do the encoding on the hardware and each device shows up as a webcam in the software making it really easy on any machine. I use this setup on my MacBook and Ive been told I could even use a MacBook Air no problem.
The next step up would be the Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher. This thing is amazing for multicam broadcast and makes getting up and running simple.
Your next step would be on how to get each person's voice and/or lobby chat from the console. This is going to take an audio mixer and some trial and error to get everyone to hear each other without looping their own voice. The Behringer Xenyx 802 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5XS3C/) can handle all of that and then some.
Now what would be really cool to try and do is a multicam broadcast from players all around the world into one stream. I have some ideas on how to get it done, but have yet been in the situation to give it a go.
Considering something like this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=1MBI546BFW90D&amp;coliid=I2D9T33UK962KK
Simply my opinion but I have used one similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C
for years and it's been great. Just as you can see there, only one Headphone out, so you need some amp to power multiple headphones.
The mixer i'm using is this one if you wanted to know
I am trying to do a podcast with at least two others so I definitely need an audio interface what do you think about the Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=sr_1_13?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498078855&amp;sr=1-13&amp;keywords=audio+interface
You can get a cheap 2 channel mixer for less than $100 (especially if you look for used/refurbished at Guitar Center/Sam Ash). Though, if you aren't performing as a DJ (mixing), you could use a soundboard style mixer. Something like this.
I don't know anything about karaoke programs, but with a little 4 channel mixer you should be able to use one source for non-karaoke playlists, one source for karaoke playlist, and two channels for two microphones.
As far as sign up sheets/apps, if you google "karaoke sign up apps" you'll see a few free programs that might work for you.
keep in mind that game and other can't share an input, at least not without an A/B switch or just re-patching. just looked again and saw that 3 inputs are from your PC, right? so maybe disregard what I just wrote. How would those three things go to 2 inputs to mix? does the computer have more than one output?
your mic is mono right? so that's 1 mixer channel.
I suspect the other inputs you list are stereo so you need 2 mono channels for each one unless your mixer has stereo channels. Most mixers have one or two stereo channels to the right side of the mixer. these other inputs ( tablet and PC) are "line level" ( not mic level) so, they typically go into 1/4 jacks on a mixer ( rather than in the mic level XLR inputs)
Something like this behriger might fit your need - if what you need is two stereo line level inputs and one mono XLR mic level input.
I did no shopping around picking this, And I am less than clear about what you
haveneed , so take that link as a starting point
So I'm looking to combine a couple of analogue sources (2 consoles + PC) through a mixer to my headphones.
Is there a stereo mixer that's compact and ideally on the cheaper side of things? The ones I've seen like this have a lot of features I don't particularly want or need. Would prefer to buy via Amazon UK if possible.
Budget? Needs? Is it just for vocals? Need more info.
That said, this is the best speaker money can buy at that low of a price. If you need to amplify more than one thing, get a simple 4-6 channel analog mixer like this.
Gonna preface this with I don’t know if a mixer board that you want for that price range is possible, so I cannot answer your question.
If you still choose to read then what I can’t stress enough is not getting a cheap mixer. If you ever plan to upgrade your stream it’s wasted money on a this starter mixer that even if you find you will quickly outgrow or wish you had more options.
It’s better to save money and buy a quality used one from Ebay, I cannot be more happy with my audio setup but it wasn’t cheap. But like quality lighting, and a good DSLR camera, this is not something you will change for years (If ever) and will survive ifnyou decide to do a two PC setup.
I do wish I could link you something in that price range with those outputs and faders instead of knobs but even doing an Amazon search I am not coming up with anything. There are a couple Behringer ones but not with the faders you seek and the quality is nowhere near that of a Yamaha, Mackie, etc. the best I could find was:
Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5XS3C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Ygl6Cb8C45CWN
If you can wait I would highly recommend the Yamaha MG12XU. The quality is superb, I have full dual PC functionality. It’s pretty amazing and you can get one open box/used for 225-250 on Ebay (not including the price of cables/sound cards). I wrote a guide on setting it up below
Thanks, very useful info!
Regarding the XLR to 1/4", would it matter that the PA speaker itself is powered? Probably still worth spending the extra $20 to get the necessary XLR inputs though.
The application of my FX can be uniform for all 3 inputs. So would I just use the 1/4" FX send output into the FX pedal, then input back into one of the unused 1/4" channels? I'm confused because I see an "FX out" but no designated "FX In." Would I use the AUX Return?
For reference, what I'm looking at:
Ok you'll need 4 mics then. Using a cheap AT2100 will still deliver great audio quality.
Now you plug those 4 mics either into a Zoom H5 or a Behringer mixer. From there you can feed the signal into a laptop for recording.
Obviously you'll need XLR cables for this too.
Then you can use Audacity or Garageband which are free editors to edit the show to get started. You could use a free trial of another one like Hindenburg if you want to try a better one.
That should be all you need equipment wise.
Then you need to host it somewhere. Maybe your company can whip up a website and let you host the files there somewhere. Otherwise you're looking at Libsyn at $7-$20 a month.
Here's a mic that is good for cancelling out background noise while picking up voice really well. It needs a nice audio interface too. That's the setup I'd go with. The interface mixer combo allows for precise equalizing to your satisfaction and the mic is a neat entry level vocal mic that can be upgraded later on if you feel the need for it. Great starter kit around the desired price point if you ask me.
I'm looking for something that would allow me to connect my blue yeti pro mic (stereo xlr, requires phantom power) to my computer. Also need to mix sound output from two computers (onboard audio) to one set of headphones. Would this mixer do or are there better options / more hardware required ?
Thanks for the awesome reply. I realize that the unit I linked above would not work that way I wanted it to. That's why I figured I would ask here. Would something like this one work for my purposes? Here is a diagram of it.
So basically I would plug in my mic into 1, turn the level pot all the way down and the fx pot all the way up. plug my pc into 3/4 and console into 5/6 both with level adjusted accordingly and fx all the way down. Then for outputs the FX send would be plugged into my sound card for the mic and I would plug in my speakers to the main out and headphones to phones, correct?
