Buying the best audio interface is going to help solidify both the power and overall capabilities of your studio, regardless if you’re a professional, semi-pro or even beginner starting to build your new home recording studio. For continued readers of our website, we’ve been able to help many when it comes to choosing which microphones are best; however, we have frequently mentioned the importance and necessity of phantom power and audio interfaces in our studio — not only for recording vocals with our mics but various instruments as well. Due to this, we wanted to create a guide to help those looking to power up their beloved music gear and instruments and get that sound quality we’ve always wanted. Cue in audio interfaces, and today we compiled some of our favorites to recommend you.
The best USB microphone nowadays can begin to rival even some studio-quality mics. They’re skyrocketing in popularity and overall quality and are amazing microphones for quite a few reasons — not only are they easy to use with their simple plug-and-play abilities for PC’s, Macs or Laptops, but they’re also extremely versatile to span across several different ‘uses’ and ‘applications’. We remember first delving into USB mics quite a few years ago (a decade or so we believe) and were skeptical to say the least — a mic you merely stick into a USB port and can immediately begin using and recording or streaming audio? Without an external power source! Unheard of. Let alone being so versatile to stem across uses such as gaming, live calls, streaming, YouTube videos, home studios, and more. How wrong we were, as we sit here writing about them today. Let’s get down to it.
Tube microphones are considered by some an ancient artifact, while others (including us) say they’re just the right solution if you’re aiming for a particular sound and feel of your recordings. Whether you’re recording vocals, playing string instruments such as violin, piano or acoustic guitar, or even some for drums, the best tube microphones are going to give you that extra edge and “feel” many of us are all in love with when it comes to specific microphone personalities. Since we think tube mics still have a use today in today’s “advanced” and “electronic” movement, we wanted to compile a list for those who are still searching for their timeless solution. Let’s get into today’s picks.
When it comes to filming those beautiful YouTube videos, there’s more to just having some 1080p HD or even 4K video quality. Many of those who make YouTube videos semi-pro or even professionally at times may forget about an entire half of the equation — what about the sound? Fortunately for us in this day and age, microphones for YouTube videos come at a pretty affordable price (depending on what you’re after). Since we’re mic experts, we wanted to cover the base for all YouTubers when it comes to elevating that sound quality for your videos. Let’s get into the top 10 best.
So you’ve finally grabbed the perfect microphone to begin recording or performing, but still need a specific device to power it up? The best microphone preamps in the market today come with many capabilities aside from merely providing some phantom power to allow your microphone work, and depending on which route you go, can do wonders for your current setup in terms of expansion, upgrading, and standing out from the rest. Today we took the time to review the top 10 best microphone preamps out there worth looking at, however come with a few extra factors when it comes to determining which is best for you.