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Inexpensive Microphone for Home Recording
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starise said
I did a further search on these units. For a portable unit,ย  they are the closest game in town for a musician.You could get something like a gopro but the quality isn't there. Reviews have them going through batteries fairly quickly. If you are only making a video of a song or two though, it shouldn't matter. I have an older Zoom handheld unit that's an audio only recorder. It's ok but not up to par with higher end mics. It's like 10 years old, so I doubt there can be any comparison to the Q2N. It eats though batteries too. In one video I seen a user tape cardboard over the top of a zoom Q2N to keep out the room light as an option to the expensive lens cover.ย 

If I got a long mic cord I could pull my setup out into a larger space and record the video on my handheld video recorder. I don't really want to do that though because it involves combining and lining up audio/video. A time consuming venture.Might be my only option presently. I am still undecided on the zoom. I'll wait and see how you like yours ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย 

I was going to get the AC adapter for the Q2N, (part AD-17), but I want to see how long the batteries last. I'm only going to be using it for a song or two at a time.

I saw that video, too. First, he wanted to use a guitar pick, but didn't want to put tape on the mic, so he went with the piece of cardboard on top with tape on the back of the unit.

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Well, I still think a cap at the right diameter, perhaps fastened with a rubber band. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ah, you're talking about a plastic bottle cap! I was thinking a cap off of a bottle of beer with the rough metal edges. blink

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Yes I was referring to a plastic cap. ๐Ÿ˜

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Jim, I hope the Zoom worked out ok for you.

I wanted to give an update on another experience and some thoughts/experiences I had on recording. I had forgotten I had a laptop. If you have a laptop you can go portable. It's a little more hassle than something like the zoom and you need an audio interface. Still beats dragging a desktop around.

Update- Since I had such good luck with the cheap MXL small diaphragm condenser in my space I decided to look at other sdc mics. My MXL SDC was "meh" but had better overall results than the others mics I had. The stars lined up for me a few weeks back when I seen an open box special at my local Guitar Center.It was also my birthday then, so I treated myself to a pair of SE Electronics se7 mics. They come with foam wind screen. GC has a liberal return policy so I decided that I would return them for a set of Rode m5's for a little more if I wasn't happy with the SE7's.ย 

I must say that for my small bedroom studio setting these mics have been excellent so far. I need to add some reverb because my space doesn't really have decent acoustics.

I love ribbons for violin too, just didn't seem to be cutting it for my space. Other considerations are most passive ribbons need more gain to work optimally and they are figure 8 polar pattern. Often they are used with either a more expensive preamp, something like a Warm Audio or a Grace. You can add gain on the cheap by buying a cloudlifter which is simply a little 48 volt phantom poweredย  amp that goes between your ribbon and your interface.ย 

Maybe my experiences might help someone else. I have an essentially small mostly dead acoustic space and this worked for me.

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Actually, the Zoom Q2N is still sitting in the case I bought for it! I have been so busy the last few weeks selling our little rental house next door, selling my mother's house in NY, and with the nice weather, trying to get the yard and gardens cleaned up and our business is picking up for the season. It's enough to just squeeze in my daily practice each day. Things should start calming down a bit concerning the houses by the end of April, so....

I do have a laptop, but I hate using it. I'm still using a desktop for most things I do. Sounds like you are getting some good results.

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Moonshadows did you get a chance to try the Zoom? I'm still considering it as a portable option.ย 

Hope you were able to get all of that other stuff settled.ย 

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