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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:12 PM

 

Vocal mic for iPad Air 2 lightning cable

I'm looking to put vocals on to GarageBand.
What's my best option for a lower priced mic that would work?
I'm recording song ideas so it's not by any means a final mix.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 02:14 PM

1. How about the Shure SM-58...

...it's a great mic, very durable, and I see that Guitar Center has them for around $60.

SM-58s are commonly used for recording and live stage performance. Yeah there are better mics for recording, but for the price, you can't go wrong with an SM-58.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 02:49 PM

2. I've just gotten an iPad and am working on this too. There are a couple of options and depends on

what you want to spend.

You can go expensive hundreds, even thousands. Or, you can go relatively cheap -- $0 by using the internal mic in your iPad, or a little more by purchasing a microphone and adapters to go through the audio jack. A better quality alternative, and more expensive, is going through lightning input (might need an adapter). I'm assuming the latter is what you are planning.

You can use the Shure 58 (or similar 57) mentioned above. It is a pretty good mic that is relatively cheap ($60 or so used). If you've been to just about any concert -- rock, folk, rap, country, etc. -- you've likely seen them used. But, you are probably going to need some kind of interface with that mic.

There are mics that go directly into the lighting input, having the interface and preamp to boost the signal built into the mic base. You can get something for $40 or so, but the better alternatives are $100 to $200. Buy used on ebay, and you can get your money back if you decide to upgrade at some point.

Here's one video explaining some of those mics (skip to about 5 minutes).



There are all kinds of videos and web pages that will help, but unless you've recorded using external mics before, it can be really confusing.

If it were me, I'd go to a Guitar Center and talk to the pro-audio folks (not has highbrow as it sounds), telling them what you want to do. If you don't have one near you, call Sweetwater. They'll assign a sales person (they call em an engineer), who can help you decide exactly what you need. Here's a link to Sweetwater where you can chat with an engineer/salesperson about lightning mics -- https://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=lightning+microphones&Go=Search

If you are willing to spend $200 or so, there is a well though of mic from Apogee especially made for iPad recording. But you can get by for less. The Shure 57 or 58 (the 58 is usually though of as a vocal mic, although both will work) will work if you get the right kind of interface to get it into your iPad.


Good luck, it's a lot of fun.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 03:26 PM

3. Thank you

 

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 03:43 PM

4. I do have a microphone

 

An old Carvin with an XLR cable.
So most likely I just need an interface for the iPad lightning connector.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 05:20 PM

5. I think that's all you need. If you want to go through audio jack, those are less costly, running

about $40. The lightning ones look like they are going to be at least $100 unless you go used.

When you figure out what you need, check ebay or reverb.com for used ones.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 06:28 PM

7. Yes, that one looks good. And that supplier has a decent return policy and prices.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 06:40 PM

8. Or...

 

Or would this work...

I am running an Apogee Jam now for the guitar.
Would an XLR to 1/4" adapter work then into the Jam? Could I sing that way?

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Response to SHRED (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 08:38 PM

9. It might work. You'll probably need an adapter for the XLR to a quarter inch plug.

This is what it says on Apogee Web site:

"JAM is optimized for electric instruments, like guitar and bass specifically. However, with its 40 dB of input gain, JAM can be used with certain dynamic microphones using an XLR to 1/4 cable or adapter. We have tested both Shure SM57 and SM58 dynamic microphones and each worked well when recording loud sources such as a singer. We recommend you purchase an impedance matching transformer if you choose to use JAM for vocals.

"Additionally, since JAM is a guitar interface, Phantom Power (48v) is not included. Condenser microphones which require Phantom Power will not work unless they have their own built-in power supply, such as a battery. It should be noted even with a built-in power supply, the amount of gain available is more suited to instruments rather than microphones."



I doubt you have a condenser mic right now, so you don't have to worry about that. The impedance matching transformer is something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Shure-A85F-Transformer-Female-4-Inch/dp/B0006NMUHW/ref=pd_day0_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5YK4RXRSG6CKTY9CQMS3

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 08:46 PM

10. Thanks for that info!

 

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