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#1 2013-10-26 08:05:26

cauthon
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Registered: 2013-06-01
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Microphone for my situation

I've been using an el cheapo Samson Somethingorother mic, $25 at your local Best Buy. I'm finding it's not cutting it at all - the sound it picks up has as much subtlety as a brick, and sounds incredibly flat unless you feed it through all kinds of filtering - and to make things worse, the mic input on my 2007 Mac is loose, causing static every time I move my mic around. In addition, that machine isn't compatible with the newest version of Garageband, and crashes every time I try to modify the input sound coming from the mic in any way. Time for a change.

In an ideal world, since my newer Mac doesn't have a Mic In jack, I'd love a USB mic. I've heard bad things about the sound quality, however. Is that true?

It would have to be compatible with Macs and Garageband. I do practice and some recordings at home with them.

Currently, I have my eye on the Shure SM58-X2U, with the included USB adapter. I wince at the price, however ($189-ish).

Any other suggestions, or is that pretty much my best option?

Thanks!

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#2 2013-10-27 11:47:53

ronws
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Re: Microphone for my situation

Or, like I have, a Guitarface II USB adapter ( about $35) Fame CM1 condenser studio mic, $23. However, I think my voice is captured better on the senheisser e835, which was 74.99 on e bay, no shipping (in the US.) I am not aware of the sm 58 X2U, thought I am aware of the 58. By the way, my mics are real mics with xlr ends on them. So, to use the interface I have, the cord is 6' with xlr on one end, phono on the other.

Whereas, I don't know so much about the quality of USB mics, something that can plug directly into a usb port or hub. However, my Zoom H1 portable digital recorder does a pretty good job and may actually be better for my acoustic guitar covers than even setting up my other mics.


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