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Do studio monitors need an audio interface?

Several points are to be considered : PC output vs dedicated Audio Interface output A PC will output consumer line level. A dedicated interface will output either consumer line level or professional ...
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Will audio interfaces power most or all headphones?

"Power" isn't really the issue. Certainly, most interfaces can offer enough wattage to cause ear damage, theoretically. However, the actual power is not determined by the HP-output alone, but by the ...
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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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Where should I turn up the output when recording from a keyboard through an audio interface?

I would keep the source (keyboard) loud, turning recorded strip in the DAW mixer down. It gives you flexibility during the mixing/mastering stages. If you record low signal in, it would take you a lot ...
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How do the outputs on this audio interface work?

It's generally expected that you do a little bit of research before asking questions here and that you only ask one question. In this case the manual for this device answers the question quite clearly....
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Do studio monitors need an audio interface?

It is worth using an audio interface if you want to maximize sound quality, however you can also get by just fine with your built in sound card for a while if you want to save for a better interface. ...
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How to connect my guitar to my pc for under £20?

Behringer UCG102 is one of the cheapest guitar interfaces for PC/MAC. It costs a little over £20 but not that much. However I'd advise against buying the cheapest interface. If you can't afford ...
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Why do DAC/ADC and sound interfaces so often have the same number of Inputs and Outputs?

The primary reason is for people working in music production who prefer to mix on consoles instead of "in the box."
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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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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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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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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?

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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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

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 ...
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How to join two sound interfaces?

Depends on the interface. Normally something like this would be handled by a sync cable and a clock generator that establishes a common clock across devices. This is only available on higher end ...
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How to connect my guitar to my pc for under £20?

I've made this For about $6 total. It's a simple impedance matcher that allows you to use your own sound card. If you feel like tinkering, you can't really get cheaper than this. The quality is okay-...
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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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How do the outputs on this audio interface work?

I'm only guessing the amp out is meant to go to a guitar amp, so it's probably mono and has a level and impedance more like an electric guitar would have. Line 6 got started with guitar effects, so ...
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How to improve guitar sound quality and production?

Imagine a professional mix engineer who has just started playing guitar asking you "How can I play guitar as well as Tom Morello or Pat Metheny?" You would probably see at least 5 - 10 years of ...
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Is it possible to duplicate outputs 1 and 2 to outputs 3 and 4 on a Scarlett 2i4?

Focusrite support have confirmed to me that this hardware does not support outputting to 2x2 channels using normal WDM audio drivers - this means no 4-channel output for YouTube, for example. Any ...
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