minstrel: Home recording

Frederick J. Hollander flieg at berkeley.edu
Mon Aug 31 14:51:09 PDT 2009

What he said.

In addition, the settings for the Windows Sound Manager (or whatever it's 
called these days or whatever was put in by your video card to manage the 
sound for games) can be critical, as can the suspension on your mike.  I 
got the underwater quality when I tried recording with the mike on the desk 
in front of me.  It was picking up the rumble of the fans that were cooling 
the comp.  (Not the air-rush, but the bearing rumble.)  When I picked it 
up, the problem went away.  This is more obvious when you have volumes set 
low so that the mike is essentially over-driven.

-- Flieg

Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 08:33:16AM -0700, sca_bard at yahoo.com wrote:
>> My real question is: how important is the mic quality?
> Very, but, I've used an inexpensive "Optimus Unidirectional Dynamic
> Microphone" from Radio Shack to make some recordings which were pretty
> good -- little static and it doesn't sound "underwater". It's the
> style of mic you see singers singing into, although I'd bet most
> people pay a lot more than what this low-end one cost.
> It could be that you have an impedence mismatch with the one you're
> using.
>> How likely is it that the computer could be a problem?
> Not very.
> -- Gregory
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