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Amateur Recording

Basic home setup for audio recording




Bye Condenser, Hello Dynamic

I let go of my Audio Technica ATR2500X condenser microphone since recording with it picks up a lot of background noise-making the guitar sound bad when reducing noise on post-edit.

The ATR2500X does record good sound when inside a treated and noise-free room. Here is a sample, though it’s not in a room and background noise is environmental:

Chikinini by Parokya Ni Edgar Cover by John Dre (Inuman Session)

Samson Q9U

I replaced the AT mic with a Samson Q9U, a USB/XLR combo dynamic microphone which I can directly use on a PC without a USB interface (XLR connection). Despite the slightly higher price, having a dynamic mic to record in a noisy room is slightly tolerable.

The package includes USB Type-C to Type-A cable and a windscreen together with the mic itself.

Features

  • Dynamic capsule with humbucking coil and neodymium magnet
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • XLR Analog Output
  • USB-C Digital output with 24-bit/96kHz resolution
  • 1/8" output zero-latency headphone monitoring
  • Low Cut Filter
  • Mid-presence Boost
  • Mute button controls both USB and XLR outputs

Quick Specs

  • Frequency Response: 50Hz–20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
  • Impedance: 250Ω
  • Bit Depth/Sample Rate: 24-bit, up to 96 kHz
  • Digital Output: USB-C

For full detailed specs: Samson — Q9U, Review: Samson Q9U | MusicTech

Pictures

Samson Q9U

Samson Q9U

Samson Q9U Bottom View (Pass Filter Switches) (Sorry for the braid cable)

Samson Q9U Bottom View (Pass Filter Switches) (Sorry for the braid cable)

Setup

Hardware

I use a cheap boom arm to hold the mic and reduce table vibration noise. The mic is connected with a third-party Type-C to Type-A braided cable to the PC and shows as Samson Q9U on Windows. I left the wind foam to further reduce noise.

Samson Q9U on Windows

Samson Q9U on Windows

Software

I use the donationware app Voicemeeter to control my input and output audio devices on Windows, and also use the “Cassette” recorder to select the devices to record.

I mainly use this as recording instead of Audacity to monitor each input.

Voicemeeter Banana

Voicemeeter Banana

Editing

I edit my recorded audio using Audacity. I mostly reduce unwanted noise without affecting the guitar tones too much. I also add a few effects like Reverb, and Delay. And sometimes, I do add tracks directly to record overlay guitar solos.

Audacity (Currently Editing Dahan)

Audacity (Currently Editing Dahan)

Samples

I think these was the best solos/cover I recorded with the guitar (not my voice) with a few effects added on the solo part (in Dahan). Despite the noticeable noise in both recordings, I hope you liked them, and I will continue to improve.

Dahan by December Avenue Cover
Bakit Ba by Siakol Guitar Only Cover

You can visit my YouTube channel where I upload some covers.

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