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Hi I am wanting to record guitar /vocals on a laptop.I have a very basic microphone,when I record, and listening with headphones,through the laptop,I get a delay.I am hoping to get a RODE condenser microphone.[RODE nt1-a bundle]Can I plug headphones to the condenser,and if so will it stop the lag,as I won't be listening directly to laptop.Any help would be great . .Thanks


moonbaby Fri, 04/20/2012 - 10:28

That "lag" is latency, and it is not caused by the mic. No, you cannot plug the 'phones into the mic, what you need is an "interface" that has a headphone jack as well as the proper mic input, and you use THAT to record through and monitor from. I am guessing that you have a soundcard at this point? You need to replace that with a proper interface box.
And, while the Rode is a decent condenser for the bucks, condensers like that do not serve you well in a typical home environment that hasn't had accoustical treatments to it. It may very well pick up too much of the room and sound worse than a mic with a tighter pattern and less sensitivity, such as a Shure SM57/58. Just a thought, void of any advertising or marketing hype.

Boswell Fri, 04/20/2012 - 11:00

As the Moon said, changing the microphone won't affect the delay you hear in the headphones when you monitor through the computer. To avoid a delay, there needs to be a path in the interface hardware between the microphone input and the headphone output.

If you do go for the NT1-A bundle (which includes an M-Audio FastTrack interface), all you would need to do is push the button on the interface to activate the direct monitoring function. Easy.

The NT1-A is a very good mic for its price point, but, as the Moon mentioned, condenser mics like that do have disadvantages when recording in less-than-perfect acoustic environments. You could consider getting the NT1-A bundle and an SM58 dynamic mic as well. The 58 would be good for close-miked vocals, but the FastTrack is notoriously short of gain when using dynamic mics on things like acoustic guitars or on distant sources.