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The Flying Sloth

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  1. That previous reply is extremely wrong. Having things in phase is a massive concern for multitrack studio recording, if we were messing with the phase by using EQ nobody would do it, yet every producer/engineer I've ever spoken with uses EQ on almost every track. In fact, the phase argument really doesn't hold water since you're modifying both channels by the same amount and any half-competent engineer makes sure the left and right channels are in-phase with one another. While I agree that less EQ is better and no EQ is best it has nothing to do with phase, at all.
  2. Virtual surround is inbuilt to windows and the headphones you choose really don't change anything with regard to the software surround. every manufacturer has their own algorithm so YMMV but they all do generally the same thing.
  3. Just went and copied this from some of my previous answers, "We tend to not recommend 'true' 7.1 headsets here because in real life humans only hear in stereo, two ears creating a binaural 3D image using the minuscule delay between ears (due to the speed of sound) and spectral pinnae cues to localise the audio. The much smaller, multiple, drivers in true surround headphones are each less accurate than the two single drivers in stereo headphones while driving up cost for no benefit in applications with binaural stereo (and given Windows sonic can turn any 7.1 source into binaural audio, many applications don't even need that)." In short 'virtual surround' is actually more true to life (at least as far as headphones go) than 'true' surround sound. You can use audiophile headphones to hear virtual surround sound.
  4. My system is all class A/B amplification so the speakers get turned right off to save on power. This is done through a remote control power outlet that all my computer stuff is connected to, one button and everything is cut off from power. Is this ideal? No, the technically correct answer is to turn off devices from the end of your signal chain moving closer to the start. Always turn off before unplugging anything else, especially with tube gear (make sure you utilise the standby mode for tube amps)
  5. Honestly, those Logitech systems aren't great but they sound damn good for the money. In your position I'd probably pick up a secondhand pair of bookshelf speakers and a power amplifier, old bookshelf speakers are often very high quality and practically given away yet they often have amazing sound quality when compared to new consumer options.
  6. No it's fine, apologies for coming off rude, I was having a bad day and I should have been grumpy about someone trying to help. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time on this forum.
  7. Oh wow, would you look at that, I covered this in my first sentence. If you're going to keep attacking me on every post I reply to at least try to make it somewhat justified.
  8. Or if we're looking for something about the same quality as the BM800 just get a Behringer UM2
  9. If you don't have any noticeable hum or interference and you're using basic headphones, no, there's no difference.
  10. That's right, it's really really really cheap. That's why I recommend it over the vastly more expensive options.
  11. That's by design, don't worry about it, voice chat and call programs will downmix to mono, it's not an issue.
  12. It uses the phantom power on your interface to amplify the mic signal so yeah, should do the trick.
  13. Obligatory 'Whats the weccomended amount of dedotated wam I should have to a survr'
  14. The Klark Teknik is just as good as the Cloudlifter for less dough but if you really want to spend more you can, Basically, an inline preamp takes the phantom power from the interface and turns it into more amplification, the mic gets amplified more before the signal hits the interface making it louder. The phantom never reaches the mic because it's been used by the preamp. Having said that some dynamic mics do require phantom.power like the Aston Stealth which basically has this preamp circuit built in.
  15. I disagree, if you already have the 57 just pick up an inline preamp for it, the 57 will be much better than any cheap condenser for recording guitar amps and with the preamp will be much easier to drive. Condenser mics will also definitely pick up the AC noise (especially pseudo-LDCs like the 2020.) The cheapest option I know of is the Klark Teknik CT1 and it's just as good as the Cloudlifter and Fethead. If you're looking for other options or more info the recommendations list in my signature may be useful to you.
  16. You're using a dynamic mic on a budget interface, the mic will need to be right next to your mouth and the gain will likely need to be almost all the way up for it to pick up properly. This is why I recommend an inline preamp when using dynamic microphones because cheap interfaces don't really have the overhead to power dynamic mics properly.
  17. I use an eBay Scissor arm, my friend uses a more expensive RODE one, really, doesn't matter what it's connected to, the difference from the mouth is realistically all that matters.
  18. Is balance not a feature still in Windows? Last I knew this was just an inbuilt setting.....
  19. 1, I didn't recommend that mic or that interface or that mounting method 2, If he picked a Dynamic it wouldn't hear him at all and if he picked a LDC it would hear more of the AC, what's your point? 3, Completely disregarding any recommendations he still made reasonably good choices, it's just a matter of using them in a way most beneficial to his situation. That's good to hear, don't think it's impedance that's the issue (so long as the mic and interface are both functioning as normal) unless that interface functions very differently from those I have used in the past but don't quote me on that, I'm no engineer. Theoretically, if you have the mic closer to your face you can lower the gain and less AC noise will be heard through the system, like I said, my friend and I (he with the same mic as you and I with the C2) have them prettymuch at the corner of our mouths taking full advantage of proximity effect for that deeper, bassy tone and also being able to reduce the amount of background noise apparent. Now, if the AC is loud and distracting there are open source RTX Voice alternatives on GitHub that could be used to get rid of the hum, if VSTs are more your thing you could use a VSThost and either a gate or noise removal plugin like Klevgrand Brusfri to get rid of the hum. No matter the situation, there are always optimisations that can be made that could push quality to the next level.
  20. Imagine quoting someone on a thread that's been functionally inactive for almost two months.... OP messaged me directly a long time ago and we talked though the situation there.
  21. My suggestion are the S2 from KZ, one of the most prestigious Chinese earbud manufacturers. I bought the S1 just before the S2 was announced and they're great for while I'm running or at the gym.
  22. It's 3.5mm from what I can see so at least an adapter will be required but other than that, you just use a preamp like any other mic. No, you don't use phantom power because that's handled by the AA (so long as it's not depleted) so it may even be worth connecting the mic to an inline preamp and then to an interface using phantom power just to get the level of clean gain required to hear yourself well from a distance. In reality the much simpler solution is to use a lav
  23. Most of the time, yes, but since it's a shotgun for mobile use it's AA battery powered.
  24. With regard to the neutrik thing, they're basically the budget friendly good connector brand though I wouldn't fret too much over who made the cables I use. Glad you were able to solve the issue
  25. The style of mic you're talking about is known both as a small diaphragm condenser and pencil condenser, besides the C2 the best value I know of are the Pearl and Little Gem from ISK but they're almost always out of stock. There are other options in the lower price brackets by brands such as Superlux, Audio Technica, JoeMeek, Takstar, Pyle and MXL though I can't vouch for the quality of these options I am sure they will be more than serviceable for basic use. The biggest thing to look out for is polar pattern, that basically means what direction the mic will pick up sound in. You want a supercardioid microphone, if it says omni, omnidirectional, bidirectional just cardioid or anything other than supercardioid it isn't what you want. Ignore the pricing but basically any microphone on this list is a good option, I'm sure there are other, cheaper options and I'd be more than happy to vet any options you do come up with but for ease of understanding these are the sorts of thing you're looking for.