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12:37 PM on 04/14/14 
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i use the ATH-M50 headphones as well. great pair.

these are my monitors and this is my interface for my computer. relatively cheap and sound great, if you're looking for flat response monitors.
02:24 PM on 04/14/14 
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anyone that knows stuff about microphones, what are some good mics for recording guitar amps? im gonna try out some of the mics my school has and see what sounds i like but if anyone has any good recommendations id love to hear them
04:33 PM on 04/14/14 
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This kind of stuff might be a great thread in itself. The short answer is it depends on price range. Shure SM57 and Sennheiser E609 are both right around a hundred dollars and are standards for a reason. You get into some more varied options once you bump up a few hundred bucks, but for electric guitar you can get quality results with either of those mics relatively easily.
i've been thinking of picking up an SM57 for a while now just because i know how versatile it can be for its price. i'll look into the Senheiser E609
04:55 PM on 04/14/14 
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Yeah. The thing with the 57 is that on top of its versatility it really is great for electric guitar. Calling it a jack of all trades almost sells short how solidly it performs in that context. What kind of stuff are you recording, and what are you using for an interface?
I'm not too sure what specifically I'll be using it for, been thinking of making guitar based music for a long time now (I usually produce electronic stuff). I figure getting a mic for my amp will not only help me record my own stuff but also help me start building up a nice mic collection for when I start recording bands and artists (which is the goal). Right now I have a PreSonus 22VSL interface, it's getting the job for now but obviously I'll need a bigger one eventually
09:44 AM on 04/16/14 
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earbuds are so bad for your hearing
07:57 PM on 04/22/14 
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I find I focus so much better with headphones on then playing music through speakers ... anyone else?
i feel like headphones are great for picking up nuances and little details you would otherwise miss or not pay attention to, where speakers give you a more clear vision of the "bigger picture." it usually depends on what im listening to or what kind of listening mood im in that'll dictate which i go for....but i know what you're saying
07:59 PM on 04/22/14 
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or if you mean just focusing on what you're doing in general (not just the music), i definitely agree there. easier for me to study or do work with headphones on than through speakers
09:16 PM on 07/19/14 
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If you don't have some nice headphones you can get some nice ones for about that price
04:49 PM on 07/21/14 
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i prefer listening digital to analog tbh. i mean, i do enjoy listening analog but my studio monitors sound a lot better than my vinyl set up, which is pretty nice.
07:24 PM on 07/21/14 
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I like the experience if that makes any sense. Plus I have some mild hearing loss and I think the bass messes with it, so certain songs sound almost sharp in digital format. Not even 30 and falling apart.
yeah part of the reason i collect vinyl is because there's really no feeling like holding a larger version of the artwork in your hands while you listen to it. i like having a physical product that feels like i paid for more than just the music. good packaging is awesome.
07:02 PM on 07/22/14 
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yeah do not ever buy monster cables
07:00 AM on 07/30/14 
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Hey, I'm surprised there's not a thread solely on this kind of stuff, but I really want to start doing some better quality at-home recordings of my music. (Ya know, better than built-in iPhone mic quality.) looking for tips on decent/more or less affordable microphones and recording equipment.
References to any good articles would be appreciated too!

Edit: it's for just a straight acoustic guitar and vocal project
really all you need is a good microphone and a recording interface and you should be good. i dont know much about microphones that are meant for acoustic guitars and vocals, so you might want to look into that a bit more yourself (though you can never go wrong with an SM57), but you're definitely going to need an interface to get your mics into your computer. i currently use a Presonus Audiobox 22VSL which would be perfect for what you're doing since its 2x2, it's affordable and i have no problems with it whatsoever.

you're also gonna want a DAW, something basic like garageband will be fine for starting out but eventually you're gonna wanna upgrade if you stick with it. the audiobox comes with Presonus Studio One, which I have absolutely no experience with (i use logic and ableton myself) but I've spoken with people who use it and they seem to like it just fine. it doesnt really matter what program you use, just so long as you know how to use it.

that should definitely be enough to get you started though. eventually you might want things like studio monitors which are endlessly helpful, i used to record using just regular computer speakers i had for years, the difference is night and day.



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