03-19-2013 08:49 AM
I was wondering if anyone knew of good (and inexpensive) mics to use to record singing. I want to start putting videos on Youtube
Apparently the Blue Snowball mic is very good, but I would like to know what others think.
03-19-2013 11:14 AM
03-21-2013 09:35 AM
You might consider a large diaphragm condenser mic if you're going to use it for recording vocals. You'll need a preamp/interface that can provide 48v phantom power to go along with it, but I think you'll be less likely to outgrow a LDC mic as fast as a USB Snowball.
As an example, you might consider the Studio Projects B1 unidirectional LDC (around $120), http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B1Mic
Both are good, well-respected mics.
and your choice of preamp/interface (around $70 on up to megabucks). Here's a bunch to check out :
I don't know what you're recording to (hardware recorder, PC, Mac), but there are many very good preamp/interfaces available. Some are very simple devices, and some have lots of cool features besides being a mic preamp with phantom voltage (such as built in compression and EQ).
03-24-2013 05:03 AM
If you are just starting out I would go with a Shure SM58. Eventually you will want to get a bunch of different mics anyway depending on what sound you are trying to get where you are placing it in the room etc. The SM58 is THE gold standard when it comes to microphones. If you go to any shows especially ones at smaller clubs chances are they are using and SM58. Usually you can find one on ebay for about 60 bucks or if you check guitar center you can get used ones for 50 (As long as the diaphram isn't beat to hell it will work just fine). You will also need some sort of a mixer, preferably one with phantom power for when you start doing a condensor microphone or you can just run everything though an interface. I started out with a Lexicon Lambda device about 5 or 6 years ago now still works awesome.
Just my 2 coppers worth
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