How to connect a professional microphone to my computer?

Even though most computers already contain a "soundcard" with "Mic"-input, their quality often is limited to telephone sound.

For better sounding speech- or music-recordings, you need an additional soundcard, a so called "audio interface" which is connected via Firewire, USB or Thunderbolt to your computer (there are internal, built-in solutions also).

According to their exact configuration, they contain one or more XLR-connectors for professional microphones. A phantom power option also allows the use of condenser microphones.

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