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USB Mic Verses XLR MIc

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by reginald, May 21, 2007.

  1. reginald

    reginald Guest

    Im really wondering the pros and cons of each?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    If you are a beginner on a very tight budget, a USB microphone can get you recording your guitar or vocal without the need for outboard microphone preamps, outboard sound cards, mixers, etc. What you get, is a budget microphone that can yield adequate results to learn with. Most are condenser microphones but some are dynamic. With 2 USB microphones and 2 USB inputs, you get stereo. With 6, you get egg roll.

    With a dedicated "XLR" type microphone, you have your choice of the worst cheap Chinese pieces of crap at under $40, to the rare, exotic and extremely expensive microphones, costing up to $18,000 each.

    So, what is it you are looking to record?

    Recording everything
    Ms. Remy Ann David
    (OK, OK, so I don't record Rap or Hip Hop yet)
  3. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Maybe a bit obvious but USB mics really tie you to computer recording. The Samson USB mic is a nice one. It is a fast way to work with acceptable results.

    With XLR you have more choice of working environment, though it will also force you to have a soundcard with/and mic preamp if you want to do computer recording. This sound card will then work with whatever microphone you might add to your collection later.
  4. pollysix

    pollysix Guest

    You're hilarious. :lol:

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