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OK! well i got a band and we suck btw(For now) and we want to record our stuff. so all we have right now is a little camera with a horrible microphone. now i have a laptop that i can install good audio recording programs. but i need help on what kind of microphone i should use and what software. now this must be either free or cheap (im not talking about like $100 software/mic)

i need to go from crap



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you need a new drumer thats all i can say lol
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you need a new drumer thats all i can say lol
i know..oh yeah thanks for staying on topic and helping me out.
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Hmm...

Audacity is a great freeware audio recording/editing program you could use. And for the mic; how cheap is cheap? For the bargain basement, I'd guess something like the venerable Zalman clip-on would suffice - though it'd probably be a pain to mount somewhere and I don't know how it would handle the high SPLs.

And guys? Metronomes are your friend. Jam sessions are fun, but you'll want to have a source of clear, accurate time if you want to get better faster. It's amazing how honest they force you to be with time - and how quickly your sense of time will improve. Keep practicing and it will all fall in place. Enjoy the music.
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also if you guys are going to be doing all your sessions in that basement.. your gonna want to find something to cover the cement walls it will kill the echo and sound a little better.

i used to use the cardboard cup holders from like burgerking or mc donalds.. but i grew tired of those and started searching for foam padding and stuff.. i usually get all my padding from rent a center type places since they are always getting tons of big stuff shipped to them most of the packaging has foam wrap sheets or pads


so get the walls covered and you should be good for killing the echo..


but yea.. cheap mic i would say the zalman or icemat clip on mic..

the mic i used way back then was too much for your budget lol
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also if you guys are going to be doing all your sessions in that basement.. your gonna want to find something to cover the cement walls it will kill the echo and sound a little better.

i used to use the cardboard cup holders from like burgerking or mc donalds.. but i grew tired of those and started searching for foam padding and stuff.. i usually get all my padding from rent a center type places since they are always getting tons of big stuff shipped to them most of the packaging has foam wrap sheets or pads


so get the walls covered and you should be good for killing the echo..


but yea.. cheap mic i would say the zalman or icemat clip on mic..

the mic i used way back then was too much for your budget lol
Environment does not matter too much in this case, I don't think. Every studio/hall has it's own sound - which is not always a bad thing. Hell, a guy I regularly record with has had me sit in his closet and play before because he liked the large, booming effect it gave the recording. Let the environment suit the band's tastes, I say.
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Hmm...

Audacity is a great freeware audio recording/editing program you could use. And for the mic; how cheap is cheap? For the bargain basement, I'd guess something like the venerable Zalman clip-on would suffice - though it'd probably be a pain to mount somewhere and I don't know how it would handle the high SPLs.

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i know the metronome to well...problem is we cant hear the thing when the band is "trying to play" i know we suck but i got a budget of at least $50. im trying to find anew drummer, but those are so rare.....
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$50, eh? I'll poke around...

The biggest problem you're going to find is that mics are available for that sort of budget, and a audio interface to connect the mic to is available for that budget, you won't find both for that budget.
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$50, eh? I'll poke around...

The biggest problem you're going to find is that mics are available for that sort of budget, and a audio interface to connect the mic to is available for that budget, you won't find both for that budget.
what kind of money are we talking about right now?
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what kind of money are we talking about right now?
My idea of a "budget" setup would me a Marshal Mic Mate (link) and and inexpensive mic - I picked this Nady purely based on it's frequency response. Most other mics in the price range are vocal mics, which usually don't extend very far into the bass or treble regions. Nady isn't my first choice for top-quality gear, but it will definitely allow you to make a recording that greatly surpasses the webcam in quality.
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