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Should I buy an audio interface to fix this problem?

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asked Feb 20, 2020 in Sceptre, Eris, R-Series by eltpowell (340 points)
edited Feb 21, 2020 by eltpowell
I recently purchased a pair of Presonus Eris E5 XT's. I have managed to cut down/out most of the buzzing I was getting by using surge protectors and plugging them into separate outlets. However there is still an annoying high pitched buzz kinda sound when I plug the speakers into my PC. I have read that using an audio interface would help solve this problem.

I have two parts to my question I would really like help with before I go ahead and purchase an audio interface.

1) Am I right in thinking an audio interface would fix this problem and how would I connect the audio interface to my pc? Through the same headphone jack? Would that work?

2) I have a Yeti USB microphone. Would I have to have an audio interface that I can plug my USB microphone into, or could I keep my microphone plugged straight into the USB port on my PC? I also have an Atom, so I have the same question for that as well. Does my Atom also have to go through the audio interface?

I guess I don't fully understand what an audio interface does yet. I'm just trying to get my monitor speakers to not have that constant high pitch buzz.

I feel I may have wasted my money :(

If it helps, this is the cable I am using to connect my monitor speakers to my PC.

Hosa CMP-159 3.5 mm TRS to Dual 1/4" TS Stereo Breakout Cable, 10 Feet

Maybe a better cable would help too?

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answered Feb 22, 2020 by aka_busker (28,010 points)


I will start by answering your second question first.  The Yeti usb microphone is seen by windows (or operating system) as a sound card because the Yeti has a pre-amp and Analogue to Digital audio converter built in.  An audio unit (like the studio 192 or audio box VSL44 which are both made by Presonus) is a pre-amp and A/D converter.  You cannot the yeti to an audio device.  Nor can you connect the Atom to an audio interface, again due to their own usb.

The breakout cable you are using is unbalanced.  This is why your connection is noisy.  I see the Eris has both balanced and unbalanced inputs.  

Now, the most important thing - Audio unit or no?  I would say yes but it sounds like you would need a microphone and cable to record as well which is an added expense.  I bought my missus an "Audiobox Creation suite" made by Presonus recently.  Included was an audio unit (vsl22 usb powered), a mic with stand and cable, a keyboard for about £250, from Reverb.  So there are deals out there for some decent hardware on a budget.  However, as I mention, it sounds like you need a little shopping list.

You see, you will also need some balanced cables to connect you audio unit to your monitors as well.  

A two channel Presonus box will run  you about £100 (+/-£50)

Balanced cables for connecting you monitors to you audio box will run you about £30

An sm58 dynamic microphone (built to last) about £100 (you may get free cable).  There is nothing you cannot record and they have been used in the industry for years.  I have had mine a decade and it was second hand when I got it.  It's been drop-kicked numerous times - near indestructible!

A condenser mic can be got for about £100 (my missus uses a Presonus M7 I think which came in her kit, I use an mxl by Marshall, less than £100).  However, a condenser mic needs Phantom power to work.  Generally most audio units come with a phantom power switch.  (If your yeti has xlr out, you might be able to skip the condenser mic, you haven't been specific about which yeti it is that you own.

So, yes get an audio unit!  It will connect via USB to you system and depending on the unit can be powered by usb.  

I hope that helps.  I know it's a bit of an investment in extra bits.  I hope you understand I can't guess your region and can't offer you your own local currency, only my own.  However, you don't need to spend large amounts of kit or a budget of an L.A. producer.  

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answered Feb 23, 2020 by eltpowell (340 points)
Thank you aka_busker for such a detailed answer. You have answered all of my questions and explained how to go about fixing them. Thank you for your time and knowledge. Now I know what I need to do. Can't thank you enough.