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8 years ago
hindered in what way?
7 years ago
There are a lot of advantages to USB mics, mostly ease of use, you just plug in and they tend to work. That's why they are so popular for podcasting.But, if you want to move to a more professional setup, eventually you would probably want to go to a standard condenser mic. Here are the drawbacks to usb, off the top of my head:1. All the ones I've seen where the bitdepth is disclosed are 16-bit; even the nice one AT makes that's based on the 2020 is 16-bit/44.1 Khz. This limits you to sessions at those settings or importing/upsampling your vocal tracks should you move to a higher level DAW product. If you go to a program like Logic you'd surely want to be able to record at 24 bits.2. The selection is very limited compared to "regular" condenser mics - the chances of finding the perfect match to your application is therefore a lot more limited. And no one that I know of makes a top-line quality mic in a usb version.3. If your buddy brings over his $3000 whiz-bang preamp, you can't use it.Similarly, if you want to record on a conventional system using a mixer, etc. you can't use it.4. You are probably giving up some control over gain staging - it might be controllable thru software that comes with the mic but I doubt it's as effective as what you'd get with a mic/preamp combination.5. I can't say for sure but I expect a long mic cable is a lot less expensive than a long USB cable, and the technical limit on USB cables is around 5 meters, sometimes less depending upon the device. This really hinders your flexibility when recording instruments.6. If you progress beyond the one-mic/one-source method of recording, you may still be able to use it in combination with other mics, but it won't be as straightforward.There are probably others if I thought about it for a while. But the bottom line is, a usb mic is not as good a solution as even a modest cost condenser mic if you have aspirations much beyond your current setup. SF
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