Your Questions About Recording Microphone Usb

April 13th, 2014 master No comments

Susan asks…

Is there a usb microphone for music recording that’s fairly decent and not a million dollars?

i’m trying to record some stuff but it sounds craptacular because my microphone sucks.

master answers:

Sure – the Samson C01U and C03U are pretty popular. The C01U is a cardioid pattern, and the C03U is a selectable multi pattern (cardioid, omni, figure 8) for some recording options. Both also include recording software.


The other more versatile option is to get a USB or FireWire interface. These let you use any mic you want and also include recording software

Mark asks…

My usb condensor microphone records low?

so basically i have a 100 dollar usb condensor microphone, i use it for rap, the quality is really great. But everytime i record something, and place it on a track to be edited and mixed, the audio waves are so small and thin (i can just edit them to make them louder and etc and sound clear) but, i just want too know why it records so low? Any suggestions? My pop filter is about 2-3 inches away from the microphone, is that too far? Advice?

master answers:

Yes, get closer to the mic. Make sure the mic volume control in the software is turned up while recording – your level should be set so that the recording meter is almost in the red (just below the red). After that, your recorded level should be better.

Ken asks…

What is a good USB microphone to record singing + guitar with? (that I can use at home)?

I’m a musician and need to start recording some songs I’ve written at home for my A level. What is a good one to use? I’m not willing (or able) to spend more than £50 (like $70)…


master answers:

That’s a tough one. Most USB condenser mics (best to record with) start at around $100, USD. The better ones are $150 to $250 and up from there.

I use an MXL 990 XLR condenser mic that I paid only $50 for but, that was about 3 years ago and they are selling for $80 to $120 today.

You could try one of these but, I know nothing about the quality … Http:// – – The MXL is probably the better of the two.

Michael asks…

Can you use the Logitech USB Desktop Microphone for recording acoustic huitar, etc. into the computer?

master answers:

A microphone is just an input device on some systems and some windows systems you might have to calibrate the mic. All microphones work very much like a speaker in that sound causes some type of electrical signal to be produced which usually passes through a capacitor and some type of current limiting.

After that the analogue signals (your voice) go through DSP processing and then the sound is ready for the computer to understand. By the means of replacing the analogue with a digital representation of the live sound, in short applying a value to each sound wave.

Donna asks…

USB Condenser Microphone for recording??????????

What’s your personal opinion on direct USB condenser microphones for recording?
Is the quality good? I’m looking for really good quality
Please tell me what I need to know.

master answers:

For most practical purposes a USB mic is just as good as the other kinds. The difference becomes more important for professional productions and thus the differences in prices for pro mics.

Hope this helps.

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Your Questions About Ribbon Microsoft

April 13th, 2014 master No comments

Susan asks…

Can I move the ribbon to the left or right side of the window in Microsoft Office Word 2007?

master answers:

I don’t think so, but if you’re looking for more vertical real estate, you can hide most of the ribbon this way:

1. Right-click anywhere on the menu list on the Ribbon.
2. Check Minimize the Ribbon.

Click one of the tabs to bring it back temporarily.

Hope that helps.

Lizzie asks…

Ribbon in Microsoft word is not working(click-able)?

Here is the picture

master answers:

That sounds like a free trial copy of Microsoft Office that was good for 25 uses (of all Office programs combined) or 60 days. At the end of that time it stops letting you edit your files or create new ones. You have to purchase Microsoft Office 2010, or at least Word 2010, to do that.

Note: The 25-character product key on the computer case or laptop bottom is NOT the key for MS Office. It’s only for the Windows operating system.

Here are some of your options for legally paying less than full price for Microsoft Office 2010:

First, if you’re a student, you may qualify for the Office 2010 Professional Academic edition at a pretty good price ($79.95):

Second, if you’re interested in buying just Word, check out this URL, especially the second group of listings.


Also, if you have files that are locked up in the new Word 2010 file format (.docx), here’s a possibility for salvaging them. Microsoft offers a free Compatibility pack that allows earlier versions of Word (and Microsoft Works) to read and write Word 2010 files. If you have access to an earlier version, this can at least give you back your documents. Some new features of Word 2010 will be lost or converted to straight text in the conversion to the earlier version.

Good luck.

John asks…

What happened to the auto-summary tool in Microsoft Word?

I just updated to Microsoft Office 2007 and left 2003 behind. I was just finishing a paper and need an abstract/executive summary. Before I would go under insert click auto-summarize and work out the summary Microsoft gave me. This tool worked so well for so many years. But now that I got Office 2007 I can’t find an auto-summarize button anywhere on any of the ribbons. Did Microsoft get rid of this tool or am I just completely missing it?

master answers:

The following page from the official Microsoft Word 2007 help site shows you how to do it:

Lisa asks…

Microsoft Word 2007 Ribbon Disabled?

HI all, I’m trying to edit a document (originally .doc but now saved as .docx) and the ribbon is disabled. Before I’d saved the doc, it said it was in compatability view.

I can’t change a thing in this doc, except to write in the table cells provided.

Additional info is that I’m a student filling out a CV template from a company and there aren’t enough cells for things like job experience.

master answers:

Two things operating here. First, Word 2007 goes into “compatibility mode” whenever it works on a Word 97-2003 document (a .doc-type document). As soon as you saved it as a .docx, it was then operating on its native file type and came out of compatibility mode. That’s not why you can’t edit them.

