Amazon currently offers the Elgato Wave XLR audio interface for $119.99 shipped. Normally at $160, this is one of the first substantial discounts we’ve seen for this audio interface at 25% off. If you are building a streaming setup, you will likely come across XLR microphones as they are standardized in broadcast and studio use. Elgato created the Wave XLR to allow you to connect these microphones to your computer. The unit can provide 48V phantom power for harder-to-drive microphones. It also has a mute key for quick talking with off-screen people or for sneezing. The Wave Link app also lets you digitally mix audio sources for your stream. A 3.5mm audio jack allows real-time monitoring of audio output. Check out our launch coverage for more.
If you want to save some money, you can opt for the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2 2×2 USB Audio Interface instead for $45. This 2-channel input interface allows you to connect an XLR jack and a 1/4″ TRS jack into a combo port alongside a standalone TRS port. This unit is also capable of supplying 48V phantom power for the most power-hungry microphones. The UM2 also features dedicated gain knobs for the two channel inputs and one for the monitor output, which is via a TRS port. I personally use the UM2 audio interface and I Haven’t had any problems with it yet.
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Elgato Wave XLR Audio Interface Features:
A compact USB interface that gives your mic superpowers, the Wave XLR packs features you won’t find in conventional audio interfaces. Like proprietary Clipguard anti-distortion technology, a capacitive mute button, and direct integration with custom Wave Link mixing software. You can even swap out the faceplate and control wheel.
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