Please I'd like to know which audio mixer I should buy ?
The purpose I will use it for is that I am making educational screen casting video tutorials as I've mentioned in my other thread and I need a rich microphone to use to comment what I am doing on screen casting.
Just to let you get an idea about what I am doing, I've a drawing tablet connected to my computer and using the stylus pen on the tablet surface to hand write on any drawing application canvas like Photoshop, and use Techsmith Camtasia to record what I am doing on the screen, so the microphone will be used to comment during the tutorial, and the mixer is to get a better rich sound, that is all
I will not use it with any kind of music performance but just for this purpose only.
Also shall I get any digital sound interface to connect it to computer like Audio Interface? or not needed?
I am using this mother board:-
And what will I need to buy with the mixer to let it work correctly to achieve what I've mentioned above.
Thanks a lot
Thanks for your time.
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OK, so you realize that the recording chain:
3. Microphone (with stand/isolator)
5. Analog-to-Digital converter
6. Recording Interface
7. Recording app
...shows the order of flow of the chain, but in a way, it ALSO shows the order of importance (with the first being the MOST important to the quality of the sound).
Now, since your total budget is $100 (I assume USD), that doesn't really give you much maneuverability for achieving a high-quality level throughout the chain. And high quality mics usually cost at least $100 each, which doesn't give you ANYTHING left for all the other elements.
I think your best bet for THAT budget, would be to get a "USB microphone" (aka microphone that includes a built-in pre-amp, a-to-d, and usb interface).
This one is probably good quality, but costs a little above your budget: AudioTechnica AT-2020USB
This one is within your budget and is popular, but I can't vouch for it: Blue Snowball USB Condenser
Then, work on your isolation & environment (I'm assuming you already have a good voice )
i mean 100 usd for the audio mixer only
I've found a usb model titled the same ... 802
1st => Behringer Xenyx Q802USB USB Audio Mixer
2nd=> Behringer Q802USB 8-Channel Mixer
So which one is better? the model you mentioned or this usb models?
Also which model of these two usb model is better ?
The USB versions add the ability to digitize the audio and send it directly to a computer. It also adds compressors for the mic channels. Otherwise they appear to be the same. The USB interface may come in handy if you are going to use your motherboard's onboard audio and it has a noisy analog audio input. You could use the USB output instead -- assuming the software you are using supports it.
This is my mother board:- GA-Z68A-D3-B3
Also another thing ... some amazon reviews reporting noise result and others do not for this mixer, so shall I go ahead for it or may search for something that has 0 negative review?
I mean noise from the audio device on the motherboard. I don't know about that motherboard in particular, but many don't have a good signal to noise ratio. Motherboards are generally a very noisy environment so it's hard to get clean A/D conversion there.
I recommend you stop worrying and just try one of them. As a rule, the microphones are going to be the weak point in the chain, the devices with the worst signal to noise ratio. So the signal to noise ratio of of the mixer won't be critical.
Microphones usually have much worse signal to noise ratios than a mixer or amplifier. So you generally don't have to worry about the signal to noise ratio in the mixer. Ie, whether your mixer has 85 dB or 105 dB S/N doesn't matter if your mic only has 50 dB S/N. (Note, I just pulled those numbesr out of the air, 85 dB is not the actual S/N of that mixer.)
I don't deal much with microphones so I can't really recommend one. But people seem to like the Blue Yeti and Blue Snowball for the type of think you're doing:
See page 2 for audio samples. They are USB microphones so you can't use them with a mixer.
Other than those I think most people will use a headset mic like this:
Being close to your mouth they give good isolation -- ie your voice is loud and clear, background noise and echoes are reduced. But not as "ambient" sounding (you can add reverb in post though). Note the TA4F connector. You'll need an XLR adapter to use it with a mixer:
Last edited by jagabo; 4th Nov 2013 at 21:15.
I've goggled and found these usb microphone like:-
- Blue Yeti