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William Scaffino
AT2020 suggestions!
on Nov 28, 2013 at 4:05:49 pm

Hello!
I ve been asking myself how can i connect my at2020 xlr to my pc without spending too much money. Could i buy a phantom power supply, then connect it to the mic, and with a XLR-to-3.5 cable connect it to my pc onboard sound card? Can it be done? Could i experience any sound quality issues? Or should i get an external USB card so i can connect it to the pc through USB? is there a quality difference between USB and 3.5mm connection?

Sorry if im not specifying as i should the thing its because im quite new at these things


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Richard Crowley
Re: AT2020 suggestions!
on Dec 1, 2013 at 1:41:25 am
Last Edited By Richard Crowley on Dec 1, 2013 at 1:43:12 am

You can get a very nice XLR to USB "adapter" (actually a whole mic preamp, phantom power circuit, plus external "sound card") all in one small piece).

http://www.markertek.com/Cables/Computer-Data-Cables/USB-Cables/US-Music-Co... (but I don't think this one does phantom power)

http://www.markertek.com/Audio-Equipment/Audio-Interface/Computer-Audio-Int... (it looks like this one doesn't do phantom power, either)

http://www.markertek.com/Audio-Equipment/Microphones/USB-Microphones/Blue-M...

http://www.markertek.com/Connectors-Adapters/Data-Connectors-Adapters/USB-A...

There are probably more brands and models like this available, and from several other vendors besides Markertek.

You will easily spend more on just a phantom power "injector". I have no clue how they can get so much $$$ for such simple things.

There is a VAST difference between an external USB-based audio interface and the one built into your computer. Night and day. The mic preamp built into your computer is good enough for communications (like Skype, voice-mail, etc.) but by no means suitable for serious recording of ANYTHING.

There is also a USB version of the AT2020. The AT2020USB. It has that mic preamp, phantom power circuit, and audio interface all built right into the mic.


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