Originally Posted by Martycool007
So if going with the Behringer EM8000 (mic) + Behringer Xenyx 502 (mic pre-amp) + a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live (sound card), what would need to be calibrated in that series of components, and how can that be done? I have a regular EM8000 that I would like to use with the Xenyx 502 and a cheapo sound card, but the mic isn't calibrated. How do I get the EM8000 to be calibrated? How do I get the sound card calibrated?
Are there any other cheap sound cards that would work with the EM8000 and Xenyx 502, and if so, can anyone suggest any brands/models?
There have got to be some simpler ways of doing this! I saw someone mention that a usb mic does not need to be calibrated, is this true, and if so, which is the cheapest and most effective? If going with one of these usb mics, does that mean that I could use my old laptops' internal sound card and that it does not need to be calibrated?
You can download a generic calibration file for the ECM8000 from the HomeTheaterShack web site: http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/downloads-area/19-downloads-page.html#axzz2Ip9pt61y. Scroll towards the bottom of this page.
Cross-Spectrum Labs sells the UMM-6 USB mic, which comes with custom calibration files, for $90+S&H. CSL also provides calibration services, so if you want a custom calibration for your ECM8000, call them. I am not sure what they charge for these services, but I think the cost is reasonable.
I use the Soundblaster X-Fi USB sound card, which can be purchased at various on-line sources for around $45.
Having lived with the complications of the external sound card, the Xenyx mixer, and all the associated cables for several years, I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing a USB mic. If your laptop has an HDMI port, use an HDMI cable to connect to the AVR, otherwise you can use the headphone jack (see the Guide linked in my signature for cabling instructions). You will spend close to $100 for the Xenyx plus the Soundblaster, so why not keep it simple and just order the USB mic? Heck, if you wait another couple of weeks, I'll sell you my old REW kit for dirt cheap...