#1
Hi there,

I havnt been playing guitar for nearly long enough to be confident about my playing or singing ability :P


needless to say, im not the type of person who takes embarrasment well, and im looking to get something so I can record myself playing/singing some songs before I make myself look like an idiot in front of anybody I know. I dont want to spend too much money, because im not really going to be recording for any other reason than to make sure im singing on key, and the song doesnt sound too bad.


If a camcorder will work, I will have to dig through a bunch of boxes, and I havnt yet tried that, though it seems to work ok for people on youtube. The reason im asking really is I guess, is there any reasonably good mic's out there than I can just connect to my pc, or would it require buying a soundboard and all kinds of crazy stuff. Also is there any reason buying a mic would be a better idea than using a camcorder, given my needs? I use an acoustic guitar, and id like to sing along so it would have to be a microphone type setup.

thanks in advance
#2
A camcorder would work but the sound quality will probably be crappy.

What you need is a mic + interface + software.

If you could tell us your budget we can give you better suggestions, but here are a few on the cheap:

Mic: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/shure-sm57-instrument-vocal-mic/270102000000000 (pretty much the standard, there are cheaper mics out there though)

Interface: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/m-audio-fast-track-mkii-usb-audio-interface-with-pro-tools-se/h76481000000000 (a solid interface for what you need, you can use the Pro Tools that comes with it or...)

Software: http://www.reaper.fm/ (great software, and free, they tell you to buy a license after 30 days but it's not required so it's essentially free)


Hope this helps
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#3
Thanks for the reply, if thats generally what that kind of stuff costs ill probably dig up that camcorder, I was thinking more along the lines of 100 bucks for all of it, just a cheap setup that would give me an idea what i sound like. I appreciate it though, and ill save the links in case I ever want to do any real recording :/
#5
Quote by blunderwonder
Thanks for the reply, if thats generally what that kind of stuff costs ill probably dig up that camcorder, I was thinking more along the lines of 100 bucks for all of it, just a cheap setup that would give me an idea what i sound like. I appreciate it though, and ill save the links in case I ever want to do any real recording :/


Like I said there are cheaper alternatives, and if you buy used you can definitely snag a small interface and a decent mic for under $100. The SM57 I suggested usually goes for ~$50 used fwiw.
Between the velvet lies, there's a truth as hard as steel.
The vision never dies, life's a neverending wheel.