I have the Yamaha dgx 670 piano, with a built in 16 bit/ 44.1khz audio cart. There is a built in software mixer (or whatever) on the keyboard.
So I haven’t bought an audio card or a mixer but thought a lot about it.
There is usb to daw which handles both midi AND AUDIO directly.
Would it be foolish to have an external audio card or mixer? I sing too and also if i record audio from the piano, with the mic plugged in, it comes into the daw as one track: NOT TWO SEPARATE TRACKS, fir respectively mic/ instrument sounds.
I read up on recording quality and wonder if I should have an audio interface/mixer to get it at 24 bit or even 32 (considering the Steinberg Ur22c or ur24c because it has DSP FOR LIVE effects, ie. Reverb, on the card itself (so it does not get recorded but is helpful while singing). This option is what attracts me a lot to the idea of an external, unless that effect thing is exxagerated and route around that in cubase would be just as fine. THere is a fix I saw, to minimize the latency if applying FX effects in CUbase and not recording them. But there still will be some audible latency since all needs to pass Cubase and then be monitored. Any ideas if the DSP on the UR22C/UR24C is unnecessary in my case?
Or should i stick with the Piano’s 16 bit 44.1 khz interface? I use an Acer Nitro 5 laptop with 8gb Ram.
I am most likely purchasing a premium condenser MIC with cardiod and other patterns, but perhaps with the currrent 16 bit, 44,1khz, it won’t shine as it could with high sampling depth. I know cd quality is 16/44,1. But some suggest to record at highter quality then perhaps convert. But if my laptop can handle that, i dont know.
Also there is no line out on the piano. Only a headphone/loudspeaker output.
Perhaps introducing an external audio card/mixer would add more noise and/or latency, plus then the midi goes through there (unless the daw handles both direct usb from piano to daw AND connection via an external interface.) So many loose ends…
If anyone could help me,please. Its killing me
Ps: I only need to process the piano and one/ maybe 2 mics (but I am getting a mic which can be omni or 8 figure pattern to record duets). I use Cubase ai11.
PSS: Of course I might also use an external interface without connecting the piano and then ONly use it for the song/vocal recordings. but well then the loudspeakers have to be plugged in (with Xlr cables) if wanting to use them as playback (unless just headphone monitoring). I guess all including the piano should pass the interface or it would not make sense. THe setup needs to be permanent and contain it all.