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    Just a quick question. I've decided to do a bit of home recording by micing up my amp. I bought one of these mics: http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AM4096 as well as a stand for it. The mic has an xlr cable with and I want to hook it up to my laptop for recording.

    Would this cable work for that? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/XLR-Microphone-to-USB-Link-Cable-for-PC-Mac-In-Built-Sound-Card-Plug-Play-/180925844069 or should I be getting something a bit better? I'm open to recommendations. I was also looking at this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/261227063678?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1423.l2649

    Also I just realised that it is a vocal mic, is it still going to be okay for what I need?

  • #2

    It should work but spending a little more if you can for an SM57 and a basic usb interface like the M-Audio  M-Track would be a more solid recording setup in many ways.




    • Zooey
      Zooey commented
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      A microphone produces tiny electrical analog signals.  That cable must have a very cheap and very small AD converter and preamp built into it.  It is likely that the quality is not even as good as what is already built into your computer.  For the right price it might be cool to play Rock Band with on Xbox. 


  • #3
    Thanks for the advice guys. What about the other thing I was looking at? Is that going to be a big improvement?


    • WRGKMC
      WRGKMC commented
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      For $50 you can get a Lexicon Alpha / Cubase bundle. You'd be better off getting one of those because it has variable preamp levels, plus guitar inputs, and outputs to connect monitors.

      Its just not what goes into the computer thats important. One of those cheap gizmos may be OK for recording a single track. You still have the problem of playing back that track from your built in windows sound card which is high latency. This makes aligning additional tracks with the ones you already recorded a problem.

      Besides, DAW programs wont recognise most built in sound cards so you have to use a real interface not just podcast converter. The converter must be bi directional to do multitracking and the built in sound card gets replaced by the interface for both the inputs and playback. Its also got a headphone jack which is pretty important if you want to play along to previous track or add parts like vocals, so do yourself a favor and dont throw your money away on something that worn work. Spend the extra $20 and get a minimal pro grade interface.