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What are the qualities of a good mic for recording a song?

Asked by Zone36 (416points) December 26th, 2009

I’m looking for a decent to good pc mic.

Without being able to try out the mics what should I look for on the box?
Using this as an example, what specs would be good?

On top of that what other things might be good that aren’t in the specs. Features etc…

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Cruiser's avatar

Get the best you can afford as with mics, the good ones ger pretty pricey. Jack style is also something to consider. Read this for more….

Fminorpenta's avatar

The Snowball Mic is pretty good and its USB powered. do not need phantom power.

its about 100 dollars condeser mic, I use it for vocals but its a bit on the low-end I suppose.

The E-609 and Sm 57 I think it is are nice mics as well.

With mics its hard to say they each have there own “feel” tone or what have you.

sndfreQ's avatar

Specs, while good indicators of overall performance, aren’t the full measure of a mic (or any audio device). The spec you linked to, is also incomplete. Most frequency responses that are accurate give a range and a tolerance (like 20Hz – 16KHz, plus or minus 3dB).

In general, mic quality and function are two factors, as different mics are intended for different applications. What will you be using the mic for? (Vocals, podcasting?) What are you recording (voice, or voice/instruments?) Will the mic be used in a quiet/controlled enviornment, or in exterior / field applications?

Best bet is to read opinions of users, through forums or other review sites.

The BLUE Snowball (I have it) is an okay mic, however, it seems to be a little lo-fi for anything beyond voice and podcasting-I wouldn’t recommend it for any music or critical recording applications.

Like camera lenses, mics are the thing that can make/break a recording, so being spendthrift about mic choices may not be in your best interest.

What are you using this for? What software are you using to record/edit (less important, but curious)?

Scope's avatar

over $20.00

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