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What kind of equipment should I have? And...
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:17:35 PM »
... how much could I expect to pay for it? Actually, I could probably find out the latter from learning the former. But it's quicker this way. ^_^

For my rough, proof-of-concept riffing (for want of better terms). I'm just using the voice recorder on my MP3 player. But the quality is not something I'd want to share to anyone other than my close friends. If my voice goes up too high or too loud it becomes very distorted and abrasive. And I can barely raise my voice beyond normal speaking, and even then I occasionally become too loud. Clearly, that recorder is not meant to be used for this purpose.

Basically I'm looking for a clear sound and the ability to raise or lower the pitch or volume of my voice (within reason) without harsh distortion.
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Re: What kind of equipment should I have? And...
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 04:23:38 PM »
There's a range of products you can look for, if you want to spend around 20-30 bucks or so there's several headset/mic combos available that you can work with.  I sprang for a USB condenser mic from Samson, and I've been very happy with the results, but those will run you 100 or more unless you can find them used.  If you want to go even higher quality then you're probably looking at buying a soundboard, preamp, and other such expensive equipment.

With any of these though you'll have some ability to "set a level" even if its just using the normal driver software on your computer.  When you set up your mic you can lower the input level on the mic so that when you speak your voice won't go "off the chart" and you thus you'll avoid that dreaded distortion.
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Re: What kind of equipment should I have? And...
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 09:59:14 AM »
My setup cost me about $160 and includes a $40 Samson mic (the regular kind), and a small mixing board with USB connectivity so I can record to my computer.  The board also has some basic on-board effects that make generating a sync voice much easier.  The cost doesn't include things I already had, like my laptop and a copy of Sony Vegas.

For decent sound while recording, I just rigged up a way to hang some blankets and comforters around my recording area.  It wasn't pretty, but it damped the sound really well.