How would I be able to connect a mic to computer?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by varsin, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. varsin

    varsin Active Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hi guys, as you can tell by the title, I'm a complete beginner at recording.

    I was wondering how I could take this mic and record with it on my computer

    MXL V63M Studio Condenser Microphone with Shockmount and more Condenser Microphones at

    Is there some sort of adapter I could buy?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Hi Varsin, and welcome to the forums!

    It's a little more than an "adaptor" you need. What you have to use is a device that does at least four things: supply the necessary 48V power to the microphone to make it work, amplify the very small audio signal from the mic, convert that signal to a digital form and interface it to the computer.

    You can get single-channel devices that will do all that for less than $50, but they are not really worth having. You have bought a respectable microphone, but you may want to plug in a guitar or keyboard and record both at the same time. I would look for at least a dual-channel interface unit that has at the minimum a microphone input and an "instrument" input (or another microphone input) on a separate channel.

    I'm not very well up on this end of the market, but a first hit brings up the $79 ART USB Dual Pre. Others here may well have different suggestions for units to consider, but the principles still stand.
  3. TimOBrien

    TimOBrien Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    My obligatory standard reply-for-newbies that I keep in Wordpad so this is just a paste (I don't want to re-type this all the time):

    First off, immediately get a good beginner recording book (spend $20 before spending hundred$/thousand$) that shows you what you need to get started and how to hook everything up in your studio:
    Home Recording for Musicians by Jeff Strong - $15 Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies (9780470385425): Jeff Strong: Books
    (Wish I'd had that when I started; would have saved me lots of money and time and grief)
    You can also pick up this book in most any Borders or Barnes&Noble in the Music Books section!

    Another good one is: Recording Guitar and Bass by Huw Price Recording Guitar and Bass: Getting a Great Sound Every Time You Record (Book) (9780879307301): Huw Price: Books
    (I got my copy at a place called Half-Price Books for $6!!)

    And you can get a FREE subscription to TapeOp magazine at Tape Op Magazine

    Barnes&Noble or Borders are great places to start --- they have recording books and you can go get a snack or coffee and read them for FREE! Don't pass by a good recording book --- this is a VERY technical hobby and you REALLY want to start a reference library!!!

    Good Newbie guides that also explains all the basics and have good tips:
    Tweak's Guide to the Home and Project Studio
    Free beginner PDFs | Computer Music Magazine |
    The #1 online community for musicians | Harmony Central

    21 Ways To Assemble a Recording Rig: How to Configure a Recording Studio Rig

    Also Good Info: Directory - The Project Studio Handbook - Digital Audio, Compression, Mixing, Monitoring, Microphones

    Other recording books: Music Books Plus - Home Recording

    Still using a built-in soundcard?? Unfortunately, those are made with less than $1 worth of chips for beeps, boops and light gaming (not to mention cheapness for the manufacturer) and NOT quality music production. Even the cheapest $50 usb asio card will be a huge improvement.
    #1 Rule of Recording: You MUST replace the built-in soundcard.
    Here's a good guide and user-tested suggestions that work: The Best Audio Interfaces for your Home Studio by TweakHeadz Lab
    (you'll want to bookmark and read through all of Tweak's Guide while you're there...)
    Another good article: Choosing an audio interface - Choosing An Audio Interface

    Plenty of software around to record for FREE to start out on:

    Sony ACID Express (free 10-track sequencer): Free Downloads: ACID Xpress
    Audacity: Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder (multi-track with VST support)
    Wavosaur: Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support (a stereo audio file editor with VST support)\
    Kristal: KRISTAL Audio Engine
    Other freebies and shareware: Music Software - Computer Music Resources - Shareware Music Machine

    Another great option is REAPER at REAPER | Audio Production Without Limits (It's $50 but runs for free until you get guilty enough to pay for it...)
    I use Reaper and highly reccomend it...

    Music Notation and MIDI recording: Melody Assistant ($25) and Harmony Assistant ($80) have the power of $600 notation packages - Myriad: Music Notation Software and much more... / Myriad : logiciels de musique, et bien plus...
    Demo you can try on the website.

    And you can go out to any Barnes&Noble or Borders and pick up "Computer Music" magazine - they have a full FREE studio suite in every issue's DVD, including sequencers, plugins and tons of audio samples. (November 2006 they gave away a full copy of SamplitudeV8SE worth $150, November 2007-on the racks Dec in the US- they gave away SamplitudeV9SE and July 2009 issue they put out Samplitude10SE, November 2010 SamplitudeSilver. FREE. It pays to watch 'em for giveaways...)

    'Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever...'

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