I like to record streaming audio for basketball & football games for my college team, and Audacity has worked great for that. But some games are not streamed, and others will cut off after 30 minutes or so unless you click a button saying you are still there. Sometimes I’m recording it because I’m NOT there, so I’ll miss the end of the game.
Having an audio interface to record directly from a radio would be nice for such situations.
I also run a mixer for my kid’s grade school “Dance Assembly” once a year. They have someone video tape it so they can memorialize the kids’ performances on a DVD, but the sound quality is rather poor in my opinion. You get echoes and crowd noises and it seems to me that recording it directly from the mixer box would greatly improve the sound quality.
In another thread someone had recommended a couple of devices & I thought I’d see if they sound like a good option for my needs, or if there are better options I should consider. Cost is certainly a factor for me, and although sound quality is important, I’m not a musician trying to put out an album or anything. The sound quality for the games only needs to be reasonably good, and I’m guessing virtually anything would be an improvement over the audio from a camcorder in the crowd.
The first recommendation was:
Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface:
Side note: Amazon popped up a very similar one, the Behringer UCA222 U-Control Ultra-Low Latency 2 In/2 Out USB Audio Interface with Digital Output And Downloadable Software Bundle - I don’t see any difference compared to the UCA202 than the color. Maybe one is a newer version than the other?
The second one recommended was:
Roland UA-1EX - which I think was touted as being a little more expensive than the Behringer but a bit better as well. It looks like it was probably discontinued, though. Maybe a used one might be available, though:
P.S. I tried to go the ultra cheap route with an adapter from Amazon that cost about $2.50 or so. It had a plug that fit into the earplug jack on a portable radio and a USB connector on the other end. It looked great, but appears to be worse than worthless. It came with no instructions or drivers, so I figured it didn’t need anything. I plugged in both ends and had the radio on, but it didn’t show anything on Audacity, but did cut out the audio on the radio, so I figured it must at least have the correct connector on that end. I did some other things before deciding to unplug it, only to discover that the wire was pretty hot. I was afraid it might have damaged the usb port on my laptop, but fortunately it appears to be ok. It looks like someone just took a piece of wire and hooked a connector on each end. Live and learn, I guess.
Thanks for any help &/or recommendations etc.