I am a newbie to studio recording (voice artist) . I have decided to purchase a condenser mic for my recording (audiotechnica). However, I am confused as to whether I should purchase a Pre-amp/Mixer or a USB Audio interface.

I have taken a look at these two-

mixer - Behringer

USB A-interface - Focusrite

I would like to know, What would be an ideal thing for me to purchase , a pre-amp/Mixer or an usb interface? are the above 2 options any good?

Thanks, Stan

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Go with the audio interface. The "mixer" borders on useless. It is basically just a cheap interface with some near useless features worked in to it. You are paying for unused features rather than an audio interface that includes a clean pre-amp and quality ADC. You want an audio interface for your purposes. The reason to go with a mixer would be if you needed to mix multiple inputs down to one line input, but you only need one line input, so a mixer is irrelevant.

(Note, there are some advantages to a mixer as a control surface, but it doesn't appear this particular mixer can be used as a control surface.)

  • thanks for clearing that up ! will go with the Interface
    – Stan
    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:04

AJ Henderson gives the correct answer, but to expand on terminology a bit:

Most interfaces will have pre-amps built-in, so there is no need for external hardware (excepting quality concerns).

  • Great point about clarifying that pre-amps are built in to the interface, not a secondary thing that is needed. I intended that, but it wasn't as obvious as I could make it.
    – AJ Henderson
    Nov 30, 2014 at 18:59

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