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Hey guys, I need your help with something.

Some time ago I bought Peavey PV i2 as it was recommended by a friend as the best option available in the price range. I'm a hobby singer, so I mostly do it for fun. Anyways, thing is I thought about something that would be good for both live shows and as a mic I could use with my PC and my friend made me XLR to regular 3.5 jack converter. For live shows where there is a mixer/pre-amp it's all good. Mic is performing decently. But at home being a dynamic mic, not so much.

At least because I cannot record anything decently because I either have to use some type of microphone boost gain and that degrades quality and introduces a lot of noise, which can be removed for the most part later (it worked somewhat decently in Audacity), or amplify it in a software which is also not so good of an option.

So what I'm basically asking is there some sort of cheap mic pre-amp that would add 20+db by default, or maybe some sound-card that can do something like this. When I say cheap, I'm saying something about 80$ or lower. If it's of any help whatsoever my current soundcard is integrated into my Z68, and it's Realtek ALC892. I know that me not willing to deck out much money for a pre-amp might sound stupid to some of you, but it's just for a hobby and I'd rather get a new monitor or add it to my "to get Kepler" budget than spent it on a pre-amp or a mixer.

About the purpose, I just want to be able to record things without using the microphone boost/gain... And if it is a soundcard. I'd say I belong to a category of 30% gaming / 70% music aka music lover and am more into harsher metal genres. I don't know if it's of any help, but yeah...

In the end any kind of opinion or advice would help. Pardon my ignorance, which is I'd say obvious. And have a nice day!
    
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MIC100

i have one. and its good. for that price, nothing can beat it.

edit: also if you say your budget is around $80. add an audio interface like the UCA202.

MIC100 - $39
UCA202 - $37
Total - $76
Edited by croy - 3/29/12 at 7:58am
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Blue icicle is a low-end ~$40 mic pre-amp with USB interface. It's intended to be stupidly simple and actually has a hardware analog gain control knob.
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Blue icicle is a low-end ~$40 mic pre-amp with USB interface. It's intended to be stupidly simple and actually has a hardware analog gain control knob.

the Blue Icicle is not really a good idea. its not even a real preamp/interface. you get no output from that alone and no ASIO drivers. not worth spending $40 for that.
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MIC100
i have one. and its good. for that price, nothing can beat it.
edit: also if you say your budget is around $80. add an audio interface like the UCA202.
MIC100 - $39
UCA202 - $37
Total - $76

Hey croy. That Mic100 looks nice. Is it possible for me to work with that without the audio interface? Meaning plug the mic cable into that and get another similar cable to go from it into the mic 3.5 "port" in my PC? I did say around 80$ maximum, but as I said it's for a hobby so I'm unfortunately looking to cut cost wherever I can. Anyhow, thanks. wink.gif
    
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Hey croy. That Mic100 looks nice. Is it possible for me to work with that without the audio interface? Meaning plug the mic cable into that and get another similar cable to go from it into the mic 3.5 "port" in my PC? I did say around 80$ maximum, but as I said it's for a hobby so I'm unfortunately looking to cut cost wherever I can. Anyhow, thanks. wink.gif

yup you can still use it even without the audio interface. i would also like to suggest grabbing a XLR to XLR cable instead of using your current one.
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yup you can still use it even without the audio interface. i would also like to suggest grabbing a XLR to XLR cable instead of using your current one.

Also if it's not too much to ask, what programs would you recommend me to use if I'm to record vocals (so that could later on apply effect like reverb, and do dual track and shift half of octave on each in "other direction", multi-track access)? A free one for beginning and a good commercial one. If it's not a bother. Thanks for such a fast response. For now I use Audacity and I like the interface and simplicity and is able to do basically all of the aforementioned things. Also heard Cubase is a good commercial one, and some people like to use Reaper.

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Also if it's not too much to ask, what programs would you recommend me to use if I'm to record vocals (so that could later on apply effect like reverb, and do dual track and shift half of octave on each in "other direction", multi-track access)? A free one for beginning and a good commercial one. If it's not a bother. Thanks for such a fast response. For now I use Audacity and I like the interface and simplicity and is able to do basically all of the aforementioned things. Also heard Cubase is a good commercial one, and some people like to use Reaper.
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try out Reaper. i've heard good things about it. already comes with tons of effects for beginning stage. i use Cubase btw.
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Thanks a bunch guys, croy, mikeaj. Really appreciated.
    
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