Any good USB condenser microphones?
I want to record quality pop music, I've considered buying the ATR2500 from Audio Technica but some people say a Razer Seiren X would sound better. I don't have budget for a good audio interface :(
In the $80US price range, there are a number of "large condenser" usb mics that perform well. The ATR2500 would fit that description, as well as the one I use, Samson meteor mic.
I would say buy one with a headphone jack so you are less likely to have latency issues; with violin it less noticeable than guitar.
Thanks Carmen! Do you think the ATR2500 will capture a good quality violin sound? Sort of the one they use for youtube? :)
AT2020 USB ?
I have a Bluespark Digital, which is fine for classical, but I've never tried it for pop.
See if the manufacturer has published a frequency response chart. +/- 3dB from about 50hz to 5000hz should capture stringed instruments ok. The meteor mic has a response bump about 5000hz but is still reasonably "flat".
Shop by price for microphones. You really do get what you pay for. I have an Audio Technical AT8022 stereo mic (yes, you can adapt it for USB). It cost about $400, and that's cheap for a mic. Just remember good miss cost in the thousands, just like a violin or bow. $80, or even $100 or $150 microphones sound liked doo-doo. A cheap, boxy sound.
The danger when you ask people's advice is that you'll finish up with a stack of contradictory opinions. The Blue Yeti (about $150) works fine for me - do, do!
I've heard good things about the Telefunken C12 ... not sure about the USB part.
I haven't tried it myself but I have seen people using the Blue Snowball which is about $50. When you get more serious about recording you should consider an audio interface/preamp.