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DAC or ADC or Audio interface for podcasting/MIDI?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by sushomeru, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. sushomeru

    sushomeru Active Member

    So I'm trying to set up an all in one home studio/workstation. I am wondering what device I need for my situation, be it a DAC (Digital Audio Converter) or a ADC (Audio Digital Converter) or an Audio Interface.

    Currently, I plug my MIDI piano into my MacBook Pro via USB to monitor (via the headphone jack) using ATH-M50 headphones and record in GarageBand (using GarageBand as a MIDI controller).

    I am going to be doing MIDI recording with my MIDI piano and then also I am going to be doing some podcast work (voice recording), but also I will be doing some listening to music. I want a device that I can do all of this with (monitor the recording + just listen to tracks). I am wanting to upgrade my listening experience with studio monitoring headphones and a DAC, but I also want to be able to record. I am pretty sure there is one device that can do all of this but after 50+ hours of research, I can't find what I'm looking for.

    Also if someone knows anything about Thunderbolt docks, I am trying to find one to use with this set up. I've done so much research that I'm at a loss. Please help!
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    First, any audio interface capable of recording and playback 24bit 96khz will be a step up from the internal sound card of your computer.
    Althought some dedicated high end ADC and DAC will render pristine sound, (1k to 10k each) You don't need to spend that much to get going and do acceptable audio recording and playback.

    You can start with a presonus or focusrite USB or thunderbolt audio interface and a good dynamic mic like the SM58 from Shure.
    Some interfaces have midi I/O but you if you have enough usb ports, you can continu using your piano with usb.

    Now, most recording starter kits come with a condenser mic but I don't recommand them unless you have a room with somewhat controled acoustics.
    Because condenser mics will pickup more of the room compared to dynamic mics.

    As for monitors, if you are in an untreated room, they might trick you more than help.
    Unless you have a room big enough and use them as near field and the frequency balance of the room is not too screwed up..
     
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    There is indeed! How much money do you want to spend?
     
  4. sushomeru

    sushomeru Active Member

    Let me make sure I'm understanding you correctly: any audio interface that's decent will also be able to essentially function as an external DAC? As in I will be able to route computer playback through it?
     
  5. sushomeru

    sushomeru Active Member

    Around the $200 mark, but I'll go upwards of $300 if there's a need to (such as significant quality increase, or something like that).
     
  6. sushomeru

    sushomeru Active Member

    Also, secondary question: does anyone have any experience with daisy chaining thunderbolt and thunderbolt audio interface?
     
  7. audiokid

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  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Yes, the audiobox is a nice unit that have fair preamps and converters for the price.
    Yes that's it ! Of course, like everything, there is a lot better units out there but for home recordings the presonus is a good way to start.
     

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