For those of you who have no idea what that is; it is a pre-amp interface for a laptop. Why is this important? Because as stated in a previous post, I really would like to get back into doing voice over work again. I did it for a while as a means to support myself, and failed a little bit. Not that I wasn't good, but I didn't have the acumen to actually do the entire business idea, nor did I have the patience to wait around for it to take off. So I figured I would just make it a hobby, which is all it seemed to be. I love playing with sound, and also playing with my voice to make it do crazy things.
This little box above is a way for me to get my creative juices flowing again. Yesterday my wife ordered me a case for my old hard drive. I can't wait for it to get here. On my old hard drive is all the old work parts I had, and the 5 disc sound library I had. It also has the sound effects that I have made over the years. All these things have been stuck on a hard drive waiting to come out. All the professional work I did [read: custom mixed music for flair bartenders, some crazy bits for WLUP back in the day].
I can't wait, but the thing I really want to do is record new stuff. I had ideas for some old school Theater of the Mind stuff that I would really like to post.
Most of the day yesterday I was looking on-line for this thing. After asking some sound engineers that I know, they gave me a few items to look for. After doing some further research, I found the interface I wanted. It was $84.00 on Amazon. Before I asked the wife for the cash to purchase it [yes, I am that whipped. She is the only reason I have a roof over my head. She is great at managing my finances] I decided to go to Guitar Center and check out my original item. Turns out that the microphone I already have it way too good for this particular device. I told him what microphone I had and he said, well, it would work, but I would have to get another pre-amp for my microphone still. So he showed me the item I have above.
The microphone I have is a condenser mic and so I have to use only PRO audio stuff and not just regualr, home audio stuff. It's cool I have good stuff, but the purchase price of my little box went up to close to $200.00. Even on eBay they are selling for $150.00 which is still too much money to be asking the wife for, unless it's totally justified, which it is not at this point. God damn you phantom power requirments.
I am a sales rep. I will find a way to sell her on this idea. I love not having access to my money too. If I had my debit card today, I would own the entire Pro-Audio section of Guitar Center. My extra bedroom would have been turned into a new recording studio instead of being renovated to be a nursery.
If you know someone who has this particular piece of equipment and is willing to sell this at a cheap price, [less than $100.00] please let me know.