I suspect you have a trial copy of Microsoft Office that was good for 25 uses (of all Office programs combined) or 60 days. At the end of that time it stops letting you edit your files or create new ones. You have to purchase Microsoft Office 2007, or at least Word 2007, to do that.

Note: The 25-character product key on the computer case or laptop bottom is NOT the key for MS Office. It’s only for the Windows operating system.

Here are some of your options for paying less than full price for Microsoft Office 2007:

First, if you’re a student, you may qualify for the Ultimate Steal edition of Office at a pretty good price ($59.95):…

Second, if you’re interested in buying just Word, check out this URL, especially the second group of listings.


Note that the higher of the two prices quoted is for a full version of that program and the lower, for upgrades from existing software. Read the list of upgrade-qualifying software carefully: MS Works is often one, and may have come on your machine.

Finally, if you have files that are locked up in the new Word 2007 file format (.docx), here’s a possibility for salvaging them. Microsoft offers a free Compatibility pack that allows earlier versions of Word (and Microsoft Works) to read and write Word 2007 files. If you have access to an earlier version, this can at least give you back your documents. Some new features of Word 2007 will be lost or converted to straight text in the conversion to the earlier version.

Good luck.

Sandy asks…

why is my microsoft office 2010 icons, graphics in ribbon blurry? can it be fixed?

master answers:

Adjust your screen resolution

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Your Questions About Condenser Microphones

April 12th, 2014 master No comments

Thomas asks…

are condenser microphones that much better than regular ones much?

i have garageband and my voice absolutely sucks on my microphone. it’s a stage mic i suppose, but i use it for garageband anyway.

what are the benefits of having a condenser mic? (in plain english please haha) does it make your voice that much better? i know that’s generally what people use in professional recordings.


master answers:

A condenser won’t make you sound so stuffy and boxy. You’ll sound more clear, crisp, open. On the flip side, though, you’ll get more room echo and noises entering your recording. Condensers are very sensitive. I tried one recently with the gain turned high up, and I did indeed record a pin dropping from 25 feet away.

You have two choices, basically. You can use a good dynamic going through a good mic preamp or audio interface, and then apply a compression plugin and some reverb or delay. That helps a lot. With an SM7B mic through even something as cheap as an Art Tube Preamp you can get very good vocal recordings, but it’ll still sound up close instead of open.

For best results, one would have to use a condenser in an acoustically treated space, meaning a room that has some sound absorption in it. The ghetto way is to hang heavy blankets a yard behind the singer, and maybe another half a yard behind the mic.

The professional way is to get some sound absorbing foam and or mineral wool panels to hang up in strategic locations, and/or you can buy a “reflection filter” which goes behind the mic to cut down on room sound reflections entering. The Auralex Mudguard is cheap but decent for that. There is also something called a Portable Vocal Booth by Realtraps that works a bit better. Not only do these reduce sound coming back from behind the mic, but it absorbs some of your voice after it passes the mic so that it doesn’t continue on to hit the walls and return.

The reason you need acoustic treatment is because if you sing in a small echoey room, all the sound will bounce back from the walls and mix with your voice. You get something called “comb filtering” which makes your voice sound crappy. So the #1 problem with condensers is reducing sounds other than your direct voice from entering the mic, since condensers are so sensitive. But if you get that covered, then yes it’ll sound better than a dynamic.

Honestly though, be sure you apply compression and even some gentle EQ (low cut or high boost) to whatever mic you use, it helps a lot.

Daniel asks…

question about condenser microphones and phantom power?

I just bought a condenser microphone which apparently needs phantom power. I have an amp that has the hole or socket (i don’t know what to call it) for the xlr connection (the one with the three prongs), ok so the microphone plugs in but there is no sound? is it possible for my amp to have the connection for the microphone and not provide the phantom power? if so, do i need to buy a separate phantom power supplier, or what do i do? i just want to use it to record on my computer

master answers:

Look for a button that is labeled “Phantom,” or “+48V.” If a button like that isn’t there, you will need an external source.

One of these would be what you need;

Lizzie asks…

Can professional condenser microphones be usb?

an if not…how do you record and all that jazz?

master answers:

Yes they can.

William asks…

Do I need Phantom Power to use condenser microphones?

I have an Audio Technica AT2035, I know I am supposed to power it with Phantom Power but what if I don’t have a mixer or anything? How would I get it to work?


master answers:

2 simple ways: you could buy a pre-amp (start at 50 bucks, get good in the 100+ range) also there are phantom power units that you can get at any music store for less than 50 bucks.

Ruth asks…

Does xlr connections supply power to condenser microphones?

master answers:

Not always – you need to check the specifications for the XLR inputs on your device. Most mixers and USB interfaces have phantom power,.but sometimes the cheaper ones do not.

If you supply the make and model of your equipment, I can tell you if it does.

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Your Questions About Wireless Microphone Frequencies

April 12th, 2014 master No comments

John asks…

What exactly is wireless internet?

like, what is emitted that causes computers to pick up on the wi-fi? Is it like radiowaves or anything of the sort?

master answers:

They are close to Micro-Waves

Wi-fi is the acronym for Wireless Fidelity, essentially a set of standards for transmitting data over a wireless network.

