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Interface for Dynamic Mic like SM7???

Discussion in 'Recording' started by FourthQuarter, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. I am recording with a Macbook Pro, and thinking about getting a SM7B for hip-hop vocals. I'm kind of new to this, and I know that dynamic mics don't need phantom power and all of that like condensers do... so, this may be a dumb question, but does that mean that there's a cheaper option for me as far as an interface goes without sacrificing too much sound quality?

    Basically, what do I need to get good quality with a dynamic mic?
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    the simple quick answer is
    you need a good quality Mic-pre

    Phantom power doesn't cost that much to construct so the fact that you don't need it has little effect on the outcome to bang for buck

    It is true that the line level input on some interfaces might give a usable recording from some very loud sources
    this must not influence you here
    it is just a special set of cases

    you need a quality Mic (you have that)
    and a Quality Mic-pre and a Quality ADC
    to get a to get good quality recording

    It is possible to get a Quality Mic-pre and a Quality ADC in a single Computer Interface.
    Unless you want to be ultra portable ... I tend to like keeping things seperate.
  3. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    ...Just happy that Kev is back and posting answers to you folks:


  4. so Kev, in your opinion would the Protools Mbox 2 with Protools LE be a good choice for me?

  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I am biased

    I've been using Pro Tools (Alsihad) since it was called Sound Tools and there was a spit that saw the birth of Deck

    ProTools or even PT LE (lite) with the associated Reason or Ableton Live has enough bang to get you started

    The Mbox 2 is good enough to make some decent recordings if you have the skills

    If you construct your sessions well and the recorded material has headroom and correct mic techniques
    then a mix specialist will be able to take your songs to the next level

    meanwhile it will give you enough to develop skills and chops

    some additions that will help are
    good headphones (tracking and mix)
    good monitors/amps
    good sensible cables

    some non electrical things like
    pop shield
    acoustic panels
    good mic stand

    some of this stuff doesn't have to cost much

    as far as I can remember
    Mbox2 with PT LE gives you access to both platforms Mac and PC
    is neat and portable so if you do go laptop you can have a small set-up on the run

    The biggest choice here
    is do you go TOOLS or NOT

    people have argued this since day one

    yes I use ProTools
  6. so the full PT doesn't come with any Mbox? Because I thought thought LE was the full version and M-Powered was just able to be used with an M-Audio interface.

    PS - is the Mbox all I would need as far as pre-amp AND interface with my Macbook Pro?
  7. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    PT full
    there isn't just one PT full and I don't want to get into a discussion about PT HD or the various Film and TV and Post Production add ons and variants with expansion chassis etc

    not worth it
    and it's not where you are now

    no PT HD doesn't come with an Mbox2

    PT LE is fine for an entry level DAW software and I am still using an old PT LE 6.4 for my mobile recording
    The Mbox2 is an OK interface for an entry level ... personal ... interface

    It is not the interface to provide multiple I/O and extra facilites for a more complex set-up

    As to whether your Macbook Pro is the right model for a current Mbox and current PT LE ... I can say
    we would need to know model and operating system and perhaps some other factors
    am I up to date with current combinations ... added to that is that I have never owned a laptop

    others here should be able to help if you give us some details
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    That and an external drive. Save yourself the headaches now and get a firewire hard drive when you purchase your M-box. Another $150.00 now that will save you hours of headaches later.

    For the record Leopard is not officially supported with PTLE v.7.xx yet as far as I know. If you have Tiger, you're laughing. There have been some questions regarding the firewire chipset in the MacBook Pros though. You might want to look into it.

    As much as people like to slag PTLE, I like it. The latest version is way better than the 6.9 that I was using. Better midi better plugin package. As far as plugin's are concerned I personally think PTLE has the best sounding plugins out there for free at least.

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