Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...



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Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...

Postby Sonaboy » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:35 pm

So I have a new-ish computer with a good hunk of memory and lots of USB ports (but no audio inputs other than a standard 1/8"), Audacity/Ableton Live, an Arturia MiniLab controller and a Minilogue, a guitar and...I think I need advice on a something regarding best use.

If I want to record a few random things live that I might twist and mangle through my other tools, but would also want to avoid spending extra money on a USB interface if I can, would that mean my best choice for the last puzzle piece be THIS? https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01 ... _cr_x__a_w

Or should I just get a regular 1x or 2x USB audio interface like a Scarlett Solo or something, and figure out something else to record spontaneous things in the field (or just outside the room, you know)?

I guess I just don't know how well these Zoom thingies serve as interfaces and if I'm just asking for trouble, since I'm a bit inexperienced with all of it.
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Re: Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...

Postby Theta » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:01 am

Zoom is good but for less money you can buy some 1x or 2x USB interface and will do the job great.
If I were you I'll go for interface, and you won't need anything else.
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Re: Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...

Postby Sonaboy » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:18 am

Theta wrote:Zoom is good but for less money you can buy some 1x or 2x USB interface and will do the job great.
If I were you I'll go for interface, and you won't need anything else.
Just my 2 cents, by the way.


I would need a mic though. Something a bit better than whatever is on my MotoX4.
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Re: Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...

Postby DRodriguez » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:55 am

Zooms are really nice for cheap field recorders, they do not really make for great interfaces. But if you buy a cheap interface you will be limited in quality anyways.
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Re: Question for desktop recording - am I looking for...

Postby Sonaboy » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:57 am

DRodriguez wrote:Zooms are really nice for cheap field recorders, they do not really make for great interfaces. But if you buy a cheap interface you will be limited in quality anyways.


Limited how?
I think I arrived at this point because I needed something that could do a bit of everything. Even though before I've looked at a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, PreSonus Audiobox iTwo, and a Tascam US 2x2, but those only do one thing, where I need something that can record, be in the field AND be on a desktop talking to a computer.

Does the Zoom just have very limited functions as an interface (which may be acceptable) or do they just not work very well with many computer DAWs, or what?
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