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Your Questions About Microphone For Computer

April 22nd, 2014 master No comments

Robert asks…

Is there a computer microphone extension cord?

I want to make commentaries but my Xbox is in one room and my computer is in another room. Is there such thing a an extention cord for a computer mic?

master answers:

The answer and link provided above could help. If you have a USB microphone and need an according extension cord, though, that’s possible too.

Charles asks…

How can I make a recording through my computer microphone for my audio book?

Am considering recording an audio book of my own to put onto CD but don’t know how. What do I need to speak and record for a few hours?

master answers:

Hi There,
there is a good free download you can use for aurio recording with your microphone. It’s called Audacity and there is a link below where you can learn about it and download.
Hope this helps,
Al

John asks…

How can I make a computer speaker play what I am saying on the computer microphone?

I need this for karaoke tomorrow and don’t have a machine.

master answers:

It might be a bit tricky, so pay attention:

1) turn your speakers on

2) turn your microphone on (make sure it’s plugged in)

3) in the volume controls, make sure that your microphone is on and not muted.

Betty asks…

Is 40,000 dollars a good amount to film a documentary with?

This includes the cost of cameras, lights, microphones, computers, computer editing software and just about everything else. It will probably be about 1 to 2 hours long. I plan on entering it into a local film festival so professional cameras and equipment will be used. So is this a good amount or do I need more?

master answers:

Usually the money is used to RENT the equipment you need.

The cost of a 16 mm ARRI is much more than your budget.

Sit down with your crew and go over the script. See what you need exactly and then rent it from a place like Birns and Sawyer

From you explanation, you are probably shooting a video documentation NOT a film.

Http://www.birnsandsawyer.com/

Ten years ago, I set up a “How To” video production company. We had over $140,000 invested before we shot our first minute of video.

What you need is an experienced producer who knows what things cost and how to best spend the limited budget and still come up with a marketable product.

Sharon asks…

Does anyone know how to use Dr Dre’s beats as a computer microphone?

I need to use microphone in computer. Can someone tell me how to connect the mic to the computer?

master answers:

Simple.

The mic you have should have a lead coming off it. Plug it into the back port of your tower. Most towers tend to have a port for the mic near the firewire port. Try there. If not, its probably a USB mic which has a flat, rectangular end. That simply goes into the port for a USB device. After that, follow the setup wizard on your computer and your good to go :)

Be sure you have the drivers for the mic with you, your gonna need to install them :)

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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Computers

April 21st, 2014 master No comments

George asks…

How to record a vocal?

I recently got Avid Vocal Studio. Its a usb microphone and it comes with software to record and edit yourself. When I plug the mic into my computer the sound goes so I have to plug in earphones. So after I record myself I play it back and when I play it back theres no background music all there is , is me singing. And when I plug the mic out of the computer I cant hear myself. Does anybody know how to import the track or fix this? I’m using karaoke covers from youtube HELP!!

master answers:

Vocal Studio only records what goes into the mic, not what’s playing on the computer on YouTube. But you can import the song into Vocal Studio on a separate track.

Find the song somewhere as an MP3, or go here: http://www.youtube-mp3.org

Then in Vocal Studio do File>Import>Audio and select the mp3. It should load it onto a new audio track. Then when you hit play it’ll start playing. If your vocal track is armed (the R button is red) then when you hit record you’ll hear the song playing in Vocal Studio and you can sing atop it. Then when you stop and hit play, you’ll finally hear both together.

Michael asks…

How to put vocals in FL Studio 8?

I want some rapper vocals, and prefer if they could sort of be shouting, though not full on shouting, does anyone know where I can get some from or how I can create them? the vocals that come with the program really don’t fit what I want, I especially like the vocals from the song Firepower by Datsik, if that can be used as some reference

master answers:

Well you aren’t going to get vocals from your computer, unless you have a copy of Vocaloid and you want the vocals to be in Japanese.. You will have to record them. There are microphones you plug into your computer to record your voice, you could buy one of those. FL Studio should be able to record from your microphone. If not, download Audacity for free and try that.

If you record your vocals in FL then they will be there. If you record them somewhere else, find the folder for FL studio on your computer and go to Data>Patches>Packs and put the recorded file there to use it in your song.

Helen asks…

How do I get clean recording on my computer??