Oh, so i just read that the unit I just linked has 2 busses but in the details it says that it has POST fader aux sends which is bad, right? maybe I should look at something else. Are there any recomended brands? My budget is higher than the $65 cost of the unit above. I could easily go double that, but I'm trying to remain cost effective.
This is not bad if you want something soon and on the cheap, but it doesn't have an EQ which is also something you'd want. You'd also need stereo 1/4" to 3.5mm cords... And assuming your controller has 1/4" outs.
If you're willing to wait for Amazon this is a little more versatile in terms of connections and does have an EQ.
Ah I see, I noticed that the first time I DJ'd for a party. My friend had a set of wires that worked as a mixer, but no mixing controller like this. I have kept an ipod ready, because crashing and malfunctions happens far too often without a legit setup, but never considered having it ready in a separate channel, so that's awesome.
So most speakers have cords which go into mixers? if not what kind of wire setups do they have, and do most speakers need separate adapters to plug into a laptop?
and Do mixers have their own separate programs which connect straight to the computer/laptop?
I've seen preview buttons on some programs, now I can see how they are useless without having two audio outputs. I've always wanted to mix with Ableton-esque programs, so I can make legitimate remixes, rather than just looping sound and adding in samples :)
My problem is, when I watch most DJ's with professional controllers and equipment, I hardly ever see them doing any work. Many times I have seen DJ's be working on the mixing (the previews) and nothing looks live (For example, I often see a DJ scratching and changing EQ traits, while the current song is playing and never hear an alteration later). I'll definitely try out some equipment at next opportunity, unfortunately, I'm in Northern Japan for the summer and access to a good store is distant.
Thanks for the links!! I'll do some research!
I would trust that Behringer makes good, affordable mixers.
My bad must've messed up the copy paste. The model is a Behringer Xenyx 802.
I have a general understanding of what I need to do, connecting the ports on my PC/sound card to the mixer but I could use help on the details and I'm not sure how to split the audio to different ports on the same card so they can be routed to the mixer channels.
Would you suggest this specific mixer? http://www.amazon.ca/Premium-8-Input-2-Bus-Preamps-British/dp/B000J5XS3C
I agree with tplgigo. Here is a link to a decent mixer, mics and mic cable.
XLR Mic Cable (Pic the lenght that works best for you).
You need a DAC (and I would recommend a MIDI to USB interface so that he can plug in a midi keyboard)
and a pretty inexpensive MIDI interface as well as a small mixer to balance his inputs:
If he plan to do all music via software only, then all he needs is a DAC for his monitors.
You might have to get a mixer. I use the xenyx q802usb. $65.
In the recent past, I did a deep dive into audio recording as a hobby / avocation. (I actually made some money being a sound person for some indie movies). At one point, I probably had somewhere between $5K - $12K of audio equipment.
Here's what I learned:
You're in the range of $300 - $500, it sounds like. The Zoom H5 is $300. A pair of microphone and mixer is going to run you more. I'm not familiar with the Jabra 510, but it's $100 on Amazon. (I'd be skeptical of this based on your needs.) Unless you're prepared to spend significant amounts of money, I would really recommend:
Clients are going to speak too softly or too rapidly at times. That's life. Again, capturing pristine audio in the wild is very, very difficult. (Movies make it look easy, in part 'cause actors learn how to work with the mics for audio capture. If they just talked "normally", much of the dialog would be lost. And recording studios spend tens of thousands of dollars on acoustical treatments for their rooms. For a reason.)
Hopefully, your supervisor does not unreasonably expect perfection. When I've listened to recordings made by my supervisees, I don't expect perfect audio. I expect words to get lost sometimes. Again, that's life.
If you're bound and determined to spend money ....
Again, bottom line: I recommend saving your money and use your smart phone. You can use the money you save for your student loans. And a smart phone is far, far less intrusive on the client's space than a dual microphone set-up with a mixer. (Which is sort of important, no?) And less of a distraction for you. With less things to go wrong.
I'll be curious to hear what you decide.
I'm pretty confused about your picture if your going a mixer route though, as different mixers alone could solve all 3 of your needs/wants. Let me ask this instead: are you just trying to switch just your mic? are you recording your ps4 gameplay/sound? (i'm wondering why you want to run your ps4 audio through pc) i'll suggest these items then along with adding a detailed picture of how I'd set it up:
trrs spliter: https://www.amazon.com/MillSO-3-5mm-Jack-Adapter-CTIA/dp/B071NDLCGC
that mixer: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-802-Premium-8-Input-Preamps/dp/B000J5XS3C
1/4 to 3.5mm cables: https://www.amazon.com/CableCreation-Plated-Stereo-6-35mm-Meters/dp/B01JY2DD9Y
trs switch: https://www.amazon.com/STEREO-Manual-Speaker-selector-available/dp/B073GWCRP3
(x2) 3.5mm cables: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-3-5mm-Stereo-Audio-Cable/dp/B00NO73Q84/
(x2) ST splitters: https://www.amazon.com/iXCC-Splitter-Computer-Multimedia-Speakers/dp/B07259J93F
PS4 usb audio: https://www.amazon.com/KOTION-External-Headset-Adapter-Laptops/dp/B07DRF9TPC
(x2) 3.5mm adapters: https://www.amazon.com/Aurum-Cables-3-Pack-6-35mm-Adapter/dp/B00XAVOW00/
Note: you can get cheaper alternatives to every item i listed from any othersite besides that mixer. Any mixer that has an FX Send/Aux Send will work.
you can negate the switch entirely if you just want to use knobs on a 2-aux send mixer.
This the mixer you using?
So one that I am considering, based on recommendations is this and someone also suggested I get a mixer so I'm considering this too. Though I like the idea of keeping it simple and perhaps buying a separate mixer, thoughts?
Unfortunately I'm no expert in the area.
