Lightsnake XLR to USB Cable

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The Lightsnake XLR Intelligent Microphone Cable can take any XLR device, from mics to keyboards, and connect them to your PC or Mac through USB. It requires no drivers, and is Garageband compatible out of the box.

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The cable comes packaged with a mic and vocal training software. Think of it as a Karaoke Revolution for the sober nongamer. I tried matching a C, and succeeded marvelously as an (obviously) highly accurate line graph charted my performance.

For any home composer or podcaster, this is a must buy at $89.99.

By the way, there is a podcast version for $149.99...but it includes this whole year subscription thing...

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um... you are probably better off with an m-audio fast track or some other home-recording solution with decent preamps. Not much more money (if at all). I have an M-Audio FastTrack /Fasttrack Pro. with a semi-decent mic you can get some really nice sounds out of it. I mean, it won't sound like you recorded it at Abbey Road, but still... saying this $90 flimsy-looking looking thing is a "must have" without saying how it compares with the competition is ridiculous. The standard FastTrack is only $80 ([www.zzounds.com] )

and it has the XLR jack and a 1/4" guitar input too, not to mention headphone monitor jack and level controls.

They even have a $150 podcasting set with mic: http://www.zzounds.com/item—MDOPODCAS…

which is just a fasttrack rebranded plus some software.

if you've got a little more to spend and might want to branch out into home music recording (or if you want to be able to do podcasts with a guest on a 2nd mic simultaneously) i can highly recommend this baby: http://www.zzounds.com/item—MDOFTRACK… - $160-$200 refurb/new

I've used it to multitrack midi and simultaneously record guitar and vocals with virtual amps and effects without hiccups. and the outputs on it are pretty high quality, too.

Even if this lightsnake dongle does have a decent quality preamp and sound, a glorified usb mic adapter with XLR jack for $90 ain't nothing to get excited over.