# what cheap mic to get?

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Hello all - I finally decided to begin adding sound fx to my game. I intend to record all my sounds on my own computer. I hooked up my old, very cheap microphone and attempted to record some things in Windows Sound Recorder. Most of the time nothing got picked up except for moments when a loud, grating crackling would come through. I must assume that this microphone is dead, so I need to get a new one. I still intend to use another "cheap" microphone, because I can't fork out $50-100 for a professional one (though I really wish I could.) But I just wanted to know if anyone out there could tip me off on which would be the best brand/type of microphone to get for under, let's say,$20. Sorry to say, I know virtually nothing of the subject. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -synth_cat

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If there is a good cheap mic out there anywhere I'd be curious to hear about it, too, but I doubt such a thing exists and unfortunately if you want decent sound quality it's the one thing you can't cut corners on... :(

P.S. I don't know if this link has already been posted in some FAQ here, but it's very educational on the subject: http://www.hibberts.co.uk/recording.htm

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Guitar Center often has "HOLY CRAP LAST SALE EVER BLOWOUT SALE" or something. You can typically get cheap mics there. I got one of these Sennheiser e815S at one of those sales for like $30. Here's a Berhringer XM8500 for$20.

How to make a stereo or binaural T style mike for about $10. Here's a good place to buy mics, and a$10 sale-price microphone.

I hate Radio Shack and will never buy anything from them. YMMV.

Also, Audacity might be easier to use than sound recorder.

Also also, keep in mind that you might need to buy a mic cable with one of those mics. And possibly a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter... :(

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I'm particularly interested in Audacity - something I'd never heard of before. I may be wrong, but does the GNU license allow me to sell the sounds I make without paying royalties/adding captions/whatever?

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 Original post by synth_catThanks for those links, Jaymar.I'm particularly interested in Audacity - something I'd never heard of before. I may be wrong, but does the GNU license allow me to sell the sounds I make without paying royalties/adding captions/whatever?

IANAL, but my understanding is that using Audacity as a tool (versus using the source code) has no effect on the license of anything produced with it. In other words, I don't think you have to worry about it.

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Dunno if I'm too late, but:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/OnStage-Stands-MS7510-Mic-Pro-Pak?sku=270619

$19.99 and you get not only the mic but also a stand with boom and clip, and an XLR cable. Best deal I've ever seen on this kinda thing, mic ain't too bad either. Only other purchase you'd need is an XLR--->1/4" or 1/8" converter, if you're plugging this directly into your computer. Otherwise you're all set! #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites 1. Using Audacity is fine. It's released under GNU as opensource. It's basically freeware for now. Whether they change that license or not, whatever you produce with it is your own work. Copyright for your recorded sounds remains with you. There's no license they can make which will prevent that. 2. As far as a cheap mic goes. Something with a wide diaphragm is better than a tiny multimedia microphone. A dynamic mic will be what you're looking for now, but a capacitor mic is better for general use sound recording. They are way more expensive due to circutry and requiring a powersource. There is nothing I could possibly suggest under$20 since most of my mics cost $300-$2000.

The only thing I did have which was free with my iRiver140 was the little mono microphone. It was barely OK to do recording where I didn't have anything else on me.

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