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Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 02:17 AM Reply

I essentially just want to know the mics you guys use (by you guys I mean voice actors) and their price range. Right now I can probably drop 100 USD but if you own a mic that is just orgasmic that it leaves unable to tell others the type of mic you use because every time you think about it it just leaves you breathless... Tell me about it because I may be willing to go the extra 5,280 feet.

And if you have any recordings showing off just how crisp you mic can record freaking link it.

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 02:19 AM Reply

havn't got much time to get into details, but Shure SM57 is an extremley versatile and durable mic that sounds OK on voices. It's mainly used on live stages, but is a decent homestudio-mic as well.


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 02:26 AM Reply

I like and use the Rode nt1-a bundle

this might be over your price range but this mic is great it has low noise and the sound is pretty warm. i thought it was a good deal considering it comes with a shock mount and pop filter included as well as the XLR cable, however you will need a usb audio interface if you dont already have one (i use a tascam)

http://rodemic.com/microphone.php?produc t=NT1-A

http://www.amazon.com/RODE-NT1A-Cardioid -Condenser-Microphone/dp/B0002PSCQM


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 02:28 AM Reply

sorry for double post but i second the SM57 as well.. we used those in high school and they sounded good and they were also essentially bulletproof


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 04:53 AM Reply

If you wanna go USB, i recommend the G-Track - USB Condenser Mic with Audio Interface It´s a great choice if you're on a tight budget! This mic is perfect for any home-based recording application.

But if you wanna go overkill and really dry out your pocket. Neumann U87

Like the guys above i also recommend the Shure SM57. It´s a very versatile mic.

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 07:16 AM Reply

This is all great information, I think I'm more interested in a usb mic

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 09:25 AM Reply

Shure SM58 is the industry Standard Live Vocal Mic and it is very flexible. Shure makes a USB version of it.


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 12:47 PM Reply

At 4/11/11 07:16 AM, ONEintheinfinite wrote: This is all great information, I think I'm more interested in a usb mic

You can get an XLR-USB lead.
SM58 if you just want vocals. SM57 if you're going to record other stuff (it's still good for vocals though). The 58 is a bit better for clean vocals, but the 57 is more well rounded and I actually prefer it for screams and growls.

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 03:53 PM Reply

Best all around XLR microphone would probably be an SM57 or SM58. 57 is a bit better right off on instruments, 58 is a bit better right off on vocals, but either can be used for the other thing just fine - 57 will need a pop filter, 58 already has a reasonable pop shield on it that you'd remove for use on instruments.

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 04:34 PM Reply

Before the idea of buying a pop sheild puts you off a 57 remember that a clothes hanger and a pair of tights will do the same thing!

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 04:49 PM Reply

At 4/11/11 04:34 PM, Chris-V2 wrote: Before the idea of buying a pop sheild puts you off a 57 remember that a clothes hanger and a pair of tights will do the same thing!

Yup, you are quite right ;) >> Pop-filter <<

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 04:56 PM Reply

At 4/11/11 12:47 PM, picklesandwichh wrote:
At 4/11/11 07:16 AM, ONEintheinfinite wrote: This is all great information, I think I'm more interested in a usb mic
You can get an XLR-USB lead.
SM58 if you just want vocals. SM57 if you're going to record other stuff (it's still good for vocals though). The 58 is a bit better for clean vocals, but the 57 is more well rounded and I actually prefer it for screams and growls.

of course i meant to say sm58, not 57.

still, it's the same mic, the only difference is the grill/house/whatever that part is called in eng., basically...


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 07:09 PM Reply

Yeah, it should be noted that SM57 and 58 are both great as I put in my post earlier, but the needed USB converter of some sort will set you back a bit more than you had planned to spend. Still, that's the cost of professional gear :(

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 11th, 2011 @ 10:51 PM Reply

Okay these are the two mics I have my eyes on main reasons being these are the mics I see people use the most

Blue Microphones - Snowball USB Condenser Microphone 100USD

MXL - Studio Condenser Microphone - Nickel 200USD

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 12th, 2011 @ 12:18 AM Reply

At 4/11/11 10:51 PM, ONEintheinfinite wrote: Okay these are the two mics I have my eyes on main reasons being these are the mics I see people use the most

Blue Microphones - Snowball USB Condenser Microphone 100USD

MXL - Studio Condenser Microphone - Nickel 200USD

You're still going to need an AD converter if you go for the MXL.

I'm by no means an MXL fan... But if you're willing to go up to $200, the Audio Technica AT2020 or the studio pack (AT2020 and AT2021) is a pretty sweet deal.
Keeping in mind that you'll still need an AD converter.
Audio Technica does have a USB model of the AT2020.
It's built like a tank, too.

The blue mic I don't have any experience with, but I have some colleagues who have used *some* Blue mic. They say they prefer it over an MXL.
It'll also be ready to use right out of the box.

Side note: if you're just starting or are mainly doing work for flash animation I can't see it being much of a problem.
The Blue's AD inside the mic is 16 bit / 44.1K.
You could do better. But it's not a big issue at all.

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 12th, 2011 @ 01:41 AM Reply

I should probably go for the blue microphone, any recording programs recommended?

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 12th, 2011 @ 02:10 AM Reply

I use this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Y eti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S/ref=sr_
1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302588477&sr=8-1

Blue Yeti USB. Works pretty well in my opinion, though I'm no technical expert. This is what it came out like, for sound example:

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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 12th, 2011 @ 02:12 AM Reply

Sorry for the double post but I want to point out that the Snowball is basically the inferior little cuddly microphone you can buy if you don't want a Yeti. It's supposed to be slightly cheaper but Amazon seems to be offering me 87 for the Yeti. If you're gonna get the Snowball, get the Yeti.

The way I see it anyway.


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Response to Best all around microphone Apr. 12th, 2011 @ 06:11 AM Reply

That's convincing and sexy if I get a mic I'm going with the yeti