#1
So im looking to record via a mic just good enough for a half decent recording no need to be specialist, i have been recomended this mic, http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_mb75.htm as it is supposedly as good as an sm57?

but im also going to need a preamp dont really know what im looking at here so what would be adequete?

Summary: not too expensive and relatively clear defined recordings
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Roland Cube 30X


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#2
you cant just record with a mic, you can use a peamp and run into your stock sound card but overall it would be best to go with an audio interface.

If you have a tight budget, look into the M-Audio Fast Track or Fast Track Pro USB.
PreSonus also has a firewire interface called the Inspire 1394 which is a very nice start.
#3
Are you recording to a computer, tape, digital recorder, etc? If you are recording to a computer you need an audio interface (via usb) with an XLR (mic style) input and a 1/4" jack (guitar style) input. They usually have a mic preamp built in. You can get one for about $100.

You can buy USB mics now that have an "audio interface" built in. They are plug and play. I like the Audio Technica AT2020 USB mic. The Blue brand mics are really popular though.

You will need software. Most audio interfaces will come with a trial or entry level software. If you have a mac that is less than 6-7 years old, you will have GarageBand built in. Audacity is free and you can download it.
#4
cheers guys was going to record through pc, the m-audio fast track looks good enough is the mic linked worth getting with it?
Gear:
ESP ltd MH-1000
Jackson DK2T
Bugera 6262-212
Roland Cube 30X


I Was at Download 07/08/09/10 Because I'm not a Cheap Bastard and I'm Damn Proud!
#5
The Shure SM57 is ok for some things but not all. Most say it's great for vocals but I find you need a very nice preamp to use it as a vocal mic as well as a pop filter.

For micing cabs, drums, and horns...it works very well.
Also look into a condenser set such as the MXL 990/991 which goes for around $100 USD (Same as the 57) and is very nice for vocals and other things.
#6
Everybody says a 57 is great at everything and it isn't. It's good on cabs, alright on snares and sounds like ****ing dog **** on most other things.
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