#1
Thinking of getting a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and a Rode NT1A or a Sure SM58.

I know the two mics are different but someone has recommended the Sure for recordings as well as performance so I will look into it despite leaning towards the Rode condenser.

Do you think these are worthy candidates for recording vocals and acoustic guitar for Youtube?

Budget in the region of £200. I was hoping to get good quality for that.
#2
Don't get a 58 for recording vocals/acoustic guitar. 99% of the time it's probably not what you want, and that other 1% you'll probably still get away with a good condenser. I'm personally not a fan of the NT1A, my preferred mic at that price range is the Behringer B2-Pro. Audio Technica also make fairly good microphones, though they aren't available where I am so I don't know which one would be in your price range.
#3
I am sort of a NT-1a fanboy so for your purpose I think they would work fine. I don't expect you will find them both for 200 Quid though. Good luck!
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#4
Quote by chatterbox272
Don't get a 58 for recording vocals/acoustic guitar. 99% of the time it's probably not what you want, and that other 1% you'll probably still get away with a good condenser. I'm personally not a fan of the NT1A, my preferred mic at that price range is the Behringer B2-Pro. Audio Technica also make fairly good microphones, though they aren't available where I am so I don't know which one would be in your price range.


Have you tried the NT1A and found it lacking?
#5
Quote by u6s68
Have you tried the NT1A and found it lacking?

I've not used it myself, but I've heard recordings using it and they've always sounded a bit brittle and harsh to me. That said, plenty of people like it too it's all just a matter of opinion.
#6
This is a decent demo using a Rode NT-1a as you intend to use one. Trust your ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LB-6DeDSA0

And here is the B2. Choose the one you like best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDW5IkWE6PM
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Dec 17, 2014,
#7
i just got the new (little more expensive) NT1 and i love it! just is a little less harsh an has a little more warmth to it. It also looks beautiful
#8
I have a pair of NT-1 mics that I have used for about 10 years now. It is my standard vocal recording mic. I love SM-58 mics for PA work (I still have the one I bought in 1977 and I still gig with it). For the PA use an SM-58 but I highly recommend the NT-1 for recording. I see it now comes with a good spit/wind filter and spider cage (mine didn't) that alone will save you a lot of money. Everyone I have recorded on the NT-1 loves the way they sound.