I have a 5 month old macbook that I have been attempting to use for recording my guitar and vocals onto garageband. Unfortunately, I can’t ever seem to get rid of a horrible, loud clicking noise in the background of my recordings! I’m sure the noise is from my computer somehow. I got the griffin Imic because I read reviews on the internet that said it got clean recordings and eliminated computer noise, but its still there. The clickings are about once every second and they just won’t go away! Help, please!!

master answers:

Move the microphone away from the computer. Try isolating the microphone from the computer. For instance, placing the microphone on the same hard surface the laptop will transfer the laptop noises to the microphone.

Betty asks…

Best microphone for vocal covers?

I want to record vocal covers, however I’ve never done one before. I’ll be using a laptop, so I’m assuming I need a USB microphone? Which one is the best that won’t kill me financially (I’m only working part-time right now)? Also, is Audacity alright for a recording program or would something else work better? Please answer soon. Thank you!~

master answers:

Many USB microphones are not very good quality. There are some that can record things nicely, but they are on the pricey side. I would recommend looking at an H2 Zoom Handy Recorder. It’s a recording device that comes with an SD card, and the quality is much better than anything you could find on a USB microphone. Once you have recorded a song, you simply just insert the SD to your computer, very quick and easy. I have found this method to be a hundred times better than recording anything with a USB mic.

Ken asks…

How to mix vocals with background music in Audacity (for rap song)?

Hi. I’d like for someone to talk me through, as though I were a completely ignorant newb – on how to mix two tracks together in Audacity. I’m using Audacity 1.3 Beta and I have the LAME encoder. I’ve already mixed together a few tracks by adding original vocals to instrumentals, and although I think I have the basics down, I know that I can be doing a better job of mixing the vocals recorded on a USB mic with the music track.

I typically use ‘normalize’ and ‘amplify’ to more or less match the volume on the two tracks, and I tried messing around with ‘equalization’ a bit but it seems as though I’m not doing the best that I can.

For anyone who has recorded and mixed any kind of vocals (sung or rapped) or simply a voice with music in Audacity on a regular basis, I would appreciate a little tutorial, as it were.

I know there are better programs I could be using – and I plan to eventually. I know that superior recording equipment goes a long way – but that stuff costs money I don’t have at the moment. I currently use a W2 Handy Recorder. It’s decent, albeit needlessly complicated, and btw I still haven’t figured out how to use it as a mic in Audacity directly. What I’ve been doing is recording on it and then uploading and lining up vocals with the tracks in Audacity – but I’ve recorded podcasts and vocals and speeches for classes directly into Audacity via headphone mic before.

Help! I’m just trying to produce the best possible quality material with the tools I have, which is Audacity and the W2 Handy Recorder. Sorry for the length of this thing but I think the details are necessary.

master answers:

Hi Jon,

I had Audacity for a long while and though I wasn’t a “master” of this program, I think I could give you a few pointers that would help.

1. If the microphone you have is a cheap one, it would be a good idea to make a pop filter for it.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4GHNPaW4qc

The guy in this video is making one for his podcasts but they are good for any type of home recording.

2. You can record your vocals as you listen to the backing track. You don’t need to line up the vocals as you have been doing.
First import your backing track audio [Project>Import Audio] , then go to [Edit>Preferences>under "Audio I/O" tick "Play other tracks while recording new one"]. To set it to record your microphone, click on the drop down box under “Recording” and pick the option other than the “Stereo Mix” or wave out mix. For me that option is “Microsoft Sound Mapper – Input” you may not have this option because it is not installed on your computer so click the “input” “microphone” or whatever else is listed but not “Stereo Mix”. Also select “2 (stereo)” with the channels option.

Editing stage

3. Microphones pick up a lot of noises other than your voice. There most likely will be some hiss on the recorded track if you have a cheap microphone. For the vocal sections of your recording, you cannot really remove the hiss without it effecting your vocals. You can however remove the hiss sound for the parts of the song you are not rapping by highlight them one at a time then clicking on the 4th option after the scissors icon on the top right hand side of the program [it looks like this: wavy line - space - wavy line ].

4. If you want to amplify certain words in your rap then highlight them,then go to [Effect>Amplify]. There is obviously tons of other stuff you can do but I’m not going to go through all of them.

