HBA Yields “Best Home Recording Answer” on Yahoo! Answers – that’s what we like to see!
Here is what appeared (again:)) today on Yahoo! Answers regarding home recording questions:
Should I use USB or Line-in For Vocal Recording?
I am deciding whether to purchase an Audio Technica AT2020 USB condenser microphone or to purchase the XLR version of the AT2020 and run it through a Mixer/PreAmp and connect to my computer using the line in port (with a 3.5mm to RCA cable). I am using a Macbook Pro and Logic Express 9 for my vocal editing and am looking to do some vocal recording for original music in my home studio. Which option would result in the best sound quality? USB or Line-in?
Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
USB will give you better quality if you’re going to use the built-in sound card on your computer, which it sounds like you are. You will really lose a lot of fidelity/audio quality if you run the signal from an XLR mic like the AT2020, through a decent mixer/PreAmp, and then into the line-in port of your sound card.However, you’ll get better quality than USB (most likely) if you pick up an audio interface with a USB connection. That way you can use XLRs to their potential. One example is the M-Audio Fast Track, which starts at just over $100. Hope that helped!Ken