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    So, Xmas from Mom came in the mail today...

    I got an Audio Technica AT2035 condenser mic!!!

    Now I need a cheap and easy recorder to hook up to my computer to record only my guitar...

    I hate dealing with technical shit. If there was one button to start and stop recording and that's it, I would be happy... I'm not computerly stupid, I just want to record my guitar and not put a bunch of effects or anything like that on it. I want it to be natural. So the simpler, the better... I also want to be able to upload stuff I record to soundcloud or something along those lines. Oh yeah, I want to stay under $200 since I need to buy a mic stand and a cable also...

    Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    So, Xmas from Mom came in the mail today...

    I got an Audio Technica AT2035 condenser mic!!!

    Now I need a cheap and easy recorder to hook up to my computer to record only my guitar...

    I hate dealing with technical shit. If there was one button to start and stop recording and that's it, I would be happy... I'm not computerly stupid, I just want to record my guitar and not put a bunch of effects or anything like that on it. I want it to be natural. So the simpler, the better... I also want to be able to upload stuff I record to soundcloud or something along those lines. Oh yeah, I want to stay under $200 since I need to buy a mic stand and a cable also...

    Any suggestions?
    I'll let someone else suggest a good simple/budget interface, but I wanted to chime in on that mic. I've got one in my studio, and it gets a LOT of use... surprisingly good mic. In fact, everything in my latest Youtube video is recorded with that exact mic! I wanted to see how it would do on a lot of different sounds/instruments, and I continue to be impressed. I bought one because I needed a cheap condenser that could handle extreme volume levels, and it seemed to fit the bill. I figured it would be mediocre at best, and didn't expect much out of it at all for the price (I've used mics from $50-5000) but now that I've had it a while, I can't believe how good it is on certain things for how cheap it is! It's gotta be the best sub ~$300 condenser mic that I've used on a lot of different sources.

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    My brother picked it out. He went with it because I'm not playing ultra loud and it should pick up the sound more accurately than a dynamic mic would at low volumes according to him...

    That's really encouraging that you're happy with it...

    BTW, any luck on the toggle switch front???
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    There should be two switches on the front - one being a high pass filter to roll off the low end from 80Hz down, and the other being a 10dB pad, to drop the level 10dB if your signal is too hot.

    For software, you can't be any cheaper than free, and Audacity will do what you need for recording: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    Now there is a means to export what you record, but it is I believe WAV files. There is an additional install to allow you to export MP3, but I found it a bit more difficult to work with than it should have been, so I usually just opt for the simple converter online, like this: http://www.converterlite.com/wav-to-...FUio4AodNAKRGg

    Now you will need to get a USB audio interface, and you can search Musiciansfriend or Guitar Center or whatever music supply house you want to find it. You will need to make sure it has phantom power, since your AT mic is a condenser mic. Did a quick search, this one seemed to be good:
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-a...03092000000000

    Once you have that interface device installed, when you open Audacity, it is a matter of selecting that interface device as your input, then you should be good to go.

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    I use a Zoom H2, the older one. I got it cheap, it sounds pretty good once you learn how to use it, and it's easy to use, takes a standard sd card. I used the latest version of Audacity to work with my recordings. You already have a mic though so this would be redundant.

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    I use a Line6 Toneport interface for much of my recording when I'm at home or just want to lay something down real quick. I used Audacity for years, it's free and really easy to use and it does export mp3 and WAV without any hastles. I've just upgraded to Cubase and it's a completely different kettle of fish, it took me about 6 hours to record and export a quick 60 second practice run!
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    Check out some of the newer Tascam stuff. They are very good, small units that pack a lot of easy to use features. vhin also mentioned Zoom. Also a great choice.

 

 

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