I’m new to Ardour, and fairly clueless about sound engineering - I’ve come to Ardour from Audacity - I’ve read the Ardour manual and watches some youtube videos, but…wow…I need a little hand holding!
I’ve started a podcast and my current workflow is to record in Audacity then edit (non-destructive!) in Ardour.
The reason I record in Audacity is because I am using a USB mic, and there seem to be technical reasons why that’s not a good idea / doesn’t work without significant technical set-up in Ardour. By contrast, Audacity is plug-and-go…
However this is definitely slowing down my workflow: I’m podcasting in my non-native language which means I make mistakes, I only spot them while editing so want to re-record small sections quite often. Right now I have to come out of ardour, record my edit in audacity, then import into ardour - as a workflow it’s not very efficient. Ideally I’ll be able to edit and also re-record sections on the fly all in Ardour.
So …do I need to buy an audio interface to make this work?
My (very basic) understanding is that my mic and headphones will plug into the interface, then the interface will plug into my laptop via USB, and with a bit of setup (routing??) within Ardour I will be able to basically switch between recording and editing very smoothly within Ardour.
My mic is a Samsung Q2 so it also has XLR and an earphone socket so it will plug into the interface no problem. One question I have is that the product page says this mic has a " built-in audio interface" which makes me think it should work to record in Ardour, but maybe not??
If I need an interface I’m thinking I will get this one, 4 inputs mean it is more expensive but I’m already planning a second podcast that will have me and 2 co-presenters…
Thanks for any help, sorry for the noobieness, I’m really quite confused by ardour’s complexity…