You'd probably be better asking in something like /r/WeAreTheMusicMakers
Getting a mixer second hand is probably your best bet, but off the top of my head you'd need something like:
But please ask some experts, I've no idea if that setup would actually work. You'll be needing those 6 things though (1x Mixer, 2x Mics, 2x Mic Cables and 1x 3.5mm Mic jack to Mixer connection cable), maybe not those specific models though.
Hello currently I have this setup:
https://imgur.com/a/0Ex48 The output goes to my monitor speakers, 3.5mm output goes to headphones.
The two inputs are from my PC (using RCA via a DAC) and a turntable
Now my question is how would I go about upgrading to this? (and do I even need to upgrade to this, I heard sound would be better?) :
How do I now connect my RCA stuffto the 1/4? jacks? and would this help with sound?
Is it ok to use something like this to connect the output to my speakers? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01CT1XHMU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Same goes for my 3.5mm output
Sorry for all the questions,
Hope you can help!
I agree wth djsci. I would like to add that I would buy a cheap mixer as well. Like this Instead of having to get cables and adapters to split the signal to two seperate speakers just plug the ipod into the mixer (probably through the rca ports) and the speakers into the mono outputs. Now you can turn down the speakers before unplugging the ipod(nobody wants to hear that popping sound) with out climbing behind each speaker and you can plug in a mic and make announcements if you felt so inclined.
After doing quite a bit of research, the ctrl out is independent, so if anyone is looking for a solution to this problem, this mixer is a perfect solution. It allows you to independently control the two outputs!
Thanks again to /u/Dodgeballrocks for the help!
If you have the ability to mic your drums and mix that signal with what you're playing with it will help, a lot.
But the 215's dampen the volume, but don't completely block it out. So you can still hear your drums at a lower volume but can easily hear the music. For the price they cannot be beat.
If you have some cash flow check out a small mixer, something like this, it will allow you to add a mic and control the balance. When you play with a mic you can really hear every little thing you do. It forces you to pay attention to the details.
I'm guessing you're recording in the same room? You'll need a USB mixer. Anything that handles more than 2 mics starts getting pricey, though.
Something like this can handle 4 mics:
The mixer/amp has bad reviews. I'm thinking along the lines of this behringer 4 channel amp and this behringer mixer.
This is great for $99
TBD. We were honestly hoping to get a few episodes in the can before making any major investments, but that might be unavoidable. Here's what I'm looking at so far:
Mixer option 1
Mixer option 2
Audio out to laptop
XLR cables for phantom power
The mics each come with an XLR to 3.5mm cable which would be swapped out. I'm leaning more toward 4 mics and to have people share mics if we have additional guests. 4 is probably more realistic than 6.
The Making of
I decided to start making videos because a friend of mine (who happened to be roommates) decided that we were fairly funny and that it wouldn't be a bad hobby to just try out. Originally we started with hour and something long podcasts 4 years ago. At some point we decided that playing games for people on a regular basis wasn't a bad thing so we started streaming daily got to 150 viewers but we lost our home and had to move over 100 miles from one another and it got harder to stream on a regular basis and fell back into Youtube a little over three months ago. So that is how we started oh so many years ago
TL;DR We thought it was a fun hobby and really enjoyed making people laugh
Sorry if I have rambled on but this is something I am passionate about and in no way do those links support me. This is just something I thought I would include so if you wanted to know exactly what we are working with, in case you wanted a visual or if you were looking to start yourself and liked our quality.
Thanks for the Question :)
How would this work?
Thanks - I saw it had 2 XLR inputs and was planning on using just 2 mic's for now. Maybe the 4 XLR would be a better choice in case I wanted to add a couple more?
Just wondering why you say 8 mix pres? Does that mean 8 potential mic's? I'll take a look at the link though...
Thanks a lot! I have the software, full access to Adobe Creative Cloud, so I'll be using audition to edit. I've had a bit of experience on the software end so that I'm not nearly as worried about.
thats the mixer I was looking at before, but it doesn't have the multiple outputs, or if it has that capability then I would have no idea how to use it. What I've come up with is that I need an audio interface like one of these mixers, which if it doesn't have usb then I'd need a device that would take RCA audio into usb, but I can't find one of those that would take 4 separate inputs other than an internal card that no one seems to sell anymore.
I also saw this one:
but it seemed like I would need 4 of these in order to get 4 mics on 4 tracks.
I think the solution you're looking for is a small format analog mixer, something like this. that will let you downmix to 2 channels in, on the cheap. Using multiple interfaces on the same computer is always dicey. I used to run a live recording rig with two of the same Motu Usb interfaces, which looking back I have no idea how that worked. If they were unplugged, the software wouldn't know which one was which, and your channels would swap unpredictably.
Help with audio equipment for live vocals
Hello, I could really use some help thinking thru the best setup for right now while having some flexibility to upgrade easily in the future. I'm thinking of buying either 1) a portable PA w/ built-in mixer and speakers or an 2) acoustic guitar amp or 3) just a mixer and use existing speakers.
Here's what I want to accomplish right now:
- Karaoke nights with kids/adults. I have both a condenser and a dynamic mic and we'd (I may buy another dynamic so we don't need a stand). I'd like to throw some karaoke parties in our basement supporting, at least, duets along with backing track input (YouTube to the rescue!).
- Mini-gig nights with family/friends in my house supporting 1-2 mics for vocals and 1-3 instruments like acoustic-electric, mandolin, and digital keyboard.
- Solo performance at the house: just like the above but 1 mic and 1 digital keyboard (or maybe the acoustic piano instead)
Here's the struggle I have: the decent all-in-one PA systems are pretty damn expensive and overkill for my needs right now (basement / smaller rooms in house don't need that much juice) although a longer term goal (say 1.5 years out) is for me to be a keyboardist in a band (but seems silly to make such a large advance purchase for future dreams). A ~60W acoustic amp seems nice but they're much more expensive for combo XLR/line inputs (allowing for 1-2 mics + 1-3 instruments).
What are my best options with the current equipment I have to meet the use-cases I mentioned above?
- Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB (only supports 1 mic)
- Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser
- Shure M58
- Edifier R2000DB
I threw in the Edifiers because here's an idea I came up with that's least expensive, for now, while allowing me to upgrade to my own PA speakers/acoustic amp later on: could I buy a Behringer XENYX 1202FX mixer and hook that up via RCA to my Edifiers? It should be sufficient to fill the basement/living room in my house for karaoke + mini-gig-nights, right? The Edifiers are powered w/ amps so it should be fine to feed the mixer, yes? Would an acoustic amp/PA speakers give much better "live music" sound when thinking about karaoke/mini-gig-night?
> La cosa migliore sarebbe sprecare 5 minuti prima di ogni conferenza per regolare i volumi facendo parlare chi deve parlare, magari spostando il mixer in posizione controllabile (cassetto a sinistra?).
Fortunatamente questo setting, durante le conferenze, funziona anche dato che al massimo abbiamo 2 o 3 relatori.
Il problema è durante le assemblee o le riunioni dove i "relatori" possono essere anche 10 che si avvicendano al microfono.
Se nel cassetto, che anche io avevo individuato come posizione ottimale, mettessi un mixer simile?
Quindi avrei 34Mic+PC > Mixer Beringer > Mixer di sala.
Così nel mixer di sala avrei un unico Input (in realtà quel mizer gestisce anche l'audio della telecamera ma sorvoliamo su quello) derivante dai 3 input del beringer.
Il Beringer lo tengo chiuso a chiave e lo apro solo quando devono essere settati i volumi della giornata. Poi di nuovo richiuso fino alla futura necessità.
Speaking from a future proofing and number of inputs perspective, something like a Behringer xenyx Q802 is much more extensable and has many more inputs for basically the same price. It's got low, mid, and high EQ as well as hardware compression and a pretty nice quality DAC for headphones. They have basically the same (only slightly different) audio quality, and there's a FX version of the 1202 on sale for $93 right now which has a built in FX processor (though I honestly don't know what special magic you can do with that, but its only slightly more expensive for more inputs and stuff too.)
Are you looking to mic multiple people at the same time?
I would suggest a lavalier microphone for everybody, these are a good deal for the money.
If you don't get a Mackie mixer, this one might work for you.
If you're just looking for a tripod to stabilize the camera, and you don't plan on panning or tilting smoothly, you can go pretty cheap.
And you'll need to think about lighting.
I need just a relatively basic mixer that has 4 xlr inputs
would this be a decent mixer then
The RMX units should be used as an insert on the master channel. DJM mixers have the ability to insert hardware effects into the master channel, while the Xone 92 does not. I'm guessing that you had the RMX unit connected to your DJM750mk2 via the send and return jacks, and had the return type set to insert. This routes all of your audio through the RMX and you hear only the output of the RMX unit.
When you connect the RMX to the Xone via the aux 2 output and return 2 input (the image you posted of your setup appears to be connected in this manner, but the diagram you linked shows the mix 2 output feeding the RMX unit. DO NOT CONNECT THE RMX UNIT AS DEPICTED IN THIS DIAGRAM, it will cause feedback), you are hearing both the original signal that goes into the RMX unit and the output of the RMX unit. This is why you are able to hear the sequencer/noise effects, but not filter effects. The filter effect is working, but you are still hearing the original signal so you don't notice any change.
Try setting the aux 2 send on channel 4 to pre (by depressing the pre button under the aux 2 knob) and lowering channel 4's up fader. Now with the aux 2 knob on channel 4 turned up, you should hear the RMX unit working as you expect it to. This is because you are know only hearing the return channel.
The proper way to use an RMX unit with a Xone 92 is to run your master output to the RMX unit and route the output of the RMX unit to your amplifier/speakers, not back into the Xone 92. The downside to this setup is your are not able to record the RMX unit via the record output of the Xone 92. In order to record your mix with the RMX effects, you would need a way to split the signal from the RMX to go to a recorder and the amplifier/speakers. Typically this is done with a second mixer (not a dj mixer, something like this).
Keep in mind with that mixer you have no real room for expansion. It only has two ports for XLR. Spend a little extra and go with this one if you're on a budget.
I honestly wouldn't use behringer for mixers after my personal experience with them. They make pretty decent mics (I've been using a set of these for years and have been very happy although I wouldn't discourage you from getting the mics you linked), but I had one of their mixers and it crapped out in less than a year. Maybe if you've got a stationary setup it will do better, but we're kind of a mobile operation and those mixers are not durable.
Yeah, USD TO CAD $290 + (MP shipping) 40$.. I think that's how that price is made up... not sure if they tax it. the ETA shipping would be July 10th to 17th aka I think they ship it from the US.
also it's a great setup for my desktop, but I need to figure out how to have multiple inputs without buying a Reciever... I thought about getting a mixer but I'm nervous about noise..(Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps and British EQs - https://www.amazon.ca/Premium-12-Input-2-Bus-Preamps-British/dp/B000J5Y282/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498564571&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=mixer)
I need input for a Macbook, DJ set & Desktop (DAC Aune t1 mk2)
I do this for my lil ghetto karaoke setup,
Get a cheap mixer, i personally use a behringer:
Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps and British EQs https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000J5Y282/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_pzeKDbHGTRSFM
You could always try this Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM1800S Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphones, 3-Pack (at 30-40 bucks a pop you can buy two for SIX mics) and TASCAM DR-40, and as many of these splitters as you need. We've put our mics into these splitters and they work splendidly. You'll also need XLR cables for the mics as well. If you have two friends who are louder than everyone else I guess you could also buy a mixer for a little more control.
Anyways, I have the DR-40, Behringer mics, and the splitters. They work pretty damn well for how cheap you can get them. You get great portability, as well.
A lot of these guys are probably a lot more pro than me, so they're probably the ones to listen to if you want to be super legit. If you are on a budget, though, I can confirm that this setup works quite well! Minus the mixer you could probably get everything for six people having a their own mic for ~$300.
Edit: The DR-40 comes with a 2GB memory card but you might want to upgrade it a little bit just in case. SD cards are pretty cheap now, though!