5. If you want to go back later in future and edit the layers then you will need to save it as an Audacity file [these files are big]. Go to [File>Save Project]. Do not mix the layers together before you do this, keep all the layers separate just as they appear at the moment .
Once you have saved it as an audacity file, then you can mix the layers together and create an mp3. To do this press [Ctrl + A] together, so that all the layers are highlighted [dark grey] then go to [Project>Quick Mix] after you’ve done that go to [File>Export Mp3]. Once the conversion has completed, close the program and when the save changes option appears click “NO”.

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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

check out sites like futureproducers.com

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 guitarcenter.com. 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 sweetwater.com guitarcenter.com or musiciansfriend.com 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.

Http://www.basic-home-recording-studio.com/microphones.html

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

http://www.amazon.com/PYLE-PRO-PDWM5500-Wireless-Microphone-System/dp/B000E3ZDUA/?tag=klnprk-20

Also check out at Ebay there are really good deals going
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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…
Http://www.guitarcenter.com/Shure-PG24-PG58-Performance-Gear-Wireless-Hand-Held-Microphone-System-103860961-i1126864.gc

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

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=+wireless+microphones&x=0&y=0&tag=klnprk-20

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”

http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PDWM4300-Wireless-Microphone-System/dp/B000E3XAZU/?tag=klnprk-20

Also check out at Ebay
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%2fwww.ebay.com%2f

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.
I am a singer musician. Follow dukebawkes

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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:

http://www.cassette2cd.co.uk/studio/microphones.htm

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

http://www.cassette2cd.co.uk/studio/studio_tips.htm

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.

Cheers
Dizz

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.

Http://www.musiciansfriend.com/search.jsp?sB=r&Ntt=vocal+effects

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.

Thanks

master answers:

Peace!

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”.

Http://www.musiciansguide.com/musicianmag/sample_display.jsp

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?

Heya!
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:

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1354978696&sr=1-1&keywords=XLR+to+USB

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):

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1354542199&sr=1-2&keywords=xlr+to+usb+adapter

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

Agent Alexis P
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Consultation Agent at Geek Squad 1498
Miami Beach, Florida
Formerly an Apple Expert for Best Buy

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Your Questions About Wireless Microphone Headset

April 19th, 2014 master No comments

Thomas asks…

Wireless Microphone will not connect to specific xbox 360 controller?

it connects to any other controller except a specific one, the specific one is not broke either, how do i fix the problem?

master answers:

There is a little wireless connect button you push to connect the headset, click this and the one on the actual headset and it should connect. It normally will not connect to the controller.

Nancy asks…

Is there an inexpensve (under $100) wireless clip on microphone that broadcasts direct to headphones?

I coach retail employees and need a wireless way to listen to their conversations with customers without having to stand over them and confusing the customer. Hoperfully a wireless clip on microphone that sends a signal directly to a headset or smaller portable battery operated reciever,

master answers:

Here is a simple wireless video type mic that will work:

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR-288W-Microphone-black/dp/B00006HO3R/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1292337844&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Azden-WMS-PRO-Wireless-Microphone-System/dp/B00006JPD8/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1292337844&sr=1-11

Helen asks…

[PC] I’m looking for a cheap wireless headset with a build in microphone on it?

[PC] I need it mostly to game and talk with friends the mic quality does not have to be pitch perfect as long as it is decent but not to expensive, and i need a wireless one aswell thanks.

master answers:

I recommend Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Gaming-Headset-Surround/dp/B003VANOFY/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=informazcom-20

It has 3 programmable buttons and it has 7.1 surround sound technology. The wireless range is 40 feet. Hope my answer helped.

Ken asks…

Wireless 360 Headset Glitch?

Ok so i bought a wireless headset yesterday and when i connect it to the xbox 360 it worked until i connect the controller then all light on headset started blinked and blinked then it with to two and Connect my other controller it went to three so i bought a new one today and same thing and i called xbox 3 times and they didn’t do nothing telling i have send my xbox in (Im Not) So Any suggestion
I Have a Naruto stick on mine xbox

master answers:

You got a wireless head set. The head set doesnt connect to the xbox alone, it connects to the controller then to the xbox. So when you play online it knows what controller the voice is comming from. So when you connect both controllers, it freaks out cuz the microphone cant connect to 2 controllers at once. So if you decide to get another mic, then get a wired one, your holding the controller, it doesnt need to be wireless lol.

