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As the title states I'm looking to buy a decent microphone for recording vocals.
I do not really want to spend over £100 ($150).
Also I would like something that would directly connect to the my pc.
So far I had a look at these two options:
  1. Shure SM58+X2u - amazon link, product page link
  2. Shure PG27USB - amazon link, product page link
As you can see both of them do exceed my budget limit, but I could possibly stretch to that kind of price.

Any advice or recommendations?
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I would definitely go with the SM58+X2U. You won't regret it unless you're doing podcasting. If you're doing podcasting or something for youtube videos you can do with less. If you're recording voice for a song or singing on stage with it, the SM58 is the goto mic.
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post #3 of 11
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I would definitely go with the SM58+X2U. You won't regret it unless you're doing podcasting. If you're doing podcasting or something for youtube videos you can do with less. If you're recording voice for a song or singing on stage with it, the SM58 is the goto mic.
Thanks Simca
I wrote some lyrics aboout my feelings and I want to record myself rapping. Well, first I'm gonna record some stuff on my crappy mic and see if it's worth it for me to even bother with getting a better mic.

btw
Do you know any free software that I could try out to see if I would be able to produce some beats to go with my vocals?
Edited by bg92 - 11/15/12 at 9:30am
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Free? No. Only software I'm aware of (and there are probably tons more out there) is Fruity Loops. I think it's free to try but 100 after.

http://download.cnet.com/FL-Studio/3000-2170_4-10030774.html
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While it exceeds your budget, you will not regret the 58 with the X2U. The great thing about the X2U is that you do not need any additional hardware in terms of interfaces etc. I can highly recommend it.

Just be aware that the X2U bundles do not ship with XLR cables, as the microphones in the bundles are the LCE versions. LCE is the European no cable version. smile.gif

One thing I really must stress is that be wary of where you buy these products! There are a lot of fakes around. Make sure you only buy from authorised retailers. Amazon should be ok, but it's best to be wary.
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two things here: Do you need the super duper indestructibly of the SM58?
Also do you have a good room acoustics in the room you are recording in?
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Free? No. Only software I'm aware of (and there are probably tons more out there) is Fruity Loops. I think it's free to try but 100 after.
http://download.cnet.com/FL-Studio/3000-2170_4-10030774.html

Thanks. If it has a free trial that's good enough for me. Also there seem to be two versions of it. There is a producer version which costs £150, while the standard costs £80. Have to check out differences between the two.
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While it exceeds your budget, you will not regret the 58 with the X2U. The great thing about the X2U is that you do not need any additional hardware in terms of interfaces etc. I can highly recommend it.
Just be aware that the X2U bundles do not ship with XLR cables, as the microphones in the bundles are the LCE versions. LCE is the European no cable version. smile.gif
One thing I really must stress is that be wary of where you buy these products! There are a lot of fakes around. Make sure you only buy from authorised retailers. Amazon should be ok, but it's best to be wary.

Thanks for letting me know about the fakes. I will have to watch out for them.
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two things here: Do you need the super duper indestructibly of the SM58?
Also do you have a good room acoustics in the room you are recording in?

I don't need the mic to be indestructible.
I will be recording in my bedroom, which definitely doesn't have good acoustics.
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Just some quick tips regarding fakes. Here is an excellent article that describes a lot about fakes.

http://homerecording.about.com/od/microphones101/a/Fake_Shure_Mics.htm

Additionally, if the microphone has significant handling noise, it is most likely a fake. The genuine 58 will hardly have handling noise. Also, fakes are more prone to feedback (if used on stage) than the real mics.

If you want some quick tips regarding home recording, Shure have a great video about it. It also mentions a little regarding the X2U.
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Just some quick tips regarding fakes. Here is an excellent article that describes a lot about fakes.
http://homerecording.about.com/od/microphones101/a/Fake_Shure_Mics.htm
Additionally, if the microphone has significant handling noise, it is most likely a fake. The genuine 58 will hardly have handling noise. Also, fakes are more prone to feedback (if used on stage) than the real mics.
If you want some quick tips regarding home recording, Shure have a great video about it. It also mentions a little regarding the X2U.

Thanks for the links, really useful info.
I'm pretty much set on buying sm58 and x2u, but I might have to wait until January to get these frown.gif

Also is it true that dynamic mics are better for recording in rooms without decent acoustics?
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Sorry for replying very late, been gone for some time.

In general, dynamic mics are better for untreated rooms as they are far less sensitive to background noises etc. It mainly depends what kind of room it is, aka how much furniture you have and secondly, what you are recording. Then you get the issue of microphone placement, again depending on what you are recording.

Considering that you are on a budget and are looking to record vocals, a dynamic microphone would be your best option in this case. Still, "treating" your room with items that you already have (like bed sheets, carpet etc) will help achieve a better recording.

What is your set up like, aka what will you be recording into?
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