Edit Edit: You'll also want some stands, too... and these windscreens.
It might end up around like $300-$400 bucks. But when some of those Blues cost $100 per mic for the cheapest ones, it's kinda a good deal for all of the stuff you'll get. Also, if podcasting doesn't work out you now have all the equipment to start a karaoke bar.
If you want to spend money and not just use your laptop you will need the following.
3 XLR microphones, stands and cables
A mixer with at least 3 XLR inputs
If you want to all listen on headphones you will need a splitter for that
A few assorted cables i will list
And garage band or some other recording software.
I have listed below what i used starting out.
[Headphones splitter] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M0TN6U/ref=oh_details_o08_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1)
[Microphone cables] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008B2DBY6/ref=oh_details_o08_s02_i00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1)
[Other cables] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HGM1D6/ref=oh_details_o08_s02_i02?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1) These are used to go from your mixer into the recording device and also from the mixer into the headphone splitter.
Hope this helps.
No if you don't want to get phantom power you should be able to plug in directly into your computer (because it comes with the XLR to aux cable) IF your computer provides enough power, if not then it would need phantom power and a female to male XLR cable like so.
This is in the product description:
>1.The Condenser Microphone only works with the device that could provide enough power(Voltage Required:5V) for it.
When connected with desktop computer, the Microphone could be used alone;
When connected with laptop computer, please connect the laptop to electrical outlet, or use a 48V phantom power to get enough power if the sound is not clear and high enough.
>2.If your device could not provide enough power(when used with Amplifier or Mixer, etc.), the sound volume recorded might be low, and please use a extra 48V phantom power adapter to connect it.(phantom power adapter is not included).
>3.The microphone can not be used with mobile phone and tablet computer. *NOTE: It cannot work with Mac.
>4.If you want better sound effect, a sound card should be used.
>5.When recording, please put the microphone away from the amplifier to prevent recording noise due to amplifier.
I hope I'm posting this in the right place.
I'm looking for a low-end solution for recording vocals, connected to a PC.
I have absolutely no experience whatsoever with audio hardware. My wife loves to sing - and though I am of course biased, I think she's pretty good at it - and so I want to get her a gift of some recording equipment.
I'm not looking for anything high-end; I'd like for it to be "decent", but it doesn't have to be professional level hardware. I'd like to be able to get everything for somewhere between $300-400 if possible. So, specifically, I'm looking for...
I assume there might need to be an amp in there somewhere? I don't know, I don't know anything about this stuff.
Would anyone please be willing to give me some recommendations on parts, and what specifically I will need? Thank you.
Edit: Okay, what about this?
Scarlett Solo USB Interface
Seinnheser HD280 Headphones
Copy/paste of a budget setup I've been putting together lately:
I think all told that runs you about $400, but you can use that to set up a solid Glyn Johns set up. If you want to multitrack the rest of a band, the Pyle will work well on guitar cabs, you can DI the bass and use the kick mic on the cab, and condenser mics will do pretty much anything else. I have a better setup for doing final takes, but this is more or less my current setup for demos.
Also, if you're really strapped for cash, you can start with just the interface and one condenser mic, although it won't be great. From there, get the kick and snare mics, then a second OH when you have the money.
Thanks for the suggestions about the volume levels. What isolation pads do you have?
I think these cables will work.
I also need one of these for my headset.
So i bought this mic
And this stuff to go with it
And now it seems that my roland duo-capture n225 died new out of the box after a few days and was having problems using it with audacity.
Best course of action for hooking up this mic to my laptop at this point?
Provided there are no issues with this setup, would these cables be suitable? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stagg-STC3CMXM-Twin-Male-Cable/dp/B003SOR6UC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1485010870&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=rca+to+xlr
Hey thanks so much for the help! Just for clarity, would something like this allow me to run 2 speakers connected only to my controller? (that way I don't need a mixer?)
Awesome. Thank you very much. I think I will use the last route and run the RCA => XLR adapter. Also would you give a quick look and tell me if this is the cable I need?
Thank you very much. Its quite confusing for me since the AVR has 2 connections, for which I can only use one and the sub also has 2 :/ Theres barely any cable here with mono male RCA to male XLR in Germany though.
Can I also use something like this and just use one rca connection and cover the other and use both XLR connections?
Or maybe something like this is better, and I just cover one rca?
Great, thanks for the information - I wouldn't have known. Sorry to trouble you further, but my reasoning for the DI box was that the 2i2 only has xlr inputs - do you know of a way around that? I think I'll use the RCA tape out from the receiver if that helps.
edit: google provided this which seems like it'd work unless there is some sort of balanced/unbalanced fuckery uppery involved that I am ignorant of
So the S2 Mk3 had aux and rca out and the speakers have TRD and XLR in so any of the "in" to "out" combinations should be fine. I'd recommend RCA to XLR, like this
this and this Looks like the 1075 has RCA out so you could just buy this if you want to plug your chromecast right into the projector
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stagg-STC3CMXM-Twin-Male-Cable/dp/B003SOR6UC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451992509&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=xlr+to+rca i ordered this x2
Just checked the CMD 4a, it doesn't have XLR or TRS outs, so you'll need to buy RCA male to either 1/4" TRS or XLR male connector. The difference between TRS and XLR, other than the different plug, is that XLR is balanced while TRS is generally unbalanced, although it can be. Really balanced cables only matter for running longer cables, do you should be fine with the cables mentioned above unless you need these speakers to be more than 20-30 feet (about 6-9 meters) from your controller.
Edit: this cable is about 3 meters long and would let you connect two speakers (a left and right channel) if you wanted to. You can go longer if you need to but that is the type of cable you should look for.
Will this work?
Yep. I got a cheaper XLR one. We'll see how it turns out tomorrow.
Ultimate Support JS-MS70 JamStands Series Studio Monitor Stands (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JTV358/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_zVgDybVVHVFKT
I have these:
Work well, no complaints.
