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Has anyone used this device successfully in conjunction with REW? For $40 it seems like a great option and has a very compact size. :ponder:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/522285-REG/MXL_MICMATE_BASIC_USB_Mic_Mate_.html

Here's the synopsis from the site:

The USB Mic Mate from MXL is a pocket-sized microphone preamp that features a 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (44.1 and 48.0kHz) while also providing 48V phantom power to condenser microphones directly from a computer's USB port.

The preamp/USB interface is no-hassle solution for mobile recording, podcasting and garage bands.


• USB microphone preamp
Supplies 48V phantom power for use with condenser microphones
• Plug and record with any software - no special drivers required
• Fully balanced, low-noise analog front end
• Three-stage analog gain control
• Heavy-duty diecast metal construction
 

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in conjunction with REW?
Normally, a soundcard requires a calibration file which involves running an REW routine that connects the line-out to line-in of the soundcard.

This is not possible using this USB device.

But, as long as the phantom voltage was switchable to off, then you could fabricate a 30dB pad to connect the loopback.

Other than that, it wouldn't really be usable.

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Normally, a soundcard requires a calibration file which involves running an REW routine that connects the line-out to line-in of the soundcard.

This is not possible using this USB device.

But, as long as the phantom voltage was switchable to off, then you could fabricate a 30dB pad to connect the loopback.

Other than that, it wouldn't really be usable.

brucek
Sorry, I should have been more clear - this would be used in conjunction with a capable soundcard. This would essentially replace the XENYX box that is commonly used.
 

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The best of soundcards still require a calibration file, and the inexpensive MXL USB mic amp would certainly also need to be added to the calibration. It wouldn't be a meaningful measuring system if this wasn't carried out.

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