#2
I own that mixer and use an MXL condenser mic with it. It's pretty good all around. If you have more specific questions ask away.
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#3
Quote by Ulalume
I own that mixer and use an MXL condenser mic with it. It's pretty good all around. If you have more specific questions ask away.


Awesome! Thanks for answering. I don't really have any specific questions as I've never recorded and don't really know what to look for. I read the recording FAQ and read that I need a mixer to record straight to my computer.

Although, when recording a song, can the mic pick up both my vocals and my guitar as well?
#4
You don't want a mixer, you want an interface. Get a 2 channel interface. Its going to cost you about twice that if not more but its worth it.
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#5
you dont particularly need a mixer, or really want one. you instead want an audio interface. something like one of these:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Audio-Interfaces-Computers---Peripherals,New-Gear.gc

what it does is essentially replaces your soundcard in the signal path, with something that is better suited for recording. using a mixer, you still use your soundcard, which is not designed for recording.
#6
Awesome! Thanks for answering. I don't really have any specific questions as I've never recorded and don't really know what to look for. I read the recording FAQ and read that I need a mixer to record straight to my computer.


Well you don't necessarily NEED a mixer to record right into your computer. There are other avenues in a similar price range. For example, when I started with home recording (about 2 years ago) I picked up a Line 6 Toneport GX. You can plug in your guitar and play right into an interface (I use Reaper). It worked fairly well for the price range and ease of use. You can also hook in a 1/4 inch jack based mic (generally dynamic) and do vocals through that as well. Granted, its not the same as using a mixer and condenser mic from my experience, but it can work as well.

That said, I would still get the mixer. I like the analog feeling myself, and actually micing my amp and vocals/acoustic with a condenser is much nicer. With the mixer you will need to get something to hook it up to the computer, though. The one you are looking at is not USB powered. I use this to hook the mixer up to the computer: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/behringer-u-control-uca202-usb-audio-interface/702540000000000

You just need one of those wires with red, white, and yellow colored inputs on both sides.

Although, when recording a song, can the mic pick up both my vocals and my guitar as well?


It can, but I don't think this is advisable unless you want it to sound like it is live. I've done it to mess around and it sounds fine, but not the same as separate tracks and editing separate tracks.
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#7
Wow, thanks for helping everyone.

Now I'm not sure if I want to get a mixer or audio interface.

So if I pick up an interface like this

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Steinberg-CI1-Advanced-Integration-USB-Studio-H65538-i1563022.gc

Is that decent, or is it crap? What should I look for in an interface?

EDIT: Went back to the Recording FAQ and now understand why a mixer is not the best option. I think I'll go with an interface. I'd still like to know however if the one I posted is decent quality?

Or perhaps this one?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-USB-Audio-Interface-105632467-i1474272.gc
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