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Hey guys, I just have one question:

If I convert my USB condenser microphone to XLR and then to Auxillary 3.5mm to interface w/a soundcard, would the recording quality see any benefit? Also, would I need to supply 48V of phantom power to the microphone (it specifies it) if I made that conversion? Thanks.
Edited by SDub - 6/19/13 at 7:18am
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How would you do the conversion? Is there some sort of swap-out kit for your mike?

Unless the USB part of your mike is really bad, there wouldn't be any improvement. In fact, the preamplifiers in PCs are noisy and generally not very good, so you'd likely see a sharp decrease in sound quality. They're also unbalanced, so you wouldn't have any noise immunity in your cable.

And yes, condenser microphones do require power. Since you'd no longer be providing it power from the USB, you'd need a phantom power supply.
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First of all, thanks for responding!!! To answer your questions:

No, there is no swap out kit for the AT2020, I was thinking of using something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS

..and then going XLR to auxilary 3.5mm.

So are there are Sound Cards that effect USB microphones? Or are they only utilized when you plug them into the card?
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First of all, thanks for responding!!! To answer your questions:

No, there is no swap out kit for the AT2020, I was thinking of using something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS

..and then going XLR to auxilary 3.5mm.

So are there are Sound Cards that effect USB microphones? Or are they only utilized when you plug them into the card?

No, sound cards will have no effect on USB microphones.

The product you linked is for making a XLR microphone into a USB microphone, not the other way around. If it's possible to convert the AT0202 to XLR, you will get the same sound quality in best case scenario, and most likely end up with worse sound quality.
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Good to know! Thanks guys!
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