(this is all assuming you have wireless controllers)
and btw dont trust microsoft when it comes to that. The only reason you should ever send in your xbox, is if it RED RINGS with 3 RINGS…..REPEAT 3 RINGS….one ring or two rings or 4 is fixable by yourself.

Honestly i had the same problems and i just got a wired headset that connected to the controller…everything works perfect…so i suggest that.

Hope that helps :) good luck with your xboxness ^_^

Sharon asks…

headset/microphone…?

I plan to buy one but i don’t know what features i should look
for. I’m going to use it for gaming and for communication in
messengers and such. I have read the Logitech is good brand.
Is cordless better?

I have a sony xp pc.

Is ClearChat Pro USB™ [logitech] a good one?

recommendations?

thnx in advance

master answers:

1, I wouldnt go for wireless, I personally had bad experience with SONYs woreless headset.
2. I recently bought Plantronics headset for gaming at Best Buy and Im loving it. It was 50$ but its well worth it in my opinion. I had several different Logitec headsets too, and they are pretty good, but Im not a fan of Logitec when it comes to headsets… There much better products…
My headset model is: .Audio 370 if u wanna google it.

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Your Questions About Shure Sm58 Mic

April 18th, 2014 master No comments

Michael asks…

What is a good USB Condenser Mic for recording singing performances?

i know very little about mic types. i was about to purchase the cardioid one but read somewhere that it’s not very good with recording singing voices plus instruments.

I’d like a mic that can capture and enhance multiple sound types (vocals plus instruments), but isn’t too pricey. preferably less than $100.

thanks a lot!

master answers:

USB mic for a *live* performance? Not recommended since the mic needs to plug into a mixing board and most use XLR connectors – not USB.

AND you want 1 mic “to capture and enhance multiple sound types (vocals plus instruments)”… Sorry, that single mic does not exist. That is one reason why there are so many mic types… And each claims to provide a different capability.

AND you want this magic mic to be less than $100. Um… Again, does not exist.

Suggested vocal mic: Shure SM58. Handheld, dynamic mic.
Use the condenser mics for the instruments… And for live performance, not the large diaphragm units (these are typically more for studio use)… More like an Audio Technica ATM450.

Jenny asks…

What is the cheapest DSLR that takes video and external mic?

I need HD and good audio so assume external / wireless mic input is the way to go.

CAN the DSLRs do this? There are conflicting opinions on them.

Thanks

master answers:

DSLRs can connect to an external mic. DSLRs should NOT be used to replace a camcorder.

Before you buy a dSLR, pick one… Download the manual from the manufacturer’s web site. Read through it to be sure it has a mic jack (normally a 1/8″ pr 3.5mm stereo input). This means if you want to use good mics, you also need to get a XLR adapter (see BeachTek and juicedLink).

After you have read through the manual and found that it will overheat and shutdown (after about 20 minutes of video recording) and you are OK with the 4 gig file size segmentation and you are OK with the 29 minute video record time limitation (automatic shutdown) and the MOV file format is something your video editor can deal with then take a look at the Canon T4i… If you don’t get a kit with a lens, add the extra $ for the lens. Add the XLR adapter (one *with* phantom power since you don’t know which “external mic” you plan to get).

As for mics, I like the Audio Technica ATR875 shotgun (it needs phantom power) and Sennheiser G2 and G3 wireless lav systems with portable base stations. For a handheld dynamic mic, I like the Shure SM58 (XLR wired) mics – if you get the wireless add-on module with the wireless system, you can use wired XLR mics in a wireless mode.

And don’t forget: lighting (on camera vs light trees/trusses and dimmers or others), steadying equipment (tripod; vest-equipped Steadycam system with articulated, counter balanced arm; camera crane), cases, cables, power/high capacity batteries, and the video editing computer hardware and operating and video editor that can deal with MOV files or add an extra step for transcoding to a file type and video format your selected editor can deal with…

Susan asks…

Can i use a microphone(shure sm58 ) withou a mixer.?

I am going to buy a good microphone(Shure sm58).and i am also buying a shure slx wireless system.
My question is do I need a mixer for a shure microphone and shure wireless system.
i am not playing guitar also.

thank you

master answers:

I would say yes, you do need a mixer. The reason being that you have to be able to put the output of the wireless system into an input of a mixer channel, which in turn goes from the outputs of the mixer into the inputs of a speaker system. Even if it’s nothing super fancy, a simple mixer with at least one XLR (mic) input should work for you. Also make sure you don’t purchase from Behringer, they may have good prices, but there’s a reason for that. I hope that answers your question.

