Hello everyone,I am an intermediate-level flutist who is looking for a decent but cheap mic system for home recording. So far I have considered the following options:1. an iCon U1 - USB condenser microphone i.e.https://www.icondigitalusa.com/content/u1-usb-condenser-microphone2. a M-audio Fasttrack II audio interface + some condenser mic (Icon O2 or some Shure model, not sure at this point).3. any better options you may suggest? Help would be welcome! Greetings and love from Turkey
I would suggest you get a decent USB interface and then buy a CAD M179 microphone. Great mic for just about any instrument and inexpensive. I have three of them and they end up being used on just about everything.
Something like this?http://www.heilsound.com/pro/microphone-accessories/usbq
Would this also do the trick?http://www.amazon.com/Shure-X2U-XLR-to-USB-Signal-Adapter/dp/B001PPXFAG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362563965&sr=8-1&keywords=x2uOkay, so Fasttrack II is a bad model. How about Tascam US-122?http://www.thomann.de/gb/tascam_us122mk2.htm I'm assuming 57 refers to Shure SM57. Also, I guess the iCon USB condenser is not a model you would approve of?I've been told that the best kind of microphone for recording flutes are ribbon microphones. What do you think about these inexpensive ribbons?http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_rb100.htmhttp://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_rm700.htmhttp://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_rb500.htmhttp://www.thomann.de/gb/superlux_r102.htmFinally, would you recommend buying two microphones and using them together? Such as, I dunno, a ribbon and a CAD m179 or SM57? Or should I rather buy one better mic?I intend to use the system on an unused floor where there is very little noise (and the rooms have great acoustics, too). I will also be recording duets with my flute teacher and a friend who plays the harp. Thank you for your replies!
Now another question would be where to position the mic for best pick up?? Anyone want to offer suggestions.
Does the flute have a small square mount to allow a marching band type sheet holder?? Can you mount a small condenser (omni) to this and have about 6 inchs from instrument? Then the second instrument will be 2 or 3 feet from the mic and be more than 3 to 1.
http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h4n/The Zoom H4n will do all you want. You can record directly to it or use is to feed your computer to record on it. With the on-board mics you can record yourself, a duo, or a small ensemble. For the ensemble, obtain the desired balance the old-fashioned way: position yourselves to achieve the desired balance. Hey.....it worked for the recording industry for many years before mixers and multi-tracking came into play.
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