#1
I want to start recording riffs on my computer, but unfortunately, my RP250 has decided to terminally fail on me.

I was intending on getting an instrument mic to mic up my amps and try it in that fashion. I've got a mic in mind (unfortunately not an SM57) which is inexpensive, but I figure any instrument mic would be a heck of a lot better than my webcam mic.

My real question though is, can I attach the mic directly to the mic input of my computer? Or do I need to have some sort of interface device inbetween the mic and the computer. With the RP250, I was just using that directly with a USB connection, so there really wasn't any question on how to do things.

I'm really interested in using a mic for my amps as opposed to using other devices and amp modeling.

Suggestions?

Thanks!
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#2
your going to need a mixer or a soundcard for your computer that has an XLR input
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#3
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your going to need a mixer or a soundcard for your computer that has an XLR input


Well, attaching it to my computer is not an issue, because I have a mic cable that terminates into a 1/4" jack. Then I have an adapter for that, which makes it a 1/8" jack, which then fits perfectly into the mic input of my PC.

Would I still need some sort of interface in order for it to sound decent? I can understand the use of a mixer, but is it a necessity?
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#4
A mixer will not directly connect to your computer without a lot of pain.

Get a cheap USB or Firewire interface.

Check out M-Audio or Presonus
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#5
I suppose I should've also stated that I'm trying to do this as inexpensively as possible... I'm not looking for amazing, studio quality sound, but I do want something better than my webcam mic, or the vocal mic I tried to use (which wasn't much better sounding than the webcam mic).
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#6
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I suppose I should've also stated that I'm trying to do this as inexpensively as possible... I'm not looking for amazing, studio quality sound, but I do want something better than my webcam mic, or the vocal mic I tried to use (which wasn't much better sounding than the webcam mic).


Well, the thing is - if you're gonna connect it straight to the soundcard, the sound quality will be bad no matter what you do. You need some sort of an USB-interface I believe - some are pretty cheap, but I'm not sure how cheap.
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#7
Save yourself a load of money/effort and get either this, or this.

The SM57 may be a great dynamic for close-mic'd guitar, but it also requires a great preamp (and in your case interface) to get the most out of it.
#8
So with an USB instrument mic, there would be no need for an interface? I apologize for all the questions, but I would figure, regardless of being USB or mic input, the sound card would still have to process it. Or am I missing something?
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#9
You won't need a preamp for a USB mic.
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#10
Yes, that's a good idea. Didn't think of that.

Shows that I'm no expert tbh
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#11
LOL, np. That's why I'm asking.

Hmmm... so no need for a preamp with a USB mic...

Gonna do some checking around. I appreciate all the responses.
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#12
The two he posted are probably the better low cost USB mics you can get. personally, if i was in the same situation, I would go with the snowball.
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