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Offline Rolandson

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Need Microphone recommendation
« on: November 13, 2015, 11:14:54 am »
I use this right now.
http://www.thomann.de/gb/samson_meteor.htm

Here is one recording from me.
https://soundcloud.com/thewholedamntruth/whats-up-by-4-non-blondes

This is probably a Microphone for talking and singing not for a guitar.
Does anybody have the same Microphone and if yes can you give me example how it sounds.

Anyway I need a good Microphone for my guitar but it shouldn't cost more than 100 euros.
Can anyone give me a recommendation with sound examples.
What does everybody think about
http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_sc140.htm

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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 07:38:42 pm »
I think you should save up just a bit more money...

Just about any common SDC or LDC would sound better than what I heard in the recording - but I'm not convinced that the mic is 100% to blame. It sounds like the mic was very far away from the guitar, and closer mice placement should greatly improve the signal-to-noise ratio.

That mic is a USB mic. Do you have an audio interface? If not, you're limiting yourself to USB mics.

You might consider saving a bit more money and getting one of the Focusrite or Presonus bundles that include a mic.. Then in the future you can get additional, higher-quality mic's. There are some good USB mics, but they're a bit more expensive and IMO not having an interface really limits your choices.

I recorded this with an inexpensive Presonus interface and a Rode NT1:

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The mic that you're looking at would require an interface with phantom power. If you already have an interface with phantom power, I'd save just a bit more money and get a decent LDC or SDC - or even a SM 57 dynamic mic.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 08:14:35 pm »
The Samson should not sound like that. What was your setup and signal path like?
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2015, 10:33:52 am »
The mic was close to the guitar and I use my notebook. Audio city is the program I use.

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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2015, 02:52:35 pm »
The mic was close to the guitar and I use my notebook. Audio city is the program I use.

"Audio City?"  or "Audacity?"

If that was close-mic'd with the Sampson mic, I'd double-check the input settings in your DAW software and make sure that you have the recording device set to the Samson mic, and not to a laptop mic or Webcam mic.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2015, 02:42:48 am »
My thought exactly. I doubt strongly that you were recording off the Samson.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 08:49:26 am »
Thank you. I will have a look.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2015, 10:54:27 am »
You don't need to spend more than €100. Try to find an Audio Technica AT3035. I got mine for about €120 and I really like it.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2015, 11:59:45 am »
I was recording wit my notebook and not with the mic.
Software is Audacity
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2015, 02:42:06 pm »
You don't need to spend more than €100. Try to find an Audio Technica AT3035. I got mine for about €120 and I really like it.

That mic is XLR and requires phantom power. Rolandson is using a USB mic. I'm assuming he doesn't have an interface. If he plans to use a conventional mic it's going to cost more than the cost of the microphone.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2015, 02:44:58 pm »
I was recording wit my notebook and not with the mic.
Software is Audacity

You'll probably be a lot more happy with the mic now. ;)

You might want to consider using a more robust and flexible DAW software now. Reaper is free to use, and only $60.00 US to purchase.
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Re: Need Microphone recommendation
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2015, 05:12:51 pm »
thank you. i will have a look.
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