I Need Vocal Microphone advice.?
Alright heres what I need to do, Playing guitar and singing in a band. I run my guitar to an amp, however I have no experience in Micing any vocals.
I have ordered Peavey6 Mixer (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-PV6-Mixer?sku=631366) and Shure58 Mic (with stand). I know nothing about pre-amps or anything that I’ll need. I obviously need to be heard over the drums (which will not be miced) and in the future, I’d like to be heard in small or medium sized gig area (no larger than 150 people). So what else do I need, just a pre-amp and some speakers? Do I even need a pre-amp? Do I have to run the Mic to the mixer than a pre-amp then a speaker, how does the process work? I’d like to spend less than $300.
Also my friend has some large (about 4 feet tall) speakers from his home entertainment system, would it be possible to use these to save cash?
Most mixers (including the Peavy PV6) have microphone preamps built into the channels that have XLR inputs. So you won’t need to purchase a separate preamp for your SM58. Just run a microphone cord (XLR on both ends) and you’ll be fine there.
However, you’ll need to connect the mixer output to a power amp to amplify the signal to drive speakers, which you don’t mention in your post. Ask a local music store or call Musician’s Friend customer service for power amp recommendations, you don’t need to spend a ton of money but you’ll need something around or above the 100W per channel range to be heard over guitar and live drums.
Finally, you’ll need speakers. Home entertainment speakers will produce sounds, but chances are you’ll be very dissatisfied with the quality and volume. You’ll probably want to invest in PA specific speakers as well.
BTW, signal chain will look like:
power amp, into
Hope this helps.
Best to you.
which vocal microphone is better?
C414 or SM58 and why?
The Shure SM58 is the industry standard vocal mic, especially for live performances, as they are very robust and sound good. I suppose it depends what you want, the C414 is a condenser mic so you’ll need to power it, whereas the 58 is dynamic so you can just plug it in. Also the C414 is hyper-cardiod so won’t pick up as much background noise but you’ll need to sing straight into it.
All the specs can be found with a google search:
I’ve just seen the price for the C414! My god get a 58! I’m just looking at a glance maybe there’s something special about a C414, but I’d buy a 58. C414 seems to be discontinued too…
Hope this helps!
I’m thinking whether the shure 87c is a good microphone for recording?
I’m 16, I don’t have much money so it’s the cheaper I can have.
Here’s the honest deal with any Shure… They’re pretty good microphones, and they’re great microphones for the money. Its hard to get a better deal. But, the drawback is that any Shure is good for playing live, but you need to save up and get somethong better if you’re trying to record. They’re not worth a damn for recording. Trust me, save up. If you have a Guitar Center or a Sam Ash in town, go talk to the PA/sound guys and they will set you on the right path. I can’t recommend a good recording mic because I’ve been out of the buisiness for so long. But I do know everything about Shure. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
Microphone for unclean vocals?
I heard you need distortion on a microphone for unclean vocals. But what other important specs should a microphone have for it? I’m looking for live and studio performances
Mics are usually distorted by some electronic means later in the signal chain…not in the mic.
You’re not going to find a new working mic that’s going to have “distortion” as a feature.
There was a studio in Austin I recorded in back in 1999…they had a Shure SM-58 that someone had thrown across the room and messed up. That mic was distorted! The studio owner told me that every punk band that came through there wanted to buy that mic off of him. Funny stuff.
So, if you want distorted vocals…look for a vocal effect. TC Helicon makes several.
Greetings from Austin, TX
Is the ‘Samson Q1U USB Microphone’ good for singing?
Is it good for recording vocals?
For the most part, it’s not good for recording vocals. The fact it’s USB is already proof enough. The most expensive microphones used for recording are almost always condenser microphones or Shure Dynamic microphones with standard XLR female to XLR male connectors or wireless dynamic Shure. So the best ones tend to avoid USB all together. Most USB microphones cannot hook up to mixers, it cannot hook up to a sound interface or connect with say, a pre-amplifier. Most will only connect from your microphone directly to laptop. Only beginners that don’t want to put in extra money for a setup will fall into this trap of purchasing a USB.
The most expensive microphone and best one out there for studio recorders is the Sony condenser. It can range from $8,900 – $10,000+. You won’t find a USB version of this for the moment. In fact, any microphone in the high range won’t be USB and won’t be on sites like Amazon.
I’ll tell you why dynamic microphones are still used and why they’re good. Live performance of course! They’re less fragile and don’t pick up everything, so if you have a guitarist blasting music near you and a crowd screaming, that microphone will not pick up the other noise as much. For recording vocals, you want the sound to come off as if your voice is right near their ear with best quality right? Then a condenser microphone is what you need. If you’re playing the acoustic guitar and singing at once, then you’ll want a microphone that only picks up your singing and a microphone for your guitar. Shure would be the best brand out there for something like that.
Since the price of the Samson Q1U USB Microphone is around $50.00. I recommend shelling out twenty more for a cheap condenser like the AT2020 which is only worth $70.00. The problem is, you’ll have to shell at a lot for something to provide phantom power, a shock mount, a pop filter and something to hold the microphone. Condenser microphones are fragile, they’re never used in live performances for a reason and only for studios most of the time. Even when they’re not in use, it’s important to put them away in a bag as dust, humidity and age can wear the microphone out.
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