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  1. 1) Check whether the RAM is single or dual channel. Dual channel is preferable for Ryzen. 2) Ryzen 7's, in many cases, perform only very slightly better than Ryzen 5's, because they are used in the same chassis's and have to either be undervolted or throttled to maintain the same thermals. Especially if it's a light and thin laptop, the Ryzen 7's potential will likely not be met. It may not worth paying substantially more money for a Ryzen 7.
  2. It sounds like you have everything you need. Get a DAW like REAPER (free to evaluate). Some mixers/producers use analog, but some go almost entirely digital. It's up to preference; outboard gear for FX aren't really necessity. FX plugins and the DAW can basically do everything nowadays. The only limit is your skill in recording, mixing and mastering.
  3. Behringer UM2 + Amazonbasics XLR cable + Behringer XM8500 + a little boom arm for the desk
  4. AT2020 - I'd recommend the MXL V67G instead, though it's up to personal preference. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4. - You may as well just get a Behringer UM2 which does the same exact thing for a fraction of the price. Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO - I think they sound nice, but I would recommend headphones with a modular cable just because the "if anything goes wrong with a cheap wire then the whole $150 investment is dead" is a really unethical and stupid form of planned obsolescence.
  5. May I ask what leads you to assert this so strongly? Because mics don't have any parts inside of them that act as a Gate or Expander. As convenient as it would be, microphones do not have the capacity to tell what noise we as human beings care and don't care about. There is polar pattern, which rejects noise based on directionality. But this is not related to whether a mic is Condenser or Dynamic. There aren't any objective scientific measuring tools that confirm the background noise is removed by using a Dynamic instead of a Condenser. It's purely based
  6. Similar. Superlux HD668b has a little more bassiness to it. I prefer the sound of the superluxes but both are good. However, the AKG's are more comfortable. If you have a large head, the 668b's will be tight. Though, they make a 681 EVO headphones that look like they're designed to be more comfortable.
  7. Regarding frequency response, what frequencies you prefer is up to you preference. Though, generally, to be versatile for all sorts of applications, it's good to have a mostly flat set of frequencies with a subtle boosts for color and flavor. This is why I think the V67G (the graph in the picture), for example, is really an excellent microphone that compares to microphones several times its price. It's mostly flat and captures just about all of the frequencies in human hearing; it has a bright top-end to add some clarity to the voice, but it doesn't sacrifice in the m
  8. Sennheiser HD598 AKG K240 Superlux HD668b Beyerdynamic DT990
  9. XLR vs. USB It's kind of like the DIY PC vs. prebuilt Walmart PC comparison. With the XLR, you're going for more customizability, upgradability, versatility and long-term lifespan. From a "buy it for life" perspective, XLR is a superior investment. Although, USB may have the advantage of price and convenience. For those who cannot spend more than $50-60, maybe getting a USB like the Behringer C1-U could be their best option. However, spending $100+ on a USB mic makes less sense because at that point, an XLR setup is affordable. Accessories For an XLR mic, an XLR cab
  10. MXL V67G or Behringer C-1
  11. Speak at an appropriate distance (3"-8"). Keep your mic at least at least a few feet away from a wall or corner. The capsule of the mic should face your mouth directly Use foam acoustic treatment panels to reduce wall reflections. (Pillow or blankets as an alternative) Stay still while speaking ; don't move or sway too much. Use a wind screen or pop filter to block plosives. If mic vibrations are a problem, use a shock mount. Processing the vocals with plugins like High-Pass Filter, Expander, Compressor and maybe a De-Esser can help. REAPER is a free t
  12. Yeah. I'm just sort of surprised that people in the PC community (and even reviewers like Linus and others) know a lot about desktops. Nobody would suggest putting a GTX 2080 Ti in a HTPC build for example. But they don't seem to realize that putting an entire compuer into a tiny bubble mailer envelope sized chassis with no vents isn't a good idea.
  13. Aluminum disperses heat, so an aluminum chassis can sort of act like a heatsink and help cooling. However, it is not an alternative to actually having good thermal design and ventilation.
  14. Updating this for July 2019. This is just one benchmark site and there are others but this list may help put things in perspective: RTX 2080 Ti - 592% GTX 1080 Ti - 450% RTX 2080 - 445% Radeon VII - 421% RTX 2070 - 381% GTX 1080 - 362% RX Vega 64 - 356% RX Vega Frontier - 343% GTX 1070 Ti - 336% RX Vega 56 - 326% RTX 2060 - 316% GTX 1070 - 290% GTX 1660 Ti - 270% GTX 1660 - 238% RX 590 - 235% GTX 1060 (6GB) - 208% RX 580 - 207% GTX 1060 (3GB) - 195% RX 480 - 193% RX 570 - 18
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