Paul asks…

what microphone shall I use for home studio?

I’m recording vocals

budget can range from £100-300-500

I’m more concerned about the quality…
If it can also record acoustic instruments, that would be a bonus

suggestions?

I have a shure beta sm58 at the moment

master answers:

Get a condenser mic. Some popular ones are:

http://www.homerecorder.com/product.php?pid=1053

http://www.homerecorder.com/product.php?pid=697

http://www.homerecorder.com/product.php?pid=1979

http://www.homerecorder.com/product.php?pid=561

Sandra asks…

equipment needed to be a singer in a band?

what kinds of things do you need to be a singer in a band that will be covering like rock. uhm like a mic and amp, but im sure there is more too it? it would be nice if there are some brief explenations of the stuff that may be more technical.

master answers:

The good thing about being a vocalist, is the little amount of gear you need. Really, all you want is a decent mic. Most people I know swear by the Shure SM58. They are good all round mic’s and they last forever. This just plugs straight into the venue’s desk/PA system.. So you shouldn’t really need a speaker, although most gigging bands invest in their own full PA/desk so that they have total flexibility on where they can play.

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Your Questions About Vocal Microphones For Live

April 18th, 2014 master No comments

Nancy asks…

Looking for a good Microphone help !?

I am a vocalist and want to invest in a good microphone , I’ve heard shure are good ? Any body have any advice or know of a better brand , please include prices if you know too

THANK YOU :-)

master answers:

I’ve been using Shure vocal mics for decades. It’s hard to go wrong with an SM-58. I’ve got some that are over 20 years old and still sound great. They go for about $100 each.

If you’re looking for something in the studio, the I would suggest a Shure Beta 87C for about $250. A lot of folks use these live too, and in certain situations they work fine. If it’s with an acoustic or low volume band, they’re great. On a loud stage, though, they actually pick up too much. You’re better off with the SM-58 at that point.

There are lots of other brands out there too. Audix and Sennheiser make some great mics…I’ve just got the most experience with Shure.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin,TX
Ken

Michael asks…

Best Microphone to Sing with?

Ok, I have about 45 bucks, and I was looking to buy a studio/recording mic?

What would be the best bang for the buck?
That is good, but it is far above my budget…

master answers:

My guess would be SHURE SM58 microphone which is one of the greatest mics around the world, and one of the most used.

The Shure SM58 unidirectional (cardioid) dynamic vocal microphone is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement,
and studio recording. It has a tailored vocal response for a sound which is a world standard for singing or speech. A highly effective, built-in spherical
filter minimizes wind and breath “pop” noise. A cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.
Rugged construction, a proven shock-mount system, and a steel mesh grille ensure that even with rough handling, the SM58 will perform consistently, outdoors or indoors.

Ruth asks…

rock band microphone question!?

so i bought The Beatles Rock Band… and i cant use the Xbox live headset as a mic…

but it says any USB microphone can be used

so can i use a webcam with a microphone?

master answers:

I doubt it. Even if it did work, the microphone is probably of such low quality that you wouldn’t be able to pass any songs. You really need one of the Logitech/Rock Band/Guitar Hero mics or a Lips wireless mic if you want vocals to work.

Daniel asks…

Anyone who knows about recording vocals?

Ok, im a teenager and i want to start a band. I need a microphone for use when practicing live, and a microphone to connect to a computer when we record. I dont know much about microphones considering im the guitarist not the singer. What kind of microphone do i need? Do I need to get one for the computer (i have a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter) and a separate one for practicing live? When I play live where do i plug the microphone in? The amp??? Please tell me what i need to get. Price lemit 50-100 dollers for each mic if i need 2.

master answers:

For recording at home a simple USB mic will work fine:

http://www.zzounds.com/item–CADU37

It connect directly to the computer.

For a live band you not only need a mic you need a PA system too. The mic will not sound good plugged into your guitar amp. You might consider a “powered speaker” to get started. It is like a PA system all in one package. You connect the mic to it and plug it in and you are good to go. You need a regular mic – the USB mic will not work with it.

