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Postby beanbrain » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:19 pm

Hi All,

Looking for some advice/direction.

I am not 100% if this is something that I want to do so have a small budget in mind but don't want to skimp if you know what I mean. I have a macbook pro and was looking into recording some vocals from myself and don't really know where to start. I want the ability to lay my vocals onto another artists music.

I have nothing other than the Mac at the moment so was hoping for some advice and guidance on what Microphone and what software to buy. I'm completely new to this but understand that getting the wrong mic of software can ruin any chance of enjoying it.

Thanks in advance for any help any of you can give!!
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Re: Newbie advice

Postby Will_m » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:48 pm

Not sure what kind of budget you have but I'd look at getting a vocal/interface bundle. The basic kit I'd go for is:

An audio interface
Some decent headphones
A mic + cable + stand + pop shield
Recording software

Something like this might be a useful starting point:

You'd just need some headphones and recording software, some of the cheaper options are reaper or logic express. There are a range of free ones too, I'm sure somebody else can help you out here.

You might also consider a vocal shield like the se electronics reflection filter,this will help if the room you record in has poor acoustics.
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Re: Newbie advice

Postby beanbrain » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:07 am

Thanks for the advice.

Looks just the ticket for what I'm looking for at the moment.

Does anyone else have any other ideas before I commit to it?

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Re: Newbie advice

Postby Richie Royale » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:17 am

Will has covered all that you need. You should have Garageband on the Mac which covers the recording software. There are loads of low priced audio interfaces, the one Will has suggested is good. You can have a look around, but the simple requirement is that it has a mic pre-amp built in and if you are using a mic that requires phantom power, that it has phantom power as an option. You could get a dynamic mic such as an SM58 (phantom power is not needed), which can be used in the hand or with a mic stand and will record adequately enough (and last forever!). Steer away from ebay as there are lots of copies out there.
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Re: Newbie advice

Postby beanbrain » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:16 pm

Lol who would have thought there was so much to think about for recording!!! Pay day is round the corner so will let you know what I went for.

Thanks once again ever so much for the advice. I was going to end up with completely the wrong thing and was probably going to look for it on ebay!!

Many Thanks
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