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pb
radio shack microphones? Dec 31, 2003 03:55 p.m.


Has anyone used one of the radio shack microphones? They are fairly cheap. I am new to recording so what type should I use, unidirectional? What if I want to get the tabla and the sitar with the same microphone? Should I use an omni directional? This is just for quick recordings, that sound ok, not for production quality.

Any advice would be great.

thanks
Pb

Stephen
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 02, 2004 07:49 a.m.


If you have a decent preamp and phantom power, a good condenser mic is your best choise. I have used the Audio Technica AT3035s with good results. I still think that I get the best sound from Shure SM-57s, but you have to mic the strings separatly from the tabla. In addition, you will probably find that the tabla is best miced with two mics.
pb
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 02, 2004 10:10 a.m.


Hi Stephen,
thanks for the advice. I was looking at the Sure sm57s on ebay, they are all around 60-80$. I thought I would have to mic them separately, but I read about someone recording rock to a sony mini disc to capture sessions. He used an omni directional--but that is rock music, it is very loud by nature. That is why I want to try a relatively cheap mic to experiment with. I may build the preamp and battery box, if I have time, so I can spring the extra $ for the shure.

thanks,
Pb


Stephen (Jan 02, 2004 07:49 a.m.):
If you have a decent preamp and phantom power, a good condenser mic is your best choise. I have used the Audio Technica AT3035s with good results. I still think that I get the best sound from Shure SM-57s, but you have to mic the strings separatly from the tabla. In addition, you will probably find that the tabla is best miced with two mics.
Stephen
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 02, 2004 02:04 p.m.


For about the price of 3 of the shure SM-57s, you could get your hands of a nice condenser mic with a cardoid pattern and mic from about 6 or so feet away to capture several instruments at once. They will pick up anything...the cockroach farting under your floor. And you can get one of the Tube brand preamps for a relatively cheap price. I'm sure a good music shop would let you try several out side by side so that your decision is somewhat informed.
pb
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 02, 2004 04:54 p.m.


Hi Stephen,
haha, well if I can hear cockroach farts it is worth it

Those condensors don't come cheaply. I saw a few preamps around for $70 or so that have both phantom power and preamp. I'll definitely ask the local music store guy. Thanks for the info.

Pb



Stephen (Jan 02, 2004 02:04 p.m.):
For about the price of 3 of the shure SM-57s, you could get your hands of a nice condenser mic with a cardoid pattern and mic from about 6 or so feet away to capture several instruments at once. They will pick up anything...the cockroach farting under your floor. And you can get one of the Tube brand preamps for a relatively cheap price. I'm sure a good music shop would let you try several out side by side so that your decision is somewhat informed.
Remco
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 03, 2004 06:34 p.m.


Hi,
I'm using a Audio Technica ATR25, it's a small stereo mike with a small penlight Battery. Sounds cool enough for recording my lessons. For better quality recordings I have used a AKG C1000 and Neumann. But the AT is great because I won't have to worry too much about damage; I just toss it in my bag and take it to my lessons

Peace,

Remco

BTW: Everyone a very cool 2004!!!

pb
Re:radio shack microphones? Jan 04, 2004 12:58 a.m.


Hey Remco,
sounds like a good one to try, it is only about $35 or so. I plan on recording lessons too. I'll look around for it.

thanks,
Pb


Remco (Jan 03, 2004 06:34 p.m.):
Hi,
I'm using a Audio Technica ATR25, it's a small stereo mike with a small penlight Battery. Sounds cool enough for recording my lessons. For better quality recordings I have used a AKG C1000 and Neumann. But the AT is great because I won't have to worry too much about damage; I just toss it in my bag and take it to my lessons

Peace,

Remco

BTW: Everyone a very cool 2004!!!


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