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I see some mics as being USB, i.e., plugin directly into the computer. Are there advantages for this method? I am a bit confused as to where the gain comes from, if my audio interface with built in preamps is bypassed. Any insight into USB mics would be appreciated.

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TimOBrien Tue, 11/16/2010 - 11:46

Yup. Cheap(er) audio-to-digital converters.
Monitoring is usually a pain.
Short usb cords mean more laptop noise in the recording.

Really designed for podcasting or remote "this is all I can plug in my laptop in a field" thing.

Get a regular usb interface, use regular mics and save yourself some problems.