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Old 3rd February 2009
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basic Vocal Results under $150?

Shure SM58 Mic into a Motu MK II 828, can I get basic/decent vocal results? I'm not looking to record singing, mostly talking vocals and vocal snippets to add support to house/techno tracks.

What about a Studio Projects B1 or Shure SM57?

In the future I plan to get a nice mic and nice mic pre amp, but just want to know if a $150 setup will let me do vocals basic vocals, just something that sits decent in the mix. And is it possible to record inside a closet for rough vocals like talking or other filler vocals?
Old 3rd February 2009
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Originally Posted by TacosWhenTwisted ➑️
In the future I plan to get a nice mic and nice mic pre amp, but just want to know if a $150 setup will let me do vocals basic vocals, just something that sits decent in the mix. And is it possible to record inside a closet for rough vocals like talking or other filler vocals?
In my undestanding it's not the best way to record vocals inside a closet because of apparent boxiness of that kind of places. At least you probably have to cover your closet with acoustic materials.
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try it!!! if it works, then use it!!!
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Originally Posted by TacosWhenTwisted ➑️
Shure SM58 Mic into a Motu MK II 828, can I get basic/decent vocal results? I'm not looking to record singing, mostly talking vocals and vocal snippets to add support to house/techno tracks.

What about a Studio Projects B1 or Shure SM57?

In the future I plan to get a nice mic and nice mic pre amp, but just want to know if a $150 setup will let me do vocals basic vocals, just something that sits decent in the mix. And is it possible to record inside a closet for rough vocals like talking or other filler vocals?
I'll vouch for the studio projects B1... it's certainly got a useable sound.
Only problem I've ever heard with it is that it can be a bit sibilant.

Other options in this price range might include the Kel audio mics too.

Yes, a decent voiceover mic can be had for 150 in my opinion...
Good luck!
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I'll vouch for the studio projects B1... it's certainly got a useable sound.
Only problem I've ever heard with it is that it can be a bit sibilant.

Other options in this price range might include the Kel audio mics too.

Yes, a decent voiceover mic can be had for 150 in my opinion...
Good luck!
Which Kel model? Is this sibilance bad on the studio projects b1? I dont mind boxiness if it adds an effect to the sound. I like unconventional sounding vocals for this type of music. Actually thats kinda what im going for, a conversation in a different room than where the music is playing would actually fit the artistic vision for these tracks. I guess once I choose a mic, i'll just try it out in the closet and if it doesn't work i'll search for other vocal booth ideas.
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another decent condenser in your range: MXL V67g.

Great mic that can be had under $100
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another decent condenser in your range: MXL V67g.

Great mic that can be had under $100
how about the MXL 990? Where is good place to get cables and stand? Nothing flashy.
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It can work, but I wouldn't use a closet, a closet just sounds like a closet. Real boxy, and dull. Use a bigger room.

Kit
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Get a Kel HM-7U, you will not regret it!
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It can work, but I wouldn't use a closet, a closet just sounds like a closet. Real boxy, and dull. Use a bigger room.

Kit
Why do people use vocal booths? Is it not that essential? I dont mind if the vocals are dirty and imperfect. So i guess i should just use the room.
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Why do people use vocal booths? Is it not that essential? I dont mind if the vocals are dirty and imperfect. So i guess i should just use the room.

You need a room that is properly treated, and a closet is a box with a low ceiling. A bigger more open room will sound more natural.

Kit
Old 4th February 2009 | Show parent
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Get a portabooth.
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how about the MXL 990? Where is good place to get cables and stand? Nothing flashy.
The 990 really isn't even in the same league.

The v67g has incredible warmth without the harshness of the typical chinese LDC.

I'd venture to say it is the best LDC in that range and a bit above.
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I'd say a Cad M179 can be found in your price range it will do you good in many aspects.
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I'd say a Cad M179 can be found in your price range it will do you good in many aspects.
cant go wrong with this one either.
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people use vocal booths when recording a full band and you need the vocal mic to not pick up any sound from the other instruments.


to be a useful vocal booth it has to :
- be completely soundproof (to keep out external sounds like drums and amps)
- be completely treated so it's walls don't add nasty sound to the recording
- be big enough for you to stay in while tightly sealed without running out of air or feeling faint
- have a window so you and your band can see each other clearly and easily from many directions
- be big enough in front of the mic for your gf to crouch... sorry, I was watching "The Doors" last night

Cheers,
Don
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I've added another need to the mic, I need something that will give me some Warm Sultry almost fuzzy vocals. Mainly for females. Budget is now $150-$200 (used?)
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I've added another need to the mic, I need something that will give me some Warm Sultry almost fuzzy vocals. Mainly for females. Budget is now $150-$200 (used?)
Did you check out Gauge Microphones? I can get you a good deal for their mics. GAUGE MICROPHONES - CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.
-Chris-
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Did you check out Gauge Microphones? I can get you a good deal for their mics. GAUGE MICROPHONES - CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.
-Chris-
I checked them out, pm sent

Anyone else want to chime in on the Gauge Microphones.
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Looks like im leaning towards
MXL V67G.



anyone want to stop me? cause i can go up to $150
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Looks like im leaning towards
MXL V67G.



anyone want to stop me? cause i can go up to $150
Just to remind you, 1 microphone will be good for 1 certain type of vocal/sound while another one will be better for a different type of sound to capture. There isn't a definite microphone for every application.
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