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April 15th, 2014 master No comments

John asks…

Usb Microphone Condensers & preamp?

If my condenser Mic has a usb outlet that hooks up to the computer, Then how would I hook the mic up to a preamp???

master answers:

You wouldn’t. Most USB mics have built in pre-amps.

-KDecka

Mandy asks…

Microphone for vocals running through guitar preamp?

Hi, just wondering about how bad it might be running a vocals microphone through a guitar preamp? I don’t have any other preamp and need to add some vocals. What are the main issues?
Should have put in the details. I’m using a Shure SM57 and Shure SM58 for the microphones. The preamp is a Baggs Para Acoustic d.i., the earlier version without the gain control. Obviously works great on guitar, but not so sure on vocals…

master answers:

The problem is that a guitar amp has a hi impedance input and will probably have an input gain circuit which will provide vast amounts of distortion which is ok for rock guitar but useless if you want your voice to sound good. You don’t say what guitar amp you have. Most good mics are lo impedance and will not drive the hi impedance input of your guitar amp. If you do find a hi impedance mic you will probably have so much gain you will get loads of feedback. Do not confuse gain with volume. They are not the same.
Conversely, you cannot input a guitar into a mic input and get anything like a good noise.
I suggest you try to source a small public address amp (at least 100w) maybe on ebay. Look for something with a reverb at least, if not digital delay.You will also need at least one pa speaker. Don’t try and use hifi type speakers, you will damage them.

The mics are fine. The 58 is a good vocal mic for anyone starting out. The 57 is usually used to mic up instruments – you see them hanging in front of guitar amps.

Mark asks…

Can an Incandescent bulb be switched out for an LED?

Can a 28v Incandescent bulb (part # 1016131189) be switched out for an LED? I would like to switch out the lamps that have burnt out in one of my outboard microphone preamps with something permanent, so I don’t have to change them again in the future.

master answers:

I think you are asking if you can replace an incandescent bulb with a LED.
Yes, you can, but the LED will require a dropper resistor in series to limit the current (and voltage) to a useable limit.
Another possible problem is the 28V could be AC, not DC as the LED requires. If AC you would either need to convert the source to DC using a rectifier, or insert a diode in series with the LED (each LED) to rectify it.
You need to find the specs. For the LED you wish to use, and look up the voltage and current rating.
Then using Ohm’s Law, you can calculate the ohmic value of resistor you need to drop the 28V to the LED voltage (use a meter to measure the actual voltage on the bulb socket, it won’t necessarily be 28V).
R = E/I, where R is the resistor value in ohms; E is the voltage DIFFERENCE between the supply and the LED voltage, in volts; the I is the current suggested for the LED in AMPS.
So if the LED required 20 milliamps @ 3Volts, and you have 28V supply,
R = E/I = 25/.030, which is 833 Ohms.
A quick check for the wattage rating of the resistor,
W = E X I = 25 x .030, which is .75 Watts. So you would use a 1 watt rated resistor of 833 Ohms value.
You may find difficulty finding a suitable place to insert the resistor. It will get a bit warm, but not seriously hot.
If you use a diode to rectify AC, the additional voltage drop across thediode will be about 1.2 Volts. You subtract this from the supply voltage first, then calculate the difference between that figure and the LED voltage required.

Mary asks…

Is there a store in NYC where you can listen through and compare multiple microphone preamps?

B&H only lets you compare microphones…
Thanks but no, J&R does not carry any of that sort of equipment…
Argh, please read the question, I told you B&H only lets you compare microphones…

master answers:

You could try J&R down by city hall…

Helen asks…

I want to amplify a microphone but what do i plug it into?

all i can find for microphones are preamps but i dont understand them. will a guitar amp or speaker work?

master answers:

Yes, i use my guitar amp for my microphone. All you have to do is buy the connector so you can plug it in. I think they cost about ten dollars.

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Your Questions About Usb Microphone Mac

April 15th, 2014 master No comments

John asks…

What’s a really good microphone for Mac?

I don’t want to spend over $50, but is there any really “high quality sound” microphones that has noise cancel on them?

-MG

P.S.- I have a MacBook with Snow Leopard

master answers:

The Logitech USB Desktop Microphone is really good and it’s only $29.95. Here’s a link: http://store.apple.com/us/product/T6831LL/A

Ruth asks…

I am wanting to purchase a refurbished Mac laptop and I want to edit on IMovie, Suggestions?

