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Inexpensive Microphone for Home Recording
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GregW said

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The mics arrived at 2 O'Clock today, in spite of being "out of stock"!

  

have you been able to experiment with them yet?  any 1st impressions?

  

So far all I've done is fire up Audacity to check that they function at all and don't need to be sent back.

The dB meter indicates that they are a lot more sensitive than the moving coils, but I haven't done a full check yet. Maybe I'll record some violin today.

During my first 5 years of guitar and uke playing, I occasionally wondered which would be the first thing I'd upload. If it turns out to be the violin instead, that will be a surprise!

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Gordon Shumway said

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Your going into a focusrite correct?  just trying to recall what you were using as a recording setup.  🙂 or were you gonna use these more in a live setting.

Yeah, I've got a Scarlett 2i2.  

Having said that, it's a 1st generation version. I've been looking at the 3rd generation ones wondering if it would be too extravagant of me to update mine.

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Im not as familiar with the focusrite as i am the presonus gear.  I know the focusrites are top notch though.   Id say they follow the same evolution so youre probably gonna get some cleaner amplifiers.  The biggest difference I heard when i went from an audiobox to a newer presonus interface was I could turn the gain up more without getting that background ssssssssssss sound in the recordings.  It also had some other enhancements I dont use.  Your probably going to also get some higher recording bit rates.  

 

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also..if youre getting "clicks" or the audio sounds like its dropping part of the recording here and there..or you have latency when trying to record ( say you hit a string on the uke and a split second later you hear it in your headphones) thats a computer issue.  you can solve that by tweaking the settings in your daw provided your not running out of memory or your pc is not matched for the software.  system requirements i mean.  My greatest jump in performnce came from ditching an old celeron 8gb memory laptop for a newer pc..not the recording interface.  

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Gordon Shumway said

I've got a Scarlett 2i2.  

Having said that, it's a 1st generation version. I've been looking at the 3rd generation ones wondering if it would be too extravagant of me to update mine. 

It occurred to me that it would be wiser to update to a 4i4. The 2i2 has two inputs which can be either mic or instrument, whereas the 4i4 has 4 inputs and you can have 2 mic and 2 instr or 4 instr.

However, its output is USB-c, which I am in the dark about - I don't think my PC is USB-c, but I don't really know. If it's just a case of a converter cable, then I guess that's fine.

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