Friday, March 5, 2010

Digital Recording at Home - Microphone

I am trying to figure out home to assemble the least expensive but reasonably effective home recording setup.

I bought a very cheap omni microphone that uses a USB connection to hook up to the computer.  The software I am using is Audacity.  My friend Jim Wunderlich, owner of Orbital Sounds studio recommended this microphone for home recording:

You might want to check out the Sampson C01U studio condenser microphone. It features a 19mm internal shockmounted diaphragm with a cardioid pickup pattern for good quality recordings. It's a condenser microphone that can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable. The cardiod pickup pattern rejects sound from the rear and works well for recording vox and acoustics. You can find them for around $70 new and $50 used or so. I have a CO1 in the studio and get alot of use out of it. It's also good for podcasting.

Audacity is free but it definitely has its problems.  I am finding that multiple tracks can get out of sync due to latency.  This would happen when I laid done the drums and then tried to add an additional guitar track.

I'd be grateful for any advice my readers can offer.

1 comment:

  1. The feedback I am getting from people is that it may be a soundcard issue. An online source recommends the use of a mixer.


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