any suggestions on how to best set up my mics for a multi mic podcasting setup? i haven't purchased any equipment yet. planning on buying a few mics, and then connecting them in the following ways. which configuration would be preferable, what are the pros and cons of each? planning on either using audacity or ardour to record on ubuntu.
options 1: both mics connected via usb and using a virtual audio cable (software) http://www.vsound.org/ . would this work? or this http://jackaudio.org/faq/multiple_devices.html (details explaining this process here) what benefit or con would this have? if vsound wouldnt work on linux could i instead use windows OS, and a program like this http://software.muzychenko.net/eng/vac.htm or http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Voicemeeter/index.htm
options 2: connect each mic via xlr to an audio interface or a mixer (example: this, this, this,this, this, this ) and then connect the audio interface to my computer using a usb. if this option, is preferable to option one, please explain the pros and cons of an audio interface vs a mixer. if i bought a mixer/audio interface with only 2 xlr inputs, but had three mics, could i then get an xlr splitter likes this?