Wi-fi allows you to connect to the net at broadband speeds without cables, as long as you have the right equipment and, in most cases, a regular internet service provider and a wi-fi account.

To understand the technology behind wi-fi, imagine using a walkie-talkie. Your voice is picked up by a microphone, encoded onto a radio frequency and transmitted with the antenna to another walkie-talkie, which decodes your voice.

Wi-fi works in broadly in the same way, but using a better radio that is capable of handling a lot more data per second.

George asks…

what is the procedure to start a own radio station India? Can anyone guide me please?

What is the procedure to start 24 hours FM Radio?

master answers:

To start a radio station anywhere in the world, just get an Internet connection, a microphone, and rent “REFLECTOR SPACE” to seed BIT TORRENT of your programmes.

Caution that a license must be purchased (through a CO-OP, about $14 a month) if you wish to play complete songs.

Soon, the reflector will be unnecessary, because 802.11-N+ is basically BIT TORRENT done at the hardware/RF level, using public frequencies, early experimenters report 500 MHz over village-wide areas., room for many channels of HDTV as well as audio channels.

802.11-DRAFT-N equipment is on store shelves now, and is already delivering enough bandwidth for a wireless MEDIA ROOM.

The most important component, is CONTENT. Now that anyone can be heard, the successful audio channel must engage the listener.

As far as the old fashioned kind of radio station… In the USA, the easiest way is to buy one already started.

Maria asks…

What is the best bluetooth for iPhone that would also work as a mic for my ps3? Under $100?

Id prefer something that would match my white 16gb

master answers:

Try Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset.
The lightweight and versatile Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset delivers all-day wearing comfort, clearer voice transmission and superior sound quality. With exclusive Multipoint Technology, your headset seamlessly transforms into a powerful communication solution for up to two Bluetooth devices. For the ultimate in wireless freedom, look no further than the Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset, which represents a generational leap in Bluetooth headset technology. The 510 is comfortable and light enough for all day wear, and it offers unprecedented clarity and sound quality. With Multipoint technology you can switch between your voice-enabled Bluetooth mobile phone, PDA or laptop. The headset’s smart technology knows which device you are using and allows you to take calls from any device at the touch of a button. The 510 features a noise-canceling microphone for clearer conversations, and it folds for easy storage. The boom also swivels for perfect positioning on either ear. One-touch call control buttons are placed for easy access, and you can easily redial the last number dialed and initiate voice-activated calls from the headset. Because the 510 is Bluetooth 1.2 specification enabled, you can roam up to 33 feet from your Bluetooth device. Meanwhile, the 510 supports adaptive frequency hopping (AFH) which helps avoid interference from wi-fi networks. Ample talk time is provided by the built-in rechargeable battery.

Price: $39.99

Sandra asks…

How can I make a WirelessHandheld Microphone to make it stop shortened out? Do I use some Fine Sand Paper?

master answers:

Not sure what you mean or where, but here are some tips that may help –

Most wireless problems are either weak batteries or interference on the same operating frequency. Use good quality alkaline batteries – not the store brands. I use Duracell Procell. It does not take much of a drop in battery voltage to make a transmitter falter. This could cause a drop in signal and might sound like a pop, depending on your system.

If you have a multi-frequency system, try another frequency. I have heard interference that also made a pop or boom.

It’s possible that the connectors on the receiver or mixer are loose, appearing as a short. You might check these again, but you likely would have noticed.

Mandy asks…

what is the difference between mac books?

I am wondering the difference between the mac book and the mac book pro. i know the mac book pro u can get bigger screen but what is the difference between the 13 inch mac book pro and the mac book. with the mac book you can get 4gb of memory and 500 gb hard drive but what else is the difference

master answers:

Mac Book Size and weight 1
1.08 inches (2.74 cm)
13.00 inches (33.03 cm)
9.12 inches (23.17 cm)
4.7 pounds (2.13 kg)1

13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Graphics and video support

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3

Hard Drive

* 250GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm drive4

8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/

Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW

Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD

slot-loading SuperDrive
Battery and power5
Up to 7 hours wireless productivity.

Built-in 60-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

60W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system

MagSafe power port
Electrical and operating requirements

* Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
* Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
* Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
* Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
* Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
* Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
* Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
* Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Installed software

* Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
* iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, iDVD)
Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking.2; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology

Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)


* Built-in stereo speakers
* Built-in omnidirectional microphone
* Combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)
* Supports Apple Stereo Headset with microphone

Mac Book Pro It comes it 15” or 17”

Size and weight

0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
5.5 pounds (2.49 kg)1

15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors

Processor and memory
intel Core 2 Duo

* 2.53GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed; or 2.8GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache
* 1066MHz frontside bus
* 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

Graphics and video support
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

* All models: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
* Selected models: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.66GHz configuration; or 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.8GHz and 3.06GHz configurations
* Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
* iSightBuilt-in iSight camera
* Mini DisplayPort

# 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 320GB or 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive4
# 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
# Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
# Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD


* Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
* Bluetooth Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
* Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Size and weight

