#1
Okay guys first off I live on an island, there are absolutely no commercial buisnesses here and I am having a terrible time finding out how to record. I basically want to record myself singing and playing guitar and thats it. I have a ****ty mic but I was wondering exactly what I need.

does the interface plug directly into a usb port?

I am using Vista so I think I should just buy a Shure sm57 with a livewire cable that plugs directly from the mic into the computer, any better ideas?
#2
get a moderatly priced pc mic and download audacity, make sure to tuen on "mic boost" in audio options and you should get a decent sounding recording.
hope this was of some help.
#3
if you want to hear teh sort of quality you get from this sort of simple budget set up check out my acoustic cover on my profile.. i'm not a very good singer but you'll get the sorta idea of quality
#4
That would work, but the best is to use something like an Mbox, or something of the sort, I have a MBox Mini 2 and here are the sounds i got out of it.

http://www.myspace.com/betterthentheprancingponies

but a Sm57 would be a good investment, but just stick with a XLR cable, and then that plugs into the mbox or w/e you end up buying, and then you plug the interface in through the usb port, and it will sound better.

here is what i have. it was expsensive so be prepared.

http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?langid=100&navid=114&itemid=4962

you will be fine, i assume you are just doing acoustic and vocals, this will be more than enough, I used a heavily distorted set up and i still got decent results. good luck.

and yes the set up i hav e given you will give you better quality then what the previous guy was talking about, its all about how much you are willing to pay.
Last edited by fitbband at Apr 27, 2008,
#5
Quote by fitbband
That would work, but the best is to use something like an Mbox, or something of the sort, I have a MBox Mini 2 and here are the sounds i got out of it.

http://www.myspace.com/betterthentheprancingponies

but a Sm57 would be a good investment, but just stick with a XLR cable, and then that plugs into the mbox or w/e you end up buying, and then you plug the interface in through the usb port, and it will sound better.

here is what i have. it was expsensive so be prepared.

http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?langid=100&navid=114&itemid=4962

you will be fine, i assume you are just doing acoustic and vocals, this will be more than enough, I used a heavily distorted set up and i still got decent results. good luck.

and yes the set up i hav e given you will give you better quality then what the previous guy was talking about, its all about how much you are willing to pay.


+1 to this guy. I have an MBox 2 as well and it works really well. However, if you're trying to track drums it can cause issues - only two inputs. If you got enough cash to buy mics to adequately record drums, though, I'm sure you can get a mixer :P.

However, on a cheaper route, use the Line 6 Toneport. It works pretty well for amateur stuff.
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