How to: Record Using USB Audio

How to: Record Using USB Audio

Hey there! So, you know those little ports on the back of your computer? The ones that take in different audio inputs – like the blue one for line-in and the pink one for mic-in? Well, if you have a custom-built computer, you might even find those ports on the front! Cool, huh?

Anyway, if you’ve ever recorded audio using those ports, you’ve probably noticed this annoying hissing sound in the background. That’s what we call white noise. And let me tell you, it’s not a pleasant sound. You see, it’s because those ports use an old-school analog method to feed audio to your computer’s sound card. Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid that noise unless you process the sound afterwards with a digital filter. It’s just the way it is.

But here’s some advice from me, someone who records audio often – ditch those analog ports. Seriously, they’re ancient and the sound quality is just plain terrible.

Instead, I recommend using USB to record audio. Trust me, the difference in sound quality is incredible.

Method 1: Use a USB headset with a microphone

I personally use the Logitech Clearchat Comfort USB headset, and let me tell you, people are always amazed by how good my voice sounds. And honestly, there’s no secret to it. It’s all thanks to the digital connection. That’s why the sound is so clear.

If you’re into gaming and use voice chat, having a USB headset is a must. Not only will the audio sound better, but people will understand you much more easily.

Method 2: Use a standalone USB microphone

Now, let me talk about the Blue Snowball. It’s hands down one of the best USB microphones out there. Seriously, this thing can record anything – whether it’s your voice, instruments, or even just ambient sounds. The sensitivity is so high that you can place it on the other side of the room, speak softly, and it’ll still pick up your voice. I can’t say enough good things about this microphone.

Method 3: USB mixer

Alright, let’s move on to USB mixers. You might not be aware of this, but they’re actually pretty common among audio recording enthusiasts. Check out the Alesis Multimix 8 USB that I’m showing you here. It’s a handy little device that can take XLR microphone input, 1/4-inch input, and output it all through USB. If you’ve got stuff to record but don’t want to go completely digital, this mixer is worth checking out.

Just so you know, you won’t find these mixers in regular computer stores. You’ll have to head to music stores like Guitar Center or Sam Ash. If you want to see one in person, that’s where you’ll find it.

Oh, and a little side note – yes, there are mixers with more than 8 channels, fancy rack mounts, and FireWire connectivity if you’re willing to splurge. But honestly, if you’re just recording yourself, the Multimix 8 will do the job just fine.

The big debate: Software or Hardware mixing board?

Let’s talk about this ongoing debate between software and hardware mixing boards. Some people argue that you don’t need a standalone hardware mixer anymore because software-based mixers can do the job just as well.

But here’s my take on it: if you’re serious about recording, you definitely need a hardware mixer. Why? Well, it’s simply easier to control and manage your sound using actual knobs and sliders instead of virtual ones on your screen. Just look at professional studios – they still use standalone mixing boards, although now they have digital controls. They haven’t given up on hardware.

So, don’t hesitate to add some audio hardware to your setup when you need to. Those virtual mixing boards, while nice, can be quite annoying.

So there you have it – my tips for recording with USB audio. Give it a shot, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy recording!

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