The Ideal Microphone

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  • #70001
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    Kyle
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    Does anybody have any advice as to a good microphone that they think would suit me? Im looking to spend around 50 bucks maybe. Any suggestions?

    #70010
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    RevMen
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    If you can bump your price limit up to $80, you can get a Shure SM57, probably the most popular and versatile mic in the world.

    #70012
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    That is so weird, I was just looking at that mic yesterday. Looks like I got my choice.

    http://www.zzounds.com/item–SHUSM57LC

    It says it doesnt have a cable to come with it. I know nothing of these kinds of cables. What are they called?

    #70016
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    It depends on what you want to plug it into. Chances are you don’t have a proper pre-amp, you’re only working with the one on your soundcard. While the mic preamps on consumer soundcards are absolutely dreadful, if that’s all you have, that’s all you have.

    Your mic input jack is probably a 1/8″ stereo jack. The microphone’s output is XLR. So you’ll need to get from XLR to 1/8″ mono. That probably means you’ll need an XLR to 1/4″ cable, which you can then use a 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter to plug into your sound card.

    I’ll see if I can find you some pictures.

    Edit:

    Here’s the cable:

    http://www.zzounds.com/item–CBIMH

    Here’s the adapter:

    Click

    #70020
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    Bummer now Im looking at 110 bucks. O well, looks like im saving more.

    #70051
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    Ah…XLR cables. I worked with those back in the days of high schoole (around a year ago 😆 ). Also the Shure SM57. That cable Rev posted is an XLR to phone cable. I’ve used soundboards that have both XLR and phono cable ports. Pretty, good in my opinion, for stage microphones.

    #70172
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    Nothing better to advice : the Shure SM57 is THE versatile mic by definition.
    If you plan to use it for voice, don’t get too close to the capsule (let 35 inches between the mic and your mouth).

    Another point : the SM57 is built like a tank so you can probably find one used without bad surprises. However, even used, the SM57 is quite expensive.

    I advice you to save a bit and buy it : this is the kind of gear you keep all your life. Unlike most budget mics…
    SM57 and SM58 are part of my “studio lifeguard” kit.

    #70194
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    let 35 inches between the mic and your mouth

    35 centimeters, maybe?

    If you get up close to a SM57, it has a very noticeable “proximity effect.” It makes your voice sound deeper and boomier.

    I have 6 SM57s and I never plan on getting rid of any of them. I bought them all used and they all work just fine.

    #70203
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    Six SM57s? But you have only one voice, don’t you?

    Yes. But a rock band can contain several guitars plus a drum set. Six SM57’s can be used up very quickly in that situation.

    #70215
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    Josh, I’m looking now for extraordinary Russian mics of the Brand Oktava model Mk012. These are paired static overheads. All reviewers are extatic about these but I can’t find them in France – seems Oktava has difficulties to export.
    Do you find them in the US ?

    SM57 can be used for about everything : Brass, Guitar amps, Snare Drum…

    BTW : Josh, what are you thinking of the mastering I did. You gave me no feedback (Maybe I should have PMed you for this)…

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