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A clean recording, without interference, hum, and other unwanted noise, is a primary objective for any home recording setup. One of the components of your computer that is most likely to add noise is the sound card. A USB analog-to-digital converter effectively replaces your sound card and converts your analog source (microphone or mixer) into high-quality digital audio that your computer can use immediately.

As with microphones, USB devices come in a variety of prices and capabilities. For most voiceover work, a basic USB converter (also known as a USB Mic Pre-amp) will be more than you’ll ever need.

Recommendations:

  • M-Audio Fast Track Pro - for use with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Can also take a line level input from an analog mixer.
  • M-Audio Audiophile 192 Sound Card - Replace your computer’s sound card with this 24bit 192KHz sound card to resolve many digital conversion issues.
  • Behringer 1204 Xenyx USB mixer - for a home studio where you need excellent headphone monitoring. This USB-2 mixer will provide a faster data transfer rate and less latency (delay) if overdubbing tracks.
  • Icicle is similar to MicPort Pro except that is does not have a built-in headphone monitor.
  • M-Box for protools on a Mac. Not recommended for PC as this device will work best with Protools software.
  • Tascam 122 if you also need MIDI control. If you don’t know what MIDI is, or you don’t need MIDI control, this unit will be more than what you need.
     

 

Behringer Xenyx 1204 USB Mixer
Behringer Xenyx Q802usb Mixer

Behringer Xenyx Q802usb Mixer

The Behringer XENYX Q802USB mixer is made to handle live gigs, and provide you with the required tools necessary to capture professional-quality recordings. Along with its built-in USB/audio interface, and one-knob mono channel compressor, the XENYX Q802USB mixer comes with enough recording and editing software to turn your computer into a complete recording studio. The second-most compact of the XENYX Q Series, the 8-input, 2-bus XENYX Q802USB has two phantom-powered XENYX mic preamps, making it possible to use up to two dynamic and/or studio-grade condenser mics. Onboard 3-band British EQ makes it easy to fine-tune any input signal and is available on both the mic and stereo channels. Another feature exclusive to the Q802USB is an FX Send control per channel, allowing you to use an external effects processor to add the finishing touch to your performance or recording. RCA CD/Tape I/O comes standard on all XENYX mixers.XENYX Mic PreampsAll XENYX mixers have one thing in common; great-sounding, high headroom XENYX mic preamps. XENYX preamps offer 130dB of dynamic range with a bandwidth that extends from below 10Hz to well above 200kHz. As a result, XENYX mixers can reproduce a cleaner, transparent performance.British EQThe British consoles of the 1960s and 70s changed the sound of rock and roll. Without them, the British Invasion might not have even happened. Those legendary mixing desks soon became the envy of engineers and producers all over the world. The channel EQs on all XENYX mixers are based on that very same circuitry, allowing you to saturate signals with warmth and character. Even when applied generously, these equalizers exhibit forgiveness and superb audio quality.USB Audio InterfaceModern technology has put personal recording well within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. But how do you get all that music flying around your brain into a computer? Thanks to the built-in, bi-directional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect directly to your PC or Mac comp uter via a single USB cable. Now any signal source connected to the mixer can be recorded straight to your hard drive.Included SoftwareBehringer has put together a massive software download that includes Audacity (the most popular open source audio editor), Podifier, Juice, Podnova and Golden Ear (a great selection of podcasting software). Youre ready to go live on your PC or Mac right out of the box! You also get more than 100 virtual instruments and 50 FX plug-ins, turning your computer into a complete home-based or mobile recording studio.Low noise, high headroom 8-input 2-bus analog mixer2 Quality XENYX Mic Preamps High-quality compressors with easy one-knob functionality and control LEDBuilt-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your computerFree audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 plug-ins, downloadable at behringer.comNeo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound1 post fader FX send per channel for e


 

Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini (Works best on a Mac)
Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini

Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini

Meet the Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini, an incredibly compact and easy-to-own USB Pro Tools LE audio workstation. Mbox 2 Mini is an ideal solution for beginners getting into recording music on their computers and seasoned studio vets looking for a mobile Pro Tools system. The Mini has 2 channels of simultaneous analog I/O, 24-bit/48kHz sound quality, an XLR jack with 48V phantom power, 2 - 1/4" line-/instrument-level jacks, zero-latency monitoring, 2 - 1/4" monitor outputs, headphone jack, and front-panel volume and mute controls. The compact design makes it perfectly portable, as does the USB-bus power support.The Mbox 2 Mini also includes Pro Tools LE software, over 50 effects and instrument plug-ins, and Pro Tools Ignition Pack—a collection of powerful tools to get you started creating music right away. And, starting 10/03/08, you'll also get a free upgrade to Pro Tools LE 8 when you register your purchase on Digidesign's website.


 

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp

The Icicle XLR to USB Converter/Mic Preamp lets you easily connect your favorite microphone directly to your Mac or PC. The Blue Icicle performs dual functions as an XLR to USB adapter and a studio-quality microphone preamp. It features an analog gain control and also provides 48V phantom power for condenser microphones. The Icicle converter and preamp is the quick and easy way to perform digital recording, podcasting, and voice messaging. Includes 6-ft USB cable


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