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I recently bought a focusrite scarlett solo 3rd gen audio interface with a mxl 770 condenser microphone and have some problems with it

 

When recording voice recordings the microphone is fine but when I'm using it on voip programs such as discord and nvidia instant replay it keeps stuttering some people said to lower the buffer and sample rate but it solves the problem only for a short while and i would like to have better quality recordings 

 

it often starts stuttering in discord when i lets say start battlefield 5, i think its because battlefield resets the buffer and or sample rate

 

I’ve downloaden newer and older drivers for it as well

 

Is there a better fix for my problem or should i just get another audio interface and which one should that be? 
 

max budget is 150 usd/eu

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Honestly, and I've recently been doing some audiobook work as an actor, I've ditched the audio interface and traditional set up. I know the received wisdom is all about the focusrites, but I had so many problems with their janky drivers. I've switched to a USB mic and has absolutely no problem (just don't for the love of everything plug it into front panel USB. I honestly think that USB has improved enough that the old claims of audio interference is now defunct on newer equipment.

 

Certainly for professional acting work I've had no complaints and I've even had an audio engineer outraged when I told him it was USB audio after he complimented the clean audio I sent him. 

I'm going to assume you need phantom power for your microphone though?

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2 hours ago, MartinTheActor said:

Honestly, and I've recently been doing some audiobook work as an actor, I've ditched the audio interface and traditional set up. I know the received wisdom is all about the focusrites, but I had so many problems with their janky drivers. I've switched to a USB mic and has absolutely no problem (just don't for the love of everything plug it into front panel USB. I honestly think that USB has improved enough that the old claims of audio interference is now defunct on newer equipment.

 

Certainly for professional acting work I've had no complaints and I've even had an audio engineer outraged when I told him it was USB audio after he complimented the clean audio I sent him. 

I'm going to assume you need phantom power for your microphone though?

Yes i need phantom power.

 

and i wanted to buy an audio interface because of my studio monitors which use xlr to connect to my pc in that case i thought why not try out condenser mics as well

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8 hours ago, Colingdb said:

Yes i need phantom power.

 

and i wanted to buy an audio interface because of my studio monitors which use xlr to connect to my pc in that case i thought why not try out condenser mics as well

Makes sense, and totally understandable. Got a bit carried away because I've been on a bit of a rant lately against Voiceover performers insisting that USB is not good enough for newbies to the acting industry. 

Maybe though a USB mic wouldn't be the worst idea specifically for Discord/Voip etc? I know it's more clutter to have a secondary mic, but that seems the simpler solution. Something like the the Blue Snowball records voice fairly well even if it does seem to clip some of the higher and lower frequencies. There's some nice coverage of the Blue mics over here: (95) Blue Yeti vs. Blue Snowball | VO Mic Comparison - YouTube

Focusrite are huge in the VO industry here in the UK for (I'd guess good reason), like I said my experience is janky drivers. I did have a Yamaha mixer for a while but there was an odd hiss that I never solved. I had a mid-range behringer UMC204HD before the Scarlett. I thought it worked quite well, and only got rid of it because I was told I'd never get VO work without a professional interface like a Scarlett. I think I sold it to CeX (a trade-in/second hand store here in the UK) for like £35, they'd have resold for £90 so something like that may be in your price range if Behringer have a newer model?

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11 minutes ago, MartinTheActor said:

Makes sense, and totally understandable. Got a bit carried away because I've been on a bit of a rant lately against Voiceover performers insisting that USB is not good enough for newbies to the acting industry. 

Maybe though a USB mic wouldn't be the worst idea specifically for Discord/Voip etc? I know it's more clutter to have a secondary mic, but that seems the simpler solution. Something like the the Blue Snowball records voice fairly well even if it does seem to clip some of the higher and lower frequencies. There's some nice coverage of the Blue mics over here: (95) Blue Yeti vs. Blue Snowball | VO Mic Comparison - YouTube

Focusrite are huge in the VO industry here in the UK for (I'd guess good reason), like I said my experience is janky drivers. I did have a Yamaha mixer for a while but there was an odd hiss that I never solved. I had a mid-range behringer UMC204HD before the Scarlett. I thought it worked quite well, and only got rid of it because I was told I'd never get VO work without a professional interface like a Scarlett. I think I sold it to CeX (a trade-in/second hand store here in the UK) for like £35, they'd have resold for £90 so something like that may be in your price range if Behringer have a newer model?

The Scarlett line really is no better than that Behringer, they're competing in the same price range.

 

The people who told you that are silly, most important thing for vocal quality is the mic itself.

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2 minutes ago, The Flying Sloth said:

The Scarlett line really is no better than that Behringer, they're competing in the same price range.

 

The people who told you that are silly, most important thing for vocal quality is the mic itself.

I know that now 😞
Sadly, there's a lot of nonsense out there among a lot of the acting community.

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