#1
Hey, sorry but I'm new to this. I'm planning on getting a condenser microphone and preamp to start recording with.


Mic: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXLV63M-Condenser-Studio-Microphone-with-Shockmount?sku=273158
Pre-amp: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ART-Tube-MP-Project-Series-Tube-MicrophoneInstrument-Preamp?sku=180643

I'm going to be recording mostly acoustic guitar and vocals, with some electric guitar and bass every now and then. My biggest question is whether these two things are a good set up for a beginner? If there is a good two channel pre-amp that would be awesome, because I want to be able to record in stereo but those seem to be really expensive, so I'm just going to get the single channel for now, unless there's a good one for a decent price?

Also, what brand of cable is considered good? I need to get one of those too.
#2
let me make sure your not going to buy those and then use the sound card on you computer?
that would sound awefully bad.
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You'd need a computer interface, firewire or USB.

Assuming you're still running a stock sound card and not something high end you've bought and replaced of course.

Here's a thread in Riffs and Recordings all about rec. gear - while alot of it's high end, there are some budget items for computer interfacing.
Last edited by guitar/bass76 at Jun 2, 2008,
#6
Yeah, that's the usb I'm talking about. You'll need a piece of hardware that interfaces your gear and the computer. It'll run mic >> preamp >> interface (via firewire or usb) >> computer

Running directly to your soundcard is a bad idea because they are not quality enough in most cases stock, it would probably distort (unpleasantly) if it didn't fry something running a preamp directly to it.
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really? but my friend basically just plugs his shit into the PC. what kind of interface should I get?

also, original point of the topic: what do you think of the quality of the mic and pre-amp i'm planning on? although, honestly I'd prefer a pre-amp that has two channels? WHat kind do you guys use? Or maybe what is a good yet cheap two channel one?
Last edited by BravoSector at Jun 3, 2008,
#10
if you are using a pre amp you should be ok to use your soundcard for an input. its not ideal but it will work. dont try it without a pre amp though. theres just not enough signal.

if you can afford it though, get a better soundcard. if you dont plan to move the computer around i'd get an internal PCI card. Echo and M-audio do some budget ones that will get you where you need to be and they are both easy to install and setup.
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Quote by guitar/bass76
Yeah, that's the usb I'm talking about. You'll need a piece of hardware that interfaces your gear and the computer. It'll run mic >> preamp >> interface (via firewire or usb) >> computer

Running directly to your soundcard is a bad idea because they are not quality enough in most cases stock, it would probably distort (unpleasantly) if it didn't fry something running a preamp directly to it.

-1 to guitar/bass76

If you're using something like the ART preamp and your sound card has a line in then that's EXACTLY WHAT IT'S FOR

TS, you'll be fine, the preamp will ensure you get a line-level signal and also allow you to adjust the input level to avoid clipping. You don't need a USB interface at all...nothing wrong with using one obviously but just because it's a computer doesn't mean everything has to be USB.
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#13
A usb interface depending on which one, would get you more inputs which is a good thing. I started out wth the lexicon omega 6 inputs with phantom power new $190.00 but can find used for considerabally less.
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