Budget Mics and the 20db pad question...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by empri330, May 9, 2007.

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  1. empri330

    empri330 Guest

    I went into my attic and pulled out a couple of my first mic purchases and I was wondering what my recording Guru's Think of the possibilities> I was also wondering...(I Feel so retarded for asking this)What the hell does the word pad mean on my mixing board and in these microphone reviews I keep reading? By the way I'm also going to be getting that Presonus BlueTube in the mail in the next couple of days and I was wondering what you guys thought about it as a preamp...I want it all, Give it to me straight, the good the bad and the ugly...beacuse what I'm thinking is that with a good vocal performance and some precision engineering I can make up for a tiny bit the disadvantage that my inexpensive equipment places me at.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    A pad on a microphone is an attenuator for reducing the output level (or the input level if on a mixer) when dealing with very loud sound sources to avoid overloading the preamp input stage.

    The BlueTube is OK, but even a roomful of the most expensive audio gear isn't going to compensate for sub-standard engineering. The corollary of this is that good engineers can make even inexpensive gear sound good.

    As for the mics in your attic, well.... give us a clue as to the make and model and someone may be able to comment.
  3. Rod Gervais

    Rod Gervais Distinguished Member

    Jun 8, 2003
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    This is a forum about how to construct studios -

    I'm gonna move your post to somewhere more appropriate for the questions you have.


  4. empri330

    empri330 Guest

    Thanks Rob. Im sorry for the inconvenience. but thanks for what you've taught me just the same.

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