1:02 Laptop Soundcards (Samples)
2:20 Laptop Soundcards vs. Cheap USB Soundcard (Samples)
3:13 Professional Interfaces (Sing Samples)
4:06 Professional Interfaces (Playback Samples)
4:47 Laptop vs. Professional vs. Cheap (Samples)
5:39 Laptop vs. Professional vs. Cheap (+ effects) (Samples)
6:48 Laptop vs. Professional vs. Cheap (+ effects & Instruments) (Samples)
8:04 Dynamic vs. Condenser Microphone (Samples)
– We did this test with Dynamic Microphones. Other Microphones (e.g. Condenser) may need Phantom Power, which will be supported by interfaces, but not by a cheap USB-SoundCard-Stick or a plain Laptop. Though condenser Mics can work without Phantom Power, it always results in more noise.
– There are of course more advantages of an interface, than just an increase in quality (e.g. Phantom Power, multiple inputs/outpus, XLR inputs, …)
– If you sing quieter than we did in our tests, you will have to crank up the volume more, which means you also amplify the noise of the setup.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Generation
Desktop PC with MSI H67ma-e45
Acer Swift 1
Dell XPS L502x
USB Soundcard Stick:
NoName (but i’d expect it to perform similar to the “Sabrent USB External Stereo Sound Adapter”)
3x t.bone CD-65
1x Studio B1
Mad Caddies – Falling down
All recordings (except where otherwise mentioned) are played back without any effects, but with normalized gain.
In the last recording (t.bone vs. Studio B1), we added an equalizer to the t.bone to try to better match the studios characterics, as we wanted to compare quality, not frequency response