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#1065954 - 11/16/14 01:13 AM Any decent USB mics for the home studio!  
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Hey all,

I could really use some help here. I'm looking for a good mic to record vocals directly into my pc. I've read just about everything I can find, and think I'm getting more confused, lol. I've been considering either the Blue Yeti USB, or the Audio-Technica AT2020USB to keep things simple. I know they're cheap but am not expecting professional results either.

I want to make sure these are good choices for singing, and not just podcast. I've also heard a lot about latency issues with the USB mics. Would I be better off going old school and staying away from the USBs? If so is there a price comparative setup, or is that a pipe dream?

Thanks,
David

#1065975 - 11/16/14 11:22 AM Re: Any decent USB mics for the home studio! [Re: David Fontaine]  
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I use an AT mic (4047) and Steady Eddie uses a Blue and we both get excellent results. They are different models but I think the brands are reliable.

OTOH, I would not recommend a USB mic. I think there are issues with trying to monitor what you have recorded and recording along with it if you go the USB route. I think you would be better off with a modestly priced interface from M-Audio or similar and a regular condenser version of the mic. There are a number of simple interfaces for around $100 with decent pre-amps built in.


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#1065982 - 11/16/14 01:24 PM Re: Any decent USB mics for the home studio! [Re: Colin Ward]  
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You can buy an adapter cable for any microphone from XLR to USB. I am assuming you can use any dynamic microphone directly into the computer. For a Condenser you would need some type of Pre Amp as usual. Cables are around 10 to 15 dollars. Google them for more info.


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#1066025 - 11/16/14 07:40 PM Re: Any decent USB mics for the home studio! [Re: Colin Ward]  
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Hey guys,

thanks! I think that answers my question. I'm going to go with an interface with phantom power, and a condenser mic. My only other question is, should I look for a USB interface, or does that have the same problems as the USB mics themselves have. I've seen some interfaces have the option of either audio or USB interface.

David

#1066074 - 11/17/14 10:14 AM Re: Any decent USB mics for the home studio! [Re: David Fontaine]  
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A USB interface is fine.


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#1066092 - 11/17/14 04:10 PM Re: Any decent USB mics for the home studio! [Re: Colin Ward]  
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Thank you Colin. I really appreciate your help!

David


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