These are the stands
Sorry for the slow response on this, I got these on amazon - Ultimate Support JSMS70 Speaker... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005JTV358?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Thanks for the advice. I do not have enough room on my TV stand for speakers so I had planned on buying these for stands. Fortunately, I have some spare optical cables that I got a few years ago laying around so I'm covered on that front.
I literally copy pasted your title and this was the first result
And next time, specify what cheap is. Cheap is relative.
Save yourself the time, return those and get these.
Ultimate Support JSMS70 Speaker Stand (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JTV358/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awd_9JZxwbWYXQ2W6
I've got my studio monitors set up on a pair of these:
The bases are pretty large and they take up some space, but with my mixer and everything, my desk doesn't have room for them, so I'm able to lift them to just above screen height and angle them inward.
Hmm, They are just regular speaker stands. Pretty cheap and I like them. They came with rubber pads for a wood floor and spikes for carpet.
Stands are these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JTV358/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Very solid and have foam on them pre-installed.
These are the stands. They are very sturdy so far. I've had them for about 2 weeks now and haven't had any issues. Setup was super easy. I recommend them.
Lookin' great! I have a pair of black LS50 on my computer desk, too. I'm driving them with Outlaw monoblocks. Couldn't be more pleased.
If your foam pads wear down or start to fray, check out the IsoAcoustics stands. They work great for my LS50 or just about any desktop speaker setup.
Gerne. Ich bin halt kein Tontechniker, also hoff ich, dass ich das auch richtig erklären kann.
Nahfeldmonitore sind eine Bauart von Studiomonitoren, die dafür gebaut sind, dass man mehr oder weniger direkt davor sitzt. Es gibt andere Bauformen auch, die stehen dann weiter weg und sind glaub ich besser, aber für daheim ungeeignet, weil man kaum genug Platz dafür hat.
Dreieck-Positionierung heisst, dass die Monitore und der Kopf ein gleichschenkliges Dreieck bilden. Also sollten beide gleich weit von den Ohren entfernt sein (und auf die Ohren zielen).
FLAC ist eine Lossless-Komprimierung, also so ähnlich wie ZIP, nur für Audio-Daten.
Das wichtigste sind natürlich gute Lautsprecher. HiFi-Lautsprecher haben meistens kein flaches Frequenzspektrum, das heisst sie sind bei manchen Frequenzen lauter als bei anderen. HiFi-Equipment hat meistens auch Filter eingebaut, damit die Höhen und Tiefen lauter sind. Man nennt das "schönen", weil für uns das oberflächlich besser klingt, aber wenn man genau hinhört, merkt man, dass dadurch das Signal eigentlich verzerrt wird. Neutrale Lautsprecher (Studiomonitore) sind für genaues hinhören einfach besser.
Das nächste ist das Entkoppeln. Wenn ein Lautsprecher auf dem Tisch steht, schwingt nämlich der Tisch mit, da der Körperschall übertragen wird. Das verzerrt das Frequenzbild auch, da jeder Körper (also auch jeder Tisch und so weiter) eine natürliche Resonanzfrequenz hat und dadurch diese Frequenz lauter wird, während andere dafür leiser werden. Dazu gibts verschiedene Sachen - Ständer, Schaumblöcke und so weiter. Ich hab Ständer, die schauen auch hübsch aus und machen einen guten Job.
Der letzte wichtige Punkt hat mit dem Raum zu tun, und zwar geht es um sogenannte Kammfiltereffekte. Wenn beide Lautsprecher z.B. unterschiedlich weit vom Ohr entfernt sind, kommt das Signal zu dir auf einer Seite mit Verzögerung an. Da Musik aus vielen verschiedenen Schwingungen besteht, heisst das, dass sich bei einigen Frequenzen dann die Spitzen und die Täler der Schwingung gegeneinander verschieben - manche löschen sich aus, manche verstärken sich, das hängt von der Wellenlänge der einzelnen Frequenzen ab. Deshalb sollten beide Monitore gleich weit vom Kopf entfernt sein.
Solche Kammfiltereffekte gibt es auch, wenn das Signal über eine Wand reflektiert wird und somit zweimal hintereinander das Ohr erreicht - einmal direkt, und einmal über den weiteren Weg via Wand. Damit verstärken sich dann auch gewissen Frequenzen und andere löschen sich gegenseitig aus. Deshalb ist es wichtig, dass die Monitore direkt auf die Ohren zielen und die Reflektionen über die Wände minimiert werden. Das geht, in dem man Akustikschaumstoff-Platten auf die Wände klebt.
Ich würd mal sagen für den Hausgebrauch reichen gute Lautsprecher und Entkoppelung eh aus, das mit dem Schaumstoff ist ein riesiger Aufwand.
Die hier sollen ziemlich gut sein (ich hab andere, die schon ein bissl älter sind). Für Entkoppelung hab ich das hier, gibt aber auch billigere Alternativen.
Looks like these
Start off with one of these under your sub and if you do desk stands a pair of these under your monitors.
If you build your own stands remember that sound is a type of radiation so you can use a lot of one material or a little of several types to stop it from translating. IE if you use wood to make your stands you will need dense, heavy, thick pieces. BUT if you do a metal pole, mounted to a cement base, with a wooden pad for the monitor with foam/rubber/denim on it, it will be much more effective.
Ahh yeah same depth as what I’ve got, just looks different!
Any kind of padding or iso stands helps a ton. I got these from IsoAcoustics, they make different size models for different size monitors. I’ve got old Yamaha HS50M’s which are the same as HS5’s so I got the middle size. Super sturdy and they have two different leg lengths to adjust height, and insets to tilt them up or down depending on where your ear level is.
The Medium is the one you want. There about a 2 cm hang-off front to back and maybe 3-4mm hang-off side to side.
One of the most immediate improvements I noticed. Took care of any muddiness I was hearing.
With my chair height, my ears end up sitting slightly lower than tweeter level at the shortest stand height of the isoAcoustics. They provide a pair of wedge inserts (in two different heights) to allow you to tilt the speakers base platform.