Http://www.zzounds.com/item–BEHB212A

http://www.zzounds.com/item–SAMR11

Jenny asks…

Live microphone for death metal?

Okay i asked awhile back what a good microphone would be, and recieved wonderful answers but now im looking more in depth; What’s the best mic for death metal live performances, i saw the shure SM58′s 57′s yata yata, is there anything better than these two mics?

I’m also looking for a specific function too; “switchable response” (a Shure SM7B has one but idk if thats a good mic to use live)

So could someone please help me with this question =)

master answers:

Some more information for you, since I’ve already made my recommendation to you (Shure SM57 or SM58)… I don’t have any experience with the SM7B.

It appears to be very well-reviewed for rock vocals, though.

There is no such thing as a mic that is geared towards “screamo”, though, you do want to look for a mic that overloads gracefully and can handle physical shock…. Since you’ll be screaming into it and bumping it around and all that junk.

I don’t think the switchable response thing is all that useful – on the SM7B it appears to simply go between a flatter response (more like the SM57) and a bass and mid-boost (vaguely similar to the SM58).

If you want a mic that’s good for vocals, then get one that’s good for vocals… Don’t try and buy a Swiss army knife. If you have the cash for it, then focus on getting a good vocal mic, period.

Just make sure you get a dynamic mic – a condenser mic will almost assuredly be too hot for small stages, and a ribbon mic will be too delicate. A cardiod response pattern is good, a supercardiod might be better – more side-noise rejection.

EDIT: Yeah, don’t use a megaphone. That’s not going to work.

Saul

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Your Questions About Usb Microphone Review

April 17th, 2014 master No comments

Donald asks…

Decent USB microphone?

Can somebody point me the way of a decent quality microphone, that I can plug into my computer, and use to record acoustic guitar, voice, and maybe a little piano and percussion. The quality doesn’t have to be amazing or anything but I’m on a 14 year old’s budget here. Thanks.

master answers:

Blue microphones from YETI consistently get the best reviews. They are intended for your particular needs, music enthusiasts, video creators, etc. They may not be on the cheap side, perhaps you could find a good deal for a used one in Ebay.
I am including a link to their most popular model below.

Betty asks…

Non USB microphone for home studio?

Hi, I’m looking for an XLR microphone alternative to something like the M-Audio Nova or Blue Microphones Yeti. I really hope you can help, Oliver.

master answers:

Any condenser mic will work great BUT you will need a USB interface with a phantom powered XLR input to use it. Like I said in my other answer, a USB mic will work just as well and that is all you need – no interface needed.

Anyway, if you need a good condenser mic, there are plenty out there for around $100 or so:

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT2020-Address-Cardiod-Condensor/dp/B0006H92QK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297196040&sr=8-1

USB interface with phantom power:

http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Fast-Track-USB-Interface/dp/B002QZ402Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1297196071&sr=1-3

If I were you, I would save the money and just try a USB mic. The Blue brand mics are getting great reviews.

Jenny asks…

Which USB Microphone?

Hello guys.i’m going to buy a condenser mic.Which one can i buy? EditorsKeys SL150 / SL300 or Blue Yeti ?

master answers:

The Blue Brand Name has been number ONE for years, for good reason. But, Google Search for any Reviews that they actually test them both in a REAL Sound Lab.

“Blue Yeti vs. EditorsKeys SL300

Then, repeat for Blue Yeti vs. EditorsKeys SL150

And, look for trustworthy Lab Results, if they actually exist.

Michael asks…

Any good USB Microphones out there?

I’m making a self-produced Heavy Metal album, and I need a good Microphone that plugs into a computer via USB that is used to record Guitar and Vocals. Any ideas?
Under $150 would be great.

master answers:

USB mics actually work great for many people – search YouTube for reviews.

Http://www.amazon.com/Samson-Track-Microphone-Audio-Interface/dp/B0015MJE22/ref=sr_1_22?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1345565751&sr=1-22&keywords=usb+microphone

Joseph asks…

What’s the best USB microphone?

I want to purchase a USB microphone (that would plug right into the USB port of my computer) for recording guitar and vocals. What would be a good quality microphone? I would like to keep the price around $200 :) Thanks

master answers:

G35 Surround Sound Headset
u can see the reviews on the page
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam_communications/internet_headsets_phones/devices/5095

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