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Anyone got any suggestions for a mic that I can use to record guitar/vocals on? I'm using it to record through my PC.

Something of good quality that isn't outrageously priced. You know, something I can set in front of the amp to record the music, but also be able to use it for vocals as well.

Thanks in advance.
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Anyone got any suggestions for a mic that I can use to record guitar/vocals on? I'm using it to record through my PC.

Something of good quality that isn't outrageously priced. You know, something I can set in front of the amp to record the music, but also be able to use it for vocals as well.

Thanks in advance.
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The Shure SM57. One of the best universal mics out there and I think it retails around 80 bux. You can use this mic for just about anything, vocals, guitar, drums, whatever. It's widely used as a studio mic, I know gwen stefani of No Doubt used it on her studio vocals as do many others. Bottomline this is a great mic and you'll love it.
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The Shure SM57. One of the best universal mics out there and I think it retails around 80 bux. You can use this mic for just about anything, vocals, guitar, drums, whatever. It's widely used as a studio mic, I know gwen stefani of No Doubt used it on her studio vocals as do many others. Bottomline this is a great mic and you'll love it.
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Shure SM57 every time, I prefer it to the SM58 for my voice, and it is renowned as a guitar mic! It can also handle much higher SPLs (volume) than many condensers which is great for getting those tubes saturated!

If you have a slightly higher budget the Shure KSM (27 / 32 / 44) series are also very nice but require Phantom power. The KSM27 gives a lot of bang for your buck.
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Shure SM57 every time, I prefer it to the SM58 for my voice, and it is renowned as a guitar mic! It can also handle much higher SPLs (volume) than many condensers which is great for getting those tubes saturated!

If you have a slightly higher budget the Shure KSM (27 / 32 / 44) series are also very nice but require Phantom power. The KSM27 gives a lot of bang for your buck.
My instructors page and http://www.studiotrax.net for all things recording.
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Yeah Shure's KSM series is amazing. I got the KSM32 and when I first got it I was shocked when I was sitting in my room and it was picking up cars going by about 50 yards outside my house. AKG's are actually not that bad either, probably my second favorite. If you into buying a drum mic kit, AKG's is better than shures. Especially the bass drum mic, it's the best out there. Shure's Bass mic has a tendency of picking up too much low end and not much of anything else. AKG's picks up a smooth freguency responce and is more than sturdy enough to handle the low-end with even more clarity than shure's. Audio-technics are ok, but they tend to clip first if there pushed to hard. With vocals that's a problem cause it's a headache when it comes to dynamics. Sennheiser only makes one good mic and that's the 421, which is actually more versatile and better than the Shure's SM57, but way more expensive. And if your rich get a Neumann, they're probably the best mics on the market today. Every other brand name of mics isn't worth putting any money into.
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Yeah Shure's KSM series is amazing. I got the KSM32 and when I first got it I was shocked when I was sitting in my room and it was picking up cars going by about 50 yards outside my house. AKG's are actually not that bad either, probably my second favorite. If you into buying a drum mic kit, AKG's is better than shures. Especially the bass drum mic, it's the best out there. Shure's Bass mic has a tendency of picking up too much low end and not much of anything else. AKG's picks up a smooth freguency responce and is more than sturdy enough to handle the low-end with even more clarity than shure's. Audio-technics are ok, but they tend to clip first if there pushed to hard. With vocals that's a problem cause it's a headache when it comes to dynamics. Sennheiser only makes one good mic and that's the 421, which is actually more versatile and better than the Shure's SM57, but way more expensive. And if your rich get a Neumann, they're probably the best mics on the market today. Every other brand name of mics isn't worth putting any money into.
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Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like a Shure all the way.

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Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like a Shure all the way.

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