Topic: Microphones

I've got an 8-track that largely collects dust in my room, but I want to start using it more, have done some practice room and demo recordings on it, and they sound pretty good, but generally using pretty beat up microphones. Was wondering if anyone can recommend me some good affordable ones to get started with, and offer some general advice on mics (what type is best for what, blah blah).

thanks

Sky:Lark (Noisy Post-Hardcore) - http://skylark.bandcamp.com
Man Hands (Fastcore) - http://horsepartyrules.bandcamp.com

Re: Microphones

You can get a fairly decent condenser mic for about £200 if you are just making demoish material.  I have an SE Electronics and I love it.  Got a good bundle where they chucked in a pop shield and reflection filter.  Shop around on line!

And although reeeealy predictable a good old reliable SM58 is a cracking dynamic mic.  Great for guitars especially.  and they are so hardcore robust 2nd hand is totally safe.

Re: Microphones

You will need to be a bit more specific.

What do you need to record? stylistically and instrument wise?

4 (edited by 12-01-2012 09:45:25)

Re: Microphones

Ok, so I've got 8-tracks to play around with. For the most part I'll be using it to record skylark, so that'd be one guitar, one bass, drumkit and two vocals. I'll also use it/lend it out to any friends bands, friends of friends bands who want to use it. So I guess it'll generally be stuff in the incredibly broad "loud rock music" style. Good recordings but not polished.

bass sound must be huge.

Sky:Lark (Noisy Post-Hardcore) - http://skylark.bandcamp.com
Man Hands (Fastcore) - http://horsepartyrules.bandcamp.com

Re: Microphones

ok, sorry for the late reply, could you suggest a rough budget?

Did you want to record all the instruments live at once?

6 (edited by johnbearandrews 18-01-2012 15:02:40)

Re: Microphones

yeah all instruments at once, overdub the vocals.

as for budget.....I guess £400 overall.

please let me know straight up if I'm being wildly optimistic with that budget

Sky:Lark (Noisy Post-Hardcore) - http://skylark.bandcamp.com
Man Hands (Fastcore) - http://horsepartyrules.bandcamp.com

Re: Microphones

How many guitars?

This is do-able mate!

I used to be a sales consultant for pro audio and home recording set ups, can you tell? wink

Re: Microphones

just the one! very helpful indeed.

Sky:Lark (Noisy Post-Hardcore) - http://skylark.bandcamp.com
Man Hands (Fastcore) - http://horsepartyrules.bandcamp.com

Re: Microphones

right...

order one of these for vocals and mono overhead (then buy a second when you can for stereo):
http://www.kelaudio.com/products/hm-2d/

Never heard a mic that cheap sound so good, my pal who was borrowing one stuck it in a band practice room and it just sounded like a good live recording, insane really. So yeah GREAT value for what you need.

look on:

EBAY

Sound on Sound classifieds http://www.soundonsound.com/readersads/ … php?Cat=16

Gearslutz classifieds (sign up for the right to this)

look for best price you can find:

FOR GUITARS and SNARE (youll need two of these)

Shure SM57 (make sure it's not fake!)

or

Shure Beta57 (make sure it's not fake!)


FOR KICK DRUM and BASS (you'll two two again):

Audio Technica ATM250

or

AKG D112




NOTE!

You could have these in any configuration, one of each of the mics suggested would be ace because you can experiment with which sounds best