About To Do A Recording Splurge, last min questions
Marc_Maiden
Feb 13 2009, 06:28 PM
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hey guys

so im about to invest in a shure sm57 mic, and mic stand


the problem is, i was told by ivan to get a mic pre amp so i can connect it to my toneport since i dont have an xlr input in my toneport.


my question is: will a XLR to 1/4" converter work? or is th pre amp needed? because i thought the toneport had a vocal pre amp already.


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so will this really capture what i hear? thats my biggest issue...i tried to use a computer mic to record ( a really high powered one) and it works ok, but you dont get the fullness of the sound, it sounds really trebly and compressed and thin.

so will that mic give me what i want? or do i have wayy to high expectations?

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Feb 13 2009, 09:20 PM
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What the mic records highly depends on its placement, the room and various other random things. So no it won't just capture what you hear.

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Bogdan Radovic
Feb 13 2009, 10:15 PM
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Using adapter from XLR to 1/4'' should work and you don't need a external preamp. (I think GX has internal preamp if I'm not wrong - consult line6 support)...SM57 is standard for recording guitars and lots and lots of professionals use it..Now the sound won't be the same as you hear your amp in the room, but you will definitly be able to capture good and healthy amp sound if you experiment with room isolation (or just isolating space around the amp) and most importantly mic positioning...Changing the mic positions will give you all the tones to choose from (from thin to full sounding)...

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Ivan Milenkovic
Feb 15 2009, 06:10 PM
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Toneport GX doesn't have microphone preamp and it is in fact needed to get the signal just right for recording. Toneport GX has mic preamp modeling within Gearbox, but you need a hardware preamp that will get signal strong enough to converters so the Toneport GX can send a proper signal into the Gearbox in the first place.
You can use the XLR->1/4'' jack converter. It will work, but the signal quality will not be good. Converters will simply not have a healthy strong signal to work with so they will give a low resolution signal with noise.

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MickeM
Feb 15 2009, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE (Marc_Maiden @ Feb 13 2009, 06:28 PM) *
so will this really capture what i hear? thats my biggest issue...i tried to use a computer mic to record ( a really high powered one) and it works ok, but you dont get the fullness of the sound, it sounds really trebly and compressed and thin.

That could because a numerous reason.
Maybe it's thin because the signal is too weak, either at the source (the amp is on too low volume) or going in to the soundinterface (signal amplification). Or maybe it's too far away from the amp instead of close up to the cloth, that's less roomy but really the way to go if you ask me.

Trebly could be if you have placed the mic so it picks up the middle of the cone. Try moving it towards the middle of the cone or the outer parts. It'll pick up a trebly sound in the middle and a bassy sound at the ende so somewhere inbetween usually works.

And the magic kicks in after you overdub the sound, record the same take several times.
First, with the main sound you want. Pan a little left. Second with the same sound, pan a little right.
Then same procedure with an overdistorted sound and pan these takes further out. Finally one completely clean take and place in the middle.
It won't sound thin after that wink.gif

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Saoirse O'Shea
Feb 15 2009, 06:37 PM
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To add to Micke's comments above - every mic has its own particular frequency pattern - SM57s are good for electric guitar as their particular pattern accentuate certain frequencies in a particular way that are generally good for rock. A pc mic however is not developed to produce that sort of frequency pattern - it may well have a very pronounced bass roll off and lift the high end too much and so may sound shrill at the higher frequencies. To add to this a pc mic is very unlikely to have a build quality on a par with a more pro-orientated one like a SM57. As such you may find more issues due to handling noise, poor screening and so on.

I don't know much about the ToneportGX but Ivan is right - if it hasn't got a mic pre-amp then you will probably run into noise issues if you try to record with it.

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