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Ncbandit 11-19-2019 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by BoneDigger (Post 6215594)
Here's what I have. Since you are out of the states, you'll just need to pay shipping.Attachment 29579

That was very nice of you Bonedigger!!:up:

foxo 11-19-2019 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by FrankHudson (Post 6215466)
(Detailed post)

Frank, thanks for your comprehensive post, has given me a lot to think about. Now I am not so sure if I made the right decision cancelling the SM57. As Bonedigger is kindly gifting me the interface I now have the cash for two mics, the question remains whether to get a small condenser like the AKG Perception 170 or C1000 for guitar or stick with the SM57 I originally ordered. I am veering towards condenser for instrument. For vocals I will definitely get a condenser mic. I can still experiment with Baggs Anthem in the mix too.

Background noise at my own place potentially an issue as I live near a train station. I sometimes have to time my songs between trains using the Zoom H2N lol, but that picks up absolutely everything. At my friendís place not so much an issue, his flat is very quiet plus he actually knows what he is doing with mixing, I will be learning from scratch but it would be nice not to rely on him for everything.

I was hoping using a pop filter and weather shield might mitigate background noise for the vocals at least.

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Originally Posted by Ncbandit (Post 6215615)
That was very nice of you Bonedigger!!:up:

Indeed it is, the gentleman has saved me well over £100 as I was probably going to go with that other audio interface I mentioned for my own home. Thanks mate!

foxo 11-19-2019 04:12 PM

Ok, so I think I have narrowed it down to several choices:

Vocals
  • Rode NT1A Complete Vocal System - £129
    AT2020 inc mic stand and pop shield - £95
    AT2035 inc shock mount - £113

Instrument
  • AKG C1000 - £88
    Shure SM57 - £88

What do you think and what would your choice be? Anything missing at the same price point? £113 seems good for the AT2035, there is a cash back deal on it right now. The Rode accessories look really nice. The AT2020 seems excellent value and has great reviews.

Instrument mic still boils down to condenser vs dynamic

KevWind 11-19-2019 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by foxo (Post 6215782)
Ok, so I think I have narrowed it down to several choices:

Vocals
  • Rode NT1A Complete Vocal System - £129
    AT2020 inc mic stand and pop shield - £95
    AT2035 inc shock mount - £113

Instrument
  • AKG C1000 - £88
    Shure SM57 - £88

What do you think and what would your choice be? Anything missing at the same price point? £113 seems good for the AT2035, there is a cash back deal on it right now. The Rode accessories look really nice. The AT2020 seems excellent value and has great reviews.

Instrument mic still boils down to condenser vs dynamic

Me personally for recording I would go with the AT 2035 and the AKG C1000

I think those two mic's are a great start and will take you a long way down the recording path.

foxo 11-19-2019 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by KevWind (Post 6215798)
Me personally for recording I would go with the AT 2035 and the AKG C1000

I think those two mic's are a great start and will take you far down the recording path.

Thanks, that is my own preference. Will wait for another one or two responses then pull the trigger I reckon. :)

Thanks again to Bonedigger, I wouldnít be able to afford such a nice starting setup if I had to cough up full price for the interface too.

TBman 11-19-2019 06:42 PM

If you're at US$150 look at the AT2035. Low self noise too.

foxo 11-19-2019 06:45 PM

Ended up getting the AT2035 and AKG C1000 whilst the price was right. Thanks very much everyone for your advice, once I have it set up will no doubt post some recordings in Show and Tell.

Rudy4 11-19-2019 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by foxo (Post 6215896)
Ended up getting the AT2035 and AKG C1000 whilst the price was right. Thanks very much everyone for your advice, once I have it set up will no doubt post some recordings in Show and Tell.

Those were wise choices.

Also, just as a passing note, the 2020 is actually a medium diaphragm mic. Many potential purchasers who are looking for a "large diaphragm condenser" think the 2020 is an LDC because it looks like one.

Not to fault the mic, as it is a great mic in and of itself, but the capsule size is often misunderstood.

TBman 11-19-2019 09:21 PM

I use two AT2035 for my guitar (just instrumental).

foxo 11-20-2019 02:41 AM

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Originally Posted by TBman (Post 6215987)
I use two AT2035 for my guitar (just instrumental).

