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MLoosemore

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Sorry to be a nuisance by asking a question.... :)

But having decided to improve on my integral PC mic I have been looking at usb microphones.

I want to keep my spend below £50 and am considering the Samson C01U, Meteor or Go Mic.

Anybody have experience of these or something better within my budget?

Thank you

p.s. does this count as a GAS attack?
 

daveysaxboy

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I have a 3 Samson mics,1 is a CO1 i have lying about.Not a USB but the couple of times a used it it was good.I use a Samson wireless system mic for my main pro bands and its great.I also got a samson hand held mic,2 different heads for it.I bought this and sold my Shure SM57 as the samson was better for me.So as you see i rate them alot.Saying that for recording my EV RE320 and SE 2200A cost alot but boy it was worth it.Go with the samson C01U,its great to get you going.I'm 1 for saying you do get what you pay for with mics but for bang for buck samson are very good.
 

MLoosemore

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Thanks Davey. If your C01 had a U on the end of it I would have snapped it up although Kev would have beaten me to it...
 

gladsaxisme

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I have a 3 Samson mics,1 is a CO1 i have lying about.Not a USB but the couple of times a used it it was good.I use a Samson wireless system mic for my main pro bands and its great.I also got a samson hand held mic,2 different heads for it.I bought this and sold my Shure SM57 as the samson was better for me.So as you see i rate them alot.Saying that for recording my EV RE320 and SE 2200A cost alot but boy it was worth it.Go with the samson C01U,its great to get you going.I'm 1 for saying you do get what you pay for with mics but for bang for buck samson are very good.


HaHa now we know the secret of your incredible sound EUREKA.....John
 

MLoosemore

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Further on this issue...

Missed a Samson G-Track on Ebay which went higher than I thought was worth it. Same for a Samson Go mic so that leaves me with buying a new C01U from a reputable dealer :)

Putting the order in today so if when it arrives my tone has not changed me from Mickey Mouse to Stan Getz then I know who to blame..... No not Colin..... ME :) But at least I will have eliminated one of my many excuses for incompetence. Mic is good, Mpc is good, sax is brilliant, reeds are reedsonable.

Musician???? Questionable....

Results later this week or next...
 

TimboSax

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Mark, when you get your mic, here's something to do to boost your confidence. Record something with it, and at the same time record it using your phone. So you'll end up with two identical recordings, one with your new mic, one with your phone.

Now listen to them both. Same notes, same articulation, same (if you're like me) mistakes ;}. However...

...having listened to them both, aren't you glad you bought the mic?

I recorded a few times using my phone and got rather depressed with what was coming out of it. Sounded horrible. On a whim, I fired up my proper recording stuff and used a decent mic I usually use for recording vocals. That's what I put up on the other thread...it actually sounds like a sax (played badly, but what the hey!)

Enjoy your new toy
 

teebones

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Further on this issue...

Missed a Samson G-Track on Ebay which went higher than I thought was worth it. Same for a Samson Go mic so that leaves me with buying a new C01U from a reputable dealer :)

Putting the order in today so if when it arrives my tone has not changed me from Mickey Mouse to Stan Getz then I know who to blame..... No not Colin..... ME :) But at least I will have eliminated one of my many excuses for incompetence. Mic is good, Mpc is good, sax is brilliant, reeds are reedsonable.

Musician???? Questionable....

Results later this week or next...

Stick with the Yamaha mouthpiece try various sizes ie 4c,5c,6c as they as fairly cheap,get a BG L13 lig and a Fibracell 1.5 or 2.0 you will be well away. :thumb:

I have tried all sorts of mouthpieces,and aways come back to the Yamaha (but that is me)

With the Fibracell reed no fluffing about on the mouthpiece and play :veryhappy:

Teebones
 

MLoosemore

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The Samson mic is on the way..... should be with me tomorrow :)

Before I start recording stuff does anyone have thoughts on whether I should use Audacity which I have already done a bit with or try the supplied software 'Cakewalk SONAR LE' ?

I have no knowledge of this software. Anyone know it? Love it? or Hate it...
 

TimboSax

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I've used the full version of Sonar for years, and like it.

Not used Audacity properly so I can't compare, but if I were you I'd stick Sonar on as well and see which one you prefer.

However, like all DAWs it takes a while to get used to, so if Audacity is doing what you need maybe stay with that?
 

Filton

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Sonar LE is good but far from intuitive and does take some setting up.If you want to learn then go for it but if you want a simple get go then go for Audacity.

Why not set up both ;-)
 

dubrosa22

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I've recently upgraded from the Zoom H1 with pro video/audio editing software at work to a Samson c03u and Audacity.

The Samson c03u has 3 mic settings which is a distinct advantage especially when it is only roughly 10% dearer.

I still use the H1 daily for rough 'n' ready practise recordings but the Samson wins for more 'purposeful' recordings.

Audacity is amazing since it's purely FREE. Not a demo or shareware with popup ads and it's cross-platform. Incredible. I've barely scratched the surface with it effects and track editing-wise but it is more than capable of recording and basic editing of takes and backing tracks.

Adding decent reverb effects alludes me so far however.


Sent from my Xperia
 

Di in France

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Adding decent reverb effects alludes me so far however.

I've just started using Audacity and I'd like some help with decent reverb effects too. I've tried several combinations on the GVerb and none have been very successful.
 

gladsaxisme

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I've just started using Audacity and I'd like some help with decent reverb effects too. I've tried several combinations on the GVerb and none have been very successful.

I'm no expert but I have been trying to use it for some years with various help from other people and I believe the reverb system is one of the let downs with audacity I believe if you double your recording up ie copy it and play the two together it gives you a fuller sound,worth a try perhaps......John
 
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