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need some advice please im new

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tech_lyla, May 9, 2011.

  1. tech_lyla

    tech_lyla Active Member

    May 9, 2011
    i would like to know the difference between a large-diaphragm and small diaphragm condenser mic...im trying to bulit a home studio i would like you to recommend me some of them under $200.
    i've been also looking to buy a keyboard controller but i cant make up my mind between alesis Q49,M-AUDIO OXIGEN49,and when it comes to monitor i've been thinking of a newmark NPN5 ACTIVE 5 or alesis M1 active 320 .....are thoses good monitors??

    im using a focurite usb audio interface
    pc with windows 7 home premium Intel Core i3,4 ram, 650 hardisk
    audition 3.0,nuendo 5,pro tools 9
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Wow, you spent...what...$2500-$3000 for software, and you want a $200 condenser mic? I'd have spent less on software, and more on equipment.

  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    Asking whether you should have a large or small one, perhaps you should ask yourself do you like boxers or jockeys? Chevys or Ford's? Really you need to have both had you can't forget the venerable Shure SM57/58 as that is a staple microphone for recording most everything. Restricting yourself to a couple of condenser microphones will limit your capabilities & technique. After all, you didn't go out and purchase strictly one manufacturer's worth of equipment. Should you own just an API or NEVE console (given that you have the budget for said devices)? The rest of your entire life will be spent on collecting various pieces of equipment for their specific sounding textures. Making great recordings is more dependent upon your selection of microphones than equalizers, plug-ins, preamps, equalizers, etc..

    Now also think about this, if you're making nature recordings, unidirectional microphones are more sensitive to wind noise & interference than omnidirectional microphones unless you're using a shotgun with a big fuzzy wind filter.

    Bet you can't eat just one? (Lays potato chips)
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. tech_lyla

    tech_lyla Active Member

    May 9, 2011
    thanks for the advice i'll consider more options...
  5. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    I'm just kind of surprised nobody picked up on my subtle little comment...

  6. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Nope, I got it loud and clear. He could have bought Reaper for $150.00 and a few wonderful mics and been miles ahead.

    Looks like you have a good start to a nice system though.
    Not many mics worth talking about that are less than 200.00. R&D>meta>packaging, shipping and handling, manufacturers, distributor and dealer profits you are pretty much left with junk. Hope that helps?

    Try an SM58 , can't go wrong there.I've recently acquired RODE M1 and they are great for the stage. But that doesn't help your question.
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  7. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    lol, I picked it up. Its just too easy on a PC, but you can't prove anything so not much that can be said about it. Tend just to steer clear full stop.

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