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At2020 Xlr vs Blue Yeti USB

33 minutes ago, NotMrTaco said:

Alright, do you have any idea what audio interface would be good with the at2020? I was thinking getting a behringer um2 to save some money, but I think the extra money spent is worth a better interface.

Um2 if you want to get something that's just gonna get you by:
http://a.co/e7gf3KC

Scarlett Solo if you want something similar to the UM2 but of higher quality + native ASIO support:

https://www.thomannmusic.com/focusrite_scarlett_solo_2nd_gen.htm|

Yamaha AG03 if you want to get some real control over your mic and PC audio:
https://www.thomannmusic.com/yamaha_ag03.htm

If within your maximum budget I would highly suggest the AG03, as stated before it gives you next level control of all your audio. You can adjust the volume of your PC, Mic, and more on the fly while the volume perceived by the computer remains unchanged. Very easy to connect an additional PC or device, multiple ways to connect a headset (3.5mm or 1/4), several awesome input options (just channels 1+2, total mix, or even loopback), and much more. Also allows for compression, eq, and effects via software if you desire. All and all a great mixer / interface. I have tried just about every other mixer below this one in price and never had a good experience, some of them don't even direct all inputs to the phones. I have Incorporated this mixer into several builds for friends and it has been nothing but good experiences.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am going to get a new microphone, but I cannot decide between the at2020 xlr mic or the blue yeticaster bundle. I like the yeticaster because it is just plug and play, but I have read some articles that I will not be able to do much with the mic sound, compared to the xlr mic. It would be more expensive with the at2020 xlr mic, but in the end I would have more control of my microphone sounds. What suggestions would you have? My budget is about ~$200

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15 hours ago, NotMrTaco said:

I am going to get a new microphone, but I cannot decide between the at2020 xlr mic or the blue yeticaster bundle. I like the yeticaster because it is just plug and play, but I have read some articles that I will not be able to do much with the mic sound, compared to the xlr mic. It would be more expensive with the at2020 xlr mic, but in the end I would have more control of my microphone sounds. What suggestions would you have? My budget is about ~$200

The at2020 XLR is cheaper than the blue Yeti in a direct comparison, so I assume you mean more expensive because the additional interface that is required to run it or what?

You definitely have more control with a XLR mic as you can run it through all sorts of physical compressors, noise gates, EQs, expanders, etc. before it even hits the actual input. Technically you could do this with the Yeti too if you used it's direct monitor port but most would advise against that, not really the intended use. The Yeti has some interesting features like bi-directional and omnidirectional pick up which makes it better suited to pick up multiple sources at once, but for single use I think the at2020 has an edge when paired with the right soundboard or interface (I do believe it sounds better in general). I ran with a blue yeti for several years and only outgrew it when I wanted an interface with more features, not necessarily a new mic, although I would argue at this point in time that dynamic mics are superior voice chat and commentary.

All depends on your use case and if you want to take things up notch, I believe the Yeti cuts it for most people and their needs.


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25 minutes ago, TheAgnda said:

The at2020 XLR is cheaper than the blue Yeti in a direct comparison, so I assume you mean more expensive because the additional interface that is required to run it or what?

You definitely have more control with a XLR mic as you can run it through all sorts of physical compressors, noise gates, EQs, expanders, etc. before it even hits the actual input. Technically you could do this with the Yeti too if you used it's direct monitor port but most would advise against that, not really the intended use. The Yeti has some interesting features like bi-directional and omnidirectional pick up which makes it better suited to pick up multiple sources at once, but for single use I think the at2020 has an edge when paired with the right soundboard or interface (I do believe it sounds better in general). I ran with a blue yeti for several years and only outgrew it when I wanted an interface with more features, not necessarily a new mic, although I would argue at this point in time that dynamic mics are superior voice chat and commentary.

All depends on your use case and if you want to take things up notch, I believe the Yeti cuts it for most people and their needs.

Alright, do you have any idea what audio interface would be good with the at2020? I was thinking getting a behringer um2 to save some money, but I think the extra money spent is worth a better interface.

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33 minutes ago, NotMrTaco said:

Alright, do you have any idea what audio interface would be good with the at2020? I was thinking getting a behringer um2 to save some money, but I think the extra money spent is worth a better interface.

Um2 if you want to get something that's just gonna get you by:
http://a.co/e7gf3KC

Scarlett Solo if you want something similar to the UM2 but of higher quality + native ASIO support:

https://www.thomannmusic.com/focusrite_scarlett_solo_2nd_gen.htm|

Yamaha AG03 if you want to get some real control over your mic and PC audio:
https://www.thomannmusic.com/yamaha_ag03.htm

If within your maximum budget I would highly suggest the AG03, as stated before it gives you next level control of all your audio. You can adjust the volume of your PC, Mic, and more on the fly while the volume perceived by the computer remains unchanged. Very easy to connect an additional PC or device, multiple ways to connect a headset (3.5mm or 1/4), several awesome input options (just channels 1+2, total mix, or even loopback), and much more. Also allows for compression, eq, and effects via software if you desire. All and all a great mixer / interface. I have tried just about every other mixer below this one in price and never had a good experience, some of them don't even direct all inputs to the phones. I have Incorporated this mixer into several builds for friends and it has been nothing but good experiences.


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2 hours ago, TheAgnda said:

Um2 if you want to get something that's just gonna get you by:
http://a.co/e7gf3KC

Scarlett Solo if you want something similar to the UM2 but of higher quality + native ASIO support:

https://www.thomannmusic.com/focusrite_scarlett_solo_2nd_gen.htm|

Yamaha AG03 if you want to get some real control over your mic and PC audio:
https://www.thomannmusic.com/yamaha_ag03.htm

If within your maximum budget I would highly suggest the AG03, as stated before it gives you next level control of all your audio. You can adjust the volume of your PC, Mic, and more on the fly while the volume perceived by the computer remains unchanged. Very easy to connect an additional PC or device, multiple ways to connect a headset (3.5mm or 1/4), several awesome input options (just channels 1+2, total mix, or even loopback), and much more. Also allows for compression, eq, and effects via software if you desire. All and all a great mixer / interface. I have tried just about every other mixer below this one in price and never had a good experience, some of them don't even direct all inputs to the phones. I have Incorporated this mixer into several builds for friends and it has been nothing but good experiences.

Ok I will look into that sound mixer, thanks!

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