0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
5.5 pounds (2.49 kg)1

15-inch MacBook Pro with dimensions.
Connections and expansion
Connections and Expansion on the 15-inch MacBook ProView larger

* MagSafe power port
* Gigabit Ethernet port
* One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
* Mini DisplayPort
* Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
* SD card slot
* Audio line in
* Audio line out
* Kensington lock slot


* Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n

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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Computers

April 11th, 2014 master No comments

Michael asks…

best laptop home vocal recording setup ?

i’m a hardcore mc and i’m wanting to make a demo cd to send out to various producers and venues etc. I’v already aquired both sony acid pro 6 and cubase. I’m just wondering what setup i would need to start to do this. I want a decent quality recording microphone etc. Anybody any ideas on how to make the process easier than what it looks ? Appreciated. Oxy.

master answers:

What you need is a “computer recording interface”. It will allow you to connect a high quality mic to the computer. It will come with software.


The next thing to get would be a good mic. You don’t need to spend too much to get very good results:–Large-Stand-Mount-Condenser-Microphones–2843

Sharon asks…

Good microphone for recording music?

I’m recording music (drums, piano, guitar, vocal) and I need a microphone that can attach to a computer, or can somehow turn the recording into a mp3. If you recommend a microphone, please say what kind of equipment you need to go with it. Thank you!

master answers:

There are so many good products in the market its really difficult to choose one but I made up my mind to choose this and guess what I am very much satisfied

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone
*Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)
*Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
*Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
*Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
*Low self-noise – perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment

Also check out at Ebay there are really good deals going

Ken asks…

Opinion Needed On My Vocals?

My name is Nathan Lee and I wanted to produce my own album (this is because in Denver, CO I don’t know any recording engineers that can help me record especially since I will be singing in Vietnamese/Chinese).

I have all the songs ready to go, but recording vocal is kicking me in the ass. The thing that trouble me is when I look at my vocal in Auto-Tune, they’re always off by a little bit (about a semi-tone or less) on occasional notes (usually the fast ones). My question(s) are…

Tune: Do I have to be dead center on every note? How much off do you consider off enough to be Auto-Tuned? Can I care less about the Tuning and just listen for what sounds good? Some of the phrases sound good to me (even before EQ and reverb), but when I looked at it in Auto-Tune I’m about a half semitone off here and there? How much off does it have to be before you guys reach for Auto-Tune? To me, if it’s less than a semi-tone I will let it go because I’m still within the note, but what would you do?

Time: My instrumentals are dead on time, obviously, because they’re created from virtual instruments. I just use the piano-roll in Sonar 8 Producer and drew in the notes (they’re perfectly on time and I mean computer perfect). My vocal, however, (even though I recorded it using a metronome to keep time) is not perfectly on time. I usually get the beginning of a phrase and important beats to be on time, jut not every words (I could intentionally try to get them on time, but they won’t sound natural because of the way the words is said)? If they’re (the notes) only about 20-30 milliseconds off at most, can I just let it ride above my perfectly timed instrumentals? What would you do?

I have recorded the first Verse of the song “Snow Angel” (because Christmas is near) so you guys can listen to hear how I sound ( (It is the one that say, “Snow Angel (w/ Vocals)”. You can also listen to what the melody should have sounded like by listening to the track that say, “Snow Angel (Melody & Instruments)”. I’m singing in Vietnamese by the way.

Understand that I’m trying to fix my problems one at a time. At this time I can sing in tune most of the time, have a smooth enough vocal to record (before I keep on cracking and it sound horrible), and my timing is also doing well because of the metronome. But please listen and give me your honest opinions (I need them to improve). If you think I suck please tell me why I suck, don’t just say I suck.

This vocal was recorded dry and I have not added any reverb or EQ. Just straight from a $150 microphone from Guitar Center. I sung all the way through, so this was also not comped. I think now that I’ve gotten my vocals to be more in tune and smoother (without crackling) than before it’s time to work on my performance, but tell me what you think?

I just turned 21yrs old, so there’s no time to waste. I was writing songs since I was 16-17yrs old, but I have to leave music behind for college (which is a stupid move now that I think about it). Now all I wanted to do is finish my first album and start a record label ( (aiming at the Vietnamese and Chinese market). I would appreciate any help that comes my way. At this time I have no professionally recorded songs yet, but I know I’m close. When I get the first song done, the second will be easier and it’ll keep getting easier and easier. Have a nice day everyone and thank you for all your help.

master answers:


Yes, it is very important to be right in tune with the music. You appear to be suffering from what I call Lazy Voice Syndrome (LVS). That is your vocal chords to not respond precisely to your intentions but, react in a lazy sort of way. Sometimes they are in tune and sometime they are not and they don’t seem to care one way or the other.

