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Author Topic: Is a good external mic worth it for recording ocarina?  (Read 2504 times)
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« on: February 09, 2009, 01:57:29 pm »

I this thread: A Chinese Folksong (played on ocarina)

Amiable asks:

(i)  What difference does a microphone make?  (I'm currently using the one on a phone headset; is it worth a 80$ investment?)

I thought I'd reply in the "recording studio" area with some quick thoughts:

1. You are getting very nice sound out of that headphone mic. Much better than I would have expected from a headset mic. And if *you* are happy with that, then there's no need to spend more money.

2. With any type of mic, the mic placement can make a significant difference. Play around with it a lot. Karl's and my experimentation show that at ear level a little off to the side works nicely with an external mic. His video on recording ocarinas with external mics

3. A good mic can make an enormous difference

4. Level 1 would be a plug in usb mic. See kissing's post: http://www.ocarinaboard.com/bb/index.php?topic=110.0 . Judging from the sound of Kissing's recordings you can get great sound and spend well under $100 USD for the mic.

5. Level 2 would be a standard external mic with a preamp/mixer. You're probably looking at around $300 USD for this type of setup... and you could truly get studio quality sound. One combo that works well is the Nady ribbon mic: http://www.ocarinaboard.com/bb/index.php?topic=104.0 the Edirol ua4fx usb interface.

I've had great luck with the Edirol on the 6 or so computers I've tried it on. Just plug it in and it works.

I know of someone else who has not had the same ease with that device.

Karl recently obtained an Alesis mixer: http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alesis-MultiMix-8USB-Mixer-with-USB-and-DSP?sku=630166 which also works nicely and it isn't dependent on usb power so it can be used without plugging it into a computer if you'd like. So that might be a better option. It has 8 channels as well which may prove useful in the future if you really get into this recording stuff. It is more bulky though if that is a concern.

Of course you could spend way more than $300 for a level 2 setup if you want Smiley



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