Want to make quality vocal recordings on your computer?
Item: TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 Firewire Audio Interface
Price: US $199, UK £155
At A Glance: TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 is Firewire audio interface that is intended for people who only need few inputs but still want to make high quality recordings at home. It features dedicated monitoring features including a level meter, tracking reverb, monitor volume controller and headphone level. There is a single “IMPACT” mic preamp to connect your vocal mic to and line inputs for plugging in a guitar or other devices such as a keyboard. The Konnekt 6 has two 1/4-inch analogue monitor outputs to connect speaker systems or an external mixer, and separate a stereo headphone output for monitoring whilst tracking.
High Notes: The device offers excellent sound quality for the price with great quality D-A convertors that work at sample rates up to 192kHz. The mic preamp is transparent and compares favourably to ones found on higher-end mixing consoles – so you can ensure top-notch vocal recordings even for the modest price tag. The Konnekt 6 works with Mac and PC and will integrate seamlessly with most VST/AU DAW software. Although a 12V power supply unit is bundled with the unit, the Konnekt 6 can also be powered via its Firewire connector on most computers and will still provide full 48v phantom power for condenser microphones (unlike some other manufacturers’ devices).
Off Pitch: Only one mic preamp might make the device a little limiting for some users; also there are no MIDI connections, which some keyboard players may require.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Desktop Konnekt 6 is well thought out and easy to use. It is perfectly designed for singers wanting to record their voice at home and the tracking reverb is a great idea of singers who like to hear a little reverb in their headphones whilst recording. If you need more inputs you might want to look at the TC Electronic Impact Twin, however for making quality vocal recordings at home the Desktop Konnekt 6 could be the ideal interface for many singers.
Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.tcelectronic.com