Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC

Subject: Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC
From: Emoto <emoto1 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:12:27 -0500

Jack,

For Voiceover work, you need as good a mic as you can manage. That is
very important. As a guy who has done some paid voiceover work, as
well as a lot of musical sound reinforcement and recording stuff, the
mic can make or break the quality of sound. This carries through to
all of the equipment involved, but without a good mic, the rest
doesn't really matter.

As to your initial statement of "I need to boost a dynamic mic..." I
think it reveals that you are getting ahead of yourself. "Boost" is
not something to worry about, as your recording software will handle
that.

The first thing you need to do is get the sound into the PC. Here are
mic to USB adaptors:
https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=mic+to+usb+adapter&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=174275092953&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17227587811266343988&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001951&hvtargid=kwd-5064472068&ref=pd_sl_3mnvb6j1ub_e

The higher the number of bits in the A to D conversion, the better the
sound is. Music CDs are 16 bit, for perspective.

Someone else suggested the free software called Audacity. I have used
it extensively, and it is good. It may do all that you need. It can
boost or reduce the gain from any input.

Start simple with the items outlined above and get your hands dirty.
There is no need for lots of complex or expensive hardware or software
packages for voice capture.

Bob

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 4:19 PM, Jack DeLand
<jackdeland -at- adamcharlesconsulting -dot- com> wrote:
> I believe the chap with the ART Pro (tubed) has an audio interface device
> but he didn't recall the particulars, such as what the thing is actually
> called. I will find out what's doing tomorrow. We can continue off-list if
> you like. I don't know how useful this line of interrogation is to others.
>
> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 3:45 PM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:
>
>> But what kind of ends are on your cardiod mics? If you have XLR then you
>> need a mixer with proper gain control. But if you get a good interface you
>> can use software on the input to increase the gain.
>>
>> That said, I have a condenser mic that I used to use directly into my
>> interface (MOTU Traveler) and use the input controls in Cubase to control
>> the sound. Lately Iâve been playing with the live input sound and prefer to
>> use my Art Tube MP to provide phantom power to the mic, and run through an
>> RNC compressor before the MOTU input channel. That provides initial
>> compression to not overload the input in the recording.
>>
>> -Tony
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:01 Jack DeLand <jackdeland@
>> adamcharlesconsulting.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I have cardioid mics only, and the boost is definitely not sufficient
>>> for my needs. I do have XLR for an old Peavey mic, and I want to
>>> experiment with the mixer. I may go with a screen, or may build out an
>>> additional studio on my house. Just looking at options here.
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:51 PM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Second what Robert said. You shouldnât need to preamp your USB mic. You
>>>> can
>>>> adjust the input gain in the operating system setting and recording
>>>> software.
>>>>
>>>> If you had a standard studio microphone it would have an XLR output. Then
>>>> youâd need an interface with a preamp. In the same price range as
>>>> Behringer
>>>> are Roland and M-Audio units if you are looking at options.
>>>>
>>>> -Tony
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 08:56 Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> > For a standard microphone, the cheap and easy solution is a USB
>>>> > computer audio interface. This one has both XLR and 1/4" TRS jacks, a
>>>> > preamp, and phantom power, so it can handle any standard mic:
>>>> >
>>>> > https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb
>>>> >
>>>> > If your microphone has a USB jack, you just plug it into your PC.
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
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References:
Help Desks: From: Nina Rogers
RE: Help Desks: From: Cardimon, Craig
Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Jack DeLand
Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Tony Chung
Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Jack DeLand
Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Tony Chung
Re: Connecting mic pre-amp to PC: From: Jack DeLand

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