I have mine set to where the rear portion of the stand is elevated by about 7 mm (smaller of the two wedge inserts) compared to the front portion. Lines the tweeters right with at ear level in my listening position. It's great.
I have some Adam F5's speakers and they are excellent, really excellent active speakers and I use them on my desktop too. Have you thought about these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/IsoAcoustics-Studio-Monitor-Stand-ISO-L8R/dp/B008GOP79G , as they are supposed to make quite a difference.
How do you like those stands?
I was debating between those and the IsoAcoustics and went with the Iso's instead.
Single biggest improvement I’ve made. Not just getting the monitors to the right height but isolating them from my desk... before that some frequencies were being amplified by the desk.
Sit on the desk and take less space than the speakers.
IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 Medium Acoustic Isolation Stands (pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008GOP79G
There are different sizes, so if you get them make sure you get the right size.
what about the Vanatoo Transparent One? I've done some more research and that seems to be an option you can't go wrong with in the $500 budget range
by the way, Arve recommended I hold off on the sub as well. he said that in my range, the sub should cost as much as my speakers, what do you think? $500 sub? good god. he also recommended some speaker stands but they're $100!
I compared this and the vanatoo transparent one dimensions and they don't seem to match up..what's the deal there?
Thanks. Any thoughts on these speaker stands? I figured right now, my tweeters are about a foot below my ears and these would raise them about 8 inches higher, then I supposed I could tilt them up a tad.
I just received a pair of JBL LSR305s for my birthday. I am wondering what the best way is to raise them off on my carpet so I can use them while I use my TV.
I am lost as to what I should purchase. There are dozens of options for stands on Amazon, some with carpet spikes (I have carpet) and some without. What't the benefit of having these spikes?
If I eventually want to put them on my computer desk setup, should I go with something like these that I can use in my TV room and on my desk? But they are a little pricey.
I got these make sure to check the dimensions of the speakers before you pick which one to get. These stands are rubber mounted to absorb alot of the vibration the speaker would send to a desk. They really do make a clear difference.
I ordered the peachtree after quite a few articles I read said that you can connect an external dac to your iPhone if the dac is externally powered. I will give you an update on how it sounds!
I measured my ear vs tweeter height and it looks like i need to bring my speakers up about 8 or 9 inches. Do you have a recommendation for a short desk speaker stand? Here is one that keeps popping up when I search. Any thoughts?
I'm using isoacoustics stand.
I use these: http://amzn.com/B008GOP79G
They make several different sizes depending on how big your monitors are.
Nice setup man!
If you're trying to get better performance out of your loudspeakers, I highly recommend getting them on some stands. You want your tweeters to be at ear-level or close enough that you can tilt the speakers a bit to make a difference. This is because treble is very directional. The other reason that stands make a big difference is mechanical isolation. When your speaker cabinets make direct contact with your desk, their vibrations transfer out of the cabinets and into your furniture, which muddies up the sound.
If you want something cheap, AudioEngine DS2's would probably do the job. If you want something a bit better where you can tweak it a bit more to your liking, I highly recommend getting a pair of IsoAcoustics stands. I was able to A-B several loudspeakers on and off of the stands before I bought them, and they make a very noticeable difference. They come with 2 different heights of poles as well as two different size spacers for fine tuning or tilting. The correct size for your monitors according to the IsoAcoustics site would be a pair of ISO-L8R155's.
You could do something like this:
Then you just need mic stands. You could probably even find cheaper Pop filters and/or XLR cables, I just did a quick search. Those mics are both USB and XLR and they are actually pretty decent for the price, so not a bad investment. You might want to look at different mixers, but that Behringer is one of the most affordable USB ones. I prefer using a Focusrite, but those are 3x the price usually.
Edit, those mics actually come with XLR cables! I forgot. Not sure if they are long enough, but they should work fine too. Although some pack in XLR cables are super cheap.
I jsut made the switch from a Blue Yeti to a Dynamic mic and XLR set up. I'll post what i picked up. May be a little over kill for solo but gives plenty of room for expansion.
First up, the MIC
Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
This as it states is a DUEL USB and XLR Dynamic Mic. Since I got it i have loved using it for LEt's plays to just Team chat in games and at Lan Parties. It's got what you expect from a USB Mic. Has a Headphone jack and on board volume for the headphones, And an ON/OFF switch. But then it is also XLR compatible. So it's not something you will toss out the door when you move to XLR.
To go with it i got a desk mount Etubby Adjustable Desktop Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand Holder and some better Mounts for the stand. I have it set up so i just push it out of the way when i don't need it.
As for a mix board i have picked up this
Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer.
As in the name as well this is a USB mixer. This does have phantom power if needed, has 4 XLR Inputs , and 12 Channels. And it's only 100 bucks or less depending on Amazon's Mood. And if you got any Music stores around you, This is also sold by GUITAR CENTER in the states, So you may be able to find it locally for same or cheeper.
Since i got it, I Had a little bit of a learning curb and the need to turn up the Compression on the mic channels. First recording with it was well a little blown out. I use this even when solo now cause I get more control over the MIC levels. It's easy to use in windows as it is very much plug and play. Shows up as USB AUDIO CODEC in windows. And if you want to, you CAN send you audio back out through it. Though that part i'm still learning on if it's usable in recordings or not.
I'm Not sure how much Cost wise that will Translate into £'s. But this over all Cost me $180 just for the mic and Mixer. The Mic did come with an XLR cable with it, so you do not need to buy one unless you need it to be longer.
Long post, I Know, But hopefully that gives a few useful suggestions for ya.
Recording two people with one mic is tricky to keep levels right, and worse still for three people. I don't have that mic, so I can't say how well or not it would work. It might be great, but I just don't know either way.
One other option to consider is getting multiple individual dynamic mics (dynamics can exist relatively close to each other without being picked up by their neighboring mic). Most 3+ port interfaces are $200 and up, but this one is about $100 (and maybe less if you can find it used?).
Pairing that with three entry-level dynamics (like the PG48) or similar, again, search for used) may give you a more flexible end result than a single condenser (albeit at a slightly higher price point).
