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So I bought a microphone today...

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Gopherbassist, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    ...And I forgot to get an XLR cable to go with it. D'oh.

    I've been looking at microphones for about a week now and today I bought an AKG condenser mic. When looking I'd mostly gotten to handle cheaper offerings, and saw that most had a cable included. I bought one in the $100 range, and didn't think about the fact that something a step above entry level probably assumes you've got a cable already or are willing to spend a little extra to get one.

    So, since I'm not going to be going to any music shops in the next week or so, I figure I have time to get opinions on XLR cables. What brands do you guys recommend? What should I avoid?
    I'll mostly be recording vocals, if that makes a difference.
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
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  3. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Just about any major brand will do ... but steer clear of those unbranded bargain cables at GC.
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  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Just checking that you have phantom power on your interface also.
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  5. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Forgot to say, enjoy your new mic. A condenser is a nice way to go for vocals.
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  6. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    Yeah it does, I got a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen, it's got phantom power with a little backlit switch so you know when it's on.
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  7. ofajen


    Apr 12, 2007
    92.4W 38.9N
    ProCo is a good choice. I happen to make mine with Gotham cable and Switchcraft plugs.

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  8. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Focusrite has 4 great free plugins this month for current customers. You have to jump through hoops to get them but they are well worth it.
    Plugin Collective | Focusrite
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  9. rudy4444


    Mar 13, 2012
    Central Illinois
    Which AKG? If you're doing vocals you absolutely need a pop filter (both to eliminate plosives and protect the delicate element inside your mic from damage). A floating suspension mount is another necessity to isolate the mic body from noise transferred from the stand to the mic, especially if your mic is a large diaphragm condenser. If your mic is a small diaphragm like a AKG P-70 then the suspension mount isn't strictly necessary.
  10. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Well if you already had some, it wouldn't have mattered (Hmm--then again I have two mics & two cables--I think I should get a spare...)
  11. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    Yeah, I got all of those as well as the standard ones they offer. I'm having a hell of a time getting either of the DAWs that came with it to record. One I get nothing back on the monitor, the other is distorted and heavily artifacted. I think I need to fiddle with settings on my computer, or it's just not powerful enough.

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