My setup should be adequate for two kinds of scenarios. Live and nonlive productions. At live productions I’m talking mostly about meetings and presentations. On the nonlive productions is mostly recorded lessons and podcasts.
My current setup is a Rode Podmic with windshield, dbx 286s, and Motu M2. Before having the dbx I was doing everything using GarageBand for both live and nonlive productions. The problem at live was that it was introducing lags, cpu consumption and the problem of always having to open a problem and remember to pass it through GarageBand. Then I got a dbx and it basically solved live and nonlive at once. The preamp is silent and with lots of gain, compressor works fine, and the gate is very good.
The thing that I keep asking myself is, I’m getting the best audio with my current setup? Because I see podcasts like the Podcastage and in one if his videos the guy walkthrough all the plugins he uses to improve their audio. It’s crazy what can be done with plugins.
It’s normal to use tons of plugins on live presentations? Like when you see a live podcast and the audio is simply amazing clear, alive, no breaths, noises, etc… Usually this is the result of the hardware? Hardware effects? Software effects?
A good, and expensive, next step for my setup would be something like a UA interface? It has DSP so I could have the live audio with all the effects and the same time record raw if needed.
Sorry if the question is too vague. I’m just trying to find myself on all the options available…