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spiralJunkie
May 29 2011, 09:50:07 PM
so my microsoft lifechat usb headset broke. which is a shame, because it's been excellent for 2 years. going back to audio jacks I guess. now I own my own home, I'm looking for something a bit pimpy. what I have in mind is like a real microphone on a boom, think rasdio station setup
http://www.adamsmithcollege.ac.uk/relations/public/pressreleases/images/20061215/01/daimenrichards02.jpg


but without the nerd. has anyone here done this with a pc before? anything I should know about? assume (correctly) I know nothing about microphones except MAKE LOUDER

Verizana
May 29 2011, 10:16:14 PM
logitech usb microphone. Honestly why bother.

Aea
May 29 2011, 10:37:14 PM
My former radio-DJ friend uses a Blue Microphone on teh computerz. http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones- ... B000EOPQ7E (http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-White/dp/B000EOPQ7E)

Seamus
May 29 2011, 10:45:21 PM
popular industry mic is sm58 iirc, you'll need some kind of conversion for cable ends, but then if u wanna throw cash away then get a little preamp or equaliser with a line-out port.

But really, why bother? If i had money to burn id get a good tie-clip mic to use.

Sparq
May 30 2011, 06:13:38 AM
but without the nerd.But how would they hear you?

:obama:

Joe Appleby
May 30 2011, 04:24:59 PM
You said pimp? Give a financial frame, otherwise people start suggesting excellent ribbon mics for 5k or something.

Looking through musiciansfriend.com, I think an AKG USB condenser mic (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/AKG-PERCEPTION-120-USB-Condenser-Mic?sku=485820) would be perfect for you. Get a shock mount for it, and you are set. AKG is decent quality.
Epic sound for little money is the good old SM58 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM58) by Shure. No SM58 is identical, as it will end up with a dent in the cage. If you are soulless, you can replace the cage for $8. It is the most durable best sounding mic ever. Drop it, throw it, step on it, it won't break. I have done all of these to it, still works. At $/100 it is the cheapest professional mic you can get. No matter how much money a singer is spending on gear, the cheapest but most valued possession will be the SM58. YES I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT MIC. (As a tech I simply loved it. Other mics break, this does not.)

If you get the Shure, you need either a sound card / line in card with XLR jacks (or a XLR to 1/4" or 1/8" cable) or just get a M-Audio Fast Track (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrack.html). XLR and 1/4" input, direct headphone monitor output. This is more of a simple recording set up though. Others will know more about proper recording setups and internet radio.

tl/dr: buy a Shure SM58. No matter how much you want to spend.

spiralJunkie
May 30 2011, 09:15:07 PM
But really, why bother? If i had money to burn
but you don't. it's me, i'm the op. some people put spinners on their subarus, some mod their cases, I want to do this.

and I will call it my control room

Dante
May 31 2011, 02:02:56 PM
What are you going to use this for? I can't see the benefit of an SM58 over reasonable headset mic if all you're doing is neckbearding at your computer.

That said, if you want a usb condenser on the cheap go for something like this (30):

http://www.dv247.com/microphones/behrin ... usb--63964 (http://www.dv247.com/microphones/behringer-c-1u-usb--63964)

Just be aware they are sensitive as fuck compared to dynamic and will pick up a gnat farting in the next room, which can be a bad thing.

Ryas Nia
May 31 2011, 03:01:59 PM
i am totally tempted to grab the USB AKG with a shock mount that would be awesome. The ease of use of a USB microphone with the quality of a real condenser. If i did pod casts or lots of online game commentary I think this would be more or less a must, headset mics are ok but just dont get the full body of a voice.

Joe Appleby
May 31 2011, 03:32:57 PM
What are you going to use this for? I can't see the benefit of an SM58 over reasonable headset mic if all you're doing is neckbearding at your computer.

That said, if you want a usb condenser on the cheap go for something like this (30):

http://www.dv247.com/microphones/behrin ... usb--63964 (http://www.dv247.com/microphones/behringer-c-1u-usb--63964)

Just be aware they are sensitive as fuck compared to dynamic and will pick up a gnat farting in the next room, which can be a bad thing.
He wanted to go pimp, which always has me drop Behringer out of any considerations. The SM58 is awesome and a cardioid, so not too susceptible to feed backs and shit. Spiral did SHC radio, so I assume that this will be reborn with that new mic.
The AKG has a competing mic from Shure, the PG 42 USB (http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/PG/pg42-usb-vocal-microphone), for double the price of the AKG.
In the end it is down to what Spiral wants to spend. I'd advise getting a SM58 and the M-Audio line processor or better. Price is reasonable and the mic is awesome, tried and tested. Or if it absolutely has to be the shock mounted condenser, then the AKG would be my choice, simply because it is cheaper than the Shure.

