Musicians, music producers and recording engineers have at their disposal a wide variety of digital audio equipment for studio and live performance use. Digital audio interfaces allow users to convert microphone signals into speaker and amplifier-ready sounds as well as computer-compatible data for use with digital audio workstations. Configuring a digital audio interface to capture and convert microphone signals to line signals can be accomplished quickly and easily.
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Things you need
- Digital audio interface
- XLR cable
- Line cable
Plug the XLR microphone cable into the microphone input on the audio interface and the microphone.
Plug the line cable into the line-out port on the interface and the line-in port on the amplifier or speaker.
Connect the audio interface to a power supply. Power on the interface and the audio output device.
Test the connection by speaking into the microphone. Sounds captured by the microphone should play out of the speaker unit.
Tips and warnings
- Replace the XLR and line cables on a regular basis to ensure optimal audio quality during your productions. The delicate wiring inside these cables can easily be damaged by physical wear and tear as well as overuse.
- Always lower the volume on your amplifier or speaker before powering on the device. Defective or faulty microphone and line cables can produce loud, abrasive tones in your output devices.
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