On today's video, we put two audio interfaces up against each other. This one from Behringer. That's worth 50 quid (£50). And this one from Lynx is a Hilo and that's 2.5 grand (£2,500)
Welcome back. So we've got this Behringer that I purchase from Amazon for £50. And we've got my Lynx Hilo, which I purchased quite a while ago for £2,500. And I wanted to listen to how different they sound, because how bad can this be? And how good can this one be? I mean, this, I love the Hilo because it has a million and one different connectors. I don't actually use it to go in and out for the D/A HD side of things to listen to it with speakers. I just use it for all the digital inputs in a hub for my equipment. But if you did just want to come out of your computer USB to a set of speakers and have a little headphone amp, and also something that you can plug a guitar into. I mean, you are listening now right now, this microphone that I have near my head is actually playing through one of these because I have two.
And because I've got two, you can win this one today. So, I'm going to give this one away as comes in a box and all sorts of stuff. If you want this in your room, you're going to have to like this video. You're going to have to tell me in the comments, why you think you need this in your studio and make sure you're a subscriber because non-subscribers will not have a chance. So, do that in the comments and like, and subscribe. Now let's get stuck in and hear the difference between these two and also what I'm going to play you, the difference between these two. I'm also going to give you a quick listening lesson so that you can really pinpoint out things to listen for. And I hopefully that'll help you when you're in your studio, making music and listening to music in general, it will help you sort of train your ear up to get a better sort of appreciation of what to listen for and when to listen for it.
Okay. I'll stop talking. Let's dive in. So we're going to dive into the Mac now, and we're going to listen to the two different D/As. Ones on the A channel, as you'll see on my screen. And, one is on the B channel. So, have a listen to which one and make a decision, which one you like. And, then once we listened through to it, a couple of times. I'm going to then give you a quick lesson in how to listen. So a little bonus for you, how I listened to things, how I can teach you how to listen to things better. And, so we'll show you what to listen for within these tracks. So let's crack on and I'll play it to you now. (Music playing).
So there you have it, that's a quick A/B with a metric AB. Great plugin, if you haven't got it. But, now you've probably got an idea of which one you like by now. So let's now listen to the snare. Now, the way to listen to the snare is listen to the transient of the snare. So the first bit, the hit of the snare. Listen to that and listen to the vocals that were around that same area. So, just put your ears around that mid range, where you get the snap of the snare and the vocal coming out, and then you'll hear the difference between the two a little bit more, hopefully. (Music playing).
So you'll hear from listening to the transient, the first hit of the snares. Then, once the more you listen to that over and over again, the more it will then start drawing you into the lower the tail part of the snare. And ,then that gives you a feeling of the depth of the track too. So, that's how you listen to there.
Now, moving on to the bass area. The bass, the same thing applies, listen to the transient. The hit of the kick. And then once you've listened to that hit of the kick, listen to the tail again, and then you'll hear the depth of the kick basically. So, always listen to the front transient, and then go into the end of the tail of it. And then what that does that opens up the low end to your ears. And, you'll be able to hear a lot more that's going on. So, let's listen to that again. (Music playing). And, also while we're doing this, make sure that you remember which one you like and why you like, you might have to reverse the video a few times. (Music playing).
So, I always tend to listen to the kicks first of all, or the low end first and then move my ears up. So, let's do that now. And, so listen for the transient of the kick, get your head into the low end and then, move your ears to the snares and the vocals. What that'll do, because you're still listening to the kick comes up the whole of the low end to you. So, you can really get the low mids going right. So, let's listen to that. So, start with the kick and then, as it plays through, bring the snare into your listening range, and then it will open up the low end. (Music playing).
And, so by doing that you can start hearing the depth, and you can really hear a difference in the depth of the two different D/A's. It's all really subtle stuff, but it's really important to be able to distinguish between the two things. And this way you can then start making different decisions when it comes to punchiness with compressors and things like that. And, so how you EQ things. If you liked A or B, I want you to put that in the comments now, either the A or B and then discuss why you wanted that. That'll be really interesting. I can't wait to see that. And the answer to this, which is what you want to know. It's now hidden in the bottom of the description of this video. Thanks for watching. See, on the next one. Bye.