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Greg Bartusch

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USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« on: May 18, 2015, 03:00:59 am »

Looking to buy an audio interface. Any suggestions for one under $75. I just purchased a Lexicon Alpha from Amazon and found out it doesnt have phantom power. Don't want to buy a seprate phantom power box for it. Thanks
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2015, 04:40:06 am »

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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2015, 08:16:33 am »

Most likely be moved to lounge, but maybe used is going to be your option unless you're looking at behringer.
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2015, 10:53:41 am »

Looking to buy an audio interface. Any suggestions for one under $75. I just purchased a Lexicon Alpha from Amazon and found out it doesnt have phantom power. Don't want to buy a seprate phantom power box for it. Thanks
Return the Alpha and look for a used Lambda.  Still usb powered and has the phantom power you require.  New, they're about a $100.00 MAP, you can probably find a willing dealer to let one go for less.
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 07:59:54 pm »

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UMC202.aspx
As much as I hate to admit it, I use the UMC202 for "day to day" measurements.

It simply works so well it is stupid.

No software-no drivers.  Just plug it in and the software (Smaart V7) sees it.  Why can't other products do this?

It works just fine.

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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 10:40:53 pm »

As much as I hate to admit it, I use the UMC202 for "day to day" measurements.

It simply works so well it is stupid.

No software-no drivers.  Just plug it in and the software (Smaart V7) sees it.  Why can't other products do this?

It works just fine.

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I just looked the UMC202 up and wow! All that for 100 bucks?


Quality 2-channel USB 2.0 recording interface for your Mac or Windows PC
Combo inputs with MIDAS preamp lets you plug in any mic-, line-, or instrument-level gear
+48V phantom power lets you use studio condenser microphones
Switchable input pads accommodate even extremely hot line-level signal
Record in up to professional-standard 24-bit/96kHz resolution
Direct Monitor function provides latency-free input monitoring
Includes Tracktion DAW and 150 downloadable instrument/effect plug-ins

Where was this stuff when I was a kid?
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2015, 10:13:12 am »

As much as I hate to admit it, I use the UMC202 for "day to day" measurements.

It simply works so well it is stupid.

No software-no drivers.  Just plug it in and the software (Smaart V7) sees it.  Why can't other products do this?

It works just fine.

Flame suit on------
Hey, if it works, it works, right?  Nothing wrong with that.  It looks like a pretty impressive piece of gear especially for the price.

In the measurement world, what's kind of difference would you expect to see using a 96k device versus a 44.1k or 48k device such as the Lexicon model I mentioned earlier?
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2015, 01:46:01 pm »

Hey, if it works, it works, right?  Nothing wrong with that.  It looks like a pretty impressive piece of gear especially for the price.

In the measurement world, what's kind of difference would you expect to see using a 96k device versus a 44.1k or 48k device such as the Lexicon model I mentioned earlier?

Smaarts MTW doesn't work above a 48k sampling rate anyway. I can't tell how the other software handle it though.
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Re: USB Audio Interface for SMAART under $75
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2015, 05:04:51 pm »

Hey, if it works, it works, right?  Nothing wrong with that.  It looks like a pretty impressive piece of gear especially for the price.

In the measurement world, what's kind of difference would you expect to see using a 96k device versus a 44.1k or 48k device such as the Lexicon model I mentioned earlier?
I would argue that the differences would be more than offset by the measurement microphone.

And also-what are you going to do with the added information?  I hope not try to EQ it.  Just move the mic a foot or so and see if STILL want to make the change-------
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