Having good audio is important when listening to anything. It should be clear and crisp, letting you hear every note clearly. To achieve this, those making the recording would have to use quality equipment such as good microphones. The person that is listening to the audio will also need to have quality speakers with good connectors from the player. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things that you need to know when upgrading your audio interface.
How Does It Sound?
If you’re after making a classic, the sound quality will play a major role. This means making sure that your interface does more work at the time of production so that you’ll do less work later. Quality conversion is important and a bad interface can cause noise distortion and low dynamic range. When it comes to the preamp, a wide gain range can play a pivotal role in the capture of great sound.
The interface needs to have modern features, low latency, and a large bandwidth. Higher bandwidths work best for recording large sessions while running multiple inputs and outputs simultaneously. You need something that move data to and from the interface fast.
Value and Longevity
When getting a new interface, you need to go for something that offers good value for money and is durable. There are always lower cost quality products that you can choose from, when considering where your money is going.
More Inputs and Outputs
You will want to go for something with as many inputs and outputs as possible, since it is more convenient as it allows for a smoother workflow and also makes you look more professional during the recording. You don’t have to run around with cables, changing them, during the recording sessions.
Go for an interface that is easy to use, since it can increase the workflow and also make one look more professional.
We are now going to take a look at audio connectors. Different equipment use different connectors, and the connectors we will mention below are some of the common ones by Vinyl Vintage.
The Original: RCA Connectors
RCA adapters are color coded and probably the most common connectors. Initially, they were referred to as phono connectors. Standing for Radio corporation of America, RCA cables have been used with record players since the 1940’s. they come with a red, and white cables, being color coded.
The Banana Plug
They aren’t very common nowadays although some speakers can still be spotted using them. It is a flat connector that has two spaced prongs, and screws are used to hold the wire in place.
Speakon, Speak On
Speakon is a large plastic connector that doesn’t have any visible prongs. It is simply inserted and twisted, a huge plus when it comes to safety and security.
Although they are used on some speaker systems and amplifiers, XLR connectors are usually referred to as “mic cables”. They consist of a metal housing with three prongs, and have a secure retention clip. One prong is negative, one positive, and one ground.
Totally Sweet: TS and TRS connectors
These are the connectors that have been used by most people, a good example being the smartphone jack, which is a TRS socket. TS connectors are mono whereas TRS connectors are stereo. They are available in three sizes, namely 3/32” (2.5mm), 1/8” (3.5mm), and 1/4” (6.3mm).
This is a digital connector and not an audio connector that is used with computers and other digital equipment. This is important if you would like to connect your turntable to a laptop or desktop computer to digitize your vinyl’s.
A good audio experience gives one the drive to listen to something. Using the right interface and connectors can go a long way in improving the audio experience.