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(@matsuemon)
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Hey axemen,
I'm now using an iMac computer to do my music recording. Of course it comes with Garageband and I'm thinking of getting Guitar Rig Kontrol. Here's my question. I'm wanting to figure out the easiest way of getting a condenser mic hooked up (either directly or indirectly) to my Mac. I do currently have a good ART tube preamp (which does supply phantom power) but as far as I know, Guitar Rig does not supply phantom power, so I'd have to go from my tube-preamp into the Kontrol pedal, then out to my computer, is that right?
OR, is it more convenient just to buy one of those USB condenser mics? I don't know if they are as good in quality to the setup I just mentioned, but they seem like they'd be easier for sure. Would be curious to hear anyone's thoughts on this.

Edit: Hey guys, I just found out that the Kontrol pedal that comes with that version of Guitar Rig does indeed have phantom power to it's mic jack, so that's cool! Now just need to figure out if I want to get a regular condenser mic or tube condenser mic =)


   
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(@gabe-carter)
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Ya thats great! Definitely stay away from USB mics, you get better bang for your buck with a normal mic and a USB to xlr converter. What is your budget for a mic?


   
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(@matsuemon)
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I actually ended up buying a USB mic, which sounds quite decent to me, but will probably still get a regular condenser mic just to have and compare. Unfortunately I can't afford much right now, maybe in the $100-200 range. I found a couple on musiciansfriend that got great reviews and are in that range. One of them is even a tube condenser mic. If you have any suggestions, though, I'm all ears =)


   
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(@moonrider)
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Unfortunately I can't afford much right now, maybe in the $100-200 range. I found a couple on musiciansfriend that got great reviews and are in that range. One of them is even a tube condenser mic. If you have any suggestions, though, I'm all ears =)

Audio Technica AT-2020 is a lot of mic for the money if you're wanting a large diaphragm condenser.

I've also got a pair of Apex 190s that are pretty sweet small diaphragm condensers.

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(@hueseph)
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Hey axemen,
I'm now using an iMac computer to do my music recording. Of course it comes with Garageband and I'm thinking of getting Guitar Rig Kontrol. Here's my question. I'm wanting to figure out the easiest way of getting a condenser mic hooked up (either directly or indirectly) to my Mac. I do currently have a good ART tube preamp (which does supply phantom power) but as far as I know, Guitar Rig does not supply phantom power, so I'd have to go from my tube-preamp into the Kontrol pedal, then out to my computer, is that right?
OR, is it more convenient just to buy one of those USB condenser mics? I don't know if they are as good in quality to the setup I just mentioned, but they seem like they'd be easier for sure. Would be curious to hear anyone's thoughts on this.

Edit: Hey guys, I just found out that the Kontrol pedal that comes with that version of Guitar Rig does indeed have phantom power to it's mic jack, so that's cool! Now just need to figure out if I want to get a regular condenser mic or tube condenser mic =)
Guitar Rig Control is an effects dsp/midi interface ONLY. It does you no good for micing vocals an acoustic guitar. You still need a proper recording interface.

A condenser mic is not necessarily the best option either. A good dynamic mic has several benefits. No need for phantom power, lessens the room sound because they are less sensitive and they are way more rugged. $100 on an SM57 is a good investment that will last you for years to come.

The AT2020 is an alright mic but for a few dollars more, I would buy a Studio Projects B1. This gives you the advantage of a -10 to -20dB pad. It's a true large diaphragm condenser and is built like a tank.

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(@ik-obi)
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Ya for 1oo there are a few great options: CAD M179, MXL V67G, MXL 2003a, Shure SM57/58, Audix i5 or the EV 635a. :)


   
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