Out of interest where do you position them, and if you only had one where would you position that? I believe 12th fret is correct?

TBman 11-20-2019 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by foxo (Post 6216104)
Out of interest where do you position them, and if you only had one where would you position that? I believe 12th fret is correct?

You have to experiment with that. Some guitars need more bass picked up so I would put the mic by the saddle, other times the 12th fret is good when a guitar puts out a lot of bass (like my Avalon).

When I record I use two mics, 12th and saddle, but will angle the mics toward or away from the sound hole depending on the guitar and the wind, :D

foxo 11-20-2019 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by TBman (Post 6216189)
You have to experiment with that. Some guitars need more bass picked up so I would put the mic by the saddle, other times the 12th fret is good when a guitar puts out a lot of bass (like my Avalon).

When I record I use two mics, 12th and saddle, but will angle the mics toward or away from the sound hole depending on the guitar and the wind, :D

Thanks, interesting stuff. Perhaps I will try AT2035 pointed at 12th fret mixed with Anthem SL as that combines mic and piezo.

Yeah, I said AT2035. I went and changed my order again to two AT2035s after reading a bunch of horror stories about the AKG C1000. Andertons have very patient customer services. :lol:

My friend pointed out he’d prefer two different mics for frequency ranges but it’s too late now, I read so much good stuff about the AT2035 I think I made a good choice for an extra £25.

KevWind 11-20-2019 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by foxo (Post 6216215)
Thanks, interesting stuff. Perhaps I will try AT2035 pointed at 12th fret mixed with Anthem SL as that combines mic and piezo.

Yeah, I said AT2035. I went and changed my order again to two AT2035s after reading a bunch of horror stories about the AKG C1000. Andertons have very patient customer services. :lol:

My friend pointed out he’d prefer two different mics for frequency ranges but it’s too late now, I read so much good stuff about the AT2035 I think I made a good choice for an extra £25.

I think you made the right choice.
The beauty of digital recording is you can experiment to your hearts content, and lose nothing in the process. You stated "I do not want to record vocals and guitar separately ever" (while I would suggest with digital "never say never") understanding that there are advantages and disadvantages to both tracking guitar and vocals together , and separate also. The great thing is you can try both.

The advantage to tracking guitar and voice at the same time is, that is how you are used to playing so it feels more natural (and note that if you do it that way, and having two of same mic's with the same frequency response can be an advantage over two different mic's in terms of ease of mixing and EQ etc.)

With the two channel interface however, the advantage of considering tracking separately, is that you can track the guitar in stereo with the two AT2035's panned Left and Right and then track and dub the vocal and pan it center . This gives you a wider soundfield and better separation between the guitar and vocal and more mixing options.

foxo 11-20-2019 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by KevWind (Post 6216238)
I think you made the right choice.
The beauty of digital recording is you can experiment to your hearts content, and lose nothing in the process. You stated "I do not want to record vocals and guitar separately ever" (while I would suggest with digital "never say never") understanding that there are advantages and disadvantages to both tracking guitar and vocals together , and separate also. The great thing is you can try both.

The advantage to tracking guitar and voice at the same time is, that is how you are used to playing so it feels more natural (and note that if you do it that way, and having two of same mic's with the same frequency response can be an advantage over two different mic's in terms of ease of mixing and EQ etc.)

With the two channel interface however, the advantage of considering tracking separately, is that you can track the guitar in stereo with the two AT2035's panned Left and Right and then track and dub the vocal and pan it center . This gives you a wider soundfield and better separation between the guitar and vocal and more mixing options.

Interesting! Iím starting to really look forward to this. :)

In the meantime Iíll be recording a few acoustic songs for an album my friend and I are working on together before Bonediggerís audio interface arrives so will get a nice chance to try out the AT2035 soon.

foxo 11-29-2019 08:22 AM

That's me all set up now! Thanks everyone for the advice and thanks very much Bonedigger for the interface!

Here's a first recording (also one of the first songs I wrote) with the setup. Obviously need to work on levels mixing (haven't done anything to this besides record) but I'm well impressed with the guitar sound using the AT2035s.



https://i.imgur.com/HpQIwn7.jpg


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