I have a limited budget and $1500.00 is my max. I know with Macs that is mid range but I am looking for a laptop to perform, functionally. It doesnt need to be super fast but I want to be able to edit videos for my you tube channel. I am between these two models. Can someone tell me why over the other aside from the obvious clarity with the Retina screen and the no moving parts flash drive? What would perform better?

Macbook Air:

Processor2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
L3 Cache4MB shared
Memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Hard drive512GB flash storage1
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
PortsOne Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), MagSafe 2 power port, SD card slot

Mac Book Pro
Processor2.9 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
Cache4MB shared L3 cache
Memory8GB (2x4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Storage1750GB Serial ATA, 5400 rpm
Optical drive8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
WirelessWi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2 Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
ExpansionOne Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), one FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one SDXC card slot

or Mac Book pro Retina
Processor 2.6 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
Cache3MB shared L3 cache
Memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Storage1256GB Flash Storage
WirelessWi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2 Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
ExpansionMagSafe 2 power port, Two Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps), HDMI port, Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one SDXC card slot
Video and AudioFaceTime HD camera; Thunderbolt ports with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI (requires adapters, sold separately)

Stereo speakers, dual microphones, headphone port (Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote & microphone and support for audio line out [digital / analog]).

Thank you!

master answers:

Definitely go for the Mac Book Pro Retina for video editing.

The Retina has a much better display and is the same speed as the Mac Book Pro and faster then the Air. Then one thing about the Retina and Pro is it has a smaller hard drive( less memory ) if you going to do high end HD Videos I would consider buying an external hard drive. They cost on average around 40-150$
Keep in mid that the MacBook Pro and Retina still do have a decent amount of room, just not as big
as the air

Go for the Retina

Carol asks…

What is the best sound format for gaming?

I am buying a headset and I have a programme which can convert the sound format of audio devices. It gives an option for things like dolby 7.1, 5.1 pro and stuff like that. Which is the best format for fps (css) gaming?

master answers:

These one is the best.
Sharkoon X-Tatic True 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Product Features
* 5.1 channel headset; 8 speakers (4 in each earpiece); Digital, in-line volume control; High end amplifier; Independent, illuminated volume adjustment for each channel and master volume; Detachable microphone with QuickOn connection
* X-Tatic Sound Control Unit (SCU); Supports Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic; Supports the chat function of PS3, Xbox and Xbox 360; Dynamic Range Control
* Center speaker: 2 x 27 mm; Front speaker: 2 x 30 mm; Rear speaker: 2 x 30 mm; Subwoofer: 2 x 40 mm; Impedance: 32 Ohm; Microphone: 6 x 5 mm (L x W) / unidirectional; Cable Length: 360 cm; Connection: 1 x 9-pin analogue plug
* Digital optical input (S/PDIF) 2 analogue audio outputs for the X-Tatic headset 3 analogue 3.5 mm audio outputs (front, rear, center / subwoofer) 1 microphone connector for PS3 (USB A > USB B) 1 power connector
* Compatibilty: X-Tatic Digital; PC / MAC / other sources: analogue input (via cable adapter); X-Tatic SCU; Xbox / Xbox 360: optical input ;PS2 / PS3: optical input / USB microphone connection PC / MAC: optical input / analogue

Laura asks…

What’s a good microphone for recording music and where can I buy it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YHiPttkcW8
I’m into recording music and writing lyrics. I’m in the process of making a song and I want a better microphone to record with. I don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to picking microphones…so i’d appreciate some suggestions (: The most I’d spend is maybe $300. Thank you!

master answers:

One thing I’ll warn you, is do not get a USB microphone. They are terrible. They lack power and are limited to what they can be used for.

Traditionally a recording microphone for vocals will be a condenser microphone. $300 is about the minimum you’ll want to pay for one. However you need more than a microphone to be able to use it.

You can’t just plug a condenser microphone into the microphone jack of your computer. 1. Condenser microphones require phantom power. 2. The quality would be terrible.

What you need is a Audio Interface with built in pre-amps. And a microphone.

An Audio Interface is the device you plug your microphone into, where it gets its power, then sends that signal to your computer. Here’s what I think the best setup would be for your budget.

Onyx Satellite – $180.00

http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-MAC-ONYXSAT-LIST

This thing is really a steal for the price. It’s somewhat unknown, but the Mackie Onyx preamps are not unknown at all. They are high quality with great power. Do a google search and you will see.

