Re: Very Basic Recording Setup Question
Sorry if i'm confusing. What I basically want is some way getting at least 2 mics onto my pc, (possibly more mics, or 2 mics +1 line in) as seperate tracks. Now the way I see things, I don't really want a mixer that just gives me a stereo output, as this means that I can't record 2 (or more) seperate tracks. Or does it? I was looking at Audacity, and there are options for stereo inputs. So if I could isolate mic 1 to left, and mic 2 to right, this could work - but would limit me to only 2 tracks.
Looking at the plethora of USB interfaces, I still don't understand one thing: do they act like a mixer and record as just a stereo track, or do they isolate them individual tracks and input them as individual tracks? This would save money greatly if the later was correct.
I was having a look at the cheaper soundcards, and they have 2 inputs.* Thus, I could get a converter for each mic, and put the out into the in of the card. This would be in mono - does recording in stereo have any advantages? (I presume not, since a guitar is mono!)
*Well, looking at the m-audio audiophile 2496, there are 4 RCA jacks, but 2 are inputs, 2 are outputs. Thus, I assume that means a max of 2 tracks recording at any one time. Whereas something like the Delta 44 or audiophile 192 has 4 or 3 inputs - does this mean 4 or 3 simultaneous tracks? I'm currently searching about those two.