Recording Help

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davemall
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Recording Help

Post by davemall » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:36 am

I have decided to buy the Rode NT4 stereo microphone. What would be an appropriate interface to use with this mic? I have a Dell PC. I'm confused about the differences between a soundcard versus preamps. I'm hoping to buy something inexpensive.

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Tom Poore
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Re: Recording Help

Post by Tom Poore » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:15 am

If you’re looking for something inexpensive, try the Focusrite Scarlet Solo. It retails for about $100.

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This is only if you plan to never use more than one XLR input. If you need two inputs, then opt for the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Although it goes for about $125, it’s been around for a while. So you might pick up a used one for less.

If you’re a golden eared audiophile, you can spend considerably more on an interface. But if not, then either of these will suffice.

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Re: Recording Help

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:27 pm

davemall wrote:I have decided to buy the Rode NT4 stereo microphone. What would be an appropriate interface to use with this mic? I have a Dell PC. I'm confused about the differences between a soundcard versus preamps. I'm hoping to buy something inexpensive.

Thanks
I agree with Tom Poore, and I bought a Focusrite 2i2. It sounds fantastic to my ears. Just make sure you are taking a "systems" approach before you praise or condemn any piece of gear. Sounds like you have a great mic, we are recommending a very nice interface, so make sure your playback is good enough to hear the good mic and interface.
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Re: Recording Help

Post by khayes » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:33 pm

+1 on the Focusrite.
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Re: Recording Help

Post by sverderber » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:08 am

Another yeah for the Focusrite, they are very good preamps. if you have more money to spend an Audient ID14, great pre-amp, a bit more gain than the Focusrite since it uses external power (not just USB for phantom power) and therefore works better with mics that need a bit more gain, like the Shure SM81.

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Re: Recording Help

Post by DCGillrich » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:21 am

Hi Dave
A little while ago I describe my own setup here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=116094&p=1235548#p1235548. Also look at following posts, including a further update from me. This uses a similar setup that you propose, namely a pair of Rode NT5 (rather than NT4) microphones through a Focusrite pre-amplifier. The pre-amplifier provides power to the microphones, amplifies the signal, and converts the signal from analogue to digital so that it can be stored on your computer, usually through Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software. I find the Rode NT5/Focusright combination excellent value.
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Re: Recording Help

Post by Tim W » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:21 pm

Another vote for the Rode NT5's, though I run mine through an Apogee Duet. The Duet plays nicely with Apple products.

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