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Home Studio Help!?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Cortezz, May 16, 2005.

  1. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    I am kinda new on the recording scene and i need some help... I want to basiclly record vocals only at my home i have a Shure MS 58 Microphone but was told i needed a preamp. Would this one do?

    Its a ART MicroMix Microphone Preamp. Also what equipment would be good to start off with for producing rap/hip hop beats?

    And with my Microphone that i have and Preamp i might get would my vocals sound clear?

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    also i am going to use the out on the preamp to go into my computer to record the sound.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Try to get your hands on a pre amp that uses a tube. I have a Mindprint and they are cheap now adays (used), but there are several to choose from under $350 and even as little as $100 to $200 .
    Or the Joe Meek Q3 (half space is nice) its not tube but, I like the sound it does, for the money.
    The ART stuff is O.K.
    ...some of it better than others,... what I mean is not everything by ART is killer.
    But try a couple out and see for yourself before you buy!
    Good luck
  4. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    just i dont have much money :p
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Welcome to the club. :x
    The pro audio habit is worse than crack.
    Crack cost less...and I can quit crack.

    Just get what you can afford at first, but try it out first
  6. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    how can i try it out?
  7. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    is this one any good? Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC100?
  8. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    The SM58 IS a dynamic mic, so -- have you tried just plugging it directly into your sound card's "mic input"? Your sound card's built-in mic pre may not be so good, but..? May need an adaptor or a pre-made mic cable(Hossa), but you can get tham pretty cheap at most any music store. You might at least try that first, before spending money on another mic pre.

    If a mic pre you need, get an ART or Behringer, or ???, for 49.95(Or less!). If you like it alot, fine! If not, it'll "work" OK and you can save up for something better and still get some recording experience while you're waiting for "the good stuff"...

    "Clear vocals"? -- With an SM58 and a cheap(Or no external) mic pre and - I assume - a "cheap" or built-in soundcard? Well, yes, no reason they shouldn't be "clear". GREAT!?!? That decision will, for ever, no matter how much you spend, be up to you...

    We are ALL still waiting for "the good stuff"...

  9. Cortezz

    Cortezz Guest

    Why u always advertise hossa :p? Ill try that 1st :p Thanks alot guyz :D
  10. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Drive to a music store and hold a gun up to the salesmens' head and tell him you want to demo a mic pre-amp, or you are going to introduce him to God. :twisted:
    Or better yet, try this.
    Drive to a local music store, park your car on the sidewalk blocking the entrance and run in the place with a ski-mask on and nothing else :shock:
    Then tell the salesmen to demo some mic pres for you,..... please
  11. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    ITGA - Long as he has the lesser soundcard, he'll probably need the 1/8" adapter/cable and without a pretty good sound card no external preamp will help much anyway- the pre in the sound card pretty much matches the quality of the cards output now(Been there, done that - with a $500 tube pre and a $30 SB - the "good" one - HA!). Adding my Lynx is what made it a-l-l better... It's easier to spend money after you've tried going the long way. Let him try it - cheap, worthwhile experience.

    'Cause everybody sell Hossa, their stuff is good - last thing you need to do right now is spend big money on cables...

  12. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    why is this in the "pro audio" forum?
  13. Operadragon

    Operadragon Guest

    Uh, because he's asking for help on picking out a preamp, and the conversation has turned to whether he should buy one at all or not.


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