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Suggested recording equipment for Mac

Discussion in 'Technique' started by mnodine, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. mnodine

    mnodine New Member

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    Now that I have had my first recordings appear on pianosociety, I'm starting
    to think more seriously about my recording set-up. There were some complaints
    about the tonal quality of my recordings, so I'm trying to determine how I
    can improve. From the research I've done so far, it appears my biggest
    mistake was in using a dynamic microphone rather than a condensing one.
    I have been and will continue using Garageband on Mac. Since I'm not
    sure how much more recording I will do, I'd like to keep the expenses
    moderate at this point.

    Do you agree that condensing mics produce better results? If I do get
    a condensing mic, I'm thinking of something like the Shure SM81. Does
    anyone have any experience with this mic?

    Also, if I do convert to a condensing mic, I'll have to get a different mic/USB
    interface. The one I used was this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-US44010-I ... B00061ZM2Y

    which does not support phantom power. I'm thinking of upgrading to this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Avid-9900-65143-1 ... B005CTJMF8

    Any comments, observations, suggestions, proposals, theories, opinions,
    arguments, theses, etc. are appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    IIRC there have been extensive discussions on this board about microphones and related stuff. Have you searched around a bit ?
     

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