AKG Perception 120 – $120.00

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Percep120/

This is not the best recording microphone by any means, but will do just fine with your singing. It’s got a good pattern pickup and will record with pretty good quality hooked up to that Onyx.

Now I can’t stress this enough. Your microphone is only as good as your preamp. So if you plug a $1,000.00 microphone into your computer, it still will not sound good without a preamp. If you plug a $50 microphone into a $1,000.00 it would sound better.

So please don’t make the mistake of buying a $300 condenser, then posting a question of why the mic is so quiet with fuzz in the background.

Any other questions feel free to email me. Also I watched the video and you can rock those high notes like nobody’s business. Nice work.

Charles asks…

How do I record my saxaphone and what do I use to do it?

I have a tenor saxaphone, and I really love doing covers of songs. Mostly Danny Elfman. But, I want to add it to my Youtube account, but I dont know HOW to record my saxaphone, and I dont know what Equipment to use! Can anyone help me with it? How to record, what to use, prices, anything! And do I need a program for my computer to do it too? And a camera? Please let me know! Thanks!

master answers:

If your computer has a webcam, you can easily use that to record the video through moviemaker(windows) or Imovie(mac). If you are concerned with sound quality, I would get a USB microphone, that plugs directly into a USB port and records high quality audio. There are many available, although I have only used a BLUE Yeti(retail $99), and have had good experiences with it. If you are concerned with video quality as well, You can buy an inexpensive digital camera($60+) and record with both the microphone in the computer and camera at the same time, then sync it up in the computer later.

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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Computers

April 14th, 2014 master No comments

Helen asks…

whats better for recording vocals on the computer?

A rock band Microphone or a logitech desktop microphone

please no answers saying neither or or suggestions to buy an expensive microphone

master answers:

Logitech desktop microphone will be good for vocals

Paul asks…

Microphone is really quiet with Vista?

I got a new computer recently and plugged my mic into it. I usually plug the mic into an amp, then connect the amp to the computer. It worked perfectly fine (was quite loud) with my old computer with XP on it. But now when I plug it in, the volume is super quiet. Am I doing something wrong, or can I fix it? By the way, I’m trying to record vocals with the microphone.
Yes, I’ve turned the mic volume completely up, AND added the boost. It still sounds really quiet.

master answers:

To tell you the truth, I have the same problem. I have had my computer with vista for about a year now and have also found my mic to be really quiet. Its so annoying but Ive had to just adjust to it : ( I’ve just tried to find new ways of recording my voice instead of using my computer.

Thomas asks…

Recording Screaming Vocals from Home?

Hi, I’m trying to record screaming vocals from home in the best way that fits my budget. I’m not looking for studio quality vocals just good diy. As far as what I’m currently working with I have a Shure SM58 microphone and pro tools. My main question is will a usb mic cable like a Nady UIC-10 USB INTERFACE CABLE 10ft from guitarcenter.com fit my needs or should I invest in an audio interface. If so can you make any recommendations. Please try and take into consideration that I’m trying to keep a low budget. Thanks in advance.

master answers:

The UIC-10 USB interface Cable is not a mic preamp! Its use is for getting line signal level to the computer.

A mic preamp is essentially designed to amplify weak signals (like the one from your SM58 mic) before they enter the main gain stage of say a mixer, sound card, or other Audio Interface.

For a USB mic pre-amp I would recommend the following for a tight budget:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-MKII-USB-Interface?sku=703669

This will allow you to use the SM58 mic you already have and get started with your recording project.

Good luck!

Steven asks…

What kind of Microphone should i use to record vocals on my computer?

I am looking to record vocal covers of songs on my computer and upload them to youtube. I have a working webcam with an audio device but it is missing that “microphone” quality.

I was wondering what kind of Microphone could i plug directly into my computer, without a preamp or anything, and record covers in sync with my webcam.

I’m not saying i like this video or anything, but this is kinda what im talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/user/above92#p/u/6/-pZV_9HX62M

=D I don’t really have a price range, but nothing crazy haha.

Thanks

master answers:

I did a little research on this before (I was looking for equipment to help a friend with voice-overs for a game he’s working on), and I can’t remember where I found my info, but from what I understand, unidirectional dynamic microphones are what you want. This one is really cheap if you’re just looking to experiment first: http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATR-1100-Unidirectional-Instrument-Microphone/dp/B002HJ61PK/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3VR9Y9MSHPAX9&colid=TUPSM0BENPLT
If you decide it’s a worthwhile investment, you can look for more expensive high-quality equipment later. Also preamplifiers are supposed to help, but I forget exactly what they do.
I’m not really an expert on the subject, though, so you might want to look into it a little more before deciding.

