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mic & preamp
« on: October 08, 2008, 05:00:50 pm »
Okay, so I'm in a band. As I always used some cheapo microphones, now a need a good one. Can you guys give me some suggestions about buying a good mic and a preamp? I've got about 400$ to spend on these, yet I want to make it cheapest it can get, while maintaining quality.

As for the mic, i'm aiming for Shure SM 58 SE. Is it any good?
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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008, 06:30:37 pm »
I went for a shure, but then i found that audiotechnica ATM410 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Mic is simply superb.

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/cd45922e09b78f2c/index.html

I mean, of course for a long time Shure SM 58 SE has been THE standard for so many parts of the music industry, but this microphone is slowly replacing it, and i really do highly recommend it, they're both good, but the quality of this one is great. And not just for live performances, but for recording as well! I recorded saxophone and vocals and they sounded amazing with this mic.

As for a pre amp, i know nothing of those unfortunetely, so hopefully somebody else can chime in on that one.

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 06:46:02 pm »
Well as for a preamp, you just need a mixer really, try one of berhinger wich comes with exellent effects like echo and such, always a little echo to add warmness to the tone.

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008, 10:08:00 pm »
Ok, so I'll go for the ATM410, as you say.
As for the preamp or mixer, I need it for live performances in cheap venues without their own mixers, to bump up the mic gain and probably give put it through some equalizing.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008, 10:44:41 pm »
buying a mixer/preamp shouldn't be too hard. there are lots of budget ones on the internet, and plenty of websites will point you in the right direction.
dont use a condenser mic when you're gigging, though!  not sure if you were planning to, but just in case xD

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008, 10:45:54 pm »
Thank you Captain Obvious. :)

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2008, 12:47:01 am »
Somebody i knew once argued that a condenser mic at a metal gig was a good idea. I decided from then on i had to state the obvious.

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008, 12:48:10 am »
Somebody i knew once argued that a condenser mic at a metal gig was a good idea. I decided from then on i had to state the obvious.
Rather than kick him in the nostril and forget about it :]

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 12:59:48 pm »
Went for the Audio Technica ATM410 and Behringer XENYX 1002 FX. Thanks, guys.

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008, 01:42:16 pm »
Good luck man :)

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2008, 04:01:05 pm »
So how does that preamp connect to a computer, say?

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2008, 04:59:01 pm »
Line out through cinch -> mini-jack converter and into the soundcard's line-in, I guess.
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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2008, 02:00:02 am »
Is there no USB/Firewire method? :(

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2008, 10:54:46 am »
Nah, this one probably doesn't have usb, but the higher xenyx models certainly do.

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Re: mic & preamp
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2008, 06:57:47 pm »
BUMP.
As i've come into a fair amount of money, i've decided i shall copy old yasiekekeke here and up the anti.
I think i'll purchase the shure mic mentioned here (id rather have a condenser, though), but does anybody know of a good mic preamp type thing similar to the one yaiekekek purchased?  I've had my eye on the XENYX 1204FX, as it comes with a USB audio interface. But couldnt i just buy a low end mixer and buy the usb interface seperate? Or would that not work?


i purchased the same board as yasiek did, as well as a USB audio interface of the same brand. i bought two sets of rca cables to connect it from mixer to usb, so thats all the connections sorted.
when i get paid this friday, ill be purchasing a microphone. any tips on a good condenser mic? just something that can record vocals well and capture acoustic sounds like a guitar occasionally.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2008, 07:40:52 pm by mems »