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"Condenser or USB" isn't really a question.  big_smile

"Condenser or Dynamic" is a question, and the answer depends on "What am I doing with it, and what else do I have in my arsenal?"  Then you get to answer "How am I going to hook this sucker up to my computing box?"

If you are going to be recording in your house and going to be recording a variety of instruments, I'd always opt for a condenser over a dynamic mic.  Condensers are much more sensitive to input so you'll get better fidelity in your recording.   The frequency response for condensers is a whole lot flatter than for dynamics, which tend to lose considerable signal on the low end.  If I'm going to be recording high volume signals like a guitar amplifier, or taking it on the road for use on stage, I'd opt for a dynamic microphone.  Durability, resistance to feedback,  and the ability to handle high spl is what you will get with a dynamic mic.

The USB vs XLR (or 1/4 inch plug) question depends on whether you have an audio interface capable of handling microphones or not.   If you have no other equipment go with a USB mic it will do your D-A conversion for you, and you can basically plug it in and go.  If you have an external interface, I wouldn't go with the USB.  One of the nice things about an external interface is that you can upgrade it to get better pre-amps and DACs while with a USB mic, you're stuck with what is in the mic.  Nothing other than a new mic will fix that.  And remember,  most condenser mics require a +48v "phantom power" signal in order to work.  A USB condenser will usually provide that on it's own, but an externally connected mic will need that through the pre-amp to which it is connected.


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TIGLJK wrote:

Green Bay is not in yet- Lions could ruin their season with a win.  ( Doubtful, but possible.)

Steelers are gonna surprise someone - IF - they cn some support from their D- Line.

The Packers are red hot right now, right when they need to be.   I don't see anyone beating them.

Steelers v Pats in the AFC Championship game.  Score will be 137 - 104.  big_smile


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dino48 wrote:
jerome.oneil wrote:

Green Bay is now my pick to play the Pats in the Super Bowl.   Dallas looks great, but I'll take old age and treachery over youth and enthusiasm every time.  smile

The Sadhawks are gonna be one-and-done.   Their O-line is a complete dumpster fire and they just lost Tyler Lockett for the season with a broken leg.  See also:  Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, both of who were having great seasons.  Carr in particular.

I agree Jerome. I thnk carr may have some injurys now.

Carr is having surgery today on his broken leg.  He might make it back in time for OTAs next year.   I don't even know who the Raiders' backup is, but Carr is a young superstar in the making, and it's tough to replace those kinds of people.

Rex Ryan got fired this morning.   They're putting Tyrod Taylor on the bench so he doesn't get injured, so they can cut him after the end of the season.    I'd like to see what he can do in an organization that isn't a disaster.  big_smile


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Green Bay is now my pick to play the Pats in the Super Bowl.   Dallas looks great, but I'll take old age and treachery over youth and enthusiasm every time.  smile

The Sadhawks are gonna be one-and-done.   Their O-line is a complete dumpster fire and they just lost Tyler Lockett for the season with a broken leg.  See also:  Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, both of who were having great seasons.  Carr in particular.


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beamer wrote:

Jerome- WAS THAT ALL THAT WAS WRONG? LOLOL what about the new one he cant get working?

Yep.  I'm guessing it's the same problem.  The battery in that one came from the same box.  I'm going to record a lot with it until he makes me give it back.  big_smile


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Things that are also a step up from Audacity.  big_smile




I'm not knocking FL Studio.  Like I said, I own a copy and enjoy it.  It's just not ideal for live audio work.   It was born in house, and it's DNA is all about sequencing.


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Stomp boxes are like crack.  One of the guys I play with has an MXR Carbon Copy delay pedal that I simply love the sound of, but recently it's been acting up.  So he bought another one. I took the original home to see if I could figure it out.

I put in a new one of these...


Fixed it right up, good as new!  big_smile

I've got a huge Zoom bass effects rack that I rarely use, and should.  It's pretty handy, but does way more than I can.

Enjoy the new stomper!


