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Old 12-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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cheap versatile mic needed

Hi everyone,

I have about 40 to spend on a microphone, I know I'm not going to get anything studio quality for this price but what is the best that I could get?

I'm going to use it mainly for recording guitar through my amp, but I would also like to be able to use it for vocals as well.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Man, not much you can do there. Best I can think of is the Behringer XM8500, which is an SM58 clone.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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How about this:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_...ada72ff4 0dae3

Ne experience with it, but it's fairly well reviewed & essentially an SM57 clone. Also (I think) Thomann do a 3 year warranty on anything they sell which would be a bonus on cheap kit.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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How about this:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_...ada72ff4 0dae3

Ne experience with it, but it's fairly well reviewed & essentially an SM57 clone. Also (I think) Thomann do a 3 year warranty on anything they sell which would be a bonus on cheap kit.


I've heard good things about those guys. Not quite as good as a SM57 but for the price, you can't beat it.

Seriously though, 40 isn't going to go very far.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Sorry, should have said it needs to be USB as I don't have an interface
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:36 AM   #6
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Then you're def going to need to up your budget. Even then, most USB mics are pretty shitty compared to the non USB counterparts.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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For a long time the only mic I had was a radio shack SM58 knock off which I plugged directly into my macbook with an adapter. It sounded equally mediocre on everything. I still use it though?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:38 PM   #8
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What are your views on the Behringer C-series?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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Sound okay, not great. They're pretty thin. Anything is usable though if you know what you're doing. My biggest worry with them is durability. Every behringer product I have used has sounded okay but broken right out of warranty.
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Depends if you've got anything to plug it into or not!

The Samson Q7 is a great mic for around 30...not just good for the price, but good full stop.

Otherwise, the Samson Q2U or Audio-Technica ATR 2100-USB are probably your best bet, since they're both cheap dynamic mics suitable for electric guitar, with a USB connection.


Why don't you just get a cheap guitar interface and use amp sims?
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:08 AM   #11
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I did buy a USB to 1/4" jack cable and tried using that with amplitube, but the quality was atrocious.

I've been looking at the Lexicon Alpha, do you think there's anything better in my price range?
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:17 PM   #12
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If you wanna save money in the long run a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 would be a pretty safe bet. A bit more then what your looking to spend but you'll be able to use any microphone with it (dynamic/condensor) the pre amps are good, it also has midi ins and outs which if you get into music production will be very useful later on.

It has two ins and several outs so if you wanted to use two mics at the same time you can, say for guitar and vocals, or use two mics for an acoustic guitar.

That lexicon doesn't look great imho.

The FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2I2 is a bit cheaper but for the extra 30 you get extra outputs and midi ports, but for your needs they may never be needed as most midi controllers these days are usb.

You can end up spending fortunes on the wrong equipment and end up realising that you would have saved money if you'd just bit the bullet and got better equipment to start out with.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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Really I need a microphone to be honest because I need to record vocals as well. I'm a student so money is really tight for me and 45 is the absolute max I could pay; not a penny more. I've looked at reviews of the Behringer C1-U and it gets pretty good results for vocals, but I can't find anything that tests it with distorted guitars.

I don't have an interface, so anything XLR is out of the question and the Samson Q2U doesn't sound as good as the Behringer in my opinion. Are there any others anyone would recommend?
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I'm a student so money is really tight for me and 45 is the absolute max I could pay; not a penny more.


This isn't a good excuse. There are plenty of ways to make money. Jobs exist, you can mow some damn lawns, babysit, odd jobs & saving your money instead of being impatient and buying a cheap subpar mic.
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This isn't a good excuse. There are plenty of ways to make money. Jobs exist, you can mow some damn lawns, babysit, odd jobs & saving your money instead of being impatient and buying a cheap subpar mic.


Or there are people that make 20ish thousand a year working nearly full time while paying for being a full time student.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:03 PM   #16
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I'm sorry, I didn't realize you've now turned into my financial advisers. You don't think I've tried to get a job?

I shouldn't have to give you an excuse, I don't have the money, I can't get the money and that's it.
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the Samson Q2U doesn't sound as good as the Behringer in my opinion.
What opinion is this exactly? Have you tried the mics out?

There's nothing wrong with being on a low budget, but accept that there's going to be limited options and compromise. Stop ignoring helpful advice.


The Behringer C1U is the probably best mic in your price range. It'll do vocals and acoustic guitar very well, and an ok job of electric guitar too. The Q2U will do a pretty good job on guitar, but the vocals won't be so good.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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I'm just saying its a pretty poor excuse. I'm guessing you're in High School and probably around 16 or 17. There are lots of ways to make money at that age. Hell, I ran a small freelance web design business at 16 making $300 a week. Saying you can't make money really just means you're too lazy & impatient to.

Honestly, in your price range, there's nothing worth spending money on even for a hobby setup. It's worth saving a few extra bucks and getting something good
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What opinion is this exactly? Have you tried the mics out?

I've listened to loads test recordings on youtube.

Are there are any good interfaces for about 65? If I were to get that I could get a decent XLR mic at a later date. It would only need to have one guitar jack input and one XLR mic input.
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I've listened to loads test recordings on youtube


Exactly how many of those involved the Q2U on electric guitar? Or indeed the Behringer?


PROTIP: Youtube recordings are about as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to judging recording gear.
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