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I'm interested in a microphone for music recording. I'm thinking USB so it can be used with a laptop computer. I don't know anything about this topic. Suggestions?

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This is kind of an open ended question! What kind of music are you wanting to record, in my studio we have lots of different mics for different situations/instruments.

 

Also what kind of budget do you have in mind? I would suggest getting a simple external interface rather than a USB mic. The m-audio fast track interfaces are very good in this regard, can provide 48V phantom power for mics that require it and can also take a high Z (ie direct input from a guitar) input.

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Thanks for the reply. It will be mainly piano, but I don't know why that would make a difference. Not really sure about budget, maybe a maximum of ~$400. What is 'a simple external interface'?

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Are you going to record an actual piano or a synth keyboard? For a keyboard just go straight into an interface. For an actual piano this is where things start getting a lot more complex. As I have not had any experience recording a piano I would suggest reading the following articles:

http://homerecording.about.com/od/recordin...o_recording.htm

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan08/arti...ording_0108.htm

http://innig.net/music/recordings/method/

 

As you can see it can get quite involved. Another option that I've seen recommended is use a Zoom H4n (can be picked up for between $300-$400) if you just want a good recording for a demo or just so you can listen back it would suit the bill.

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