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Help me choose from these options for guitar/vocals
Old 27th January 2013
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Help me choose from these options for guitar/vocals

i have Rode Nt1-a, electroacoustic classical guitar and really cheap
audio interface Lexicon Lambda and not the ideal room for recording.
(And have monitors, headphones)
I really like the sound of the pickup,
but not so much through my gear i have now and i would like to make
better recordings.
I would need it for recording classical guitar and ocassional vocals.
It would be good to have something for future live use.
(For example Motu 828 mkIII could be use as a standalone mix...)

To not spend too much money on things i will eventually have to upgrade
again, i would like to buy rather one good piece of audio, than two mediocre,
even if those two would produce better immediate result.

My budget is 560 euro/ 736 dollars. I would like to buy something within a month, but i could eventually wait two or three months and have more,
around half this budget. Of course, i would prefer not to.

The options i see are:

1) To buy a good condenser cardiod microphone.
(Neumann KM184, or other...)

2) Preamp, such like Focusrite ISA One Digital
(but my computer doesn't have digital input,
so i would need to stereo-splitter the Lambda
and then into the return go with ISA, to bypass the preamps...
It should work, right?)
Or wait more and buy DAV BG1u.

3) Wait a little and buy an audio interface.
(Motu 828 mk III Hybrid...? I saw many people
had some sort of problems with the ultralite)
(Or could buy now Focusrite Forte,
or RME Babyface. I have not Mac, so no Duet for me.)

4) Something other, which has not crossed my mind yet.

Thanks, Pavel
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