Guide to achieve the best Live Audio Experience for Musicians

(For the musicians who don’t have Audio Setups to record and who’re not familiar with DAWs)

You can deliver a really good sound experience live using some really cheap and reliable equipment that you can use to record and produce music as well. 

Basic things you’ll need and must have are as follows:

– Talent 🙂 Ah, You got it!!
– Your Instrument (With or without Pickup)
– A decent PC (Windows/MAC)
– A decent Internet Connection (4g/Wifi)
– Headphone or Earphones
– Quiet and noise-free room.

Next up, Lets set you up with some gear!!

Audio Setup:

1. Sound Card/Audio Interface, TRS Cable(For pickups), Microphone(Dynamic/Condensor):
Most advised and a must-have setup for Musicians. You can use this setup to Record good quality content as well. If you are a beginner and want to get into Music Production or just want to make your recording sound professional, it’s for you!

The following image shows how an Audio Interface works. 

Buying Links to recommended and reliable Equipment:

Setup Under 21k! (Audio Interface, Condensor Microphone, and Headphone)
This is a bundle of an Audio Interface, a Condensor Microphone, and a headphone by a very trusted and famous brand Focusrite. It costs around 20k. All you need is to buy one extra TRS Cable(Guitar/Instrument Cable) for your instrument and you’ve got yourself a great setup which will last long.

– Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Audio Interface Pack – 3rd Gen Bundle– Bajaao Standard Instrument Cable – 3 Meter
(Comes at different prices, build qualities and lengths. You can buy any that looks good to you and has good reviews)
Mustang Microphone Angle Roller Stand (Black) (Can buy from local music store around 1k)

Setup under 21k!(Audio Interface, Instrument Cable and Dynamic Microphone)This is the most recommended Setup for any musician out there who wants a good and trusted Dynamic Microphone and Audio Interface. Focusrite 2i2 and Sm58 Dynamic Microphone!
Dynamic Microphones are suggested for home setups as they’ll pick lesser Reverbs, reflections, ambiance, and noises, whereas Condensor microphones will pick up noises from far away! 

– Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
(Currently unavailable, but you can buy this from a local Music Store for around 12k)

– Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone(You can buy this from you local music stores for around 8k)
-Stand and Wires:
Mustang Microphone Angle Roller Stand (Black) (Can buy from local music store around 1k)
SeCro Premier Series (3 Pin) Microphone Cable – XLR Male to Female – 100% Pure Oxygen-Free Copper Wire Professional Grade (5 Meters)
(Comes at different prices, build qualities and lengths. You can buy any that looks good to you and has good reviews)

– Bajaao Standard Instrument Cable – 3 Meter
(Comes at different prices, build qualities and lengths. You can buy any that looks good to you and has good reviews)

Setup under 10k!(Audio Interface, Instrument Cable and Dynamic Microphone)

Not the best out there but works just like any other Equipment. If you wanna just get started and want a decent setup, this will get the work done. Go for it!

– Behringer U-PHORIA UM2 2 x 2 Audio interfacce with USB 2.0
You can plug in both of your Instrument Cable and your mic as it has 2 inputs and it costs around Rs.4500.

Dynamic Microphone:
– Shure PGA58-LC Vocal Microphone (Costs around 4k)

            Other cheaper options for Mics:
            – AKG P3S Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid (₹ 2,199.00)            –Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone (₹ 2,401.00)
            – Shure PGA48-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone Without Cable (₹ 2,899.00)
-Stand and Wires:
Mustang Microphone Angle Roller Stand (Black) (Can buy from local music store around 1k)
SeCro Premier Series (3 Pin) Microphone Cable – XLR Male to Female – 100% Pure Oxygen-Free Copper Wire Professional Grade (5 Meters)
(Comes at different prices, build qualities and lengths. You can buy any that looks good to you and has good reviews)

– Bajaao Standard Instrument Cable – 3 Meter
(Comes at different prices, build qualities and lengths. You can buy any that looks good to you and has good reviews)

Points to note:
-If you have an Instrument that has a pickup in it, it’s advised to use the pickup if it’s good and delivers the natural sound of the instrument and doesn’t add distortion. You won’t have to worry about the noise and disturbances around you like fan noise, dogs barking, and whatnot, which a mic sure picks up!

2. USB Mic:
These are easy to use Microphones that you can plug in your laptop directly without any soundcard/Audio Interface. You can use this mic with Zoom. This comes a little cheap too, around 5k. I’ll always recommend having an Audio Interface but if you’re looking for something temporary and just want one good sounding Microphone, this will do the job!!
Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play – White

After You’re done buying your setup. Let”s learn how to use it!

-How to setup the Audio Interface?
It’s pretty easy and you can follow this diagram to plug in your Mic, Instrument Cable, headphone to your Audio interface, and The Audio interface to the computer.

For Windows users, You might have to install drivers of your Audio Interface from their official website.

-How to set Gain in Audio Interface and test Volume in Zoom?
Once you’ve Installed Zoom, Log in to the Zoom Client.
Go to Settings (Click on the setting option on the right top corner)Click the Audio tab.
There you’ll see the option to test mic. 
According to that, you can increase or decrease the gain on your Audio Interface using the gain knobs.

-How to turn on Stereo Output on Zoom?
Follow either of these links:
Blog: https://homestudiolessons.com/zoom/
Video: How to Turn on Zoom Stereo Audio

-How to use DAW Audio with Zoom?
If you’re interested in learning a DAW or already know how to use a DAW and want to use effects like EQ, reverb, delays, etc. on zoom, you can use softwares like Black hole and Sunflower to do so.
Follow this link for proper instructions: Use DAW Audio with Zoom and Skype in 2020 FREE

Blog Credits: Harpreet Arora

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