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Old 03-19-2011, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Usb recording without an interface?

I recently purchased an apex 440 usb condenser mic. I plan to do some simple recording soon but have some questions. What does an audio interface do (preamp?) and how much sound quality will I lose if I directly connect it into my Sony Vaio?
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The audio interface will generally have multiple inputs for mics/instruments and will give you the ability to manually set seperate gain/loss levels for each. They usually require a Breakout Box that connects to either an open PCI/USB/FireWire slot.

It is not necessary for recording, but it definitely will give you more control.
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Thanks so much. So just to clarify I am only losing control not quality?
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Thanks so much. So just to clarify I am only losing control not quality?
Well that all depends on your setup. Without an audio interface, you're relying solely on your computer's soundcard. As long as you have a decent one, if you're just looking to use a microphone for vocals, I don't think you'll lose too much quality. If you are looking to record instruments through the mic, then you'll definitely lose quality versus a Breakout Box.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Put simply: I've yet to run into the first laptop with a decent onboard audio card.
It's not going to sound as good as it gets, but most people don't hear or don't care
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hmm well I will get back to you next week when I get a chance to actually record something because Ive been busy. Ill let you know if im satisfied with the sound or not and you guys can help me find a solution if I don't.
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