The vocal chords are muscles and just like any other muscle, they need to be trained. You learned to eat with a spoon by trial and error until your finger muscles could hold that spoon without dropping it and your arm muscles could find your mouth perfectly every time. It’s the same with your vocal chords. I believe that anyone can sing and carry a tune but most people try and then are too quick to give up. That is why only a few singers really become very good at it. Record yourself so you can hear what needs to be corrected and work on that. Practice a lot. Keep the recordings so you can hear how you are improving. It would really benefit you if you were able to sing in a choir at school or at church. Take lessons. If you can’t afford to take lessons, watch the YouTube lessons and learn what you can from those. Practice scales with a piano or your guitar. You can also use one of the online pianos like this one to practice with. Http:// – practice hitting the notes exactly. When you are good with the piano, try doing it without the piano and only using the piano to check your pitch. Keep practicing over and over and use visualization to help you. If you picture yourself singing perfectly in front of an audience and you do that over and over every day, your mind and body will get the message that this is your intention and the body is the servant of the mind. Therefore, you will eventually be able to do exactly what you picture yourself doing over and over again. As ye believe, so shall it be done unto you. A man is what he thinks about all day long. If you thing you can’t sing and give up, your vocal chords will give up too. Don’t let them. Never give up! Continue to hold in your mind the intention that you can sing perfectly and you will. Now here is the secret to your success. It was given to you and I by Ralph Waldo Emerson many years ago. He wrote: “There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.” So, if you understand what Ralph is telling you here, you would not have the desire to sing in the first place if you did not already have to ability to do so. According to Richard Bach, author of Illusions, “you are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work at it however.” According to William James the father of American psychology, “If a man will only do each day the work that lies before him he will awake one day to find himself among the competent ones of his generation”. So, you can do this! You can live your dream and make it a reality! Just keep working at it every single day with the intention that you do have the ability and you will improve as time goes on. It will also help you to learn from the very best singers in the business. Study them hear and see what they are doing and practice that.

Robert asks…

Home recording, good quality vocals?

I am writing songs and i want to record them? How can i get good quality vocals? What gear do i need and any tips to gt professional sounding vocals like iTunes quality?

master answers:

Get a condenser microphone, like the AudioTechnica AT2020, a mic stand, and a pop filter. You’ll need an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which connects to your computer with a USB cable. You connect your mic to the interface with an XLR cable.

On your computer, you need decent DAW software to record and edit your vocals. MuLab from is free and is pretty good. If you want to spend a bit of money then StudioOne is great for the price you pay.

Carol asks…

When recording studio vocals in my home what recording source should I hook my microphone to?

I have recently purchased a Shure SM58 Microphone for recording studio vocals (mainly for narrarting home movies). The microphone is beautiful but I’m having trouble finding a good recording source.

First I tried running the microphone directly into my PC but unless you have an outstanding soundcard the audio is degraded far too much.

I tried running the signal into an old tape recorder but the hissing when played back ruins the beauty of using a Shure SM58 microphone.

I even tried putting the siganl into a stereo CD burner I picked up in 2000. But with all the adapters needed to make the connection the sound again was too degraded for me to bare.

I am reduced to hooking the mic into a Sony camcorder external microphone jack and recording onto MiniDV tapes, just for the audio. Meanwhile the camcorder continues to film the wall while I talk into the mic. This is annoying but the sound quality is great.

What do I hook this great mic into to get good recording sound?

master answers:

I have that mic and it has an XLR connector… However did you connect that into your computer?

I have used this little — and very reasonably priced — mixer to plug in the SM58 ( and then run a cable into the computer. Works well for me and I’m a singer-songwriter. I think the mic’s signal is too weak for the computer. This little mixer will boost it cleanly.

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Recording Drums with Royer Ribbons – Ross Hogarth, Kenny Aronoff & Lukas Rossi

April 11th, 2014 19 comments

Grammy winning engineerproducer Ross Hogarth records Rock Star Supernova Winner Lukas Rossis "Dreamer" with Drummer Kenny Aronoff, using Royer ribbon mic…

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Your Questions About Usb Microphone Walmart

April 11th, 2014 master No comments

Mary asks…

Rockband 2 microphone won’t work, says “microphone not detected” (continued inside)?

I’ve had the game Rockband 2 for the Wii for about a month now and everything has been working fine till now. i don’t think the microphone itself is broken since it’s only a month-old but everytime i try to use it and click on anything in the menus like “Solo Play” it says “No Logitech USB microphone detected”. The other instruments all work. I’ve tried using different USB ports (both of the ones on the back of the Wii and the external one on the thingy for the guitar). i’ve tried reseting the wii and turning it off. i also tried plugging in the microphone to my computer and it doesn’t work on the computer either..but then again i never tried using it with my computer even when it was working fine so im not sure if it was ever supposed to work. And yes i do have a wiimote plugged in.

if anyone knows how to fix this PLEASE let me know! i’d really prefer not to get a new mic

master answers:

Usually after about a month you need to do some cleaning. So simply blow into the end of the microphone cord (the USB end) to make sure no particles or dust are causing for a bad connection.

ALSO, blow into the USB ports on your Wii, to also make sure no paticles or dust are causing bad connections. This happens all the time and is just never done causing this type of thing to happen.

***A better option than blowing into the ports is to get a can of compressed air. It is made specifically for electronics. They sell this at normal stores like Walmart.***

Make sure you also check for damage to the USB ports on the Wii and on the microphone, as that obviously would be a problem.

Hope this helps

Mandy asks…

Mic + Webcam recording program?

I have a webcam that doesn’t have audio, but I have a usb microphone. Is there a free program out there can record both at the same time?

master answers:

Go to and then search the hole site by putting in webcam im sure there is somthing there like it

Michael asks…

Could this computer run Minecraft and GTA 4?

I won’t be building a gaming PC, so don’t bother asking me. I want to know if this computer can run these games in low medium of high res.

Name of Computer:

Acer Aspire Desktop Computer, Intel Pentium E6600 3.0GHz Processor, Black (AX1920-EW20P )

Specs and add-on:

•Windows 7 Home Premium – English/French
•Microsoft Office Starter 2010
•Intel Pentium Processor E6600 3.0GHz 2MB L2 cache
•1TB hard drive, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM and Gigabit LAN
•Super-Multi DVD drive, Intel GMA X4500 Graphics
•Variety of interface ports: including four (two front, two rear) USB 2.0, multi-in-1 card reader, headphone/microphone, RJ-45, three audio, VGA and two PS/2
•Dimension: 10.5″ H x 4″ W x 13.9″ L Weight: 12 lbs
•One-Year Limited Warranty

Site Link:

I have about $490, so my budget is not that big. Once again I will not be building my own gaming PC.
I also would like to know if this computer could be upgraded to run these games.

master answers:

To tell you the truth, that’s really junk all around, and most importantly it has no video card which means it won’t play either

You “could” purchase a decent video card & power supply to install them, but the processor is also old compared to today’s standards (even at 3 ghz it’s a low end processor for games since the technology is older)

Low end computers like that usually come with only the minimum power supply (PSU) to run what’s in the system. If you are not a fan of PC building, trust me you won’t want to open up your case and remove and replace a power supply and reconnect everything

Something like this for $490 is FAR better, processor and video card, but in that price range you can’t expect a beast. The 630 GT is much better than the old Intel Graphics of the Walmart one, but will struggle with graphically demanding games like GTA 4 (although I have no doubt it will play on at least low settings)

Helen asks…

Is this a good laptop for gaming?

Platform: PC
Primary Color: Silver
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Type: Intel Core i5-3337U Processor
Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz
System Ram: 4 GB
Maximum Memory Expansion: 16 GB
Hard Drive Size: 500 GB
Laptop Screen Size: 15.6 inch
Screen Type: LCD Color, CineCrystal Active Matrix HD Touchscreen TFT Display
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics with 64MB-1696MB
Multi Media Drive: SuperMulti DVD Drive
Card Reader Type: 6 in 1 Card Reader 1 x (SD Memory Card), 1 x (SDHC), 1 x (SDXC), 1 x (MultiMediaCard), 1 x (miniSD), 1 x (microSD)
Battery Type: Lithium Ion
Network Connection: 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Connector Type: 1 x DC-in, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Microphone, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x VGA
Operating System: Windows 8
Accessories Included: Power cord, 4-Cell Lithium Ion, Quick Start Guide
Bus Speed: 1600MHz
Model No.:L55-A5226
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 7.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 14.86 x 9.6 x 0.95
Walmart No.:551480316

master answers:

What’s the speed of the RAM and also would look into the graphics card.
It depends what games you want to play on what spec, then again everyone will tell you that.
You can repost this on TOMS HARDWARE, that would be the best place to get an answer!

Other than that, for the best results for the money you will be paying as high performance laptops are not the best price for you buck, I would invest in a PC tower, in fact I did and it works wonders.

But deffinally look into your CPU, RAM speed and graphics card as they are the things that make the core for a gaming machine.

Chris asks…

Since the Canon EOS Rebel T3i doesn’t have the best audio if I were to get this would it help?

Since the Canon EOS Rebel T3i doesn’t have the best audio if I were to get this microphone would it work, do you know if this mic is good or not? also if you know anything about the Canon EOS Rebel T3i please tell me, Thanks



master answers:

The t3 does not have an external mic jack, therefore, an external microphone cannot be used , you woul d have to get either the t2i or the t3i. The rebel t3i is a much better camera- a little more expensive but it has better image quality as well as video and sound quality, and to enhance sound quality you can attach an external microphone as it has a jack. To accommodate this.
I think you get a better deal at amazon than walmart, their bundle has a lot more and better accessories.
See the t3i bundle here >>
It comes with a 10 piece bundle for only $599 … This bundle includes:
16 Gigabyte Memory Card
USB Card Reader
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Replacement Battery Pack
Gadget Bag with Pockets & Strap
59″ Tripod W/Case
Jumpstart Guide to Digital SLR Cameras
HDMI cable for HDTV connection
Free 25 Quality Prints

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Your Questions About Wireless Microphone Best Buy

April 10th, 2014 master No comments

Nancy asks…

What do I need to voice chat with other people on Black Ops for wii?

Hi, when I play this game people are always talking to each other and I would like to be able to talk to them. What do I need to buy to be able to do that? Thanks

master answers:

You need to buy a headset. There are thousands of models and companies – Here is a breakdown.

Bluetooth wireless headset. $20-30
These headsets are usually compact single ear clip on devices. They are much cheaper than wired headsets, but are more prone to breaking and have a lower quality of sound. They only transmit the players voices, not the game sound. You need to have the TV volume up to have both game sound and player voices.

Wired headsets. $40-$200
Hundreds of manufacturers and hundreds of prices. What you get for a more expensive device is:

surround sound in game sounds as well as player voices.
High quality manufacture. These headsets last.
High quality sound and a much better microphone.

As the price rises, so does the quality. You get better mics and better speakers. The more you spend the more you get

Ken asks…

Does the Rock band 3 keyboard bundle sold at Walmart for the wii include guitar, microphone, drums?

If not, then can somebody tell me where to buy everything for rock band 3 wii at the cheapest price? This includes keyboard, guitar, microphone, and drums. Please help me.

master answers:

Here are some places.





George asks…

Does neone know where to buy a good microphone?

I need one for the summer for a fest but can someone tell me where to buy a good one that is wireless


master answers:

Some good 1′s r sold at the guitar stores or the rock band stores
that’s all i can think of

Susan asks…

Making wireless microphones have better signal?

I bought a set of dual microphones from a pawn shop for 40 bucks. It’s a hell of a deal but the microphones cut out so much. I was wondering if there’s some way i can wire in better receiver and overall signal to the microphones. To make them perfect.This would be a fun project if possible. Thanks (;

master answers:

I think you discovered why they were dumped at a pawn shop?


Chris asks…

How can I karaoke without a CD?

Is there a way I can make something for free that I can use for karaoke that doesn’t involve buying a CD? Like maybe edit my own or make something to hang on my wall? Best answer goes to best idea with most detail!

master answers:

Karaoke is singing. No matter how you do it. There are plenty of ways to go about it though.

If you have an Xbox 360, I’d recommend buying Lips. It comes with two wireless microphones, and you can add your own music. There are also options to fade out the original singer, but there won’t be any lyrics onscreen with music you add yourself… The fun gets better if you also buy Rock Band or Guitar Hero games. You can sing on those, turn off the original singers, and they still have onscreen lyrics. It gets even more fun when you get other people over to play on drums, bass, and guitar. You can even have more than one singer!

If I remember correctly, there are ways you can add lyrics to tracks from Windows Media Player and other programs. When burned to a CD, these will appear on karaoke machines along with the original track.

Finally, you can never go wrong with simply printing out lyrics, and singing.

Keep rockin’!

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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Live

April 10th, 2014 master No comments

Donald asks…

Help with vocal recording? ?

In this song can anybody tell me a ballpark guess of what this guy is using to make is voice sound so smooth and clean? Because when I do actual recordings my vocals sound completely separate from the music as opposed to working with it and it sounds really raw…. Any advice? Pre amps? Good microphone to use? Anything to clean up my vocals to sound like this.

master answers:

Normally a touch of reverb really helps. Depending on the generally feel of the song you can use just a tiny bit or a whole lot. Either way, I almost always put a little on vocal tracks. As far as microphones, using a condenser mic will get you much better results than a dynamic (dynamics are better for live situations) as condensers pick up nuances a lot better. You can get a starter condenser for as little as $100 at most music stores.

Sharon asks…

Microphone choice for live recording?

Looking to start producing music; this meaning recording live electric and acoustic guitar, vocals and maybe ukulele…Any suggestions on what microphone to purchase? also any suggested software wouldnt go to waste, Thanks guys

master answers:

To produce music well, I’d recommend getting a dynamic mic and a condenser mic.

A dynamic mic, like the Shure SM58, is great for recording loud rock-style vocals and guitar amps. Dynamics are also mainly used during live concert performances.

Condensers are the better choice for things like normal vocals, acoustic guitars, ukulele, piano, etc. Check out the Audio-Technica AT2020, or the Behringer C-3 for a cheaper option.

As for software, depends on what your budget is. Free? MuLab from Cheap but good? Reaper. Best but expensive? Pro Tools or Ableton Live. I’d go for Reaper, you get the best of both worlds.

Paul asks…

is Shure a good microphone make?


and can someone explain how a condenser microphone works to make you sound better, and does it actually make you sound much better?
also are

samson, behringer makes good?

master answers:

The Shure SM58 is the industry standard for live vocals. Pretty much all common mics are conderser mics in that they pick up best from straight on. A mic simply sends what you put into it to an amplifier. There are all kinds of electronic gizmos that you can put in between the mic and the amplifier which will make you sound different, but not necessarily better.

Nancy asks…

Shure SM58 Microphone questions?

Im planning on buying this microphone for heavy/screamo/metal or whatever you prefer to call it. First off, is this a good choose for around the 100$ price range and also, my amp only supports 1/4 inch input so what adapter would i need to use so that i could use this. I want an adapter that would plug into the mic, then I plug a 1.4 inch cable into the adapter and run it to my amp. Thank you.
Would this work?

master answers:

The SM58 is pretty much the standard for live vocals. It sounds good, is built well, and if you take care of it will last you for years (I’ve got one that’s almost 30 years old that still sounds great).

The plug you have in your link…that won’t do you any good. It’s for if you want to build or repair your own cable.

If you’re plugging into a guitar amp…it’s not going to sound that good for a lot of reasons. But if that’s all you’ve got, then so be it.

You’ve got 2 routes you can go. You can either use this cable:

Or, if you already have an XLR-to-XLR cable, use this:

From the transformer box, then use a standard guitar cable to go to the amp. The transformer is a better solution. Just using the XLR to 1/4 cable will result in loss of signal and increased noise.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, Tx

Sandy asks…

How can you distinguish a LIVE music from a BACKGROUND one on TV shows ?

