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Microphone question.

I have a cheap 20 dollar radio shack dynamic microphone (lol). hooked up to an old technics deck which I use as like a pre amplifier. I know how sensitive condenser microphones are but for some reason my microphone still seems very very sensitive, and when I record if you just listen to the vocals you hear like a buzz noise in the background probably due to the cheapness, oldness of my equipment. but when you mix down you cant hear it at all really. well go here and listen and tell me what you think of the quality. But yeah I have some money not a lot but a few hundred so say if I bought like a 100 dollar condenser from ebay and a cheap new preamplier would it boost the quality of my recording substantially, also if you listen to my songs how far am I away from professional professional quality.


RRRecords Thu, 08/24/2006 - 00:54
get a better microphone.. yes it will boost ur quality.. u probably have set ur gain or out put too high hence the buzzing noise.. get a good $200 condensor mic.. The more popular ones these days that people use for home recordings is the Rode NT1A. have a look at it, youll be amazed at the quality comapred to what u are using now..

zemlin Thu, 08/24/2006 - 04:21
A condenser will need phantom power, which the tape deck won't have - so you'd need the mic and a preamp. A better dynamic won't need a different preamp, but it's not likely that the mic preamp in the tape deck is worth much ... if you can swing it, a mic and a preamp would be the way to go.

A condenser would also need a mic stand - a crappy stand is only $20-$30, but that's more $$$ if you're budget is tight.

I'd say a decent dynamic mic would be a big step up - there are good dynamics to be had for $100-$150 from Shure, Audix, and Sennheiser. I don't have any experience with budget preamps that aren't part of a mixer.