At 3/12/10 09:52 AM, TomFulp wrote:
After reading up on Condenser vs Dynamic microphones, I decided to remove the two dynamic microphones from the list. My impression is dynamic is more rugged and moisture resistant for stage performances, but not as recommended for the sort of voice recording people on NG are doing. They also don't require a phantom power supply, which creates another layer of explanation that might confuse people.
In this price range, I actually generally prefer a dynamic microphone to a condenser. It's more than possible to achieve entirely acceptable results with a dynamic. A lot of people flip out over how 'airy' a condenser can be, but for a hundred bucks, I refuse to believe the advantages are that great.
The only reason to recommend the condenser over the dynamic, in my eyes, is the fact that decent-quality USB condenser systems are very readily available.
The updated list has three USB recommendations and four Non-USB recommendations, as well as three recommendations for phantom power supplies.
Honestly, if you're pushing towards making the list accessible and easy to understand, I would avoid listing non-usb options.
For a moment I included a link for a microphone adapter cable, but the phantom power supplies work as adapters so I don't THINK it's necessary.
I don't know what you mean by 'adapter cable.'
An audio interface handles connecting the microphone to a computer. You don't want to use an 'adapter' to connect a microphone to the mic jack on a standard sound card, there's a significant quality issue there.
My biggest question is, IS ANYTHING HERE WRONG... Or do you feel like you could follow the advise of this page and buy what you need?
It's -really- hard to create basic level audio tutorials/guides. I've tried to teach people to use audio equipment before, and if they don't have a basic grounding in the concepts it gets really tough to move forward.
If I was writing the guide, I'd streamline it as much as possible, with the assumption that the people who need guidance on equipment will want the simplest solution possible. In that interest, I'd limit the list exclusively to all-in-one solutions like USB condensers.
I'd also remove the generalizations about condenser versus dynamic microphone usage. The idea that people don't use dynamic microphones in studios is incorrect.