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The low down on USB mics

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jmm22, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    I see some mics as being USB, i.e., pluggin 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.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    They are fine for podcasts. For serious audio....not so much.
  3. TimOBrien

    TimOBrien Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    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.
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