Gary Macleod wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:08 pm
StGeorge wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:44 am
Thanks. At the moment, I would be primarily using it for ampliphication, and I'm assuming I could plug right into a PA or amplifier with it. I do not have any recording equipment or software at present, except for the Garage Band software that came with my new Apple computer. I haven't tried to use it yet because I don't have a mic. I think I would need a mic with a USB connection for that also. Not sure if that software is any good either. Anyone tried to use it before?
You could record with the DPA mic on your apple computer using GarageBand (it's very good) you would need an external preamp like focusrite etc
Yes, loads of other threads on this well worth reading through. So much depends on where you want to end up, budget etc.
Small thing - Gary mentioned large diaphragm mics, yes many do, though many prefer small diaphragm inc DPA who make among the best in that area. In general small gives a fairer sound, and large are tuned for vocals, but much variability exists.
Re preamps, if you wanted to take this seriously one might suggest going for a 'normal' mic and a preamp because this will take your further up the quality gradient than a USB mic. I'd suggest a stereo preamp so you have that flexibility in future, and would look at Focusrite, Audient and others, avoiding things you don't need. Try to get the best you can justify so it won't need upgrading so soon!
Garageband is entirely fine, as digital audio is digital audio and from that point of view the basic recording you make is pretty much as good as any fancy paid-for software, such as Logic, on whose underpinnings Garageband is based. Its later in the production process that other options win out.