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Should I upgrade/change my gear?

354 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2012 7:01 AM by isteveus RSS
pagordon Calculating status...
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Oct 23, 2012 2:54 PM

I have a regular usb microphone (blue yeti) that I use to record instruments/vocals with garageband. It has great sound and all and I shouldn't fix what isn't broken, but if I were to sell the yeti and buy, for example, a blue bluebird and apogee one (duet 2 is a little pricey) would I hear much of a difference? And are there any other mic and audio interface combinations that are worth trying?

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to pagordon)

    If you're not happy with what you have then replace it. Of course new gear may not sound better just different.

     

    If you don't mind spending the money, better quality gear is always a good investment.

  • al-cymru-bailey Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 12:39 AM (in response to pagordon)

    Upgrades do usually have an improvement in sound in some form. Ultimatley with garageband, certain sounds wont sound 100% beacuse it is only a beginner/amateur recording programme, unlike Logic. However when I have recorded songs with real instruments and have used different mics the quality does improve depending on the equipment.

  • hansard5 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 5:22 AM (in response to pagordon)

    Just a cautionary note: the grass is not always greener over there. If you're happy with your sound (you said the Yeti provided a "great" sound), then keep the gear. A more expensive mic will not necessarily improve your sound. The governing factors are the quality of the playing/singing at the input stage, and the quality of your ears at the mixing/mastering stage. An SM57 for $100 can produce as good a result as a high-end studio mic, yet just about every studio uses 57s. They are bullet-proof, they sound good, and they last forever. I simply make the point that, sometimes, tried and tested gear will do nicely, even if it's not very expensive. I looked up your Yeti mic and it seems like a fine piece of gear. If you're genuinely unhappy with it, that's the time to move on.

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to al-cymru-bailey)

    al-cymru-bailey wrote:

     

    garageband, certain sounds wont sound 100% beacuse it is only a beginner/amateur recording programme, unlike Logic.

     

    Doesn't matter if you record in Logic or Garageband if you record in the same resolution the recorded audio will be identical.

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