#1
Hello, i just got audacity, and i've been playing around with it and recording, but i'm just plugging the amp straight into the computer, and it sounds like horrid CRAP! So i'm looking to buy a microphone, nothing top notch, but something that's not like Dollar General first-timer's mics for kids, ya know. I just want a microphone that's good enough, but not too expensive...


And another thing, can you just plug the microphone straight into your computer, or do you need to get one of those Pod things, i think. I know you can initially plug it in straight into the computer, but will it sound good or not by itself?


Thanks.
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#2
What kinda budget are we working in for the mic?

You can get a XLR-Jack cable, and get a 1/4-1/8 adapter and plug straight into the pc.

But it's better to get some sort of interface to plug the mics into.
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#3
Hmm... i really have no idea about a budget, i'm new to this and i really have no idea as to what mics cost. I'll save up to anything, as long as it's not SUPER expensive, i'll take just a medium level mic for now, i'm not doing anything fancy, just messing around with recording.

Sorry for asking, but what exactly is an interface?
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#4
Most basic go-to mic for recording guitar is a Shure SM57. You're looking at about $100 or so. Not so bad, as far as mics go. Actually, pretty cheap.

An interface will have a preamp built into it (if you buy smart... otherwise, you'll need to buy a separate preamp), and will convert your analog signal to digital data (1's and 0's) so your computer can make sense of it. This is called an A/D converter. (analog to digital)

Your stock soundcard in your computer will do this (but probably doesn't have a preamp), but will generally not do this very well. It was designed more as an output than an input, so the quality was put into the output components. An audio interface was designed with quality components for both input and output.

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#5
^What he said.

It basically is a better way for connecting a mic to a computer. So you'd have:

mic-->interface-->computer.

It improves sound quality a lot compared just plugging the mic straight into the computer soundcard.
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#6
Shure SM57 (you can never go wrong with this mic)
Rhode does a good few cheap condenser mics too which can give a pretty good recording.

And then i'ld prefer you get an audio interface. They are more compatible, they have a better sound quality and most importantly they reduce your comp's CPU load so u can do more without over clocking you processor.
#7
^^ the shure is ur best bet, Brian Adams uses the shureSM57 so u know it must be good , for best sound quality u'd likely want a stand alone recording console with a USB port, they cost a little more, Tascam DP01 costed me $500 but you cant go wrong dude
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^^ the shure is ur best bet, Brian Adams uses the shureSM57 so u know it must be good , for best sound quality u'd likely want a stand alone recording console with a USB port, they cost a little more, Tascam DP01 costed me $500 but you cant go wrong dude

Yeah, maybe later, if i had $500 dollars right now, i would've already had a mic, haha.

I might get one of those later on down the road, but that's just too much money to spend on something when there's other stuff i need for around that price, ya know.


And thanks to everyone who posted in here, you've all helped...

now just one final question:

As some would probably guess, i don't know anything about interfaces either, so What is a good mid-class one? And how much?
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#9
^I like the M-Audio's FW Solo. Its really good quality and will do the job really well. Its what i use too. And its relatively cheap at around $250.
There are a few cheaper ones too like the M-Audio Fast track series. Just look around to what suits your needs and budget.

And then everyone's got their own preferences about audio interfaces so i won't really argue bout which is the best n all. But i can say M-Audio are pretty widely used in the industry and have a good reputation.
#10
you could always get a Toneport GX and not worry about all of this. That was my alternative to mic'ing up my amp and i'm very happy with it.
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