June 2, 2013
Condenser mics are really the cool specimens of the microphone world. These are the guys that are carefully boxed up when not in use and handled like dynamite at room temperature when they are in use. Even the lowest end condenser mic is no cheap deal – and they can still suffer from the same problems as one that costs considerably more money. The beauty of these mics is how well they can perform in multiple applications. They can be used for vocals, and they can even be used for something percussive like drums. The beauty is in their design which is not always instrument specific.
What makes these mics different from something like a Shure SM58 is really what they are capable of picking up. The SM58 is no condenser microphone, but it isn’t a sensitive piece of glass either. The SM58 can be thrown around and even stepped …
February 19, 2013
It’s very rare for digital recording bundles to come packaged with three pieces of gear that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Typically the included microphone or headphones are sub par at best while the interface is around the quality you expect given it’s price. The Focusrite Scarlett Studio package looks to break that mold by offering three quality pieces of gear into a recording bundle that is priced well below the normal studio package. While the Scarlett Studio package may not be the be all end all solution to your recording needs, it does have everything you need to get a solid recording without breaking the bank.
Here are some details and specifications on each piece of equipment that comes in the Focusrite Scarlett Studio package.
Scarlett 2i2 Interface
In light of the recent Dave Grohl directed Sound City documentary, its worth mentioning that Focusrite was founded in 1985 …
December 27, 2012
Buying a microphone of any type for your production, recording, or DJ system is a daunting task. Many producers and DJs have spent time behind a DAW or a DVS, but rarely have they felt the need to use the microphone. I mean, the majority of us aren’t singers or song writers in the traditional sense – and sampling as really enabled us to move past the need for live vocals. Sometimes there is a need to plug a microphone into the DJ booth for MC use, but rarely do we need the sophistication of a good recording mic, when a Shure SM58 will do just fine.
Of course, if you’re just getting into the field of recording vocals, there is a lot to learn about microphones. There are different types of microphones, such as condenser mics, and then there are mics built to pick up sounds in different directions …
September 26, 2012
So, if you haven’t heard, we’ve got a limited supply of this Black Widow large diaphragm condenser mic by MXL. It’s named after a certain spider and apparently someone else with a similarly named, but different product (raise your hand if you know this one,) got their “cease and desist” on. That said, with the mic out of production as quickly as it started, this is one of those oddities that will likely be a collector’s item as well as an EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE studio solution in the immediate future. At the low price, I am sure it can fill a hole in a number of recording rigs. We’re also packing T-shirts and polish cloths with them for the first 50 folks who buy them, so jump in fast if you like free stuff. I KNOW you guys like free stuff. Free stuff and cheap stuff together? It’s like we’ve …
July 12, 2012
The Apogee MiC is a portable cardioid condenser microphone that works with iOS devices as well as Mac (and only Mac) computers. It’s incredibly easy to use, the sound quality is great, and it’s so small you could throw it into your guitar case or even in your back pocket. Just like its cousin, the Apogee Jam, it has some built-in features that are very handy. It’s got a design similar to most studio microphones but more importantly, it’s got the same heavy weight as well. It’s got a full metal casing. Unlike some of the the other iOS USB microphones out there, this mic is built to last.…