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I have no idea what im doing.. lol I need help.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by NelielTuOderschvank, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. I recently just bought a MXL V63M Condenser Microphone, Nady 10' USB interface Chord and I have been trying to figure out how to make this stuff work on my Mac Os X.

    I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IM DOING. I though I could just put the USB chord with the mic and shazam but I have a feeling thats not the only thing I need.

    What else do I need to do?

    P.S. Yeah, I know I'm pretty dumb.
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    You are going to need some way to power that mic, condensers need 48v in order to electrify the 'charge plate' that picks up sound.
  3. Brewdork

    Brewdork Active Member

    Did that mac come with Garage Band? If so, it'll pick up your mic as a recording device...may offer a phantom power option too, but if not, you'll need to either supply power or get a condenser mic.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    There are no pc or mac inputs that have built in phantom power. I don't know where you got that info. The Nady xlr to usb cable does not supply phantom power either. As Guitafreak said, you need a true interface of some sort. Nothing by SoundBlaster will be sufficient. You need an actual audio interface designed for audio recording rather than just playback. Fortunately these are incredibly affordable these days. Pick one. There are many. Just make sure it has phantom power.
  6. One more question.

    For the power supply..

    should i use Nady SMPS-1X Phantom Power Supply

    or TASCAM US-122L USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface

    or any recommendations.

    Thank you all again.
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Well, if you get the Tascam you will also get a software package and a mic preamp which is essential as well. I don't think the cheap options are an option in any way. Spend a little bit of money and you will thank yourself later.

    Always make sure to download the latest software and drivers from the manufacturer.
  8. I'm willing to spend 200$ on one. Which one would you recomend??
  9. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Well, the Tascam US-122 is fine. A lot of people favor Presonus products. The Firebox is a solid unit and has a decent software package. Either one will serve you well.
  10. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Firebox, it was a big bang for the buck when it was $300, now that it's $200 it's a downright steal.
  11. What do y'all think of the Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio?

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