Mary asks…

How to record vocals to computer?

I’d like to record my vocals onto my computer (i’m a singer) and I have no idea how to start. Right now I’m using my built in microphone which obviously isn’t any good. Researching the internet, I’ve heard that I would need a preamp?? I have a basic shure 58 mic already, I just don’t know how I would get the sound to the laptop. I’m guessing that’s what the preamp is for? Oh and anything $100 or less would be great too. Thanks in advance!

master answers:

USB Mics are terrible!

You are good with the Shure SM58. Although it’s a dynamic mic, for $100 you can’t get anything better. No condenser for under $250 is going to sound good.

Preamp is good. But you can get away with a good USB or Firewire Audio Interface that has built-in preamps. I’d recommend the Presonus Firebox or the Tapco Link. They both come with great recording software too.

But just to make sure we are clear, these come with built-in preamps. An external microphone preamp (usually around $600) would be awesome. But that’s for really high qualtiy and studio use mostly.

Presonus Firebox – $300

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FireBox

Tapco Link USB – $150

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LinkUSB

The main difference between the two is Firewire vs USB. Firewire is faster than USB so it’s higher quality.

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Your Questions About Wireless Microphone Reviews

April 14th, 2014 master No comments

Sandy asks…

Looking for customer reviews for HP Compaq Presario CQ60-421NR Notebook PC?

Where can I find reviews and opinions online for HP Compaq Presario CQ60-421NR Notebook PC

master answers:

This Compaq Presario CQ60-224NR Notebook includes an integrated HP Webcam with digital microphone, SuperMulti dual layer drive, as well as a built-in wireless card.

View Specs for the CQ60-224NR below.

* Processor Speed: 2.16GHz.
* Installed Memory: 3GB.
* Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM.
* Processor Technology: Intel Pentium Dual Core.
* Processor Number: T3400.
* Hard Drive Capacity: 250GB.
* Included Drives: Multi-drive.
* Display Type: TFT active matrix.

Carol asks…

Can this laptop play games like Warcraft 3?

Can this laptop HP 15.6″ AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M Laptop (G6-1D44CA) play games like warcarft 3 counter strike mw3 minecraft and call of duty?
And if not what laptop can play those games thats cheaper or exactly the same price?
Thank you in advance

master answers:

Looks like a good option. Consider these specs

15.6″ LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display; 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm);
AMD Radeon HD 6520G discrete-class graphics
Built-in webcam with microphone; Multiformat media reader; 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports;
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN; HP Imprint finish in pewter;
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM;
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6520G
discrete-class graphics

Get the product here. Also, don’t forget to look through the reviews.

Http://www.amazon.com/HP-g6-1d48dx-15-6-Pavilion-Laptop/dp/B007QOXDCU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349987930&sr=1-1&keywords=HP+15.6%22+AMD+Quad-Core+A6-3420M+Laptop&tag=aajema-20

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2Q312UD1T5LPV/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B007QOXDCU&nodeID=&linkCode=&tag=aajema-20

Lizzie asks…

Could, this run Arma II Combined Operations/ DayZ?

17.3″ Full HD display

1920 x 1080 resolution with native 1080p support to showcase your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. TruBrite technology amps up color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ processor

Powerful quad-core, eight-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don’t.
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
750GB hard drive

Lots of storage space for your files and a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and movies. Standard 5400 rpm spindle speed. Toshiba 3D hard drive impact sensor helps protect your data if dropped or dinged.
Mobile Intel® HD Graphics

On-processor graphics with 64–1760MB shared video memory provide dynamically adjusting image quality for Internet use, photo editing and gaming. Optimized to use less power.
Stream entertainment from your laptop to your TV

Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) wirelessly transmits content to your HDTV* — photos, music, Web videos, Internet TV — whether on the hard drive or online.
Built-in Harman/Kardon speakers

DTS Sound creates a virtual surround sound experience for your music, movies, streaming Web content and games.
Weighs 6.6 lbs. and measures 1.3″ thin

Prioritizes screen size without sacrificing portability, so you get lots of viewing space without the laptop being too hefty to move around. 6-cell lithium-ion battery.
Good battery life

