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Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by joeash, Apr 9, 2012.

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  1. joeash

    joeash Active Member

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    hi guys.
    im starting a home recording studio. i am going to purchase a 16 channel usb mixer and a decent microphone.
    my qyuestion is, do i need to buy a power amplifier to connect to the mixer or can i record without the power amp?
    help will be greatly appreciated
     
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    You can record without.

    You only need an amplifier to hear through speakers. If the mixer has a headphone out, you can and should be able to hear everything that way without an amplifier. However, you will want to use external ( active) monitors that have built in amplifiers.
     
  3. joeash

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    ok so im going to buy a usb mixer and a decent shure condenser mic, i have a kurzweil sp 4-8 digital keyboard that can be used as a controller. i have the recording software.
    what else do you suggest i need to run a functional home recording studio.
    i am new to this forum and i am extremely pleased with the speedy responses. thank you so much for the help.
    Joe
     
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    What kind of USB mixer are you planning to buy?
     
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    Depending on your situation, you may be just as well served by a less expensive, industry standard dynamic mic like the Shure SM58 and/or SM57. Condenser mics are by nature more sensitive - which is a double-edge sword, they may hear more audio artifacts from the room than you like.
     
  6. gdoubleyou

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    Need details because not all USB mixers are capable of recording sixteen channels at once!
     
  7. gehauser

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    Why do you need a mixer? I would just get an audio interface that handles the # of channels you need, and use your recording software as the mixer.
     
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    +1
     

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