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USB input high-pitched whine

That is the result of bad isolation of either the DAC or the ADC. If the internal circuitry of the interface and the actual capture or playback circuitry share a common power supply, the operation of ...
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Cheap hardware to record multi-channel audio on mac

Here is 4 channels for $250 with mic pre amps and dedicated outputs should you need them. There are a handful of 2 channel units for under 200 here is a 4 channel right at the $200 mark. You are ...
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MIDI vs USB keyboard controllers

If you won't be using it on stage or with other MIDI gear apart from a computer, a USB only on your keyboard controller should be okay. (Personally I find the connection more stable) Modern PC's ...
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Is there any difference between S/PDIF vs USB in terms of audio quality? If yes, then why?

Just because someone got upvoted on reddit, that doesn't mean it isn't total and complete nonsense. OK lets get one thing clear from the start. S/PDIF and USB are simply data transports. In reality ...
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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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USB/Midi controller on Ubuntu Linux?

My answer comes years late, but this Q&A page still has high relevance. I landed here as part of my setting up my own MIDI piano. I share what worked for me on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS "bionic": (1) ...
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USB/Midi controller on Ubuntu Linux?

I have the same USB midi keyboard and use it in both KDE and Ubuntu Studio using software MIDI routing available in the assortment of JACK packages (search for qmidiroute). I don't believe ALSA sound ...
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using many USB inputs

Generally no, using multiple inputs shouldn't lower quality as long as the USB controllers still have sufficient bandwidth for the devices to function. If you use a hub to connect everything, then ...
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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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Merge multiple 3.5mm or USB microphones into a single multi-channel USB audio interface

Before you get too far in - make sure you are aware of the latency issues common with most android devices. This might not matter for your application but it could be a dealbreaker if you are planning ...
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USB microphone introduces buzzing after a few minutes of listening

Had the same problem for years, until I read this thread and decided to try some diagnostics testing before buying a new mic. Whaddya know? Problem basically solved. Mic AT2020 USB DAW: Reaper Same ...
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Routing sounds to and from my computer

In short, no. Your DAW will have the ability to route signals to and from the interface as is. Each channel strip in the DAW can have sends and receives, same for the monitor channel. For example ...
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Cheap hardware to record multi-channel audio on mac

PlayStation Eye is one of the best and cheap recommendations. It is a microphone array with 4 microphones in row with only 35 dollars. Check amazon
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USB sound card not detecting Shure mic

Computer microphone inputs, both the built-in kind and the external USB kind, are designed to be used with relatively high-output electret condenser microphones. But that dynamic mic (Shure SV100) is ...
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Why does MIDI over USB appear to often have issues with latency consistency when peripherals such as mouse and keyboard deal with this effortlessly?

It's not the USB MIDI that is where the delay lies, it's the generation and digital to analog conversion of the sound. The amount of data that has to be processed to output a half second of audio is ...
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Røde NT-USB produces static noise depending on the USB cable

I also experienced the same problem. I am using the RODE NT-USB to record video course using my Windows PC. The microphone produces static noise all the time. BUT when I record using MacBook Air, the ...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

There are some USB audio adapters which provide 5 or 7 channel output on 3.5mm TRS sockets. Those tend to have microphone inputs with bias voltage on them, too. Only problem is that the quality is ...
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so I have a USB-C DAC, can I use USBC-to-USBA adapter?

TL;DR - Yes Most of these USB adaptors are simply connectors wired together - no electronics. This means that there is nothing that will change or impede data in any way. There are a few cases where ...
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Phones mini-usb to record stereo

There are many solutions to recording stereo (or "dual mono" if you wish) through the USB port into a phone or tablet or computer. You did not state a budget, but this looks pretty good to me.... ...
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Phones mini-usb to record stereo

Connecting the two microphones by means of the Y adaptor will connect the microphones electrically, so it may work up to a point (depending on the microphones), but: You will only be able (at best) ...
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How can I use my USB-to-MIDI keyboard to control a MIDI-in synthesizer without a PC?

Most USB MIDI keyboards, synths, sequencers can only act as a USB 'device' not a USB 'host'. I have had mixed success with using a Kenton MIDI USB host to connect USB MIDI gear to DIN MIDI gear (per ...
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ADAT - S/PDIF I/O optical connectivity

Connecting optical ADAT to optical S/PDIF will not work (just because the connectors look the same doesn't mean the digital formats, ADAT and S/PDIF are compatible) If you choose to connect the S/...
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can one record multiple channels on a computer fed by mixer?

Of course there are, any mixer that comes with an audio interface is what you are looking for. For example :http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/Behringer-X32-DIGITAL-MIXER-32-Channel-16-Bus-Total-...
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Yamaha MIDI/USB driver on Linux

For this to work a reboot is required; then a special device /dev/midi1 will appear.
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Utilizing PCI-E USB extension card for Less latency on Lynx Aurora for Windows

The fact that you are running Windows itself is not the cause of your problems. Either you have bad/old drivers, a bad chipset (you do not mention which motherboard is used) or a shared USB port. ...
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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?

The on-board mic/line-ins in laptops are at best crappy ;-) "USB Headphones" are likely to remove the typical line noise as the A/D D/A conversion is taking place in the connector itself, only sharing ...
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Cheap hardware to record multi-channel audio on mac

Focusrite do a wonderful range of low cost adda and preamp hardwear (scarlet range) that will serve your purposes very well
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Loud Whining Sound with Start/Stop of Audio

have you checked your energy settings? in osx with my macbook this also happens because it wants to conserve energy. shutting down the audio is a way to save energy, on unbalanced audio lines you'll ...
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