Behringer is nice, prices are hilariously low, but at the same time I wouldn't trust especially the more tech filled products to work flawlessly all the time. If you are on a budget, Behringer all the way. But Spiral seems to be in the mood to spend some money, so lets advise some better quality products than Behringer.

Dante
May 31 2011, 04:14:05 PM
I get ya, but splashing out on a semi pimp condenser is just :psyduck: unless he's gonna get some serious use out of it in a situation where people will notice the difference. They certainly don't make you sound any less fat or ginger (heheheh) 8-)

I started out with a couple of Behringer condensers and they've never flaked on me, I struggle to notice a difference in recording quality. No idea what the USB interface is like though as I stick to XLRs.

Joe Appleby
May 31 2011, 04:19:36 PM
I get ya, but splashing out on a semi pimp condenser is just :psyduck: unless he's gonna get some serious use out of it in a situation where people will notice the difference. They certainly don't make you sound any less fat or ginger (heheheh) 8-)

I started out with a couple of Behringer condensers and they've never flaked on me, I struggle to notice a difference in recording quality. No idea what the USB interface is like though as I stick to XLRs.
Behringer isn't bad as such, just heard bad stuff about their 'state of the art' equipment. Their condensers are fine, but I fear adding the USB interface leads to trouble. Anyways, I digress, what we need to know is what he will use it for. A setup for recording is different than a radio setup, at least everything after the mic will be.

But, are you really saying that owning a SM58 is a bad idea? ;)

baby cheeses
June 27 2011, 05:13:48 PM
based on advice hereonin

http://i.imgur.com/DreF6.png

spiralJunkie
June 27 2011, 06:37:10 PM
based on advice hereonin

http://i.imgur.com/DreF6.png

shit me too

Joe Appleby
June 30 2011, 11:46:13 AM
A) where is the shock mount?
B) where is the pop filter?
C) we made some suggestions as to which usb microphone to get, the brands were Shure, AKG and Behringer. Why the hell are you getting the Samson? Sure, the Shure is significantly more expensive than the others, but the AKG was not a whole lot more expensive last time I checked.

spiralJunkie
July 2 2011, 08:23:23 PM
A) where is the shock mount?
B) where is the pop filter?
C) we made some suggestions as to which usb microphone to get, the brands were Shure, AKG and Behringer. Why the hell are you getting the Samson? Sure, the Shure is significantly more expensive than the others, but the AKG was not a whole lot more expensive last time I checked.

mount etc are coming in a separate order
fuck your pop filter
thanks for your suggestions, I took them all on board also you are not my mother get fucked

Amantus
July 2 2011, 09:19:02 PM
this setup is actually what i rock.

i have a pretty small behringer usb mixing desk (around 110) for making music and shit, and i have a pretty basic cardioid mic (~45 or something) on a stand going into the desk and then into my pc. just set the desk as the input for ts3/whatever and you're good.
as for mics, shure sm58, as has been said, is a standard as fuck vocal cardioid mic

the plus side of this setup: sounds sick
looks sick
i can fuck about with the effects on my mixer for hilarity
feels good man

spiralJunkie
July 3 2011, 12:58:42 PM
this setup is actually what i rock.

i have a pretty small behringer usb mixing desk (around 110) for making music and shit, and i have a pretty basic cardioid mic (~45 or something) on a stand going into the desk and then into my pc. just set the desk as the input for ts3/whatever and you're good.
as for mics, shure sm58, as has been said, is a standard as fuck vocal cardioid mic

the plus side of this setup: sounds sick
looks sick
i can fuck about with the effects on my mixer for hilarity
feels good man

pic it up

evil edna
July 3 2011, 03:39:11 PM
have sm57 for recording guitar, but using it for voice comms (psyduck would go here if it showed up on this new forum BUT IT DOESNT)

Ash2k7
July 3 2011, 08:39:03 PM
:psyduck:
have sm57 for recording guitar, but using it for voice comms (psyduck would go here if it showed up on this new forum BUT IT DOESNT)
:psyduck:

Amantus
July 5 2011, 08:49:19 PM
have sm57 for recording guitar, but using it for voice comms (psyduck would go here if it showed up on this new forum BUT IT DOESNT)

like the president