When Do I Need An Audio Interface?
Hey community, I've got an audio-based question on my mind and want to come straight to the experts for it.
I'm a stay-at-home podcaster and live streamer in my spare time, and for the last few years I have made do with a very simple setup. I have a Blue Snowball (one of the cheapest USB options) and recently add a basic arm mount to my desk so I am not slouching into its tiny little stand and a foam filter over it.
We've been just successful enough on the pod and the streams that I'm able to invest a little more in my setup, but I am not sure which direction I want to go next.
On one hand, the plug-and-play ease of a USB mic basically can't be beat, so I have an AT 2020 USB+ in one corner of my eye. In the other hand, I can't help but think I should truly go to the next level and get the XLR version of the 2020 along with an interface to have more control over the quality.
If anyone out there has been in the same position as I have, is simply upgrading to a somewhat higher-end USB going to be a noticeable difference, or should I spring for the whole nine yards to up my audio game? If the answer is the latter, what can I get in a reasonable range that will both upgrade my sound and not break my bank?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks!