Your Questions About Usb Microphones For Recording Vocals

April 21st, 2014 master No comments

Ruth asks…

How do I get professional sounding vocals in Cubase 4?

I recently obtained Cubase 4 but I am having problems getting my vocals to sound perfect like Lil Wayne, Wale, or Kanye. I am recording with a Samson C01U microphone. Can anybody help me with this problem?? PLEASE HELP

master answers:

Theres alot of factors first of all your mics a usb mic so your probably using your comps sound card you may need to buy yourself a decent little interface/sound card and invest in a better mic
then get some plug-ins eq,compression,auto-tune,etc. Then spend some time researching the net check out youtube alot of vids there but it takes time and practice plus the people you mentioned are recorded and produced on very high end equipment with experienced producers

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Joseph asks…

What are the basic’s for starting a home recording studio?

Ok heres what i have already , i want to know if i need more , or im good with what ive got .

I have a microphone , an m-audio mobile pre usb , i have pro tools , i have sony sound forge and acid pro and i have a windows xp computer . Does it sound like i need more than that to make professional sounding recordings . I am going to be charging people to use my studio so i want to know if they will be happy with what i have .

master answers:

You’ve got all the basics to do stereo recording. What else you might need depends on what you’ll be recording. Here are some things to consider.

1. You didn’t indicate what kind of mic you have. Be sure it’s designed for the type of thing you’ll be recording. A vocal mic is different from an instrument mic.

2. If there will be more than one vocalist, musician, etc., you’ll likely need more microphones and a mixer to pull all the signals together.

3. The M-Audio MobilePre USB is limited to recording at a maximum resolution of 16-bit at 48 kHz. This is plenty for general CD recording (CDs are 16-bit, 44.1 kHz). However, if you will be doing a lot of digital manipulation of the recorded tracks (e.g. Digital effects), you may want to record 24-bit samples.

4. With multiple vocalists/instrumentalists, if you want to be able to manipulate each of them individually after recording (e.g. Remixing), you’ll want to be able to record more than one track. High-end studios record each source on its own track so that the sound engineer can manipulate/mix/match each one afterward.

So, you’re fine for getting started. Depending on where you go from here will determine what else you may or may not need.

Something non-equipment related that you’ll also need is a quiet room with little to no reflections–a sound studio.

Daniel asks…

What equipment, software, etc. do I need for music studio?

Looking for what I need to record music at home. I am buildng a studio, but am not sure of what software and other equipment I need to do the actual recording and editing. Please let me know of what all I need to record and create music. Thanks in advance.

master answers:

It really depends on what you want to record. If you just want to record vocals you can get away with downloading a copy of audacity and buying a USB mic. That is about as simple as it can be to get started.

For more advanced recording you can get an interface. The interface is responsible for connecting instruments and microphones to your computer. The interface also will contain software for recording and mixing. Some may also come with virtual instruments in order to create music, or you may have to buy that seperatly. When choosing an interface you will need to look at how much multi-tracking you plan on doing. Multi-tracking meaning recording multiple tracks at the same time. For instance if you want to record a band with a vocalist, bassist, guitarist and keyboard all together you would want enough inputs to be able to do that. 4 would be the minimum in this case. However, on the same project you could use an interface with only 1 input and you could record everything individually and then mix them together. It all depends on you and what you plan on recording. When it comes to tracking drums, i want no less than 4 inputs alone for drums, i’d actually like more around 8 but could make 4 work. If you plan on recording drums i don’t suggest using one mic in the middle of the room unless that mic is a Blue Bottle or some other high end mic.

Another thing to think about when looking at interfaces is the software that comes with it. The Mbox series comes with protools which is pretty much industry standard for recording. You also will pay another hundred or two for an interface that comes with protools. At the end of the day, all of the recording software will be pretty much the same with a few different bells and whistles here and there.

Once that is decided you need mics. Again this will depend on what you want to record. I don’t suggest going and getting crappy mics to save money because at the end of the day it will produce crappy sound. A good collection of mics will boost the sound of your recordings. For guitars and such i would recommend an SM 57. It’s a standard mic at almost all if not all studios. It’s really versatile in a studio and having a few of them for drums and guitars is good. They’re also fairly cheap in the grand scheme of mics at around $100. For vocals on the cheap end i’d get an SM 58 which has been a staple in studios and live shows for a long time, again around $100. I personally recommend everyone the Rode NT1a. I’ve heard it on a variety of applications and it has never let me down. It sells for around $240. For drums you may look into getting a drum mic package deal from I really like the yamaha sub-kick on the kick drum, it retails around $5-600 i think. The mic captures the sound, so don’t be cheap here.

You can find on or and find studio package deals. Some include just an interface and mic, some include that plus monitors and mixers, some include computers as well. You can find some good deals to get everything you need to get started in one purchase. It may be something to check out.

Those are the basics, you can always add more and more to get bigger and better sound.

Nancy asks…

how do you record audio and video with a professional microphone?

I always see videos on YouTube of people doing covers And they are using a professional microphone to sing into instead of the camera audio. How do you record video while recording audio? And what products can you use? Thank you!!

master answers:

It depends.

Many times the video and audio are not captured together, but combined during editing. Sometimes the the mic (and all the other vocals and instruments) fee into a an audio mixing board and one or two of the monitor outputs is connected to the camcorder.

There are a few other ways… And it depends what you mean by “professional microphone”, how the mic connects to the recording device (USB or XLR) and lots of other items…

Michael asks…

What do I need for a basic home studio?

Im wanting to record some songs at my house using my laptop. What all do I need to get? I plan on buying something new every week when I get paid. Can you recommend some products as well.

master answers:

In order to take vocals or acoustic instruments and convert that sound into a form a computer can understand you’ll need an analog-to-digital converter. The easiest way to get this is through an Audio Interface such as the PreSonus Firebox. This unit has a Firewire cable that can plug directly into your laptop.

Next you will need a microphone to actually record the music you make. If you decide to get an Audio Interface it should have mic preamps on board that can take the weak mic signal and boost it to a level that can be recorded. A large diaphragm condenser mic will be able to handle vocals and instrument recording and will deliver a great reproduction at a reasonable price. Another option is to go with a USB microphone which plugs directly into your computer’s USB port and is a very quick and easy solution. There are some drawbacks, but if you’re just starting out it could be a good choice.


That should be enough for a start. If you want to record your guitar directly into the Audio Interface without using a microphone you can get a Direct Box (sometimes called a DI Box) and plug your instrument directly in. Almost every Audio Interface will include some basic software that will be enough to get your ideas recorded out of the box.

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Your Questions About Wireless Microphone

April 20th, 2014 master No comments

Lizzie asks…

best wireless microphones for karaoke?

ok for parties and stuff i would think it would be fun to do karaoke.i want to Connect my laptop to my TV so i could just go to youtube to search song to sing to. i need a least two good affordable Microphones. can any one help me with that!?

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

PYLE-PRO PDWM5500 – 4 Mic VHF Wireless Microphone System
*Professional VHF Wireless System – Quartz Lock for Drift-Free Operation – 4 Microphones Included
Operation Range: 240 ft. – XLR Balanced and 1/4” Unbalanced Mixed Output – Individual 1/4” *Unbalanced Outputs – Batteries and 1/4” Audio Cables Included
*Power On/Standby/Off Switch – Power LED Indicates Status – Audio Mute Circuitry For Quiet *Operation – Advanced Companding Circuitry
*AF Signal LED Segment Meter on Each Channel – Individual Channel Volume Controls w/ LED Display
*110V/220V Selectable – Rack Hardware Included

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Steven asks…

Wireless Microphones?

What are the best wireless hand held microphones? I need to use them in an area about 150ft by 30ft. What kind are used in concerts?

master answers:

I’ve had good luck with this, you might be able to find it cheaper…

Sandra asks…

Wireless microphone help?

hi I was wondering why people on the xfactor ect don’t need a mic pack on stage with them either attached to their jeans or dress ect?do they not need it to sing?or is that only when they need in ears?
Also how to microphones that hang like a necklace work?what would they be attached to because i see people with them and the wires for it seem to go on down to their stomach and I get confused :(
Please help:) thanks xxx

master answers:

I think there are two systems in question.

First is the belt pack type of wireless microphone system where a very small microphone is attached usually to the shirt or jacket, and sometimes in the hair or over the ear. The transmitter pack is small enough to be fairly easily hidden in clothing and is often positioned in the small of the back but sometimes elsewhere depending on the costume. This kind of arrangement is often used for theatrical productions, movies and TV.

Live performers also often have an IEM (in-ear monitor) system which consists of earbuds (sometimes custom molded) and then a small receiver pack. This pack is often seen on the back of performer’s belts where they can reach it in case they need to adjust the volume. What they hear is usually a blend of their own voice (from the wireless mic) and the other musicians on stage or possibly playback tracks.

Off stage somewhere are the receiver units for the wireless microphones, and the transmitting units for the IEM system. Both are connected (usually) to a mixing console for control.

Mary asks…

from where i can buy good wireless microphones.?

master answers:

Check out at Amazon there are many good product at good price

I was just googling and came across this product hope it helps you

Pyle PDWM4300 4 Mic VHF Wireless Microphone System
Professional VHF Wireless System – 2 Handheld Microphones – Two Belt Pack Transmitters w/ Lavalier and Headset Mics
Operation Range: 240 ft. – 1/4” Individual and Mixed Output – Frequency Range: VHF 160-270MHz
Power On/Standby/Off Switch – 4 x 9V Batteries and 1/4” Audio Cable Included
RF Indicators – AF Level Meters – Individual Volume Controls
Power Supply: 110/220 V – Dimensions: 16.5” x 8.2” x 1.8”

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Jenny asks…

Wireless microphone help !?

hi I was wondering why people on the xfactor ect don’t need a mic pack on stage with them either attached to their jeans or dress ect?do they not need it to sing?or is that only when they need in ears?
Also how to microphones that hang like a necklace work?what would they be attached to because i see people with them and the wires for it seem to go on down to their stomach and I get confused :(
Please help:) thanks xxx

master answers:

A wireless mike is what it means, you sing into a mike, they will have one attached somewhere on their person, the wires you see are going to a wireless sender usually attachéd somewhere behind them which is picked up by the amplifiers etc; backstage.
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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Live

April 20th, 2014 master No comments

Richard asks…

i need a microphone?

for my band i dont no much about them but i need a good 1 that isnt expensive

master answers:

You don’t say what you want it for, but if it’s vocals for live performance, you can’t beat Shure SM58, they’re use by pro’s and are not too expensive.
Visit this link to learn more about microphones:

And this one to see which microphones are used for different instruments:

If you browse around this site, you should learn some of the basics about microphones.

Sandy asks…

Good Scream Vocals Microphone?

i am searching for a cheap but good live mic for scream vocals

master answers:

Dude, handsdown, Shure SM58. No questions asked, also a great recording mic. Lots of imitations so learn how to spot one on youtube. Around 80-100 new, around $40 used on craigslist and worth it.


Ruth asks…

Live Vocal Effects… Where to start?

I’ve been in a band for a while and I’ve never used any effects on my vocals. I now want to start singing with a slight chorus effect and a reverb/echo on demand during certain times in songs. My issue is that I have no idea where to start. I don’t want to pay $2000 for something I’ll never use or know how to hook up. Can anyone help me by explaining what I need like a child?

master answers:

Well, it won’t cost you $2000, but it’s not free either. Below is a link to several popular vocal processors for live performance. While effects are often added in the studio, live performers do have a choice of several effects that can be added to their microphones. The ability to turn them on and off on demand is a big part of the live performance. You can get something like what you’re after for a couple of hundred dollars.


Those are just a couple of the more popular effects units available. Search for ‘vocal effects processor’ and you get pages of info. Remember, when it comes to live music gear, don’t get cheap. You really get what you pay for.

Carol asks…

Connecting my microphone and mixer?

I have Electro Sound Cobalt Co9 vocal dynamic microphone.

My mixer is Behringer Xenyx 502

And I have a home theater system.

This is supposed to be used for practicing live singing, and family karaoke.

My mixer has a phantom power plug in for microphones but i don’t know if i can(am allowed to) plug my microphone in?
And as i understand i have to use XLR cable in plug the female end into the mic and plug the male end into the mixer. This is what connects mic and mixer.
Now I don’t know how exactly to connect mixer to my system? My system has usual red/white plug ins. Nothing else.


master answers:


You don’t need phantom power when you’re using a dynamic microphone. The phantom power is to help when you use a condenser mic. Try to use an XLR cable for your mic.

Use a 1/4 cable for the output of your mixer with the other end being an RCA that goes into the input of your system, left and right.

Hope it helps and have fun!

Mark asks…

Vocal lesson question?

I live in New England. How much would vocal training be? The places are too far away to visit and check and my phone isn’t working right. Also, most only teach one style and none of them are teaching Alt-rock-punk-ish type music. In fact most of the places teach country. Help?

master answers:

Where have you been looking? I wouldn’t think there was much demand for country music singers in New England, but I guess I’ve learned something today.

Cost of lessons vary a lot. Try a get a referral through the music department of your local high schools or colleges. They may have staff that teach private voice, and they would know of qualified people who give voice lessons. Most voice teachers charge by the hour, or half hour, and most are very flexible about scheduling. If you can’t afford weekly hourly lessons, maybe you can afford a couple of 30-minute lessons per month. You would need to practice in-between lessons though.

As for teaching only one style of singing, keep an open mind. If your aim is to be able to sing in any style at all and do so in a way that won’t eventually destroy your vocal cords, there are certain techniques that are taught for a reason. It won’t turn you into an opera singer, or “destroy your individuality”.


A good teacher will help develop your unique voice to its fullest potential.
However, if your idea of “alt-rock-punk-ish” type of music is to simply scream as loud as you can into a microphone, you won’t get any legit voice teachers that will encourage this. In that case, save your money, and hope your vocal cords don’t bleed.

Don’t go for the cheapest lessons available–if you want someone with real credentials like a university degree relating to voice, you need to pay accordingly. A lot of voice teachers and studios have websites that describe their services. (Just google “voice lessons” and the name of your town) Avoid those who seem to be hiding their exact fees–there is no reason to be secretive about what they charge unless they are scammers. Also do watch out for people who promise the same results for everyone. This isn’t possible. It’s possible for most people to become better singers with proper study and hard work, but not every one is born with the same voice or talent.

Still, try going through the schools first.

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Your Questions About Usb Microphone Adapter

April 19th, 2014 master No comments

Ruth asks…

How do I transfer my old cassette tapes to MP3?

I have a bunch of old cassettes that I want to transfer to my MP3 player. I do not have the Red/White analog plugs on my computer otherwise it would be a snap. Does anyone know of an adapter that changes the Red/White plugs to USB?

master answers:

I had this exact problem and found a cheap and easy way to fix this..first of all i found what i think is called a line jack cable.( sorry if its not the correct name but it has the same plugs on each end and it fits into the microphone socket on my laptop) plugged it into the headphone socket on the casssette player, then as i said plugged the other end into my microphone socket on my laptop. Then i found in my Windows programs ACCESSORIES, then SOUND RECORDER. Started the SOUND RECORDER program and pressed play on the cassette player and record on the SOUND RECORDER program, couldn’t believe it worked a treat.
I dont see why it wont work for anyone else as long as they have windows and SOUND RECORDER in their ACCESSORIES list.
Hope it helps.
All the best.

Chris asks…

Can i use my inbuilt microphone on my laptop to talk with on Xbox Live?

I finally got my xbox live working and i connected an ethernet cable to my laptop which has the inbuilt pc, and from the laptop i have a usb cable to connect to the modem.

Now, since i have an inbuilt microphone and the xbox is connected to my laptop, is there any way i can use my microphone to talk to others over xbox live?

Thanks! :)

master answers:

Actually you can do this! I invented a way to do it not that long ago with Microsoft Sam and LH Michelle computer voices.

Here’s the setup:
1. Make computer settings so it plays your voice through the speakers when you talk.
2. Get double sided headphone jack-like cable so it has two male jacks.
3. Have the cable be plugged into the headphone or speaker output jack. It should be green.
4. Get a headset to phone adapter. It converts the cable size from the headphone jack size jack to the smaller microphone size jack that can plug in the bottom of your controller. You can get these at Target with the cheap $20 computer headset.

Extra Tip: If you want to be able to hear at the same time, you will need to buy the headset and adapter sold together as I mentioned earlier. Just have the green male jack plug in to the green converter jack.

I guess you can see why I’m a top contributor and these other n00bs aren’t! Lol!

If you have any other questions, just email me.

Hope this helps!

Steven asks…

How to plug in the audio technica 2020?

I got the audio technica 2020 mic and the usb how do you set it up to the computer? I plug it in and it doesn’t turn on or anything. What else do I need or where do they usually set up the mic.

master answers:

You need to supply more detail…what is the USB?? Did you get a XLR to USB adapter? If you did, it needs to supply phantom power for that mic like this one:

Charles asks…

How to use Samson co1 studio condensor on pc?

The one I have isn’t the USB version, I heard that I’d need some type of converter, but I need the name of it.

master answers:

You need to get a XLR to USB adapter with phantom power (your mic needs that):

David asks…

Do I need to buy an adapter for my apple earpods to use them on skype?

I have just bought a pair of new apple earpods, and I want to use them as a microphone for calls on skype, while at the same time I want them to be the sound output instead of my computer’s speakers. I’ve done a little research and it seems I might have to buy an adapter to plug the earpods’ jack into, so that I can plug them into the microphone slot and the sound output slot at the same time. Could anyone please confirm or deny this? (by the way, the device I want to use skype on is a PC, more specifically an HP Pavilion dv4. I don’t know if that information might be helpful).

master answers:

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer your question.

The Apple EarPods have both microphone and headphones combined into one cable, so if you are using a computer that does not have a combined port, as the Apple computers and iDevices have, then you will need to use some sort of converter to attain the desired usage.

You can go to your local electronics retailer and inform them of this need.

There are also USB sound cards that you can also use if you do not find the desired adapter.

After getting one of these items you will need to go to the sound preferences on your computer and choose the output for sound to be the headphones and the same for the microphone.

Thank you for your time

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