Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

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Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by pg19081968 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:02 am

Hi everyone. Can I get some recommendations for a mic to record acoustic guitars? Price up to $400. Thank you.
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Re: Best mic to record vocals?

Post by DVDdoug » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:28 am

I don't have a recommendation for you, but you will need an audio interface (or mixer, etc.) with a proper balanced input. Stage & studio mics are not compatible with a "regular soundcard".

The most common type of microphone for vocals (and almost everything else in a studio) is a "cardioid large diaphragm condenser".

And the main difference in sound quality/character is frequency response and that can be largely adjusted/compensated for with EQ so don't get too caught-up in any "magical qualities" of certain microphones.

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Re: Best mic to record vocals?

Post by steve » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:30 am

pg19081968 wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:02 am
a mic to record acoustic guitars?
Your topic title says "to record vocals" :?

You will find lots of relevant information in this forum thread: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=22109
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Re: Best mic to record vocals?

Post by kozikowski » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:00 am

A note here. The first consideration for recording anything is to do it in a quiet room. Can you tell your computer is on just by listening? That can limit your choice of microphone. USB microphones shouldn't get much more than about six feet (2M) away from the computer.

I have a good sound treated room, but I have to lock the wall clock up when I record anything, turn off the whiny internet modem, unplug the keyboard music system and miss the Metrobus going by.

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That seems pretty simple, but we're sitting in a completely soundproofed conference room with padded and treated air ducts, special lights and heavy drapes on the windows.

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Re: Best mic to record vocals?

Post by pg19081968 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:52 am

Sorry everyone, I meant to say best mic to record vocals and guitar. That's what happens when you don't get enough sleep :-)

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Re: Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by kozikowski » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:54 pm

What's your price range?

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Re: Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by Armando » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:19 pm

I use the Rode NT1-A which, to me, produces very warm sounding recordings. I think you will like the results on vocals and guitars. Here is a review on it to give you more info https://www.doremistudios.com.au/rode-n ... ne-review/

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Re: Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by steve » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:35 am

Armando wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:19 pm
I use the Rode NT1-A which, to me, produces very warm sounding recordings.
I'm surprised by that as a lot of reviews say that it sounds a bit "thin". Personally I like this mic as it has extremely low self-noise, and a pretty flat frequency response, so you're not fighting against the characteristics of the mic when applying Eq. I'd say that a "pop filter" is essential when using this mic for vocals (as is the case with most large diaphragm condenser mics).
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Re: Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by Armando » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:16 pm

Hi Steve! Sorry, I did forget to say in my last comment that I do use a pop filter with the Rode NT1A when I record myself singing. However, wouldn't that be the norm when recording vocals with any mic?

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Re: Best mic to record vocals and guitar?

Post by steve » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:57 pm

Armando wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:16 pm
wouldn't that be the norm when recording vocals with any mic?
Normally yes, but with a few notable exceptions such as "beatboxing".
I was just adding that pop blast tends to be a more serious problem with large diaphragm microphones. It can be worse still for ribbon mics, because the ribbon is extremely thin and may be broken if blown on.
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