T-Bone Micplug USB & MXL 990

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by parmele, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. parmele

    parmele Guest

    I plan to begin podcasting. Also, know in the future I'd like to record vocals and keyboard (but not immediately).

    I settled on the MXL 990 microphone. Now, until yesterday I knew absolutely nothing. Including what a pop filter was. I now know in order to hook this mic into the PC I need a preamp with phantom power and preferably an audio interface. My sound card is a normal Creative 5.1. I was planning to spend about €100 on the two of them (low budget).

    But then I discovered the T-Bone Micplug USB. On the surface, to me, this looks like a good deal for €30. Is it terrible quality? Also, this appears to plug directly into the microphone w/o an XLR cord. Is that right? So, would this combo work for me?

    I'm also not opposed to hearing other options/opinions on a good setup. I plan to purchase everything through Thomann.de and I'm in Dublin.
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    The USB cable might not be very long. You could plug it straight into the mic or use a cable to give you more reach.
    Can't comment on the quality but similar units aren't given much credit when I've read about them.
  3. parmele

    parmele Guest

    I've done a little more digging. Nobody seems to use the T-Bone Micplug. But the Blue Icicle seems popular.

    It has good reviews. I know it's probably not as good as a "real" preamp and audio interface... So new question, anybody use a similar setup? Will there be a huge quality loss - or as a complete amateur will I not notice?
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Don't get a Blue Icicle - the gain arrangement it employs internally is not up to the task.

    The T-Bone Micplug, while not great, at least can be made to work in your situation. You can, of course, use standard XLR(M)-XLR(F) mic cables to extend the length. Don't be tempted to use USB extenders or hubs with it.
  5. vocals

    vocals Guest

    I recommend trying the CEntrance micPort Pro - the only one of the small USB converters that actually includes a professional preamp. Read up on it - used by the BBC and the like.

    CEntrance -> MicPort Pro

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