Hi all !
I am a newbie in this field. I am buying first gear ever for recording !
I have though of buying Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Interface which I think fits best in my budget and goes well with WIndow .
Now I am looking for best mic within 100$ to go with my interface. My purpose to record voiceovers (not singing) for Indian languages.
If you think I there is better interface within this range , please let me know that as well. As a newbie! all expert advises are welcome.
Tell you little about my situation : I am from India !! So I cant risk buying used stuff as this is my first time !! nor here we have studios where we can test these microphones out ! nor I can test the gear before purchasing or after purchasing! I wont be having option to send it back.
I would be asking my uncle to bring these gears along with him frm USA.
I looked into other threads ! they all have lot to say about Shure 58! but on the other hand there are bunch of thread clamming that is difficult to get real one these days !! There are lot of shure fake products out there! Its difficult to judge one.SO I am confused !
For $100, a Shure SM58 would fit your requirements very well. You will need a microphone cable and a stand to mount it on.
You should also think about acoustic treatment for the room in which you are going to record these voice-overs.
http://http://www.musiciansfriend.co...shure-sm58-micbut on the other hand there are bunch of thread clamming that is difficult to get real one these days !!
you can aslo get some affordable entry level stands/cables there too. this a a very reputable international company. free shipping i think too!
while i think the 58 is a safer bet, this mic is a great condenser mic for the price. Audio-Technica AT3035 Condenser Cable Professional Microphone | eBay
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For the money you want to spend? Go with a Shure SM58, as the others have recommended.
And I'll second Boswell's suggestion regarding acoustic treatment of your recording space.
No mic, regardless of quality (or price), will give you optimum results if the room you are recording in has issues that are counter-productive acoustically.
making sure the Mic is the real thing and not a Chinese fake:
source: About.com : How to Spot a Fake Shure Microphone - How to tell if your SM57 or SM58 is fake
1, On authentic Shure microphones, each of the XLR pins will be labeled as 1, 2, and 3. Most fake microphones will not have these markings, and instead, will have some sort of connector branding logo or, more commonly, no markings at all.
2. On a 58, unscrew the windscreen. Examine the bottom of the windscreen; on the metal ring that goes around the thread, you'll notice a lip. A flat lip is a telltale sign of a fake microphone; the authentic SM58 will have a rounded edge.
3. Look at the capsule on the top of the microphone. On fake SM58, you'll find a "CAUTION" sticker wrapped around the capsule head. This is not on authentic microphones.
4. On both the SM58 and SM57, carefully unscrew the microphone in the middle. You'll see the inside of the microphone, with two wires leading between the sections. On the genuine microphones, these are yellow and green colored, and on many fakes, they've followed this color scheme; however, if they're a different color, chances are you're looking at a fake.
5. look at the circuit board on the lower half. Genuine microphones will have a quality control stamp in red lettering. These will be omitted on the counterfeit mics.
6. On the SM58, underneath the ring where the windscreen connects to the body, there's a printed "Shure SM58" logo. On counterfeit microphones, you'll find that this is a sticker wrapped around the mic itself. A sticker is common on SM57 microphones, but look carefully at the font and the type spacing -- on fakes, it'll be a little wider spacing and a much smaller font.
7. Authentic mics ship with accessories including a microphone clip, cloth cable tie, Shure sticker, carrying pouch, manual, and warranty card. Fake microphones tend not to include all of these accessories; most obviously missing is the warranty card and cable tie. Also, the bag will be of low quality -- on the original Shure bags (which are indeed made in China), you should be able to feel the embossed Shure logo. Remember, Shure's microphones are made in Mexico, not in China.
8. Another thing to watch out for: make sure the model number listed on the box matches what's inside. Many counterfeit Shure microphones come with a cable in the box; the only Shure microphone that includes a cable is the Shure SM58-CN. If the box includes a cable but isn't labeled with the proper model number, then you may have a fake mic. Also, some fake SM58 come with a switch attached; the model number should read SM58S. The plain ol' SM58 will be listed as SM58-LC.
Make sure you purchase from an authorized Shure dealer. If you are unsure about this, contact Shure and find one in your area.
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I have another mic in my list i.e AKG Perception 220 !!
Which one would you think would be better ? ( interface - scarlett 2i2)
Thank you guys for your replies!
Actually now I am thinking to buy condenser mic as I need to have more Details on lower pitch ! ( as I need it for speeches not for singing.)
Thanks @kmetal for website !
I will look into it.
I have lot of curtains and that kind of stuff in my room ! Would that work !
Any other homely stuff that I could use ?
One more thing ! Where can I have a small table trypod stand and pop filter for perception 220 !! ( that's the mic I am considering right now)
Can I buy any random amazon product ?
the perception is trash. not good. i really think you should go w/ a sm-58, and most will agree. if, and only if you choose a condenser, the AT 3035, is the only large diaphram condenser worth using, unless you have 500 bucks or more. if your gonna get a cheap akg, you gotta bite the bullet and get a 214. otherwise your spending money for a German name on a Chinese mic. the 3035 is my go to for drum overheads, not usually for vocals, and it does have a rather enhanced high end.
be safe, just get a 58. certainly the 3035 will outperform any other condenser mic in the $100 price range, like MXL, akg perceptions, RODE. but the voice is a fickle instrument. remember, that the arguably most famous 'radio' mics are dynamic. the shure sm-7, and EV re20. you'll get all the low end definition you need just by moving closer to the mic.