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Help with microphone into pc spdif....
Mon, 01/10/2005 - 04:51
My pc has a spdif interface for digital input (optical and spdif). I would like to connect my dynamic microphone (XLR balanced) to this input for home recording. I know I will need some type of A/D converter to get the signal into the pc. I have been searching for some type of direct box or converter to acomplish this but the solutions I have found on the net are far too expensive for my purposes. What I need is something similar to what the Edirol UA-25 USB Audio and MIDI Interface (http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ua25.html) does or the UA-5, but without all the extras. I just need the simplest form of input for my mic, with perhaps a limiter to avoid digital clipping to the spdif of the pc.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Mon, 01/10/2005 - 11:41#1
One way or another you'll need a mic preamp to bring that mic-level input up to a line-level input. Either get an audio interface with a built-in mic input; or get a separate mic preamp and send its output into a line-level audio interface. First, go to my list, sorted by price:
Then do a search on that page (control-F on PCs, command-F on Macs) for "XLR" or "mic".
You can find a stand-alone mic preamp for under $100, like these:
You might even find a stand-alone mic preamp with a S/PDIF output. But in the long run, you're better off with a dedicated audio interface for your computer. It will make everything that goes into (and comes out of) your computer sound much better.
Wed, 01/12/2005 - 10:32#4
Exactly! All USB audio interfaces send the audio to/from the USB port. That's their main purpose. Most users don't need the extra step of using the S/PDIF port. Just get a USB or FireWire audio interface which has a mic preamp, via my link listed above.