Rated up to 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Brushed aluminum finish in prestige silver

Creates a sophisticated look and provides a rigid but lightweight frame.
Bluetooth 4.0 interface

Sync with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
4 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).
HDMI output expands your viewing options

Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture. Supports 4K Ultra HD.
Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, miniSD, microSD and MultiMediaCard memory cards.
Wireless and wired network connectivity

Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards. The Fast Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks.
Microsoft Windows 8 operating system

Customize your new Start screen with instant access to the things you care about most, or restore the familiar Windows desktop experience with an improved taskbar and streamlined file management.
Built-in HD webcam with stereo microphone

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
LED-backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark conditions

Sleek, frameless keyboard design with raised-tile keys. Built-in 10-key numeric keypad. One-touch function keys. Buttonless touchpad pointing device with multitouch control.
SuperMulti DVD/CD burner

Reads and writes to a wide variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and double-layer DVD.
Oh sorry Graphics Mobile Intel® HD
Computer Hard Drive Size 750GB
Video Memory 64 – 1760MB (shared)
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ processor
8GB system memory
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-satellite-17-3-laptop-8gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive-prestige-silver/8968379.p?id=1218957871989

master answers:

Pleas dont paste your full system AD-PAGE, since it doesnt give technical data only advertisement for it-

2 important things here

1.- processor is Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ processor (good )
2.- GPU (aka graphic card ) is undefinde in here Mobile Intel® HD Graphics *********

you need to give us the detailed information, thats a “brand” name, check the technical info, and give us a LINK that would make things easier

Edit:
well, your Graphic Card would be a little problem i think but is still not bad, yes i think you could play Dayz Nicely if you install it properly (note that a bad instalation wil still run BUT will lag a lot, so see if its properly installed in your current pc)

for more information see this
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Toshiba-Satellite-P75-A7200-Notebook.103741.0.html

Mark asks…

what video equipment to buy?

Im starting a Youtube channel. And i have about 1.5k$ and i need to know what to buy for example i kinda want the fx1 or fx7 and i dont know what mic to get. Im going to make tech review , skits , and events like comic con. what stuff should i get ?

master answers:

The Sony HDR-FX7 has a mini external microphone input so you will need to be sure whatever mic you use has the same Male connection. Many wired mics are sold with XLR and/or 1/8 stereo connection plugs so you can use an adapter. You can use a shoot-gun mic mounted on the camera or have someone hold it on a boom-pole. Or you can use a handheld mic and mount it on a stand in front of you or hold it. Or get a wireless lapel mic. Examples: Audio-Technica AT875R shotgun microphone, Shure SM58LC cardioid dynamic microphone, or a Audio Technica ATR-288W VHF wireless microphone.

You’ll need a good sturdy tripod and fluid pan-head, lighting kit, backdrop(s), props, and an video editing program with lots of features (not like Movie Maker, iMovie etc.).

Daniel asks…

i just bought an hp dv6-1334 laptop for 399 and cant find a review/specs anywhere.?

if anyone can post a link to a site that has specs or a review thx

master answers:

Spec’s are EASY – I just bought the same laptop from “Staples” for $398, which I assume you also bought from.

Spec’s on Staples: HP Pavilion dv6-1334us Entertainment Laptop:

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-dv6-1334us-Entertainment-Laptop/product_832349?cmArea=SEARCH

Details:
For those who want an all-in-one performance notebook with rich multimedia features, the HP Pavilion dv6 Entertainment series delivers excellent mobile performance that looks as great as it runs. Powered by the latest processor and graphics technologies, it delivers the features you need to support your digital lifestyle.

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4300
4GB installed memory
250GB hard drive
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVDñR/RW with Double Layer Support
15.6″ Diagonal High Definition LED HP BrightView Display
HP Espresso Imprint finish & HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone
Built-in wireless WLAN 802.11b/g wirelessly connects to the Internet
101-key compatible with full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery; Battery life up to 3.5 hours
Dimensions 14.9″ (L) x 10.15″ (D) x 1.33″ (min H)/1.61″ (max H) (6.34lbs)
1 year warranty

Specs:
Processor Intel Pentium Processor T4300
Memory (RAM) 4GB
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Expandable to 8GB
Hard Drive Size 250GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Optical Drive LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVDñR/RW with Double Layer Support
Display Size 15.6″
Display Type High Definition LED HP BrightView Display
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
Network Card 802.11b/g WLAN
Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Other ports 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
# of USB slots 4
Bluetooth Enabled No
Dimensions 14.9″ (L) x 10.15″ (D) x 1.33″ (min H)/1.61″ (max H)
Weight 6.34lbs
Warranty 1 year
Extra Features HP Espresso Imprint finish & HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone
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HP Site support info: HP Pavilion dv6-1334us Entertainment Notebook PC

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=4072704&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

Manuals for HP Pavilion dv6-1334us Entertainment Notebook PC

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?product=4072704&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

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I’ve been searching for over an hour for a review on this product!
Cant find one!

