#1
Ok i'm a complete nub at recording, so far i've been using my headset mic (which actually isn't THAT bad), but i'd rather have some proper recording gear. Basically I need suggestions for basic (but decent) microphones, that can record vocals and guitar (clean electric w/delay). I've heard that the shure sm57 and 58's are good, but I don't want to buy the first thing someone suggests. My budget is around £50-90, could stretch to 100, but only if it's worth it.

Another question: Does using a free program like Audacity take away from the overall quality of the recording?

I have this so far (yes it's EXTREMELY basic, but it'll do, for now). Is there anything else I need to get?

Thanks
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#2
i'd use reaper for recording the audio, that way you'll have alot more control over audio input/ output, volume, panning etc etc.

i cant recomment any mic's sorry, but reaper would be better than audicity, in my opinion, if you have any questions on reaper, you can go on my profile and message me
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#3
In that price range, those mics will do you fine. Also check the Sennheiser evolution series mics.... the e835, e845, e935, e945, etc.

IMHO, the Sennheiser beats the pants off the Shure by a huge margin.

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#4
Thanks to both of you, I tried reaper, it's way too complicated for me at the moment. Do any of those mics specialise in certain instruments?
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#5
The Sennheisers are fantastic mics for live vocals. I wouldn't pick them as a first choice for recording vocals, but what I would pick for studio vocals is not in your price range.

I'd use them on vocals, guitars (esp. electric), snare, and toms. Basically anything you would use a 57/58 for. The Sennheisers I listed... the e800/e900 series are all cut from the same cloth. I can't remember the specific differences between them, except some of them are more directional than others.

I have the e835 and the e602. The e602 is not what you are looking for. It is a large-diaphragm dynamic that is great for voice-overs (but strangely, not singing) and kick drum, or a bass cabinet.

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Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.