Hey guys, this is really becoming my go-to place for questions. I've got my eye on an Audio Technica AT2020, though I'm stuck between the USB and XLR versions. I know that I won't need an audio interface with the USB version, but the audio suffers a little bit. On the other hand, the XLR mic requires an interface and phantom power, but does that help the quality enough? Is there a considerable difference?
Could anyone elaborate more on these pro's and con's?
asked Sep 25 '12 at 13:27
Depends on what you're using it for. I use two Samson C03 mics, one USB and one XLR. I use the USB one when just plugging into the computer for VOIP, chatting, recording demos, and light music recording. I use the XLR one with an external mixer and Behringer UCA202 when recording with more than one mic or multi-track recording where you may want to mix the recording mic's signal with playback. I'd say the main advantage of the USB mic is there are less bits to worry about. You may get just a little higher noise floor with the XLR one because of the mixer and external audio adapter, but not a noticeable difference.
answered Sep 25 '12 at 13:48