I’m new to this forum so I’m sorry if this is off-topic or have been discussed before (I searched but didn’t find any relevant thread)
I play classical guitar and I’d like to record me playing. Both my laptop’s built-in mic and my old cheap headset (jack plug) are fine for talking on skype, but quite crappy when it comes to recording the sound of the guitar.
I’m looking forward to buy a new mic for recording myself playing guitar, but after some time searching I still have many doubts. Where I live I can’t find a local store with any decent mic I can try so I’ll have to order online (within europe).
I’ll be using audacity for recording and possibly also some other live streaming software. I’ll be using it on both Linux (desktop pc) and MacOS-X (laptop macbook pro). Since I’m using it with the laptop it would be preferrable if it is a mic which doesn’t need phantom power. Therefore, from what I’ve been reading, USB mics are probably the best choice.
My budget is 50-100 euros, but can go up to 150 euros if it’s really worth it.
From all the reviews I’ve read I’m considering buying one of these:
- Blue Snowball
- Samson CO1U
- Samson CO3U
- Samson G Track USB
- MXL USB.006
- MXL USB.007
- T.Bone SC440 USB
- T.Bone SC450 USB
I’m having some trouble finding online shops in europe selling the MXL’s and I haven’t been able to find much info about the T.Bone’s.
I’ll be using it mostly for guitar recording, but I might also use it in some other situations in which the “omni” feature might be handy, so I’m including also mics such as the CO3U on my list. But my prority will be the guitar, so I only consider that option if it doesn’t compromise the quality of the guitar recording, nor has a considerable increase in price.
Any insight or personal experience on these mics would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Update (2010/03/22): this has turned out to be a quite long thread, but I have made my decisions by now, which turned out to be a bit different from what I initially had in mind. So if you don’t feel like going through 18 pages of comments you can skip to the shorter version here: http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=27862