Hello.. I am new here.I am confused with my sound card..currently using m-audio fast track pro. Is that good enough ...How about USB condenser microphone?
As long you don’t have too many latency or USB dropout problems it’s fine (it’s not the fastest interface…).
But USB microphones are a joke. On a Mac it’s not cool, on a PC it doesn’t even work: To run more than one Audio Interface at once in a DAW (like Cubase etc..).
It just makes sense for podcast, but sure not for recording in a studio situation. And imagine this: You have a nice microphone and suddenly there’s no more driver available!!! A 3 Pin XLR (Cannon) plug will probably still fit in the next century and usually microphones get very old
What I want to say: A USB Microphone is a audio interface, so why should you buy a second one if you have one already! This just makes trouble!! So keep using your interface and buy any condenser microphone that works best for you. Do you need one for singing or recording instruments?
At first thank you very much..honorable matstener..:) .ok then I wanna buy a condenser…could you please tell me good microphones for voice and instruments…..and which sound card is good for home studio??I use pc.
As I told you, as long the Fast Track Pro works, use it! It’s not that bad!
Rather buy a good microphone like the SE 2200A http://www.seelectronics.com/se2200a-mic
This is a very good overall microphone for vocals and most instruments, not too expensive.
Also very good for less money is the SE SE-1X http://www.seelectronics.com/se-x1-microphone .
But don’t forget to buy a Pop killer: http://www.seelectronics.com/se-metal-mic-pop-filter-shield
and if you have a bad room acoustic, this really helps: http://www.seelectronics.com/reflexion-filter-pro
There are many other reflection filters on the market, but be careful: Some of them are just bad, teh make the sound worse since there are weird reflections (resonances) inside!! Cheers and good luck with recording!
I agree with Mat 100%. Today you can buy usefull stuff for less price.
I’m really happy with my Steinberg UR28M Interface (Desktop). It comes with D-Pre Class-A Mic preamps. 3x Stereo out usable for 5.1 surround mixing, 2x headphone, DSP assisted monitoring with reverb, EQ and compressor for 0 latency and good sound on the headphones. For my opinion it sounds brilliant. If you don’t need many inputs it could be a good investment for you.
I think it’s about 380,- Euro in germany now.
And I use the Rode NT2-A microphone. It’s switchable between omni, figure of eight and carioid patterns, variable high-pass filter. Also good quality for less price. About 280,- Euro with shockmount, pop filter and XLR cable.
But there is so many other good equipment around. You should find out what’s important for you for not spending money in things you don’t need. That belongs to what you want to do!?