mics

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 4leaf, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. 4leaf macrumors member

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    im trying to buy a microphone for my boyfriend for xmas and i was wondering if there was antwhere i can get a reasonably priced one ...he has a powerbook and wants to do some podcasts
     
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  3. 4leaf thread starter macrumors member

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    im looking for a mid priced one...like the seinnheiser one on the apple store but it has gotten a bad review...any ideas?the snowball one is very expensive
     
  4. 4leaf thread starter macrumors member

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    mics

    whats the best mic for use for recording singing and podcasts?

    has any one used the "monster" cable to connect guitars and mac to each other?do they work on the powerbook?
     
  5. .:*Robot Boy*:. macrumors 6502

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    You can't go wrong with a Neumann U67 :). But I suspect you're looking for something a little cheaper?

    I haven't used one, but, if you're referring to the cable that has a 1/4" guitar jack on one end and an 1/8" minijack on the other end, it will work with your PowerBook.
     
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    Unless the cable that connects the guitar to the Mac has some additional electronics included, electric guitar piped into a Mac mic jack is gonna sound cr@ptacular.

    You need to think about the things you want to record, and the purposes, and your budget.

    Then I recommend that you study up on some of the basics with books and magazines before making a decision. Hit the library. Good magazines to read are: Sound on Sound, Recording, Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Future Music, Computer Music, Mix. They often have articles on how to record acoustic and electric instruments, and microphone selection.
     
  7. Joeytpg macrumors 6502

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    i'm in the market for a good quality versatil Mic. So far i'm going with the Shure SM 57, i've read, heard that it's a great Mic, you can record guitar, bass, drums, and good vocal quality recording with it. Of course i'm getting that Mic because i'm a newbie, and i can't afford an expensive mic, so this one for Now will let me record different instruments. As soon as i can i'll try to buy a Shure SM 58 for vocals only.

    Any suggestions? i can't spend more than 100 bucks on a mic right now :( so that's why the SM57 looks like the perfect Mic. Any other suggestion? :D
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Try going with a USB headset from Logitech. I recently got one and found that it's quite good and very sensitive.
     
  9. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    First and foremost, buy a decent preamp.

    If you are on a budget, look at this thing. http://www.mackie.com/products/spike/

    The Spike also comes with Traction, which will get you going producing your podcasts. It also has built in DI so it's good if you use guitar with built in mics or electric.

    If you have more money, look into their Onyx 800R. Mackie make some very good preamps for the money.

    A decent mic for your application. Humm, hard one. SM57 wouldn't really wouldn't look at. Try a condeser mic such as Shure's SM87A, or perhaps some of the Sennheiser mics.


    Monster are ok, but not the best out there. They seem to be a bit more priced than other brands. Use balanced cables where possible, you can them get away with lower cost cables.
     
  10. Joeytpg macrumors 6502

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    oh, i'm getting a preamp for sure....i'll be getting a M-Audio 410 Firewire interface.

    So the Shure SM 57 ain't a good option?

    i want a GOOD mic that can serve me as a Vocal mic and Instrument Mic.

    i thought the sm57 was a great all-porpose mic
     
  11. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502

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    We use SM58's. Have always been a good all around mic.
     
  12. Joeytpg macrumors 6502

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    where have you used them opusthe2nd? i've heard great things about the SM58's too but for different uses (vocals, instruments) i've heard the SM57's are better and for Vocal only the SM58's are better, i personally can't proove this because i haven't used either of them, but i'm still looking for options, i'll be buying a good all around mic in January, so i need to pick a good one. Under 100 bucks :(

    Keep the suggestions comming guys, please :)
     
  13. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502

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    We have a southern gospel quartet and we used them some. But now that I think of it. Someone wanted us to try these: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/R21/ and you know, the sound was pretty good. This is for vocals we used them. Mind you, they are an SM58 knock off. Only thing I didnt like was they didnt feel as nice in your hand, plus they had hand noise if you fiddled with them. We used them quite a bit and will keep using them.

    Sweetwater is pretty good to deal with. If you dont like them, they will let you send them back.
     
  14. sgmorr macrumors member

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    I've got the Logitech too. Works fine for me just for simple audio recording and internet telephony.
     
  15. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    SM57 and 58 are the same, just the 58 has a ball to give a different pickup.

    The SM58 is like the Nokia of the PA world. It's durable, cheap, does the job, but they are not the best. It's also good for rejection before feedback.
     
  16. Joeytpg macrumors 6502

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    so if you unscrew the ball it'll sound pretty much as the SM-57?
     
  17. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much so. They have the same capsule.
     

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