A microphone fail during a live interview with Phil Whelan on RTHK’s Morning Brew this week has prompted me into action to upgrade some of my recording gear.
After copious amounts of advice I’ve settled for the Scarlett Focusrite 4i4 audio interface which sits on the desks of more musicians and producers than any other. It gives you studio-quality sound for a very reasonable budget.
The box comes with four line inputs for connecting synths or other line-level audio, and four balanced outputs, for monitoring and effects. It also comes with two of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps for miking up guitars or recording vocals and two instrument inputs.
Coupled up with this audio interface I also invested in a Rode NT2-A Condenser Mic. Rode NT2-A which is a studio microphone used in many recording studios. The main sound pickup pattern is Cardioid from the side, but can be adjusted to Omni or Figure 8. It’s fairly state-of-the-art and it’s designed and manufactured in Australia. I’m particularly impressed with its light weight, beautiful design and it really does give clear and resonant sounds.
Finally, I needed an excellent stand and boom for such a great microphone so I opted for the TASCAM TM-AM2. This mic stand has a boom scissor arm that keeps the mic positioned with real stability. It also has a 20″ long spring-balanced arm so that the microphone can be easily set in position wherever you need it. The TM-AM2 comes with a microphone stand that can also be attached to a desk or table and has a boom scissor arm that can be adjusted like that of a desk lamp.
So, all-in-all it was a great shopping trip and I’m looking forward to uploading some of my efforts onto my website and my Soundcloud page. With this fabulous equipment I really don’t have any excuse now…