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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:09:26 pm »
I want to buy a microphone for my desktop computer so that I can record my acoustic guitar using Transcribe. Basically I just want to practice soloing over different chord progressions using the major scale etc. I haven't used a computer as a recording device before so if anyone could give me some advice on what type of microphones I could buy and any other equipment I might need I would really appreciate it.
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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 01:13:11 pm »
Have a read of the page this topic was created for.
http://www.justinguitar.com/en/RT-004-MicrophoneGuide.php
should help you decide what sort of mic you're after (probably condenser for best results).

Other equipment you might find very useful are.
Microphone stand (getting the mic to stay exactly where you want without one can be a bit of a game)
Pop screen (if you plan to do any vocals it will prevent certain unwanted noises from spoiling a recording)
Cable (Not all microphones come with cable, if you do need to buy some make sure you get the right connectors (XLR, 1/4 inch etc) and right gender (male/female)
Adapters (chances are you will need at least a 1/4 inch to 3.5mm if you plan to plug into your sound card)
Software (Reaper is cheap and effective with a free demo)
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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 06:21:44 pm »
Thanks for providing all that information Tourniquet. Plenty of options for me to think about. I'm just about to check out the link :)

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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2010, 03:47:39 am »
So say you want teh Sure SM57 ... what does that plug into ?

its XLR right ? so do you need some sort of go between box of magic  between the mic and the PC or just a converter jack ?
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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010, 09:37:41 am »
XLR jacks aren't uncommon on microphones. all you need is a converter for a dynamic mic.
It's condenser mics that usually require something extra as they need phantom power (don't think a regular audio jack can supply that).
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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010, 12:40:00 am »
So say you want teh Sure SM57 ... what does that plug into ?

its XLR right ? so do you need some sort of go between box of magic  between the mic and the PC or just a converter jack ?
Shure also have a little XLR to USB converter with their main mic's now too. So you have both options


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Re: RT-004 • Microphone Guide
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2010, 08:13:48 am »
yes, the shure X2u audio interface.
But maybe you could watch for another audio interface, there are plenty of threads about this on this forum.
I think these audio interfaces are much better that a normal pc-soundcard (depends on the soundcard you have in your pc).
They work like an external usb-soundcard.
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