I am recording vocals with an XLR microphone on my Pi 4B and have been using a spare USB soundcard that I have. The current set-up works fine but I just found out about Hifiberry soundcards and just want to know if there are any noticeable differences between a usb soundcard and a hifiberry XLR soundcard with respect to the sound (latency, noise, static, overall sound quality, etc).

  • latency, now. noise and static, perhaps - does the microphone output a balanced audio signal? Obviously, if noise and static are decreased using the Hifiberry,, then overall sound quality will be better ... not sure if "etc" will be effected Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 4:07
  • @JaromandaX I'm using an AT2020 microphone which output a balanced audio signal yes. And the etc is for any other limitation/advantage that the hifiberry might have over a usb soundcard.
    – AndrewL64
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 8:15
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    I just saw the typo in my first comment, that was supposed to be "latency: no" as in no difference - unless the USB device is low quality, then the Hifiberry will have lower latency ... i.e. hifiberry will be same or better in every respect Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 8:33
  • @JaromandaX That's great to hear. I'll try to get my hands on a hifiberry and give it a go if that's the case. Will post my findings regarding the differences here once I do. Thanks for the help man.
    – AndrewL64
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 8:37


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