I'd be curious to know what you go with and how you like it, if you don't mind updating me. Improving information in my creator's guide regarding recording multiple people is something I 'm very interested in!
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!
So, a headphone splitter will only feed outward from a source, you would not be able to capture a microphone and feed that into a computer to mix into your stream. And like I said, if you want the best quality, have 1 mic per person.
For up to 4 mics I would get these microphones: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002KZAKS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=292074DNOL1VR&amp;coliid=INXXPO6Y015HZ
This audio mixer, which will only connect up to 4 microphones via XLR: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008O517IW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=3QOBG8ZG11MY7&amp;coliid=I2FAJU33T9L7ZR
Something like these for XLR cables: https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Foot-Female-Microphone-Cable/dp/B00X7YJUGG/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1492408487&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=xlr+cable+4+pack
And these stands for the mics: https://www.amazon.com/PYLE-PRO-PMKSDT25-Adjustable-Desktop-Microphone/dp/B005MII5MK/ref=sr_1_10?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1492408533&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=mic+desk+stand
Oh, yeah, I'm wanting to start off as economically as possible. I also value flexibility, which is why I am leaning towards a mixing board. I don't ever see use doing Skype unless we somehow get big (which I have no delusions of). I found this q1202usb for only $75. Should I jump on that?
What you need is a board
BEHRINGER XENYX 1202 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J5Y282/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_KgURAbGQA217A
Monoprice Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone - (600800) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AJHBVMU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_yhURAb1K08J02
3 mic arms
Neewer NW-35 Metal Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Built-in XLR Male to Female Cable, Shock Mount and Table Mounting Clamp (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AK7SKL4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_.hURAb4CEZSSE
Some kind of pop filter too.
It’s a little more than what your budget was but this is all really cheap gear and you won’t need any sound proofing and your audio will be clean once you get settings all set up. I strongly recommend this as a starter build. I’ve been using a similar setup for years.
Oh wise audiophiles,
Forgive me in advance for any ignorance, this is going to be my entry-level purchase into the hifi world. This is not necessarily a 'puchasing advice' inquiry, but more of a knowledge inquiry on what I need to power my setup. I'm looking at buying KRK Rokit 5 G3s and the Beyerdynamic DT770 250 ohms purely for near-field music listening (no producing, mixing, DJing, etc.) at my PC. I was recently gifted the Xonar DX 7.1 PCI sound card for my rig which I believe is a sufficient DAC for Rokit 5s (correct me if I'm wrong), but I'm unsure if I'm losing some quality by hooking my monitors in with an unbalanced line via an XLR or 1/4" TRS to 1/8" TRS. Further to that, the Xonar DX does not split to mono inputs so I would need an adapter to plugin directly to my soundcard. I do enjoy having an external interface to control my sound devices and a friend suggested I buy a mixer such as the Behringer XNYEX502 as another possibility.
First question: is it worth buying an external DAC/mixer for my Rokit 5s compared to using only a Xonar DX soundcard?
I also understand that they DT770s need an amplifier to be properly used. The recommendations I've researched typically consist of the fiio portable headphone amplifier series or the O2/ODAC JDS Labs combo. I do not need a portable amplifier as these headphones will live at my station and I have separate headphones for portability. The O2/ODAC combo sounds like a great piece of hardware, but at $279, they greatly exceed the price of my DT770s.
Second question: Are there other solutions that I can look into that aren't portable or expensive?
If the O2/ODAC combo is recommended and is worth the price in combination with the DT770s, then I'm perfectly fine making the purchase. Just want to be sure it's not overkill.
Now for the (longshot) third question: Since I'm potentially looking into both a DAC and a headphone amplifier, is there a piece of hardware that can satisfy both in one tool? Seems like I could find a way of mitigating the cost by purchasing a device that could be both a DAC/mixer for my Rokit 5s and a headphone amplifier for my DT770s. If not, is there a stack I could purchase that have similar designs that would look aesthetically pleasing on my station (I'm a fan of clean looking and matching hardware)?
Again, sorry for any groans I may have caused and thank you in advance for your expertise.
You might want to look into the Behringer Xenyx 802. Behringer makes a solid product, I used one of their mixers before upgrading to my Presonus.
Although I'd recommend getting some XLR mics instead of USB. Maybe the MXL990, not a bad mic for the price.
Behringer Xenyx 802
I don't know where you're looking, but there are plenty of decent cables for a lot less.
Also available sans FX if you aren't interested in them. I'm probably picking one up myself soon.
Do one stop shopping and get yourself the Yamaha MG10XU. Pound for pound I don't know anything that delivers better in it's price range. It's easy to set up and gives you a wealth of options.
Can be used for other things too, like for example streaming.
or this one: https://www.amazon.com/Box-Balanced-Channel-Mixer-Microphone/dp/B00UIP0IPO/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1484851647&amp;sr=1-1&amp;refinements=p_72%3A1248939011%2Cp_36%3A1253545011
Your best bet is probably a really long mono 1/4" cable run of 50 feet (shouldn't be too terribly long for the laptop to power without interference, since "sound quality does not have to be perfect" as you say) with a 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter on one end.
Alternatively you could get a smaller 3.5mm headphone extension cord from RadioShack or Monoprice (the latter being preferred, with RadioShack as always being for time-sensitive emergencies only). Then put a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter on the end of that to plug the speaker into.
Basically, any way you can adapt those jacks to fit the cables should get a signal across for one channel. All you need is two conductors and the right connections.
Then you should just figure out if your soundcard or OS or audio player has the option to "mix down" the stereo to a single channel (mono), or figure out how to put whatever audio you want to play in a single channel. I believe a stereo-to-mono adapter will take everything from the Left channel, so use that if possible.
If that doesn't work, or if it's important to have the data for both channels accurate, you could get a Mixer like the Behringer 502 for super cheap, and plug the stereo laptop into that using a 3.5mm to 2x 1/4" Y cable such as this.
Should work if you just connect it :)