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Old 27th June 2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Microphone for guitar/singing

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My friend needs a new microphone. I don't know if you can see this, but this is what she does Log In | Facebook

It should be cheap, but still an improvement.
Is there any good microphones at Thomann Cyberstore

Or is there any microphone that can easily be built at a low cost?
I'm thinking around maybe $50
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Old 27th June 2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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In my band days we used Shure SM58 for vocals. Many, many professionals use this mike for vocals. They are still the best bang for the buck. You really are better off spending a $100 and getting this. You will be very happy. I couldn't see the Facebook page as I don't do Facebook.

Edit: If you want a mike for vocals and instrument then choose the SM57. Great for instruments, still good for vocals, but the SM58 is better for vocals.

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Old 27th June 2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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By the way, don't you need more stuff than just a microphone? Any specific soundcard/software, cables, amplifier and such?
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By the way, don't you need more stuff than just a microphone? Any specific soundcard/software, cables, amplifier and such?
It depends on what you are trying to do. Like I said, I can't see your Facebook page.

You just mentioned "microphone". Of course, to make use of the microphone, you will need a cable, maybe a mixer/preamp. If you want to use for live you will need a PA system. Mixer, amplifier, speakers.

You mentioned soundcard/software. If you are looking to record songs to a PC with vocals & instrumentation, take a look at Cakewalk software. One of the best.

A ton of information here about what it takes to connect your instruments to a PC for recording.

Cakewalk - Music Creator 5 - Easy Music Recording Software For PC
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YouTube - ‪Wonderwall (cover) - kalindi gielen‬‏

That's an old video. She has a slightly better microphone at the moment, but still lots of room for improvement.
Recording songs to a PC is the main thing, i suppose.
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Old 27th June 2011, 10:12 PM   #6
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+1 on the SM-58. It makes you sound better than you really do. Check prices at Zzounds for various mics. It's a pretty decent outfit for pro sound equipment.
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YouTube - ‪Wonderwall (cover) - kalindi gielen‬‏

That's an old video. She has a slightly better microphone at the moment, but still lots of room for improvement.
Recording songs to a PC is the main thing, i suppose.
She has a very nice voice, and her guitar playing works for her style.

If you do research on how to record guitar and vocals, coupled with the software I previously mentioned and the new microphone, the difference compared to what you have now, will be like night and day. The guitar and the vocals need to be miked separately. Preferably recorded separately in order to EQ each track and mix them down to a final mix.

Like I said, do some research, (Google is your friend) and the recordings you make will be excellent.
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Check out this site. This is very similar to what you are trying to do:

How To Record Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

The Cakewalk software is by no means the "end all be all", but it is good.
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If it is for a band, SM58 is the way to go, I second that. If it is for live vocal with guitars, I would recommend large diaphragm condensers.
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to clarify, live vocals or guitar in a STUDIO with isolation for the condenser mics...

For a band "cardioid" or better still "hypercardiod" pattern.

The SM57 and 58 are famous vocal mics... presence rise built in.

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