Equipment for recording audio

by cashtech29 18 replies
Hello all.
I am looking for the right equipment for recording my audio tracks.
I know that I can not hook a microphone straight into my computer and get good sound.
I am wondering if someone with experience can tell me what is a really good amp system that I can use with my computer in order to get the great professional sound quality and the high input gain that listeners can hear clear and loud in their headphones.
I have studio quality microphones with both 1/4" and XLR jacks.
Thanks for any ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author RRicart
    I dont know how much help you are going to get on this here....its probably best to try one of the sound or recording lated forums....

    I pasted a wiki below that may help you.

    Improving Recording Quality - Audacity Wiki
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  • Profile picture of the author chriswight
    Look for a digital converter box that works off USB or Firewire. Check out Creative's professional series here: E-MU / Creative Professional - Digital Audio Systems, USB MIDI Keyboard, MIDI USB Interface

    You could probably run any old preamp with XLR inputs into one of these and get decent sound. Keep in mind that if you're doing audio for the web that there's going to be enough quality loss in the bit rates that perfect fidelity shouldn't be your biggest concern.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
      Thank You for your replies.
      I'll look at these web sites you suggested.
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
        Check out Brandon Drury's site

        Audio: Home Recording Studio (Music) / Recording Software

        There's a forum there with some excellent product reviews etc. It can get a little technical if you just want basic info but they're a good bunch.

        Peter
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        • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
          Thanks for the reply Peter.
          I'll see if they have products for recording audio on the computer.
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          • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
            I went up and bought the M-Audio producer and it's a nice system.
            Hope This does the trick.
            Do you have any audio that you have recorded and put on the web, using
            this device?
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            • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
              I use an Edirol UA-25 preamp. Works great.
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              • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
                I use an AKG studio condensor mic with a small Folio pre-amp/mixer into either a digital recording divice or directly into my M-audiophile sound card and it works terrific.

                For telephone recording - I tie in a Inline Patch to separate the phone signal for recording interviews - also works well, although I've always had a buzz from the Inline Patch system - JK Audio tells me it's likely the AC adapter is faulty. Looking for another broadcast phone splitter soon.

                Jeff
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                • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
                  Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

                  I use an AKG studio condensor mic with a small Folio pre-amp/mixer into either a digital recording divice or directly into my M-audiophile sound card and it works terrific.

                  For telephone recording - I tie in a Inline Patch to separate the phone signal for recording interviews - also works well, although I've always had a buzz from the Inline Patch system - JK Audio tells me it's likely the AC adapter is faulty. Looking for another broadcast phone splitter soon.

                  Jeff
                  You almost had me hooked Jeff. lol :-)

                  On a side note: The M-Audio sounds great but there are some driver setbacks.
                  They are not compatible with my vista sp-1 and wont be until they come up with the right drivers.
                  Looks like I'm still looking.
                  Josh, I have a full fledge recording studio and lots of mikes but nothing that will patch into a usb on my computer.
                  While trying to patch things in directly through the mike input, I always get white noise.
                  can any type of EQ or compression be patched in with the UA-25?
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                  • Profile picture of the author Heather Vale
                    I use a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer that I like (small, inexpensive but works well), and take it from there into a PreSonus Inspire 1394 interface that allows me to go into my computer with Firewire.

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                    • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
                      Hi Heather.
                      Behringer is a good product.
                      I have several different pieces, including the B-2 cardioid twin mike.

                      I have an account with "The Guitar Center".
                      I'll go and check out the product this weekend.
                      Thanks for the tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
    Originally Posted by cashtech29 View Post

    Hello all.
    I am looking for the right equipment for recording my audio tracks.
    I know that I can not hook a microphone straight into my computer and get good sound.
    I am wondering if someone with experience can tell me what is a really good amp system that I can use with my computer in order to get the great professional sound quality and the high input gain that listeners can hear clear and loud in their headphones.
    I have studio quality microphones with both 1/4" and XLR jacks.
    Thanks for any ideas.
    If you already have a decent XLR mic then you're halfway there! For consumer priced USB mic pre's, I'm a big fan of M-Audio. Both the 'MobilePre USB' ($150) and the 'Fast Track USB' ($100) have XLR inputs, and sound great.

    Also, make sure you use a pop filter (or at least a foam windscreen) on your mic when recording. And use a compressor/limiter on the recorded tracks to smooth out the overall volume level. Doing those 2 things will make a huge difference in the overall quality of your recording.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    We're not making records here...

    So, I will suggest that you look into any of the cheap USB audio interfaces made by the likes of MAudio, Presonus, et al.

    The advantage of using a USB interface is that you'll be bypassing the Analog to Digital converter in your PC's sound card which is almost always absolute crap. They are only marginally better in the cheap interfaces but better nonetheless.

    A significant step up would be to pick up what many engineers consider the best preamp on the market for under $1000 (and costs only half of that), the FMR Audio RNP:

    FMR Audio - Home of the Really Nice Compressor and Preamp (512) 280-6557

    Hand built by Mark McQuilken in the USA.

    Tons of gain for low output dynamic mics or cheap chinese condensors.

    A little Mackie mixer is also quite a handy audio swiss army knife to have handy as well.

    Lots of choices, really.

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
    I use a MacBook Pro, the MicPlug Adapter from
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
      Thanks for the reply.
      I'll check it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author Art Turner
        I'm using a M-audio FireWire 410 through the firewire port (1394) on a computer running vista.

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        • Profile picture of the author violationz
          The cheapest route would be a decent microphone (Shure SM58, great vocal mic) and a typical mixer (even something cheap like a Behringer UB502). Plug the mic in via XLR, RCA tape outs to a 2xRCA female to 1/4 male adapter, that adapter to a 1/4 female to 1/8 male adapter and plug it straight into the "Line In" port on your mobo or soundcard.

          Or you could get a cheap USB audio interface similar to the M-Audio Mobile Pre plus a decent microphone.
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          • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
            Originally Posted by violationz View Post

            The cheapest route would be a decent microphone (Shure SM58, great vocal mic) and a typical mixer (even something cheap like a Behringer UB502). Plug the mic in via XLR, RCA tape outs to a 2xRCA female to 1/4 male adapter, that adapter to a 1/4 female to 1/8 male adapter and plug it straight into the "Line In" port on your mobo or soundcard.

            Or you could get a cheap USB audio interface similar to the M-Audio Mobile Pre plus a decent microphone.
            This looks like a good way to add a lot of noise to the signal. The SM58 is a great work-horse for live work. I used to tour years ago and we loved those things. You could use them to drive nails and then plug 'em in to sing with.

            But I wouldn't recommend it for studio voice overs, personally. And adding all those adapters is just going to add noise to the signal.
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