There’s always a battle when it comes to picking equipment that you need
right away and equipment that you can do without,
at least for a certain period of time.
It all comes down to what you wish to accomplish.
This will greatly determines what equipment should make the top of your
shopping list and what equipment you can get along the way.
There’s a great debate on which is more important a recording microphone or an audio interface;
A recording microphone is more important because it is possible to record without an audio interface but impossible to record without a microphone.
Let’s get into the definition of both of these items.
A microphone is a device that is used to record basically anything; its job is to convert any sounds in to electrical signals.
Microphones can be used to record; instruments, vocals and any other sounds, in most recording studio it is relied upon to record vocals.
On the other hand,
an audio interface is an analog to digital and digital to analog converter that acts as an external sound,
in simpler terms audio interfaces facilitate audio signals going in and out of your computer.
A microphone is meant to take care of any of your recording needs therefore it should be one of the first things that you buy,
when equipment shopping because you can record with a microphone even if you do not have an audio interface.
Most USB recording microphones will allow you to simply stick the USB into
your laptop and be able to record your music.
Usb microphones will in most cases come with drivers that you’ll need to
install on your computer to make the microphone usable.
The key function that audio interfaces serve is to provide high quality
converters that can accurately transmit audio in out of a computer.
Your built-in sound card that runs with your laptop can achieve the same task,
but not at the quality level that an audio interface works at.
Audio interfaces improve the sonic capabilities of audio signals therefore
they are much more preferred than in built sound cards that come pre-installed in computers.
Another key function of audio interfaces is their ability to allow connections
of devices such as instruments, speakers and microphones through their
With this said,
you can still make music without an audio interface,
you’d be missing out on some quality but you can still get the job done quiet efficiently.
Pc and mic combo
Most microphones available on the market will allow you to be able to
connect them directly into your computer and be able to record high quality
material without the aid of an audio interface.
These microphones are usually USB microphones that come with a
connectable USB that can be easily used with your computer.
Therefore the need for an audio interface is not as immediate as the need
for a microphone.
With a microphone you can record music,
be able to mix and master it within a digital audio workstation and be able to release it.
An audio interface will give you high quality converters to work with,
but if you don’t have any audio signals to run through it,
it will not be useful at all.
Therefore focus on getting a good microphone first then go ahead and buy yourself an audio interface.
Another reason why a microphone is more important than an audio interface is because; you can make music with just a microphone and a laptop.
Therefore in terms of cost and benefit,
a microphone would be much better suited because it would put you in a
position to make music rather than audio interface which is only an external sound card.
Granted internal sound cards aren’t that great, but you can still make music with them.
From the brief insight you can easily figure out why going for a microphone first would be a better choice.
But keep in mind that any equipment serves its importance and this post is
in no ways trying to render an audio interface useless,
the sole purpose rather is to give you reasons why a microphone would be the first thing you go for.
If you’re a newbie producer and are looking to get started right away and are
running on a very tight budget, it would be smarter to buy a microphone first and get started.
After that, you can then factor in other equipment to make your work easier and give it much more quality.
it is essential to have an audio interface because of the sonic capabilities that it can give to your audio signals;
furthermore the inputs available on an audio interface will make it easier for you to use other equipment like studio monitors and instruments.
Therefore if you’re in a position to get buy both a microphone and an audio interface then i’d advise that you buy both because you’re going to need them.
But if you’re on a budget, buy a microphone that you can plug directly into your computer and start working.