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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:49 PM

Question about using an external microphone.

I want to get a decent external microphone to record flute playing. I've gotten good advice from a flute player who has created a lot of tutorials on YouTube about this. So I'm looking for a "ribbon" or "dynamic" mic. I find a lot of them, but they don't seem to come with a cable that would plug into the mic socket on my laptop. Do I get my own cable? Some, at least, come with an XLR cable.

TIA
LAS

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LAS14 Jun 2020 OP
TygrBright Jun 2020 #1
LAS14 Jun 2020 #3
LunaSea Jun 2020 #2
LAS14 Jun 2020 #4
LunaSea Jun 2020 #6
OxQQme Jun 2020 #5
LAS14 Jun 2020 #9
CaptainTruth Jun 2020 #7
LunaSea Jun 2020 #8
LAS14 Jun 2020 #10
LunaSea Jul 2020 #11
LAS14 Jul 2020 #12

Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:52 PM

1. You'll probably have to get a separate pre-amp which will connect to the computer.

That's how I have my rig for recording, with a Shure plugged into a Mobile Pre, and the Mobile Pre making the connection to the desktop computer.

Then you can use a free editing program like Audacity or a more specific recording/editing suite to deal with your files.

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:21 PM

3. Yes, thanks. Several people recommended Audacity in response..

... to a different post of mine. This is such a GREAT forum!!!!

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Response to LunaSea (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:22 PM

4. Hi, LunaSea!!!! Thank, you. Thank, you again!!! nt

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Response to LAS14 (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 08:51 PM

6. You're most welcome.

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 08:36 PM

5. USB microphones

https://www.amazon.com/usb-microphone/s?k=usb+microphone

https://www.sweetwater.com/c981--USB_Microphones

google --> Blue Microphone or just --> usb mic

No external adapters needed.

Ribbon and condensor mics need a 48v power supply.

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Response to OxQQme (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 11:10 PM

9. Do those adapters typically come with the mic? nt

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 08:54 PM

7. For acoustic instruments I use a pair of Shure SM81 mics.


Wide flat frequency response & low noise. I love them.

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 09:40 PM

8. Oh, yeah.

I like the Shure SM57 for just about any recording.
Practically indestructible too.

https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/sm57

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 11:10 PM

10. Can one use two mics with a computer as the recorder? nt

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Response to LunaSea (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 05:50 PM

12. Thanks yet again! nt

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