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FireWire or USB

Which is better for audio recording? FireWire or USB audio interfaces? I've used USB quite a bit and struggled with a few latency issues (which have since been resolved) but the speeds of FireWire ...
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XLR vs USB Microphone

I have a Fast Track Pro (which as an XLR pre-amp) mostly used for DJing tasks. Now, I am in the process of creating a small (really cheap) recording studio in my home. I was looking for cheap Mics, ...
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Monitoring multiple USB microphones

I am in the planning stages of producing a podcast consisting 2 or more people in the same room. I have a large diaphragm USB condenser mic, and another non-USB mic. At this point, I need to decide ...
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Are there any Audio Interfaces supporting USB 3.0? If not, why?

I like to record my sounds of my amp (VOX VT40+) using a microphone (e.g. the Shure SM57-LCE) and an audio interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4), but I did not buy one of these, yet. I was wondering ...
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USB input high-pitched whine

I've yet to find a definitive answer to this, but Google shows hundreds of people asking questions. I have an M-Audio M-Track, a $100 USB-based audio interface. Across all 3 computers I have tried ...
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Why are all my recordings fuzzy and quiet!?

I originally thought I could just record my guitar using my laptop camera/mic, like I assumed many of the very-non-professional Youtubers I saw do. This (just the first part) was the result. I then ...
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How to judge preamp and A/D quality on a USB audio interface?

I'm looking for an audio interface for casual recording. There are things it's easy to tell from specs -- number of channels, connectors, phantom power, etc. -- but I don't know any way to tell if an ...
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Any small bus-powered USB mixers on the market?

I've been trying to find a USB-powered mixer. Something with 2 or 3 microphone inputs. I've seen the Mackie VLZ's and the Alesis MultiMix, but all of them require bulky power supplies. Is there ...
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Sound Devices usbpre 2 as a location field mixer, thoughts?

Hello folks, So I was wondering if any of you have experience using the Sound Devices USB Pre2 in location audio recording situations. I was thinking of purchasing one and using a USB battery pack. It ...
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A USB device with 5 microphone inputs: Is that possible?

I am currently looking into a project but there's one limitation that I don't know whether it's theoretically possible. What I'm asking is - would it be possible, in theory, to create a cheap (say, &...
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How to record my Mackie digitally via USB?

If I want to record my Mackie ProFX8 mixer digitally via USB with my computer, how should I do it? I didn't think that the option appeared in Cubase. Background is that I'm trying to make sound files ...
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Can't get rid of this humming noise in recordings

I have a brand new Blue Yeti USB microphone on a shock mount attached to a boom - no vibration noise possibilities in this setup. I have tested this in a dead silent enclosed room using a Macbook Pro ...
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Totally confused with the plethora of different electronic music production hardware; any way to work out what they do?

I play some musical instruments and want to begin electronic music. I have read and understood the concept of MIDI being a format for representing sound and time. Now when presented with a DAW, and ...
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USB mic vs. XLR, 3.5mm, or 1/4 inch connector

What are the advantages of having a USB mic over having a XLR, 3.5mm, or 1/4 inch connector? I.e. quality, price, portability. I am looking at recording sound for video and I'm not sure what type ...
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Would a Thunderbolt audio interface decrease latency (in theory)?

I've always been curious as to the latency limits of USB 2.0/3.0, Firewire 400/800, and now thunderbolt on audio interfaces. I'm really excited to see a thunderbolt audio interface on the market, but ...
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How to connect my iPad Air and my Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano?

Let's say I have Garageband for the iPad (or other Synths and Apps) and want to play them through my Digital Stage Piano which has a USB Host Adapter. (meaning it behaves like a SoundCard and ...
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Equipment: new interface necessary or not? (Using Mackie 402-VLZ3 with 2010 iMac)

Okay, so I'm looking for advice on what's the most appropriate equipment decision for my situation. I started with a 2007 MacBook Pro, and I eventually realized that the integrated Intel sound card ...
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USB/Midi controller on Ubuntu Linux?

My question is directed at those having experience with both Linux and midi controllers. DEVICE IN QUESTION This seems to be the cheapest midi/usb controller that has: 1) 88 keys 2) fully/semi ...
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Can I use my original MBox at all with my Lion Mac?

I've got an original Digidesign MBox that I haven't used in a couple years. I just discovered that Avid has discontinued support for the original MBox. I don't want to use ProTools; I just want to ...
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Audio Interfaces - Internal versus External (USB) recommendation

I'm looking at replacing my aging SB Live Value soundcard with something more modern with much lower latency and ASIO 2 support. I do quite a bit of music composition through Sibelius (7) and Cubase, ...
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What are the pro's and con's of a MIDI interface compared to MIDI to USB cable?

Is there a reason why one would choose a MIDI interface instead of a simple MIDI to USB cable? There's a tenfold price difference between the two and I don't know in what regard the interface would ...
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Noise in usb audio interface?

I recently got an Acer Aspire desktop, and am having issues using it with my M-Audio M-Tack usb interface. I hear a constant high-pitched background noise in my Behringer monitors, as well as cpu[?] ...
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How can I use my USB-to-MIDI keyboard to control a MIDI-in synthesizer without a PC?

I Want to Use My Casio WK 200 Keyboard as a MIDI Controller I have a Casio WK 200 keyboard (see link below) that has USB MIDI out. I am able to use this keyboard as a controller for my DAW via that ...
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Yamaha MIDI/USB driver on Linux

I have a Yamaha keyboard (a PSR-3000, to be exact), which I would like to connect as a MIDI device to a Linux computer (a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian). It shows up in lsusb as: Bus 001 Device 068: ...
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Need a good mic for screencasts. Are USB headsets less likely to pick up computer line noise, and are wireless ones even more so?

