#1
Hey UG

ive asked for reviews on certain recording products but i cant really decide which i would need...

basically, i would be recording acoustic rocky stuff ( my voice is quite... rough.... in a good way ) so ive researched and id apparently need a "pop shield"? im not quite sure on what that is to be honest so someone to clarify that would get a golden star

my budgets around like 250$ but i could always wait longer if its really beneficiary to do so.... so should i be

-spending it all on a decent usb mic
-buying a usb audio interface thing and plugging say a shure sm58 into it

i already have recording software (mixcraft)

thanks!
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#3
The USB interface would sound better. I believe a pop shield is a foam disk that goes in front of the mic that blocks the air blast that comes from making "p" and "b" sounds, which would otherwise cause a popping sound in the recording.
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A pop shield / pop filter is a screen put up in front of a mic (mainly for vocals) to help stop your plosives ( b, p, t sounds) from interfering with your recordings. The good ones have multiple layers of mesh or thin screen with holes of varying sizes to help deflect those nasty plosives. I would say to wait just a little longer and maybe get a Audio Technica or AKG large diaphram condenser $150-$200. It would serve double duty as a vocal and acoustic guitar mic.
#5
thanks guys

so... to get a respectable quality level.. or in otherwords not waste my money on cheap gear that ill need to upgrade immediately im going to need a $300+ or so interface with $150+ or so mic
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#6
I got a pop sheild. They really arent that expensive at all and they are very very useful in getting a better recording.
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Actually, for the interface, I would get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Champion Series because it'll do the analog-to-digital conversion faster that any USB interface, but that's just me.
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Quote by David Blackbird
Actually, for the interface, I would get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Champion Series because it'll do the analog-to-digital conversion faster that any USB interface, but that's just me.


Its faster but nowhere near as good.

Here ya go: http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-Studio-Package?sku=485736

That will get you started for $220
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Quote by lockwolf
Its faster but nowhere near as good.

Here ya go: http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-Studio-Package?sku=485736

That will get you started for $220

How do you define "good"?
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I use the Tascam DP02-CF for my recordings. It's a good interface. It is an independent interface though.

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How do you define "good"?


Clean, Crisp, Not like shit.

You're talking about a Sound Card thats built to do 300 different things from gaming to movies to everything. Barely mentioned on the site is that its good for recording.

I'd rather take a dedicated interface thats built for recording than a sound card thats built for everything and mentions that its good for recording.
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Quote by lockwolf
Clean, Crisp, Not like shit.

You're talking about a Sound Card thats built to do 300 different things from gaming to movies to everything. Barely mentioned on the site is that its good for recording.

I'd rather take a dedicated interface thats built for recording than a sound card thats built for everything and mentions that its good for recording.


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Quote by lockwolf
Clean, Crisp, Not like shit.

You're talking about a Sound Card thats built to do 300 different things from gaming to movies to everything. Barely mentioned on the site is that its good for recording.

I'd rather take a dedicated interface thats built for recording than a sound card thats built for everything and mentions that its good for recording.

You haven't heard it, so you can't honestly say that it sounds bad. It's recording quality is as good as a USB interface that's twice as expensive. If you're just going by the box, you are going to spend more money on stuff you don't need, just as the manufacturers of those "dedicated recording devices" want you to do.
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You haven't heard it, so you can't honestly say that it sounds bad. It's recording quality is as good as a USB interface that's twice as expensive. If you're just going by the box, you are going to spend more money on stuff you don't need, just as the manufacturers of those "dedicated recording devices" want you to do.


So, you're saying that by buying a $100 soundcard that does everything and has the ability to record music is better than spending $120 for a M-Audio Fast Track MKII thats built for recording audio, has a built in XLR with Phantom power for condenser mics, a line in for guitars and enough software to record a good quality home recording without anything extra?

I think you need to check your logic on this one
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Quote by lockwolf
So, you're saying that by buying a $100 soundcard that does everything and has the ability to record music is better than spending $120 for a M-Audio Fast Track MKII thats built for recording audio, has a built in XLR with Phantom power for condenser mics, a line in for guitars and enough software to record a good quality home recording without anything extra?

I think you need to check your logic on this one

I don't need to check logic; I've personally done a side-by-side comparison of the Sound Blaster and an M-Audio Fast-Track Ultra, and can honestly say that the Sound Blaster sounds as good for half the price. Although, you might have a point about the included software. But, then again, TS already has software.
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Make your own pop screen. I've seen many variations on this plan here, and it works beautifully.

http://www.jakeludington.com/project_studio/20050321_build_your_own_microphone_pop_screen.html

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