BUT – Staples has a review on a similar Laptop: HP-G60-530US

http://www.staples.com/HP-G60-530US-Laptop/product_827767?cmArea=SEARCH

Same: Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300
Only this one has 3GB installed memory instead of 4GB
and a 320GB hard drive vs the 250GB.

The Laptops are similar enough to compare reviews:

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews
HP G60-530US Laptop
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.2 stars (based on 38 reviews)
89% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:Comfortable keyboard (33), Quality display (32), Fast (29), Quiet (29), Powerful (22)
Cons:Short battery life (11), Freezes up (7), Heavy (5)
Best Uses:Web browsing (28), Word processing (22), Music (17), Video (15), Business use (10)
Describe Yourself:Tech savvy (20), Technically challenged (11)
Primary use:Personal (30), Business (7)

If anyone finds a review specifcally for the HP DV6-1334 – I’d like to read it!

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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.

Http://www.wirelessmicrophones.com/search_pages/product_results.asp?txtSearch=podcast&pg=2

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

http://www.wirelessmicrophones.com/store/product_display.asp?pid=454

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)…

Thanks!

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://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/CAD-U37-USB-Condenser-Microphone?sku=271322 – http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXLUSB006-Powered-Condenser-Microphone?sku=273175 – 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

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=zvv4i0&s=7

http://tinypic.com/r/zvv4i0/7

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):

http://www.microsoft.com/student/

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

Http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/office-2010-pricing-information-HA101810737.aspx

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:
http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?assetid=HA102552061033&QueryID=e16Fo-feE0&respos=2&rt=2&pid=CH100626141033

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):

http://www.microsoft.com/student/discoun…

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

Http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/produc…

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.

thanks!

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;

http://www.zenproaudio.com/artphantomi.aspx

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?

thanks

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
Height:
1.08 inches (2.74 cm)
Width:
13.00 inches (33.03 cm)
Depth:
9.12 inches (23.17 cm)
Weight:
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

torage
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/
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, 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)
Communications
Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking.2; 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)

Audio

* 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

Height:
0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width:
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth:
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Weight:
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

Communications
802.11n

* 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

Height:
0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width:
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth:
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Weight:
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

Communications
802.11n

* 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.

Http://www.zzounds.com/cat–USB-Audio-Interfaces–2424

The next thing to get would be a good mic. You don’t need to spend too much to get very good results:

http://www.zzounds.com/cat–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

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2020-USB-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B001AS6OYC/?tag=klnprk-20

Also check out at Ebay there are really good deals going
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574865779&toolid=10001&campid=5336440665&customid=klnprk&mpre=http%3a%2f%2fshop.ebay.com%2fi.html%3f_nkw%3dAudio-Technica%2bAT2020%26_sacat%3d0%26_odkw%3dAudio-Technica%2bAT2020%26_osacat%3d0%26_trksid%3dp3286.c0.m270.l1313

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 (www.fluentsound.com) (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 (www.fluentsound.com) (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:

Nathan,

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://www.thevirtualpiano.com/ – 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 Mutools.com 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 (http://www.behringer.com/UB502/index.cfm?lang=eng) 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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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 walmart.com 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:

http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/acer-aspire-desktop-computer-intel-pentium-e6600-30ghz-processor-black-ax1920-ew20p/6000048239084

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)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227495

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

Microphone- http://www.walmart.com/ip/Omni-Directional-Condenser-Computer-Desk-Microphone-Universal/19525528

Camera- http://www.walmart.com/ip/Canon-Black-EOS-Rebel-T3-Digital-SLR-Camera-Bundle-4GB-SD-Card-and-Bag-with-Additional-Tripod/21997675

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 >> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004J3V90Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004J3V90Y&linkCode=as2&tag=cheapestonlinestore-20
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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