I'm REALLY tired of removing the noise later after recording audio on a laptop. What are the main ways to prevent line noise from causing a hum/hiss in the first place? (I.e. computer/monitor/AC ...
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ADAT to USB interface

Is there such a thing as a bridge between ADAT and USB? It seems simple enough, and seems like it should be a very cheap device - just do some translation from the ADAT digital stream into USB. ...
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Does a USB Isolator work any different than a powered single-port USB Hub?

I was looking at buying a USB Isolator; however, I ended up buying a powered four port USB 3.0 instead. It was roughly the same price, has a higher speed, and serves a useful alternative function. Do ...
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How do I fix the latency issue when recording through M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface?

I'm having trouble using the "M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro" USB audio interface to record with. I've tried to manually adjust the latency in the M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro Properties but the slider is locked ...
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What's the cheapest way to plug a guitar/bass to my computer?

I'm looking for a simple/cheap interface (preferably USB) to plug a guitar or a bass in my Mac. I know about full-featured interfaces like M-Audio Fast Track but they're a bit overkill for me. I ...
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sound quality difference between USB cables

I am currently reading about Digital-Analog-Converters in a magazine. In one section about connecting an iPod, it says that the sound via a USB cable such as the one from Audioquests Cinnamon is ...
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MIDI vs USB keyboard controllers

I have always used MIDI-based controllers (Roland A-37) and synthesizers (Korg Triton Rack, etc.). I am thinking about adding a new controller, but I'm not sure if I should pursue or avoid a USB-only ...
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How to input audio to Android?

I want to know if there is a way to connect my guitar (or any other kind of audio source) to my Android phone. As far as I know, the only input socket is the "mini-usb" input on the phone. So I guess ...
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Best means for digital transport of audio

I have three choices for digital input into my DAC: USB audio 2.0, through the USB input Toslink, through the optical input S/PDIF, through coaxial (via HiFace2 adapter) My understanding is that the ...
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A very good 2 tracks sound card?

I own a very interesting TL Audio Fat Track with 2 tube preamp channels. I would like to use it to record and monitor the two tracks on my computer, using MixBus. I record mainly acoustic music, with ...
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Connect a 6.3mm microphone to USB

I bought this microphone. It has a 6.3mm-to-3.5mm adapter, so I can plug it into my Windows XP computer's headphone jack. However, the volume is too low. So, I'd like to try plugging it into a USB ...
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Routing sounds to and from my computer

I know this might sound very basic to most of you, but I haven't been able to find an answer to this question yet. How can I route my sounds to and from (mainly from) my computer? I recently ...
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using many USB inputs

does using many usb 2.0 input makes the audio quality any bad? because I am using 6 usb input in my laptop through usb audio interfaces, keys , sonuus and other devices. I doubt it might lower my ...
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cd digital out to usb

Is there a product that allows the "coaxial" digital out (or the optical toslink) from a cd player to be send to a usb or firewire port? I'm not looking for a DAC, I'm looking for digital to digital.
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Monitoring MIDI Input from external Roland A-500PRO Controller

I'm trying to make a Roland A-500PRO USB MIDI Controller work with Steinberg's Cubase LE AI Elements 6 for Windows. By default, except the 49 keyboard keys, none of the other sliders, knobs or ...
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Can I play pure Piano tunes with a Quasimidi Raven?

Being a total noob in this topic...I have a Quasimidi Raven synth) on my desk and would like to play just plain vanilla Piano sounds on, or with, it. Is it possible? Or do I have to hook it up to my ...
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USB Isolators to eliminate ground loop?

I believe I have an issue with a ground loop. I'm looking at some USB Isolators. I found this, Solarbotics model for $48 Would this eliminate ground loop? I have both my both two outputs going to my ...
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m-audio midisport uno not working

I am trying to run my Casio WK-1630 keyboard into my computer using an m-audio midisport uno. When I plug it into the usb port, one green light on the uno starts blinking. If I press a key on the ...
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Very low microphone input volume

noob to this forum so apologies in advance for errors/not following conventions. I'm recording YouTube videos and for audio using a Behringer C3 with a Shure X2U adapter for my PC (Dell Inspiron, ...
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Improve Sound Quality Of USB Microphone

I’m pretty new to recording music, I’m using Ableton Live 10 Intro and an Audio Technica AT2020USB mic. I feel like I’m not really getting the best quality sound out of the mic and based on the ...
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DAC on a player with only HDMI and USB out

I have an nVidia Shield box which outputs only by HDMI. You can also attach a USB DAC for audio output. With no line out or anything else analog, would I be right in my belief that this box (and ...
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Yahama MG10XU Mixer USB Input Messes Up

So basically I have a Yahama MG10XU Mixer for an 11-hour long event. Now the hall the event was taking place was very hot 90% of the time, around 80F to 88F. Now the problem I had was basically my ...
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Unrealistically low round-trip latency measured

I am trying to determine the roundtrip latency of a dusty old Toneport UX8 audio interface I have laying around, and I am getting some unexpected results. I am testing using CEntrance ASIO Latency ...
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Cheap hardware to record multi-channel audio on mac

I'm doing some signal processing research where I would like to record multi-channel (3-4 channels would be enough) audio on my Macbook Pro. I just want the raw data so the hardware I'm looking for ...
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Assessing the reliability of using a laptop in a stage environment

I have been experimenting with a Dell D-510 laptop computer for stage use. In my equipment arsenal, I also have: A Casio PX-5S keyboard A Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio/MIDI Interface An M-Audio ...
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Why can I only use 2 microphones with my 4 channel USB mixer?

I just bought an Alesis MultiMix 4 USB. What I wanted it for was the ability to connect 4 microphones to my computer via USB, in order to record a podcast where 4 people could be individually miked. ...