Author Topic: Computer recording interface  (Read 4471 times)

lil PopTart kid

Computer recording interface
« on: August 10, 2010, 12:27:53 AM »
My friend is always recording songs on his home computer.  He was looking for a USB interface to make life easier.  He wants a midi input. An xlr input, and a 1/4 inch mono input.  I don't even know where to start?  I could probably find out how to wire the xlr and 1/4" to the USB .  However, I don't even know where to start with the midi section.  Any tips advice resources on this project?

jasperoosthoek

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 06:37:31 AM »
You cannot wire an XLR and jack plug to the USB port, you need some kind of interface.

You could consider the Desktop Konnekt 6 from TC Electronics: http://www.tcelectronic.com/desktopkonnekt6.asp You need a firewire interface though but I've heard quite a lot of good stuff about it and seems to have all features you need. It might be over your budget if you are looking for a quick solution. But with TC you get a real quality product. Excellent mic preamp, dedicated guitar input, very good analog to digital converters.
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Scruffie

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010, 08:20:21 AM »
Edit... nevermind, no XLR
« Last Edit: August 10, 2010, 08:22:19 AM by Scruffie »

lil PopTart kid

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010, 10:10:31 AM »
Well I know you need some kind of interface.  Thats what im looking to make ;D
And do you know anything about hooking up the midi to usb

Hides-His-Eyes

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010, 10:17:04 AM »
It'd be so much cheaper and easier to buy one; they're getting really cheap and good.

lil PopTart kid

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010, 10:49:57 AM »
Can someone direct me to the cheapest one that has midi xlr and 1/4 inch? ;D

jasperoosthoek

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2010, 12:10:03 PM »
Midi to USB interfaces are almost for free. This one is $6.99 including shipping: http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-MIDI-Interface-Converter-Cable-Adapter-BLK-9898-/120582371192?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0
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lil PopTart kid

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2010, 04:15:29 PM »
Ha the point is I was looking for one that has all three so I can plug everything in.

jasperoosthoek

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2010, 06:39:40 PM »
How much money is your friend willing to spend? What's the quality he expects: professional or merely being able to record. Does it need to be new?

Those are questions he needs to sort out before buying. Check google for 'audio interface'.
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lil PopTart kid

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2010, 10:38:14 PM »
I really don't think he cares if it is new he just wants one for home recording and probably 40 max

Hides-His-Eyes

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2010, 09:40:53 AM »
40USD? Not happening I'm afraid, unless these things are loads cheaper in the US.

wavley

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2010, 10:00:29 AM »
The Lexicon Alpha is $70 and it comes with Cubase LE, but no MIDI.  A usb MIDI interface isn't very expensive.  $40 max is kinda asking a lot considering the technology involved.  Radio Shack has an XLR to USB for $22.99, the impedance matching transformer is like another $15 for 1/4", still no MIDI and no software.

The Alpha is a really good option, look at it this way, $70 is less than half of what I paid for my first cassette 4 track and it was used!  Of course that was 20 years ago, but look at how cheap recording technology has gotten, I consider $70 for digital recording, mixing, and processing a MIRACLE!
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FiveseveN

Re: Computer recording interface
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2010, 10:44:15 AM »
What would he be using the XLR input for? Are you sure he really needs it?
A lot of interfaces come with XLR+TRS combo connectors and a lot come with one or more built-in mic preamps. Does he want to plug a microphone straight in? In that case he needs an interface with mic input (preamp), which is usually XLR. Otherwise just get an adapter if the interface only has TRS (or maybe RCA) inputs.
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