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dukelemoyne
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Posted - 01/21/2013 :  10:04:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  [Reply to Topic]  | [Reply w/ Quote]
I have a Blue Snowball USB mic that I really like for podcasts and I'd like to get a couple more for interviewees to use. Can Sonar 8.5 process two or more USB mics simultaneously? Do I have to get a special hub or software to make it work? Thanks.


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garrigus
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Posted - 01/21/2013 :  10:44:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hmmm... I haven't tried it, but I think it should work. The only thing is that each USB mic will be using its own driver. This means that the audio won't be synchronized, so it may drift during the recording. If this happens, you'll need to do some editing to line up the recorded conversation.

Scott

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dirtysteve
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Posted - 01/21/2013 :  7:22:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit dirtysteve's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not so sure you can use a hub for this because the mic is USB powered and I don't think a hub provides power...only data txfer.

Also consider the Snowball is great for podcasts and voice but not so much for instruments. IMO it really stinks on instruments.

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otto
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Posted - 01/21/2013 :  7:31:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Side-Address USB Microphone w/Headphone Monitor

For the money and the features - and the quality for the price - can't be beat. I've bought mine new for around $50 on 1/2 price blowout sales.

Edited by - otto on 01/22/2013 05:12:06 AM
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garrigus
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Posted - 01/22/2013 :  09:06:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dirtysteve

Not so sure you can use a hub for this because the mic is USB powered and I don't think a hub provides power...only data txfer.


There are powered USB hubs available that provide both power and data transfer.

Scott

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Posted - 02/03/2013 :  11:18:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit mcintalker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am interested in this multiple usb port-devices area for 2 reasons.
1. my wife wants a small usb I/O for her desk (2 laptops, keyboard, acoustic gtr and vocals), so the Roland DuoCapture seems likely and some kind of usb mic with a headphone jack. She might never do vocals and instrument together, but the hub with power seems a good idea if she does.
2. My laptop (I still have my P4 XP with Sonar5.2PE, but won't build my new desktop for a bit yet) has 4 usb ports (one is usb3 for my library and backup drive). I have a Tascam US1641 and am plotting the best (for now ie not buying additional gear)hookups for that, with my 2 preamps, Virus Ti2 (has usb), Super Champ X2, and Mustang Floor multiFX (both have usb). I am only recording one part at a time (tho multiple versions of say, acoustic guitar; mic(s), pickup direct, pickup split into Fishman Aura Spectrum and 16 and Mustang (maybe the amp, too), so can unplug whatever is not being used. So a hub might work for me, to leave it all plugged in ( this is RE the laptop). The Tascam has to be the only thing on a port to work well.
I would like to know if the simultaneous-multiple usb mics, works, and since so many more things are being made with usb on them, how to get say Sonar to "allow" these at the same time.
Michael

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garrigus
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Posted - 02/03/2013 :  11:46:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Michael,

You should be able to connect and use everything at the same time. But as far as SONAR, that would depend on the drivers available for the devices. Plus, USB audio mics have their own "soundcards" built in so you'll have sync issues if you try to record vocals with a USB mic and other things with an audio interface at the same time.

But as far as connecting devices to the laptop, a powered USB hub should work fine.

Scott

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