The singer starts singing and I’m always wondering that IS THIS MUSIC LIVE OR NOT . Guide me pros … thanks .

master answers:

There are a few things you can look out for. Firstly I would listen to the song, does it sound similar or exactly the same to the recorded album/single version? If so its probably mimed.
Does the vocal sound different but the rest of it sound the same as the recorded version? It could be that they are singing live but the rest of the band is recorded.

If its a genuine performance there should be at least one usually two microphones over the top of the drum kit picking up sound from the cymbals and a microphone in front of some of the guitar amps.

If its a pop act how much is the artist dancing around the stage? If there jumping up and down and singing perfectly then its an indication they may be miming. Most pop acts will have a dance routine for miming and a different one when they have to sing live.

This video is amusing, it catches Britney Spears miming at her live show and relaying instructions during the show. Http://

Usually when the act goes on the presenter says “And now performing live its…..” or “And now performing there new single……” There is a subtle difference and whether they mention the word live or not should give you another clue.

Thanks, Dan

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Your Questions About Usb Microphone

April 9th, 2014 master No comments

Steven asks…

How should I record my electric guitar?

How should I record it? Someone suggested a USB Microphone but I read everywhere that they give really bad quality recordings. I have normal microphones but clearly, I can’t plug them into the computer. You know the ones that fit into your amp. So I read somewhere that theres this two channel interface? What the hell is that? If I have that, can I use any normal singing mic to record?

Thanks :D D

master answers:

Actually there are VERY good USB mics out there. I use the Samsung G Track and it works excellently. It’s really powerful though and picks up background noise so when I play I usually put a blanket over the mic and amp but other than that, it’s really powerful.

Here’s a link

Also it comes with Cakewalk and Sonar LE if you know how to use them but I don’t so I use Audacity which is a simple recording program and then if I have different parts in a song I use Sony Acid Music to connect all the parts

Sony Acid:

Betty asks…

How do I make a DVD commentary?

My friends and I are planning on recording a commentary for a DVD. I was planning to play it on my laptop while recording our voices with either a USB microphone, or the laptop’s inbuilt one. What would be the best way of putting the DVD footage and our audio together? I would like to put the video with commentary onto YouTube Movie Maker and then remove sections, as I will only want certain parts of it.

master answers:

Use Windows Movie Maker.

George asks…

Samson CO1U USB Microphone?

is this microphone good?

im thinking of getting it for singing via my laptop

is says its great for using for computers and laptops, is a condenser microphone with a USB interface.

could someone please explain what that means?



master answers:

Samson make good USB condenser microphones – it depends how much money you have to spend.

A condenser microphone requires an external power source to power it (in this case your USB port in your computer is supplying this, in a professional condenser this would be from 48v of phantom power) and generally produce warmer sound than dynamic microphones (the fact that condensers produce better vocal recording than dynamics is not necessarily true ^_^), which are frequently used on stage – it’s not a good idea to use a condenser on stage as they break much more easily than a dynamic – you can practically throw a dynamic microphone at a brick wall and it’ll still work.

If you have a lot of money to spend, get a professional sound mixer and a decent condenser microphone from a company like Rode, then connect it to your computer with RCA cables – USB condensers are generally frowned upon in the recording and broadcast world.

James asks…

USB Vocalism Microphone?

I am looking for a USB microphone (compatible with windows 7) that I will be using for screaming/metal. My main requirement is that I want it to have very good sound quality. I have looked at the Shure PG42USB, and it is exactly what I want. It’s just so expensive. I’m willing to fork out $200 if I need to but I’d really like something more inexpensive of the same quality.

master answers:

Here is a list of good quality mic’s. BEHRINGER
C-1 Condenser Microphone $46

C3 – Studio Condenser $58

Apex435 – Wide Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser $75.99

C01u Usb Studio Condenser Microphone $86.99

ART Pro Audio
M-One – Condenser Mic $99

MXL770 Gold Diaphragm Condenser Micrphone $99

Co3u Usb Multi-pattern Studio Condenser Microphone $99.99

AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020 Studio Condenser Microphone $99.99

B-1 – Single Diaphragm Condenser Mic $104

What you need is a shotgun microphone. These will work VERY well for your purpose and are best for capturing interview like sounds the way your wanted. The options are at different price points. These are a few popular ones.

1) Azden High-performance (SMX-10) Stereo Condenser Microphone – $80
2) Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone – $150
3) Rode VideoMic Pro VMP Shotgun Microphone – $220

If you need more help try your local music store…

I enjoy this forum and enjoy helping when I can…

David asks…

Is phantom power needed for a usb microphone?

More specifically is it needed for a MXL 990 ?

What is needed to begin recording with the mic above? Or are there any other “ready to go” microphones you would suggest?
Thank you.

master answers:

The MXL990 is NOT a usb microphone, and it DOES require phantom power. The mic also doesn’t come with a cable…which is common with more expensive mics.

If you want to record on your computer with this mic, you’ll need a mini-mixer or usb interface that has phantom power:


and of course, a standard XLR mic cable:

A cheaper alternative is to buy a usb microphone that can plug directly into your computer, but you’ll have less control over the EQ and level.

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