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Thank you for taking the time, any response is welcomed.
I only do vocals. Looking for a quality microphone $150 or under, cheaper being more ideal. I just don't know what type I should be looking for, what specs I should look out for, whether I want a USB mic or preamp mic setup. I am not sure of any of this. Would love some input and pointing in the right direction, so I don't end up making bad purchases. like say a blue yeti for $115, I'm just not sure of what makes one better than another microphone.
Also would love some input on headphones to record with. I don't want this for sound quality really, I want it so I do not record the beat thru the headset. Not sure which set does this good, while still being cheap. Say under $80? or should I spend more? All I want to do with this is hear the beat, without my mic picking up the beat.
Then for a mic stand. I reckon any that eliminate vibration is good?
Far as sound dampening, like say padded background or pop filters and such. Anything special to know about this?
I don't want the best. I want what is serviceable and works good, bang for buck if you will. Thanks for your time. Any input is appreciated.
There are a lot of ways to go about this and you want to do a lot with as little money as possible (we've all been there).
Do you have an audio interface that supports phantom power? You could then look at the Rode NT1A or Audio Technica's AT2020 or similar low budget stuff. Definitelly try and get a condenser microphone as it will be of more use down the road should you decide to record something else, like an acoustic guitar for example. The USB Mics are good and all that BUT you might find out that your PC mainboard is noisy and you'll get noise in your recordings so basically once you'll start compressing it will become more and more obvious. I know people that have had trouble with recording over USB and I know people that didn't have a single issue with it.
For headphones if you want maximum isolation you could look into some headphones that drummers use as they are usually isolation headphones. Here are some examples of cheaper headphones that people seem to like for such tasks:
For a mic stand you'll need one with a shock mount, they are pretty cheap nowadays so yeah take a pick and roll with it :))
Sound dampening? Now you might spend some money for a reflection filter or do it getto style like others have been doing it in bedrooms like place a couple of mattresses in a V shape and put the mic there and record, I know it sounds strange but nobody will know how you've recorded it and those foam mattresses are killer absorbers :) I was working once with a female indie songwritter and she kinda came up with the idea for the vocals but since we weren't actually in a great recording room as this was kind of a large living/lounge type of area we opened up a closet put the mic in there and she basically sang facing the closet, it absorb forward reflections better than any reflection filter set out there Lol! And the record is out on itunes, amazon, spotify etc. So really don't be afraid to go ghetto style on this one.
Thank you. I very much appreciate it.
No I do not have a audio interface. That area is the least known one for me, beyond wanting one with phantom power.
For yes, I can see down the road I might want to add in a piano or something else. So an interface always catches my eye, due to that. But I'm not sure if it would be used a lot to justify it, unlike a microphone which I'd use a lot.
Well it would get used a lot since you are connecting the microphone to the interface. In general interfaces have shielded electronics so the benefit would be a less noisy recording. As I've said I've always had trobule with the USB powered mics, that might be a different case for you but for me it just wasn't worth the hassle.
The thing about music and recording is once you get into it and get to the point where it becomes more than an idle fancy and something you'll persevere with your always going to strive to improve your sound quality (well most people do) and it follows that getting an interface and condenser mic is going to be well worth your while especially down the track if you expand on what you record, for a couple of hundred bucks you can get an interface, mic, stand and pop filter especially if you buy second hand, there's tons of great gear out there being sold by people that are upgrading or who have lost interest....cheers.
My suggestions for microphone: Behringer B1. I've worked with this mic for two years when I started out and hands down, for the price, it cannot be beat.
Below are some songs I've recorded using it for vocals:
Emmanuel - https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/163340
Won't Stop Loving You - https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/163848
Beauty in The Night - https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/163457
A good interface with phantom power I would recommend: The MBox Mini 2. It is fairly cheap (~80) and reliable. Perfect for anyone entering the recording game like yourself.
The works I've posted are older (several years) but the quality is great. You'd do well to start with the Behringer in my opinion, no guesswork - just a solid mic that I can vouch for. If you need credibility, check out some of my newer stuff.
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