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Help with my setup

Be forewarned, the following post will be cluttered with noobish ways, but regardless...

First of all, I'm recording acoustic music, just an acoustic guitar, vocals, possibly some percussion (not necessarily a drum set, but hand percussion instruments), and piano.
My setup is weak right now, as all i have is an M-Audio Fast Track USB Interface, and the dynamic microphone that came with it. I want to buy a new microphone, but i've run into a problem. From what i can gather, it seems that condenser microphones are the way to go, but are all condensers powered by phantom power? because then i can't get one of them since i don't have phantom power. Im looking to buy an MXL V63 Condenser FYI.
Finally, what kind of music recording program should i look into?

Any help would be appreciated



Member Thu, 01/04/2007 - 21:55
for the recording program go with pro tools or cubase, i use cubase sx3 which is perfect. if you're that interested in getting condenser mics then simply buy a mixing board with 1 or 2 xlr channels that has phantom, around $100. or get the m-audio audio buddy duel mic preamp/direct box, it has phatom that's also around $100. but you don't really need to use a condenser mic, the sm57 dynamic mic will work great for acoustic and great for vocals and great for your percussion instruments. and if you plan on upgrading your studio to a more professional level, your sm 57 mic will always be needed, so it's a great buy all around

hope this helps.

dementedchord Fri, 01/05/2007 - 15:56
hey doob... welcome to the club... sk8's got ya goin pretty good... please realize that being a condenser doesnt in and of it's self make for a good mic... there are plenty of real good dynamics as you'll find out if ya stickaround here... didn't that interface come with some kinda software???? sorry to ask but i dont know the particular piece and alotta times it comes with a lite version of something... mostly protolls le or cubase le... both of which will get ya started but are really just intended to whet your appetite... if i could suggest something it would be.... get thee to a music store... try not to fall prey to some well intetioned idiot that may only know his fav software and simply try some out... you need to put hands on the thing and get a feel for how it operates... the basic problem being if you think one way and it thinks another.... well your not gonna get alot done with it if ya can't wrap your brain around it... make sense????

RemyRAD Fri, 01/05/2007 - 18:15
A lot of people don't realize that recording light percussion like, shakers, Moraka's, tambourine's can be quite problematic with a condenser microphone. That kind of percussion is frequently better off recorded with a dynamic or a ribbon microphone since they have a tendency to overload the high-frequency capabilities of a condenser microphone. With the condenser microphone you will be producing an overly splashy and distorted sound. So frequently, a dynamic microphone is just the ticket.

A crappy $50 Beringer 2 microphone input mixer and a pair of Shure SM58's will get you recording high-quality tracks in no time. Total cost, under $300 US that will integrate well with what you already have.

Condensers are synonymous with crunchy. Dynamics are synonymous with delightful.
The delightful
Ms. Remy Ann David