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Help with Mic, and set up

Discussion in 'Recording' started by DjDino, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    Hi Guys!
    My name is Dino, and I am just getting started at recording. I don't have a great voice, I just want to have some fun. I have fruitloops to make beats, but I'm not great, and I don't know all the features. I have a desktop, and a laptop. I want to use my desktop to record. Is this possible.

    I have a Sampson Audio Multi-Patter Condenser Michrophone C03. It didn't come with a cord so I'm wondering where I can buy it, and which one i need. On the bottom of the microphone there are three metal (gold color) pieces making a pyramid lol. I dont know what theyre called.


    I'm wondering if there is any way to connect it right from the mic, to my laptop or desktop.? What cord I have to buy, and where to buy it?
  2. Bisson820

    Bisson820 Guest

    hey Dino.
    the 3 prongs slide into the female end of an XLR cable.

    there is a really cheap way, that i wouldnt do... but if your just fartin around... then get an XLR to 1/4" cable... and get a 1/4 - 1/8 adapter and plug it into the mic input on your comp.

    what i would do however... is get a cheap recording interface

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com ... do a search for "recording interface"... then you can choose the price range you want...... if the interface you get has an XLR input... then you would want a standard XLR cable.... if it has a regular line in input (quarter inch input)... then you would need an XLR/ quarter inch cable.
  3. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    Thanks man.
    I don't have a voice, at all. But me and some friends wanna make some funny tracks, like dirt nasty, and andre legacy do. And I'm gonna use the autotune thing for the chorus.

    I have Fruity Loops 8. What else do I need? How do I find the autotune thing? I heard I can download G snap.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You need a pre-amplifier that will not only amplify the small signals from the microphone but also supply 48V power. It would also be better not to use the sound card in your computer.

    Look at something like the M-Audio Mobile Pre USB. This has two channels (so you could use your C03 on one and a guitar on the other) and a USB interface, by-passing the computer sound card. It also provides the 48V phantom power your microphone requires.

    You would also need a standard XLR-XLR microphone cable and a microphone stand.
  5. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    I'm not trying to be perfect, im just getting started. Will the Mic with th XLR cable to the adapter, to the laptop be good enough? I just dont want it to sound fuzzy. I want a normal sound.

    I am looooow budget, they told me this will cost less then 30 bucks at radioshack.
  6. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Because it is a condenser microphone you are not going to get any sound out of it without phantom power. Look for an audio interface that has phantom power. The adapters would only work if it was a dynamic microphone.

    And while you are shopping pick up a pop filter. Without it the moisture from your breath will degrade the gold diaphragm. The pop filter will also diminish the plosives from P and B sounds.

    GSnap will do what you want. It is not as wild sounding as auto-tune or Melodyne, but it is also free vs $$$$.
  7. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    Is phantom power expensive? Whats the cheapest possible way to do this?
  8. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Cheep is not going to get you very far for very long. You internal sound card is going to be the source of many headache if you continue to use it for recording. Trust me. I've had my fair share of them.

    I would recommend the PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire Audio Interface Factory B-Stock.

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  9. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    I have barely ANY cash i got the mic for free. Whats the cheappest way to do it....Sound quality doesent have to be great.
  10. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Get a pencil and some paper and learn how to write music.

    It worked for Mozart and crew now get to it... Chop chop...
  11. DjDino

    DjDino Guest

    Thats funny. I have lyrics...A lot of Techno type stuff.
  12. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Techno doesn't need lyrics. You need a vinyl deck and a way of speeding it up, then mixing it with the original track.

    $30, I've seen single bank notes with greater value.
    Greener's 2nd link gives you the most budget option you can probably get hold of. Then the adapters cost no more than $5 for the lot.
  13. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
  14. Greener

    Greener Guest

    I'll think you'll find Gecko did the linkin' I just took the cheap shot. :p
  15. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    My apologies.
    That's now 5 or more times I've confused you two when reading :S

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