[LAU] OT: Which crappy mic should I use?

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Fri Mar 19 03:21:04 EDT 2010

On Thu, 2010-03-18 at 17:24 -0700, Ken Restivo wrote:
> So I am recording the band's vocals tomorrow for this record, and, due to acute poverty and our practice-room-mates absconding with all the mics, the only mics we have available to us now are:
> 1) Shure PG-58 (with on-off switch! woo-hoo!)
> and
> 2) Zoom H2
> Which of these not-very-good choices would you recoomend would be slightly less crappy for recording vocals?
> The Zoom has condenser mics, which to my ears are quite good, but are designed for ambient recordings and might not handle sound pressure levels of close-range vocal use. Also, it has that 188ms delay in it too, and no way to turn off hardware monitoring. How bad is the PG-58 though?

Doesn't matter.  Just use *some* kind of mike and get it recorded!

People wax lyrical about the difference in tonal quality between
different microphones.  I can't hear a bloody difference, at least not
once you've gone beyond a cheap crappy PC desk mike out of the £1 shop.
What I can hear is people not getting on with the job because they heard
somewhere on that there Intarweb that SM57s are drum mikes and cannot be
used under any circumstances for vocals ;-)

Gordon MM0YEQ

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