Does Anybody Know About Microphones ?

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    I'm looking to buy a microphone to record myself playing my musical instruments. I want to record YouTube videos at home on my laptop. Having done one recording and posted it here in USMB, I don't feel like it did the instrument (an all solid wood $600 mandolin) justice.

    My laptop's microphone is OK for just talking, but recording music demands more. The recording I have here in USMB sounds a bit tinny, kind of like what you might expect from a cheap, laminated (plywood) mandolin, selling for about $100. The recording doesn't match up to the real sound of the instrument, which is very woody, deep, powerful, robust, especially on the double stop tremolos.

    So, what I want to do is get a microphone capable of plugging into my laptop's USB port. I know that a condenser mic is the kind for home/studio recording, but I don't know much about them, and I'm looking to spend less than $100.
     
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    Your best bet is to buy a decent condenser Mic and an usb interface.
    It'll cost more than $100.
    A couple hundred for the Mic and around $100 for the interface.


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    What would the interface do for me ?
     
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    It gives you the ability to record directly to your computer. You can get a free program called Audacity. After you record your performance you can add compression, effects, eq, to your recording. It works great.


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    As Billyboom mentioned, you will need a good mic and mic cable, and an interface and software. I have a Shure KSM27 condenser for vocals and acoustic sounds, a pair of Sennsheiser e906's for guitar amps, and want to get a Royer R-10 Ribbon mic at some point. I would take your time figuring out what best fits your needs. I think Cakewalk has free recording software. BUT, a good mastering plugin makes a huge difference in the outcome. I use iZotope Ozone.

    I would strongly recommend a mini recorder type thing like this until you get thoroughly familiar with what exactly you need to create a functional DAW (digital audio workstation).

    Zoom H1n Handy Recorder

     
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    zooms are freaking amazing. got a couple and we use 'em when we video a band live to pull audio from the board.

    i'm not sure i'd just plug direct into the laptop. you can i suppose but something like a Line 6 UX2 (https://www.amazon.com/Line-6-POD-Studio-UX2/dp/B001EKECC2) would wonders as a go between and allow more options. you can pick 'em up used for in the $100 range.

    mics at that point - acoustic or electric? you can plug your electric direct into the line 6 or you can use a sennheiser e609 (https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-S...=1527857906&sr=1-8&keywords=microphone+guitar) would be great for acoustic stuff.
     
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    Very cool. I'll have to look into it. I had an interface (Audiobox) for 2 years. It just collected dust. I couldn't figure out how to work it.
     
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    My first multi-effects box was the tiny Zoom 9002! Designed to loop on your belt or guitar strap. :p It predated the Line6 POD.
     
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    I've suddenly gotten really busy (and with some big expenses$$), but I'll look into all these good ideas when I get unswamped. Next month probably. Thanks.
     

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