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Old 10th April 2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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Default Which USB Sound Card to buy?

Hello, I am looking for a usb sound card for doing acoustic measurements on my laptop which just has an headphone out.
so Which sound card i should look into?
Any guide for buying a usb sound card for acoustic measurements will be very nice
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Old 11th April 2015, 01:04 PM   #2
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Will this work
Behringer UCA222 U-Control Ultra-Low Latency 2 In/2 Out USB Audio Interface with Digital Output And Downloadable Software Bundle: Amazon.in: Musical Instruments

Can it be a substitute for M Audio USB Transit?
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Old 11th April 2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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USB drivers usually have latency issues that make measurements complicated.

Most pro audio manufacturers get around this by using custom ASIO to USB driver. The Berry in question does not.

The entry-level Focusrites do, but they are quite a bit more expensive.
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Old 11th April 2015, 02:39 PM   #4
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Can you suggest me a setup for speaker measurements,pl?
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Old 11th April 2015, 02:58 PM   #5
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Hi

My experience would be limited to my own setup, I use a EMM-6 mic with studio interfaces and a small mixer with phantom power and mic preamps.

A Focusrite 2i2 should be able to do this entire job when partnered with the EMM-6 or other mic. Mine is a legacy setup but if I were buying today, this is probably what I would get.

I suppose the USB version of the EMM-6 would not even need a soundcard.

The other interesting product is the iMM-6 (?) which works quite well for field measurements and should be able to plug directly into you laptop's mic port with a suitably wired converter.

Both the latter options would be using converters of questionable quality, but for speaker measurements I suppose they'd be alright.
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Old 11th April 2015, 03:49 PM   #6
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Thanks!
The Focusrite 2i2 is out of my budget..
As i'm just started to learn this stuff,Won't the Behringer UCA222 work for this ?
And also, what measurement microphone you suggest (available in india) for this?
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Old 11th April 2015, 05:06 PM   #7
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Hi

I would not invest in the Berry.

You should look at onboard sound or your mobile phone using a mic like the iMM-6.

Dayton Audio - iMM-6 iDevice and Android Compatible Calibrated Measurement Microphone

The same site also has the USB version of the Dayton mic, which would work too.
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Old 11th April 2015, 06:05 PM   #8
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The iMM 6 is a good option but i wanted to try with a professional mic and laptop.
So I checked the usb powered mic but they are not in stock
What other microphone you will suggest?
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Old 12th April 2015, 02:00 AM   #9
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The Behringer ECM 8000 is probably available from pro audio stores, but they tend to overcharge.
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Old 12th April 2015, 05:08 AM   #10
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Yes,right.
What do you think about diy panasonic wm-61A microphone capsule?
Many user here are using this
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