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How to connect cardioid condenser mic to laptop?

I have a MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser mic, and I want to hook it up to my Acer Aspire 5 to start recording music. Is there any extra steps I need to take? Do I need phantom power supplies? Would it be easier to get a usb mic? I'm as noob to this as it can get. I bought this laptop so I could start recording music and have really had no guidance so I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I want to record both vocals and acoustic guitar with the microphone if possible.

Ultra Mega SuperCardioid Mic?

I'm working on stuff that where I'm shooting "live" performances of just piano, vocals, mic. I use the ADP piano mics. Thing is, I'm about to receive a fantastic Steinway C&A Model D with the sound of 10 Ferraris. I'm trying to figure out a good vocal mic that will not pick up a lot of the piano. I've been singing real close into an AKG 214 but that's not going to cut it. Any recommendations on mics I should investigate in the $500-$1200 range? Of course if it's cheaper that's ok with me. Oh, this is my first post here, so I'll enjoy reading your posts.

LDC for vocals : cardioid vs. multi-pattern at the same price


I am trying to make buying choise for LCD aimed at vocal (including voice-over) recordings.

I have I question.. is it common-sense that multi-pattern should cost more then their unipolar variants?

For example: I am looking at two mics of choices and thinking: these two are appreciated by many but one has cardioid only pattern and costs as much as the other that is multi-pattern...

Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone Help ?

I'm in the market for two nice condenser microphones and will be recording voice recording onto portable recorders like Zoom H4N.

Build quality and sound is a must, Will be using XLR inputs.

Can anyone please give me some input on what you think is best brands and models ?

My price range is 100 $ to 300 $ each mic.

Thanks for any help you can give me !


Where else can I test my Cardiod Condenser Microphone?

I had a Studio Projects C1 Condenser Mic in storage for about 11 months.

Since I was not using I decided to sell it to a friend. My friend has an mbox-2 pro interface and has been using a Shure Dynamic mic for his recordings.

After plugging in my C1, we got no signal coming in. When then noticed that we forgot to press in the 48 Phantom power button. Once again no signal.

I had this mic for over 2 years and it never gave me a problem up unitil now. Im wondering if it is his interface not actually powering the mic properly.


A type of microphone pick-up pattern. Similar in shape to a cardioid pattern, except that the sides have the greatest amount of rejection, as opposed to a cardioid pattern where the rear of the microphone has the least sensitivity.

A microphone pick up sensitivity pattern where the least sensitive pick up point is more than 90 degrees but less than 150 degrees off axis
(See Cardioid)


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