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*headdesks repeatedly* :-(

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:24 am

Ow. :(

I've been working on further content for my new YouTube channel (watch this space). To that end, I've already recorded seven songs, a short story, and five good speeches. Now, I tried to make a new recording "Georgia on my mind", with backing from a very nice little chamber trio - piano, cello and guitar. Alas, the finished product always ended up sounding bad because the microphone isn't up to the job. :x

So I junked the project and tried recording "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes", a nice tenor ballad from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" - which is all about how if men have women for company, then everything is good with the world, blah blah blah. :P Again..... though I tried my hardest, my microphone was (again) not up for the job. :( (And before you say anything, I may be a baritone-bass rather than a tenor, but this song is well within my range... but the microphone simply has too much distortion, and drowns out the ends of words. GAH!) *tears his hair out in a bloody rage* :x

So in the end, I just gave up on this thing. Wonderful. Two hours wasted because my microphone is crap. :x

Then again, this microphone is designed for gaming, not for recording songs... but still. It's driving me right up the wall. Damn stupid thing... grumble. :(

Anyway. Thanks for listening. I feel better now. ;)

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Post by Tawmis » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:59 pm

If it's something you're passionate about, have you considered getting an actual mic that will suit your needs?

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Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:31 pm

I have, but in the past this thing was good enough because I wasn't recording songs - just spoken word. Also, I have done other songs previously and this mic was always good enough.

Any ideas what kind of mic or specs I should look for, Tawm?

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Post by MusicallyInspired » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:41 pm

If you're going to do it, do it right. Please do not use cheap mics for music. That makes me a sad panda. They are not equipped with the quality hardware that they need and will sound like garbage even if they don't distort.

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Post by Rath Darkblade » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:45 am

Not to worry! ;) I consulted at the time with my brother-in-law (who happens to be a music teacher, as well as having a recording studio of his own) and he recommended the Røde NT to me. I have one now, and it gives me so much better output for much less effort. Huzzah, hurrah, and so on. ;)

MI, just out of interest... is there much of a difference between the Røde microphones and the Yeti ones? I am (as yet) a relative beginner when it comes to microphones, so I'm wondering. Thanks again! :)

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Post by JasefWisener » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:00 am

I've never used the Rode NT but I can attest to how great the Yeti is. It's my go-to for voice outside of work.
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Post by MusicallyInspired » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:15 pm

I actually am not sure because I don't use USB microphones. I use traditional analog XLR phantom powered microphones. But not everyone has an expensive audio interface or the cables required so USB is better for the general user. I picked the Yeti because my sister has one and it sounds great and it's also touted as the best USB mic out there. Whether that's true or not I have no idea.
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Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:11 am

Yikes. :shock: I just looked up how much an XLR Yeti would set me back - the average price here in Aussie-land runs between $450 and $600. A USB Yeti is about $150, which is about how much the Rode set me back.

On the other paw, the Rode produces very good sound, even so. I've only had it for about 2 weeks, but I'm quite happy with it. :) Thanks for your advice! :D

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