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What Mic should I get

Discussion in 'Recording' started by beachboy4231, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. beachboy4231

    beachboy4231 Guest

    Hello all,

    I have no experience with recording at all beyond audacity and a computer microphone, which yields these results - http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/beachboy4231/

    I'm still in high school... and looking to spend a small amount of money on a microphone to improve recording quality... to get rid of some of that background hiss.

    A quick look online and seems a USB mic designed with recording in mind might work, but is that a waste of money? Something like this - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B001AIQGUO/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A2IFYT7JVWTGRN&v=glance

    I will be using the mic basically just for recording acoustic/electric songs for the memory/sharing with a few friends, nothing serious.

    Any suggestions or thoughts are welcome.

  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Yes USB for recording music is a waste of money...if you want to podcast or YouTube or audio for videos from your iPhone fine....but not for recording guitars and/or vocals.
    Do you have an interface for your computer into audacity or are you going into a mic connector on a computer sound card?
    A small 2-4 channel computer interface with balanced mic inputs works the best.....and BTW makes a great high quality sound card replacement for all your MP3's and music playback than most of the stuff sold for computers on a card...
    $95-$99 will get you either a Shure SM57 (best bet) great for all sorts of stuff or a Shure SM58 which is also good for all sorts of things and vocals. It is a real microphone, made by a real microphone company....
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Adding to the already good advice -
    yes, get the Shure SM57 or 58
    Also, consider a good, cheap external interface. M-Audio, Presonus and Focusrite and a few others make great, inexpensive interface/soundcards that will help. Sadly, for all practical purposes, you can't just plug a good mic into your existing sound card.
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    You are definitely going to want to look into an interface as mentioned twice before in this very thread. I have made some comparison clips comparing internal soundcard quality audio with the audio quality of an entry-level interface. I believe the results are self explanatory. A little bit of money goes a long way. Don't trust me though, see for yourself.


    As for a mic for recording electric guitar its a toss up between an SM57 and an Audix i5. I own them both and use them both for different reasons. Both great mics.
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Jake have you gotten a condenser mic yet for your cab?
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    No sir, it's still dynamics for me :D At least for the sound that I am going for these days.

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