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SM58 connected to pc

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by Krabben, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Krabben

    Krabben Active Member

    Hi I currently own an SM58 microphone together with a few different amps and alot of cables. I was thinking I wanted to record a couple of songs. So im wondering what is the easiest way to hook the SM58 directly up to my computer?
    I have a few simple programs that can process the sound, but I need a simple way for the SM58 to connect to my pc so I can record stuff.

    Any suggestions for affordable soundcards or such that could do the trick?

    Emil
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What do you call affordable? The simplest thing that would do the job is a 2-channel USB audio interface. Don't just buy for where you are at the moment with a single SM58, buy for the next stage as well. If you can afford a bit more, FireWire interfaces give better performance and more channels.

    I would look for an interface that has 2 microphone channels on XLR connectors with switchable phantom power (for when you get a condenser mic), with one of the channels having an alternative instrument input for direct connection of a guitar. The interface should also have a stereo headphone output. Some interfaces come with lite versions of audio software for recording and tracking.

    Example budget USB interfaces (not all of these have all the features I mentioned):
    ART USB Dual Pre
    M-Audio Fast Track USB
    E-MU 0202
    Lexicon Alpha

    There are many others. Avoid Behringer products and also the Blue Icicle.
     
  3. Krabben

    Krabben Active Member

    Would jsut like to say that I went for the "Steinberg CI2 USB Studio". Talked to a couple of people, heard alot of good things about it, and it wasnt too expensive. Hopefully it will arive by mail some time tomorrow. Im really excited to see how its gonna work out with my SM58. Who knows, maybe Ill invest in some new microphones later on.

    Will give an update on how it sounds and stuff, when I get everything set up. Cheers!
     

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