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Initial post: Mar 4, 2009 1:47:55 PM PST
I'm recording on a mac with a condenser mic, does anyone know a good way to get phantom power to the mic. I'm assuming I'll need some kind of usb connection. I found a couple preamps but I couldn't tell if they had usb capabilities. So far I just have the mic, so basically I just need a way to use it to do simple recording on garage band. thanks for any help.

Posted on Mar 7, 2009 6:04:41 PM PST
J. S. Marsh says:
I am using an M-Audio Fast Track Pro from Guitar Center $199

Posted on Mar 7, 2009 6:04:44 PM PST
J. S. Marsh says:
I am using an M-Audio Fast Track Pro from Guitar Center $199

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2009 6:48:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2009 6:50:42 PM PDT
Gunny T says:
There are USB mics that are cheap, for under $100. Check out Amazon or Sweetwater. I know Blue makes a cool USB mic (Snowball, and Snowflake), Audio Technica (AT2020USB), Samson (Gtrack USB), the Gtrack is $150. If you really want to use your current mic, you can always go for an inexpensive unit from Digidesign, Pod, or M-Audio. All good choices, most with the phantom power option (on/off button). But don't be fooled by the USB mics...they aren't just for podcasting! They are great for some vocals, too. Good luck, and have fun!

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 2:40:55 PM PDT
You have a condenser mic, so you need an adapter to connect to USB. Line6 makes some good things. I think they're called TonePorts. You can get one with the three prong mic input, and the 1/4 inch guitar input. Some great software for guitar and voice comes with them. They're not terribly expensive.
Good Luck.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 2:41:26 PM PDT
A. Castillo says:
If you happen to have a firewire port I'd say your best bet is to get an audio interface. It'll plug right into your mac and most of them now have built in phantom power. If you're recording or mixing or whatever you'll eventually want to get one of these anyway. M-Audio makes some very good quality and affordable ones ranging from $200-400. If you don't have a firewire there are adaptors, but you'll probably need an AC adaptor to power it as well.

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 10:27:23 AM PDT
Bass Cadet says:
Check out the Zoom H2 or the new H4n. These can record direct to USB with four channels. Even better for a garage band, they can record standalone and you can transfer files from an SD card.

Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 5:11:54 PM PDT
Just for fun I started recording vocals on my old version of Sound Forge 4.5d with the little stalk mic that came with an old computer. The results were astonishing. I recorded along with some music tracks by Charlie Byrd and Cal Tjader that worked very well, added a touch of eq and echo and when I played them for friends (professional musicians) they were equally amazed. I later recorded rehearsal piano tracks for a big musical stage show, and they were flawless. I have no idea who made this little mic

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 9:47:04 PM PDT
A. Pall says:
Get Apogee if you want stellar sound. Duet is 500 with great pres. I got a presonus thing first (like 700 dollars) bad mistake, duet sounds much better. I would stay away from Presonus or M-audio, but i have had great luck with apogee and line 6 interfaces.
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