Good mic for amateur recording ?

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  1. Lumiltis

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    Im looking for a microphone to record in my bedroom. I've made some research already but i want something very versatile. I would like to record acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals. I heard the sm58 was pretty versatile, but i don't know for acoustics. Is there any other mic out there that could do a good job for a semi-profesionnal recording ?

    Thanks !
     
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  3. Lumiltis

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    i think its pretty expensive. I would say my max budget is 150$ at max.
     
  4. Empros

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    SM57 or 58 - basically the same thing, just different windscreen on top.
    57 does great on guitar amps with close miking. Decent on vocals and acoustic too. It's a standard mic for a reason! You can probably pick one up for dirt cheap.

    EDIT: $150 budget? You could probably get two 57s for that!
     
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    what are you using to record?
     
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    If you are recording on a computer I would recommend the
    Blue Yeti microphone.

    They retail at $120 or so. It is a versatile multi pattern condenser
    mic that has many features (like it's own preamp/gain control)
    to make recording life easy and fun for an amateur.
     
  8. Lumiltis

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    I will be using a computer to record !
     
  9. dmw319

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    what DAW?

    Also, you could find an SM7B for $200-$225 used. In my opinion, I would spend a small amount of extra $ and you won't have to worry about upgrading down the road, resale value will easily be there, etc. Just my .02 though. SM57 and SM58 are also good mics too, though.
     
  10. BWebb

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    +1. Save your pennies.
     
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    Do you have an interface with mic preamps? Does the interface have phantom power?

    Otherwise you need to purchase an interface from focusrite, presonus, alesis, etc. or just use one of those USB microphones. Phantom power is required on an interface to power condenser microphones.

    Condenser microphones are generally used to record vocals, acoustic guitar, overheads for drums & as room mics for various things. Dynamic mics are often used to close mic guitar amps, snare, kick, toms, etc. No fixed rules for this stuff, but these are common applications.
     
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    If your room has crappy acoustics get the SM58.
     
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    This.
     
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    I use an MXL V67G. For the money, it gives very nice vocals.It's front end is a clone of the UM-87, and the back end is solid state. They make a V-69($299) that has a tube back end. On, sale, I got my first V67 for $79(at the singer's house), and the 2nd for $99(at my home studio). They do need phantom power(48v)....
     
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    Start off with a Shure SM57. for $100 or less, new. It will handle your current needs and it will still be a great mic in 20 years time. It's an industry standard for a reason. It's SO popular that you should only buy one from a reputable source as there are quite a few counterfeit SM57s out there on EBay.
     
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    Check out the beyer m88, it's sort of like a more natural 57 that works great on pretty much all sources.
     

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