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What Mic Should I Buy?
Matt23
Jan 31 2008, 05:59 PM
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I want to start recording songs but i've no idea what mic to get. I don't really want to spend more than £50 (about $100). Could anyone suggest a good mic to start off with?
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Bogdan Radovic
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What do you want to use it for?? Recording guitars or vocals ? Shure SM57 is standard for recording guitars and Shure SM58 is standard for recording vocals...These are very high quality..

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If you wanna record both vocals and guitars I would go for SM58.
It's not typical mic for guitar but will do the job... wink.gif

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I'll be using it for mainly guitar (probably not vocals at all). The Shure Sm57 would be good, but I was wondering if i could get anything cheaper thats still good.

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Behringer B1 or B2, good mic and relatively cheap. but professional, i use them ALOT in College, recorded 2 bands ep's with them (and just them, except on kit) and they were very pleased biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 07:36 PM) *
I'll be using it for mainly guitar (probably not vocals at all). The Shure Sm57 would be good, but I was wondering if i could get anything cheaper thats still good.


No. smile.gif

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 07:36 PM) *
I'll be using it for mainly guitar (probably not vocals at all). The Shure Sm57 would be good, but I was wondering if i could get anything cheaper thats still good.

Yes .. the MXL-991 or 993 are awesome:





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I'll probably get the Shure Sm57 cos those other mics aren't a lot cheaper. Thanks for helping though. Can you plug the shure mic into a PC?

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 07:50 PM) *
I'll probably get the Shure Sm57 cos those other mics aren't a lot cheaper. Thanks for helping though. Can you plug the shure mic into a PC?


no you can't, you need a preamp smile.gif

try to google for some usb condenser mics, they are not so expensive, and good for vocals and acoustic instruments (not for amps)

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QUOTE (Dejan @ Jan 31 2008, 07:36 PM) *
no you can't, you need a preamp smile.gif

try to google for some usb condenser mics, they are not so expensive, and good for vocals and acoustic instruments (not for amps)

Thanks for telling me that. Could I just ask what does the sm57 plug in to, and what's the difference between a condensor and a dynamic mic?

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I would recomend the shure sm58. It is expensive. But it is very good audio qualite (especielly for singing, but good for guitar to)
And you don´t have tom by a new one if you drop it in the ground a few time.
I really like this video, Its a music/computer magazine testing a shure sm58.
Enjoy:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QPLbQi9FI...feature=related

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does the shure sm58 connect to a pc

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 09:04 PM) *
does the shure sm58 connect to a pc


No you need a xlr or tele cabel. And a soundcard that you can connect to a mixer table. It cost a lot of money to buy all those stuff. But it´s worth it, Really good audio quality.

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 09:04 PM) *
does the shure sm58 connect to a pc

No ... you will need a soundcard too. Something liks this (about $69) is a minimum i.m.o.:

http://line6.com/toneportgx/

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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 31 2008, 08:51 PM) *
Thanks for telling me that. Could I just ask what does the sm57 plug in to, and what's the difference between a condensor and a dynamic mic?


in short, condenser mics have wider range of frequencies and is good for recording of vocals and acoustic instruments, requires external power source (phantom power or battery) while dynamic mics are better for drums, amp or other loud sources

but for any kind of these mics you need a mixer with preamp, with the exception of USB mics, you just plug it in and record smile.gif

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QUOTE (Norven @ Jan 31 2008, 08:02 PM) *
I would recomend the shure sm58. It is expensive. But it is very good audio qualite (especielly for singing, but good for guitar to)
And you don´t have tom by a new one if you drop it in the ground a few time.
I really like this video, Its a music/computer magazine testing a shure sm58.
Enjoy:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QPLbQi9FI...feature=related


Haha nice video biggrin.gif

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You can if you have a mic input on your sound card, but the sound quality will vary depending on the quality of the mic preamp in your soundcard.

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QUOTE (Twibeard @ Jan 31 2008, 09:13 PM) *
No ... you will need a soundcard too. Something liks this (about $69) is a minimum i.m.o.:

http://line6.com/toneportgx/



If the mic is male XLR type, toneport GX might not be enough, because it doesn't have a XLR input. (Correct me if I'm wrong, maybe you can get an adapter for the mic or something).

I would suggest Toneport UX1 instead wink.gif

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Hmm if you want to record to pc i suggest buying toneport ux2 first (which acts as a good soundcard)...Than buy a decent mic...Because the soundcard is very important and you can't plug in your mic directly to it (integrated one) and get good quality...

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