#1
I realize this is a guitar website, but I thought someone with recording experience might know the answer to this.

I was thinking of getting some microphones made for drums and using XLR to 1/4" analog cables (like an instrument cable), and then plugging the analog part of the cables into a basic mixer. From there, I want to connect the mixer to an audio interface with a USB, and then the USB into my computer.

My question is, I want to get this mixer (http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-MICROMIX-MX400-4-Channel-Line-Mixer-896751-i1475442.gc) and the only purpose of getting this is so I can get all my mics connected into my audio interface (http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lexicon-Alpha-USB-Desktop-Recording-Studio-103840849-i1126259.gc). Soo...the input jacks on these two pieces of equipment...do they support microphones? The mixer just says "input", it doesnt specify. The audio interface specifically says "instrument/channel 1", but I'm not sure if that necessarily means it cant use a mic.
#3
They support Hi-Z connections, like guitar cables. You Can use this for microphones, but most mic's use a 3-pronged Low-Z connection, so you need to get a handy dandy converter.

You COULD do this, but you'd only have one channel, so it kinda defeats the purpose of close miking or using a stereo pattern, although all of your elements would be nice and level.
#4
Your best bet would be to get something like this for an interface, because it has enough inputs in itself so there is no need for a mixing board and all of the mics can record to separate tracks which allows many more production and mixing possibilities.
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#5
I suggest you get an actual small mixer and plug the main mixer outs into your audio interface. That thing isn't really what you want, and especially as most overhead mics (which you will need) use phantom power, which that mixer wont supply.

I suggest saving up for something like this: http://www.soundslive.co.uk/product~name~Behringer-Xenyx-1202~ID~4928.asp

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#6
Why would use use XLR to TRS cables?....Most mixers have XLR mic inputs on them already.

Also I would buy a larger interface such as the PreSonus Firestudio Project or the Tascam US-1641 which offer 8 input and preamps. The inputs are kept separate and sent to the computer for further processing later down the road.

The mixer you are looking into is a Line mixer and doesnt offer preamps which is ok since your interface has one or two already but TBH, you're going a cheap route and it's not going to work out too well in the end.

Spend some more money and get a proper audio interface, either a smaller one with two mic inputs for two drum mics or a more reasonable one with 8 inputs for more mics.
The more mics and inputs you have, the better sound you'll get in the end.

Lastly, read up on this forum:
http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=108&sid=bd00bf38c3cb9a84a7166b40ade48bae
Last edited by moody07747 at Jul 2, 2010,
#7
The reason I dont want a 'real' mixer is because I have a kickass recording software on my computer already that does everything, I just need to get the sound into my computer, thats why I'm looking at very basic mixer and audio interface.
Fixed links:
mixer: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-MICROMIX-MX400-4-Channel-Line-Mixer-896751-i1475442.gc
interface: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lexicon-Alpha-USB-Desktop-Recording-Studio-103840849-i1126259.gc
#8
Why the hell do you need a mixer?

It is so unnecessary. Just get an audio interface, and plug mics into that. The mixer is just adding useless stuff to your signal chain.

First of all, if you are recording drums, get a firewire interface, not USB. USB simply can not handle multiple tracks at one time, where as firewire can. This is of course, if you plan to mic your drumset with 5 mics or more.

Look into these:

http://www.focusrite.com/products/audio_interfaces/saffire_pro_40

http://www.presonus.com/products/Detail.aspx?ProductId=5

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/ProFire2626.html

These are all eight channel interfaces that have ADAT lightpipe extension for more channels.
Last edited by DIMEBAGLIVEDON at Jul 2, 2010,
#9
Quote by DIMEBAGLIVEDON
Why the hell do you need a mixer?

It is so unnecessary. Just get an audio interface, and plug mics into that. The mixer is just adding useless stuff to your signal chain.

First of all, if you are recording drums, get a firewire interface, not USB. USB simply can not handle multiple tracks at one time, where as firewire can. This is of course, if you plan to mic your drumset with 5 mics or more.



My alesis mixer works as an interface via USB. I've recorded 2 guitars, bass, vocals and keyboards onto my computer onto seperate tracks simultaneously without any problems at all.

Early USB used to be significantly slower but the speeds now aren't far off firewire. The difference is similair to that of alternating and direct current in electronics.
#10
I agree once again, stay away from the mixer step of it all....just go straight into an audio interface.

As for USB mixers, be careful as some only send out a stereo track to the computer. When working with drums, being able to add different type effects to each mic is what makes the overall drum mix stand out. If all you get is a stereo mix of all mics, you can't do any of that.
#11
Quote by moody07747
I agree once again, stay away from the mixer step of it all....just go straight into an audio interface.

As for USB mixers, be careful as some only send out a stereo track to the computer. When working with drums, being able to add different type effects to each mic is what makes the overall drum mix stand out. If all you get is a stereo mix of all mics, you can't do any of that.


This is true, if it doesn't say interface on it, don't get it haha