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Are there any significant differences between using a dedicated audio interface and a field recorder with audio interface capabilities?

I have both devices and to be honest I wouldn't buy either of them. Haven't used H4n as interface and have used 2i2 for recording only in some rare situations, so I'll just list pros and cons. H4n: +...
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How to introduce automatic gain control over two mics using audio interface, DAW and a mixer

What you are looking for is a Dugan automixer. This can be acquired as either a hardware processing device, as software inside an existing hardware device such as a mixer, or as a VST plugin. I ...
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

You could actually just 'guess' based on percentages/chance ;) Line level is very, very rarely run over balanced line, so the safe bet is that it's not balanced. For consumer-level equipment I'd ...
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Troubleshooting clipping

Those are not extra sweeps or clipping. There is really no way to produce a pure sine wave out of a speaker so those extra lines are harmonics being produced by the speaker. Check out this PDF pg.8,12 ...
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Audio interface stopped working (windows)

I had the same problem with my Mbox 3 pro, and concluded that there's a conflict between drivers when you use your interface for both windows and your DAW. Install the original drivers, try disabling ...
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How to explain CEntrance Latency Test Utility giving inconsistent results?

I've managed to get consistent results now! ~7ms with 128 samples, ~4ms with 64 samples @ 44100 Hz. I had Audio Out connected into Audio Mic Input port. Now it is connected from Audio Out into ...
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Connecting keyboard to a audio interface

Correct - a separate amplifier is not needed to record keyboard. Just about any decent quality 2 channel interface will do. For example look at the Lexicon Alpha Studio (about $60) - on the front you ...
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What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP?

Strictly speaking a "DAC" is a "Digital to Analogue Converter" which is a specific and critical component of the audio processing chain that connects a digital audio processing system with your ...
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Noise in usb audio interface?

This could be a variety of things but there are a few things you can do to trouble shoot. Ensure that everything is plugged into the same outlet. In some cases crossed grounding can cause buzzing if ...
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Mic plugged in the guitar input does not work

I'm not sure who sold you that XLR to 1/4" cable, but it flat out isn't right. XLR is a balanced signal, which means it has 3 different conductors. The 1/4" connector it is adapting to only is a Tip/...
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Headphones splitter for audiointerface's line out

It is an amplified headphone distributor. Sweetwater.com has many. There is a cheap one for $30 but most are a $200-300 and up. If you get an inexpensive one, make sure it’s powered - otherwise it can ...
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What is causing the 5.5 kHz noise in my recording setup

This is a broad sweep at the issue, some guesswork & experimentation required. First of all, if you have an alternative DAC try it, no matter how basic, just to eliminate the simplest explanation....
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

Both outputs are unbalanced. What the manual means is that if you insert a plug into only the L/L+R output, the result is a mono mix of the left and right channels ("L+R"). If you insert a ...
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Individual headphone mixes from a mixer with only XLR outputs

XLR outputs are line outputs. You can use XLR to TRS Jack cables to connect the Qu-16 outputs to a headphone amplifier like the Headamp 8. The Qu-16 can also be connected to personal mixers. Those ...
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Are there any significant differences between using a dedicated audio interface and a field recorder with audio interface capabilities?

If you're using a smaller interface with one or two inputs, there's little difference. One thing to consider are that the field recorder on its own is going to be running on dc power from the battery ...
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Fixing recording issues with Scarlett 2i2 / Procaster

(In my experience) Scarlett products can have some issues automatically switching sample rates, so either Audacity was recording a 48kHz signal at 96kHz or the Scarlett was playing back a 96kHz signal ...
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Loud Whining Sound with Start/Stop of Audio

Old question, I know. Use an USB isolator like this: Less than 10 dollars on aliexpress. What it does: Isolate ground (lift ground) on the USB connection with isolated DC/DC converter to eliminate ...
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Can an audio interface's gain control mute the input source?

Many people confuse two similar controls: GAIN control adjusts the amount of amplification in the first stage of the microphone preamp. It is used to "normalize" the amount of signal coming from ...
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Idle noise on audio-interface when listening trough headphones

Turning the monitor control all the way should give you only the playback source in the output. The monitor control is there to set the amount of direct input to playback when you're tracking live ...
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Recording: Sporadic ground noise with DI acoustic guitar

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck & quacks like a duck, then it's fairly safe to assume it's a duck. If it stops when you ground yourself to the cable shield, then why not just tie a ...
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USB Input for 24 bit Recording, Is it possible?

Such a device is called a computer ;-) Think of the mixer as an external sound card/adapter/interface itself - you plug in the USB cable into your computer and it will detect a new device. Install ...
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Sending multiple audio signals out of one computer

If you are wanting to play separate, independent and uncorrelated music through several different channels, you would probably be better off using independent devices to play the music streams. ...
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What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP?

I am looking for a hardware to plug-in the headphones. Please explain WHY you can't just plug them into the existing headphone jack on your device (Macbook?) What is the difference between ... DAC A ...
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How can I combine two sound sources in one sound device

I'm going to start by saying I recommend just not bothering with this, and instead putting your music file into your DAW. However if you really want to get this working, I've had success in the past ...
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Mic plugged in the guitar input does not work

Plug your Microphone, using a XLR(Male)-XLR(Female) cable into the Microphone input. It is the input with the little Microphone picture as shown here: Using any other input will not work.
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Share your experiences with USB Audio Interfaces (Specifically Behringer and Steinberg)

Most USB devices use the standard USB audio device driver, as they all conform to the USB Audio standard. Behringer has a cohort of haters out there that spend all their time not making music and just ...
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