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Re: Live recording

On Wed, 2 Aug 2017, at 06:09, David Christensen wrote:
> On 08/01/17 14:04, Rodolfo Medina wrote:

> > As much as I can understand, the simplest solution for me to live recording
> > with several microphones is to buy a - say - 6 channel mixer and plug it into
> > the line-in PC entry...
> That can work.  

If you do that you'll be recording at most 2 channels, which means you
to decide how to mix the more than 2 mics' signals into a stereo image
at the
venue.  That can be difficult to do, if you can't hear the incoming
sounds (eg 
in headphones) clearly, because of background noise, and the decision
make then is what you're stuck with later on.

If you can possibly afford a multi-channel audio interface, do that
Then the mics etc are connected to that external box, which if needed
the mics, amplifies their signals, digitises the analogue signals, then
sends the 
digital info via USB (usually) to the computer.  You can then fiddle
with the 
balance and everything else later on using software, and experiment with
different settings.  

> Make sure you understand phantom power and how you plan 
> to connect everything before making a purchase:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_power
> (If you feed phantom power to a device that is not designed to use it or 
> withstand it, you can get degraded performance and/or destroy equipment.)

Yes;  you can also destroy a mic by plugging it into a socket on a mixer
while the
phantom power is on;  you need to make sure that phantom is only turned
after all the cables are connected.  And turn phantom off again before
any powered mics.

Jeremy Nicoll - my opinions are my own.