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MacFire
28-12-07, 06:20 AM
Hey guys,

I have money set aside for a microphone or recorder of sorts (stationary or portable) that I can use to record myself (on my full pipes) and put the files on my computer. Just curious what everyone has used to record themselves playing on the pipes - and whether they like the quality or not. As of right now I'm looking around a $50-75 budget. Any ideas are great!

Cheers

Hope everyone had a great Christmas (or holiday) :flowers:


I came across some mics like the one here: http://www.macintouch.com/samsonc01u.html

Seems like a really good solution. I would eventually like two mics - one for chanter and one for drones...but thats another day lol.

piper_dancer
28-12-07, 03:57 PM
haahaa as of now i use a microphone that cost me a whole dollar!

it picks up sound pretty well and the quality is pretty good...
but you probably want something better and clearer.

maybe you should ask The Captain what mic he uses at the games to record bands. seems to be good....I think he's a super vip on here...hopefully he'll see this and reply. :bg:

PowerBoozer007
28-12-07, 06:26 PM
I've just put another live sound bite on myspace site. The link is on the bottom of my website. See what you think of that quality and I'll let you know what i use.

dglover
29-12-07, 01:51 AM
i record directly on to my computer using a 50$ mic from The Source and a creative labs xfi sound card and 50$ multi track recording software called mixcraft...the recording quality is awesome..if anyone wants to hear a sample jus email me

PowerBoozer007
29-12-07, 03:47 AM
do you have a website with any samples?

dglover
29-12-07, 04:50 AM
no,,,sorry i don't

dglover
29-12-07, 05:01 AM
no sorry i don't

UpstatePiper
29-12-07, 05:14 AM
At the low end, each $ spent gives you a lot more. After you get past $75 or so, things level out. You can spend literally thousands, but the difference between $100 and $1000 is much less than the difference between $10 and $100.

I'd suggest you get a really cheap microphone, like the kind that comes with a lot of computers, and see how it works. Once you know whether or not it's suitable, you'll know why, and that will help you make an informed decision.

This page (http://www.2fiddles.com/mics/samples/Microphone_Examples.html) compares microphones at several price points.

MacFire
29-12-07, 06:21 AM
Yeah I've used some smaller basic mics - but am looking to go towards more of a studio quality. The USB system seems to me like it will work out pretty well - its portable and simple with still good enough quality. Thanks for all the input.

UpstatePiper
29-12-07, 04:08 PM
Here's the spec sheet:

http://www.samsontech.com/products/relatedDocs/C01U.pdf

It lists the max SPL at 136. My MXL 603s has a max SPL of 137:

http://www.mxlmics.com/condenser_mic/mxl603s/mxl603s.htm

I need to keep the 603 at least 6 feet from my chanter when I record (otherwise it distorts too much), if that's an issue for you. The Samson has some funky dips and peaks in the frequency response. It has a big dip right where the bass drone goes, and falls off steep any lower (no bass drum). I notice they don't publish SN ratio or self noise specs, so I'd guess those specs are probably not very good. It's a very directional microphone -- it will record what you point it at, and not much else, so it would be good for recording a speaker in a crowd; not so good for recording a band; probably not good at all for recording a pub session (unless you're trying to isolate the "alpha" player -- it would be great for that).

MacFire
29-12-07, 04:29 PM
Here is another model by them. What do you think of this one?

http://www.samsontech.com/products/relatedDocs/C03U.pdf

that looks like it will do the job, but avoid a USB model as you can't use it to plug into other recording devices.

MacFire
29-12-07, 05:31 PM
I've just put another live sound bite on myspace site. The link is on the bottom of my website. See what you think of that quality and I'll let you know what i use.

My favorite, quality wise, is the Terror Time track. What did you use on that one?

PowerBoozer007
29-12-07, 06:23 PM
Terror time was recorded on an old 486 computer using a cheap mic and sound card. The mic was buried under my winter coat to help reduce distorsion.

The room was a very large office, so I stood about 60 feet back from the mic.

Could probably replicate the same affect if I put my current digital recorder under a coat so it doesn't sound so overwhelming.

UpstatePiper
30-12-07, 12:16 AM
Here is another model by them. What do you think of this one?

http://www.samsontech.com/products/relatedDocs/C03U.pdf




It looks like basically the same thing, but with switchable patterns. The "omni" pattern looks reasonably flat, but it drops off even more at the low end. If you don't *need* the USB feature, you might be well served by a Shure SM57. It drops off at the low end too, but it's pretty smooth, at it will handle louder sounds.

They're about $100 new. A clean used one would be OK, but I'd avoid one that's been used in clubs or by a rock band.

MacFire
30-12-07, 06:31 AM
Terror time was recorded on an old 486 computer using a cheap mic and sound card. The mic was buried under my winter coat to help reduce distorsion.

The room was a very large office, so I stood about 60 feet back from the mic.

Could probably replicate the same affect if I put my current digital recorder under a coat so it doesn't sound so overwhelming.

Wow lol! That's hilarious! What did you use on the last track you put up?

PowerBoozer007
30-12-07, 06:44 AM
Wow lol! That's hilarious! What did you use on the last track you put up?

this is a portable unit, records in stereo and direct USB for down loading files to computer. Records for about 5 hours, I use it to record contests too. has 2 built in mics, so you don't have to hall anything extra around, fits in your sporran too! :-)

SONY (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665162270)

Scarlet O'Hair
30-12-07, 06:57 AM
i record directly on to my computer using a 50$ mic from The Source and a creative labs xfi sound card and 50$ multi track recording software called mixcraft...the recording quality is awesome..if anyone wants to hear a sample jus email me

Please get a sample to us!