#1
what will i need to record a Shure SM57LC mic to my computer, with best possible quality, but not super expensive ?

is a usb interface best choice? , what inteface then?
#2
Usb interface, or even better a firewire one if you have a firewire port, i have an Alesis 8channel usb interface which does the job nicely.

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#3
I would go with a USB interface. The Line 6 TonePort UX2 i think it is seems pretty nice. Its the one with the two level meters on the front, as wel as two 1/4" inputs and an XLR input.
#5
The Toneport can take a 1/4 cable for microphone: specs mention a mic input. All you'll need is a Tube MP without the USB interface...unless you want to record guitar and voice simultaneously, and of course an XLR cable.

It's $30, and you can use it as a DI with your guitar to further warm your guitar up. Replacing the tube should also help your sound incredibly (the stock ones are inferior to name brand varieties).
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#6
so there is 1/4 cables for mics? thought it only was xlr. Im a recording newbie
Last edited by Jaekae at Apr 8, 2008,
#7
Ive got one of them.
(The 1/4 cable) .. If you mean a xlr on one side for the mic to go into a Line in instead of a mic input.
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#8
That could work, but I don't know if the Toneport has a preamp itself. Here's what I was thinking:

Mike - XLR to XLR cable - Preamp - 1/4 to 1/4 cable (not instrument cable) - Toneport
#9
so it wont work if the toneport doesnt have a preamp? maby have to change my order then
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#10
No, it doesn't matter if the toneport has a pre-amp or not. You won't be using it, because your just about to buy a separate pre-amp.

Microphones produce a very weak signal on their own, and it needs to be boosted to be at a workable level. Some interfaces have a preamp built in, so you can plug in and it will boost the signal for you. If not then you have to buy a separate pre-amp, and send the boosted signal from the pre-amp into the interface.

If you used a separate pre-amp going into an interface that already has a pre-amp, you would just turn the pre-amp down on the interface so it acts like it isn't there.

Now toneports are designed for plugging guitars straight in, right?

Guitars on their own produce a very weak signal, like microhones. Therefore I would guess that the Toneport has a preamp.

So, you could just get an XLR - 1/4 inch cable and go straight into the toneport, and voila.

If the toneport doesn't have a pre-amp, then do what fast fingers said. But I would try it my way first, as it is cheaper.

Hope you can undersatnd all that!
#11
okey thanks ye i understand

ill try it your way first, that way o wont need to change my order
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#12
I'm with Sam. The only consequence is, should you need a preamp, you'll probably want to buy an adapter, either to convert that cable to 1/4 - 1/4 (or TRS-TRS, meaning Tip Ring Sleeve, or XLR-XLR) and get the one you're missing.
#13
Quote by qotsa1998
I would go with a USB interface. The Line 6 TonePort UX2 i think it is seems pretty nice. Its the one with the two level meters on the front, as wel as two 1/4" inputs and an XLR input.


...For the sale price as the UX2 you can get the Mackie Onyx Satellite firewire interface which is much better.

USB will be just fine if you are recording one or two mics at a time, anything over that and You'll want firewire.

As for a USB interface, stick with USB 2.0 like the E-MU 0202 or 0404.


Most interfaces have preamps on them, the mackie has a nice set of preamps. For interfaces like the toneport I suggest getting a "toob" preamp like the ART MP V3 and stick a better brand name tube.


Cables, they make XLR - 1/4" TRS cables which work with the GX toneport.
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#14
just tried plugging the recording out(headphone) line from the cube to my toneport.

The mic will give alot better sound right? I sure hope so :p
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#15
Quote by Jaekae
just tried plugging the recording out(headphone) line from the cube to my toneport.

The mic will give alot better sound right? I sure hope so :p

Did you turn the preamp/cab modeling off on Gearbox? If you didn't the tone is going to be pretty useless. You can disable the modeling by clicking the button in the upper right that looks like a power button. You could also use this feature to use your own pre-amp with the toneport.

Yes, the toneport/gearbox does have pre-amps for microphones. You decide if they're any good.
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#16
didnt even use gearbox, just started a recording software directly, it sounded very muddy
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