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Member Since: Dec 03, 2004

Hey you all!
Glad to be back once again to the place where all questions get answered! I'm setting up my home studio and my next step is finding the best mic. As a rock musician, I have my one an only SM-58 for all performance needs. I've been using it for vocal recordings, but I think the results could be a lot better with a condenser, although my budgets are still very conservative.
What can a condenser do better? Will I get rid of the undesireable "pfffff" noise when pronouncing p's and b's? (is there any technical name for this?) Or is this something that could easily be solved by using a foam cover and I should stick to my sm-58 a little longer?
I'm looking into a Studio Projects B1 for my condenser and wonder if it's really a lot better than my sm-58.
That's all y'all. Thanks a lot!

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Your favorite rockstar
Since: Feb 03, 2003

Dec 14, 2004 04:13 pm

I bought a Behringer B1 condenser for $100. It's not a top of the line mic by any means, but certainly more crisp than a dynamic mic.

To get rid of the noise from the p's and b's, get a pop filter screen. You can get them from musiciansfriend for $19, or there are articles all over (and probably on this site) about making one yourself for less than half of that.

Since: Mar 31, 2003

Dec 14, 2004 04:51 pm

Yes, I agree. Get yourself a popless (look under the diy section here for a cheap and easy build) to help eliminate those plosives. As far as a condenser mic goes, it really depends on what you are looking for soundwise. I've got an uber-cheap condenser. Its a Marshall MXL990. The sound is far different than my SM57. I like the 57 for guitar and bass, as well as heavy metal growling/screaming vocals. The 990 is more airy and far more sensitive and, to me, is GREAT for vocals that dont involve growling and screaming into the mic. Condensers are also wonderful for double mic'ing guitar amps, as they catch more room sound.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Dec 14, 2004 04:56 pm

I hear great things about the Studio Projects B1 from around here. Any condensor will be a totally different world than your dynamic SM58. They're MUCH more sensitive and detailed, and are suited for vocals and acoustic instruments, and to pick up room ambience.

Since: Dec 03, 2004

Dec 14, 2004 05:55 pm

Great tips guys, great tips. I'm decided to buy the Studio Project B1 since I also read great reviews on it. Looks like I'll need to get a filter screen immediately also.
Can't wait to get crisp voice sound on my recordings!
You guys are great, thanks a lot!

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