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Basic beginners guide to vocal recording on PC...

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by eddiedietz, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    Hi!

    I was wandering what is needed for recording vocals on my computer (not instruments) other than a microphone. People talk about preamps and audio interface. Can someone tell what equipment is needed and what each does? And how each of them are connected?

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but isn't it possible just to have a device that amplifies the sound from the microphone and then use software to edit the input sound?

    Thanks!
     
  2. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I would like a portable system that doesn't take up too much space. What about USB mics? What are their quality compared to a normal mic incerted into an audio interface connected to a computer?
     
  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    The vast majority of USB mics will perform much more poorly than a decent dynamic mic and a small interface IMO. If you want something small and portable you might try something like this
    http://www.m-audio.com
    and a SM58 dynamic mic and cable.
    There are many other similar products on the market this interface is USB, has phantom power if you want to get a condenser mic later on (stick with the dynamic for now) and has a good recording program bundled with it.
     
  4. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    What're the advantages of a condenser mic compared to a dynamic mic?
     
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Higher cost to get quality.

    Oh sorry, advantages? Umm...
    Sounds better in an acoustically nice space.
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    sometimes the dynamic mic IS the correct choice for a vocal

    it's all about technique, delivery and the required end result (style/fashion)

    getting to know what a sound should be like and how to get there is much of the art of recording
     
  7. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

     
  8. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I've looked at different USB microphones and watched some Youtube clips of it in use and it seems like a very good solution for me. It's portable, affortable and gives decent sound which lives up to my demands. Does someone have any experience using some of there USB mics?

    http://www.samsontech.com/

    http://www.samsontech.com

    http://infra-sonic.com

    http://www.shure.com
     
  9. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    In my mind these mics were designed for podcasting (spoken voice) and are one trick ponies. Not very talented one trick ponies at that. I really have no idea what it is you are trying to do really but....
    If its portability this is only 6" x 4" x 2" comes with software (as does the Samson but not the PG27) and allows you to use any mic you may want later, on sale for $115
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-105632467-i1474272.gc
    Add a quality dynamic like the SM58 and you have a great recording chain for very little more than the equipment you posted that will at least still have some value down the road.
    I doubt you are going to get many reviews here for USB mics as there use is extremely limited in pro or even home recording studios.
     
  10. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I'm looking for a budget compact home studie for vocal (singing) recording on my laptop. Thanks for your help!
     
  11. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    By the way. Is the M-Audio Fast Track MKII you listed from http://www.guitarcenter.com one you recommend above cheaper audio interfaces? I mean, can I get by with one of the cheaper models and still get the same quality for vocals? There're many to choose from: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Audio-Interfaces---Convertors-Recording.gc?ipp=100&o=1
     
  12. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I am not recommending any particular brand, avoid the blue icicle and Behringer, the m-audio single channel is going to have a better preamp and converter than similar priced two channel interfaces. You are looking for an interface with a preamp,recording soiftware, phantom power, USB hookup and monitoring capabilities. There are not huge differences in this price range.
     
  13. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    This combination is for sale for 1000 kroners = 200 $ used:

    Soundking EC-Series EC010B Microphone
    ART Tube MP Microphone Preamp (Model 127)
    Pop Filter
    Tripod floor stand
    Cables

    What do you think of that combination?
     
  14. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Where are you located?
     
  15. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    Denmark.
     
  16. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    This will not get you a digitized signal, the Art Tube is a $50.00 item new, the stand and cable maybe $30-$40 new depending on the quality, I am not at all familiar with the mic but in my mind this is not a very good deal.
     
  17. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    Thanks for the information.
     

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