Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar

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Date: Monday, May 26, 2008 - 3:06 pm

schoappied wrote:

How cheap and how good ? At some point those two qualities will part
ways, i.e. you can have cheap but not good, or good but not cheap. Go
with the goodness whenever possible.

> 1. Which mic do you recommend?

As good as you can afford.

I use a Shure SM58 for my vocals. I haven't done much straight acoustic
guitar recording recently, but when I do I use a mixed mic setup.

> 2. Do I need a mixer?

It won't hurt to have one. Again, the deciding factor is usually a
combination of needs and available money. Smaller Mackie boards are
often recommended because of their price, and you might be able to score
an exceptional deal on eBay (and maybe not). I have experience with
Mackie, Tascam, and Yamaha mixing boards, they were all good. Other
folks here will surely recommend other brands.

> Do I need digital effects?

Possibly. I tell my students that that kind of question is a musical
one, i.e. the music should determine what effects are needed.

> What are other important things?

Practice mixing. If you're new to it, make up some lightweight projects
for exploring the functions and possibilities of your gear. You'll want
to know at least the basics of audio engineering, and you can count on
having to learn a lot more as you progress.

> 3. Do I need a new soundcard? I've now an onboard one and can play

The real matter is the sound. I switched from using consumer-grade
cards, spent some extra money on a decent low-end digital audio system
(M-Audio Delta 66) and have never looked back. I can assure you that the
difference is appreciable.

Best,

dp

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[LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, schoappied, (Mon May 26, 1:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Steve Fosdick, (Mon May 26, 5:46 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, schoappied, (Mon May 26, 9:21 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Joshua Boyd, (Tue May 27, 3:29 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Steve Fosdick, (Tue May 27, 8:16 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Dave Phillips, (Mon May 26, 3:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, schoappied, (Mon May 26, 4:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Andre Majorel, (Wed May 28, 10:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Fons Adriaensen, (Wed May 28, 11:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Andre Majorel, (Thu May 29, 6:06 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Fons Adriaensen, (Thu May 29, 7:54 am)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Dan Easley, (Mon May 26, 5:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] hardware: recording voice and acc. guitar, Julien Claassen, (Mon May 26, 2:18 pm)