First try at audio setup, is it good enough ?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ferdet, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. ferdet

    ferdet Active Member


    First of all, excuse my mistakes, I'm not a native English speaker.

    I'm a complete newbie to the world of audio recording, doing my best to learn how all of this works, and with the crazy amount of audio devices for recording, I'm starting to have a bit of trouble finding my way through ...

    My home setup (bought a week ago) is as follows :

    Shure SM58->XLR-> Art Tube MP->XLR->mini-jack adaptor->Line-In Mac Book Pro

    All I want to do is to record some nice and clean vocals for different music-styles, mostly electronic and pop.
    So, I was wondering, is the gear that I have sufficient ? Or is there something I'm missing ? I tested it and the gain seemed a bit low, and there a was bit of white noise (nearly inaudible) ... but since it's my first time recording, I don't know if it's normal ...

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I understand that you're probably on a budget.....then again, you have a Macbook. You couldn't possibly be that bad off. You should consider a decent audio interface or at least the usb capable version of the Tube MP. It's only a little bit more.

    The XLR to mini jack is the weak part of your chain.
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Boulder, Colorado
    From what I've heard "clean" and "Tube MP" live on different planets. Your connection through the minijack certainly won't help. Get a proper audio interface and avoid tube gear until you can afford the good stuff.
  4. ferdet

    ferdet Active Member

    Thanks for your quick responses, I'm actually trying out a USB dual pre, and from what I'm hearing, I'll definitley save for a higher end preamp.

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