Simple questions about audio interfaces
I am planning on buying an audio interface to record some guitar/bass "dry" and then apply effects/amplification in software like Waves GTR. Not looking for professional quality, just something to create a listenable demo with. :smug:
I have a few questions that I hope you guys can answer. I'm a complete newbie.
1) Some audio interfaces have a 1/4" instrument input jack, others only have an XLR input jack. How do I connect a guitar to an XLR input jack?
2) DI boxes, preamps. Where do these come in and do I really need one? What do they do exactly?
3) Since I am going to use software-amplification, does the input quality really need to be that good? This might be a stupid question but I'm assuming that since the biggest part of the sound is created software-side, that it shouldn't need very high input quality to create decent sound. Is that correct?
4) Is a USB interface best or should I get one that plugs into the mic-input on my laptop?
I appreciate all answers :) Please keep it as simple as possible, tell me only what I need to know.
#3 Garbage in = garbage out
Thanks ddnidd1 for the answer
Can anyone tell me about the other two questions?
If you do a search on this forum, you should be able to find the answers to these common questions. Also try a google search. The information is not a secret.
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Preamps are a bit different as they usually process the signal in some way, adding some tonal depth, overdrive, compression etc.
In short, get a $100+ USB audio interface that has built-in instrument input and you shouldn't run into trouble.
Thank you very much atheos, that's a great help! You have answered pretty much everything :) I just had a bit of trouble understanding where a DI box would come in. So, 1/4" input is the ideal, but use a DI box if I only have XLR. Got it!
I appreciate both your answers.
The Focusrite 2i2 has both and two inputs. The 1/4 " is in the center of the XLR. I ended up getting this unit recently when looking and reading many good reviews here at TB.
Take a look at the ART dual preamplifier with USB. It gives you DI, decent preamps, limiters, can be used with instrument direct in and mic, etc. And you will actually need all of that to get good results, so why not have it, for under $150. I have two of their mono equivalents without the USB and I use them all the time for various things.
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