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It's probably the most used sequencer in existence for EDM - to the degree that there is a small army of annoying people creating stuff with it that have no idea what they're doing.  big_smile

If you want to record, it's the wrong tool, though.   Can't beat it for simplicity, which is also it's primary drawback.  If he wants a more full featured DAW with excellent sequencing capabilities, look into Propellerhead's Reason.  It will do everything pretty well, and it's MIDI capabilities are top-notch.


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FL Studio (a.k.a. "Fruity Loops") is a sequencer and sampler used heavily by people that create House and EDM music.    I've got an android version on my tablet.  It's fun to play with or to bang out simple scratch ideas.

I'm a bit concerned about that link, though.  FL Studio is $100 for the basic version.  It's not free.



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The Packers look like they're heating up at just the right time.   And perhaps you haven't heard, but  I'll take a gimpy legged Aaron Rodgers over pretty much anyone.  smile

Since Detroit lost, Seattle is now in the #2 seed spot behind Dallas (clinched the #1 spot), which means if they win out they'll get a bye and a home game.  Which they're gonna need because they've been terrible on the road.

The line on the Peach Bowl seems to be holding steady at -16 for Alabama, which means all the suckers have placed their bets.

Doug_Smith wrote:

I always figured that Squier was the "entry level" of the Fender line.

That is exactly what they are.   I'm not fond of them, but once set up, they're an OK entry point.


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I'm a fan of natural wood finishes, but at the end of the day,  appearance is at the bottom of my selection criteria.   Feel and tone, condition if it's used.  If all of that fits, it could be purple and I'd play it.


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dino48 wrote:
Russell_Harding wrote:

The Pack plays the Seahawks at Lambau field should be a good game both teams need it

Should be a good game.

That was an @$$ kicking.   The Sadhawks looked especially sad.   Wilson was just off.  He's normally a really accurate passer, and he couldn't hit anyone.   Alternatively, if anyone wants to know why I think Aaron Rodgers is the best QB anyone has ever seen, he gave a lesson in "how to pick apart a defense missing some key players."   No DeShawn Shed?  Then lets open the game with a super long toss against his second string replacement, especially knowing that all world free safty Earl Thomas is also out hurt.

Since AZ lost to Miami,  all the 'Hawks have to do is win one more time and they clinch the division.  The way they are playing right now, though, that may be in question.

Fortunately, they close the season against the '49ers.   smile

Meanwhile, in college football, the Huskies are 17 point underdogs to Alabama with the over/under at 55.    That's sucker money.

Given the two defenses, I'd be surprised if the total combined scores is 17.

Telecaster serials ran that way, but everything on the internet, including the guy that designed it,  says that model wasn't produced until 1981.

Nice axe, though!


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TIGLJK wrote:

Washington is a very good JV team playing an Alabama Varsity that is superb.   However- it is a game and anything can happen, just not likely.

Yeah, JV. 

Jake Browning - 21st in the nation in passing yards, ahead of Jalen Hurtz who isn't even in the top 40.     Browning is the sixth ranked QB in the nation  by QBR.  Hurts is #23.

Miles Gaskin - 15th in the nation in rushing yards, ahead of Damien Harris, who isn't even in the top 40.   The Huskies #2 rusher, Lavon Coleman,  is a 228lb hammer that is 150 yards short of a thousand for the season.  The Tides #2 rusher is.... Jalen Hurts.

John Ross - One of the fastest guys in FBS and the #23 receiver in the country by yards, ahead of ArDarius Steward, who isn't even in the top 40.

If anyone has JV players, it's Alabama's offense.  It's a one trick pony ridden by Jalen Hurts,  an undeniable absolute thoroughbred of an athlete.   Their offense is essentially "Jalen Runs the Ball."   We see what happens when they run into a tough run defense like LSUs.   The Tide lives and dies with it's defense, which is phenomenal.  It's ranked #1 in the nation, and it isn't even close.  However,  UW's is 10th, so they are really good, too.   

The key to this game offensively for the Huskies is going to be if John Ross and Jake Browning can take the top off of that Alabama defense so that Miles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman can find room to run.  Defensively it's going to be about containing Jalen Hurts and forcing him to beat them with his arm, rather than his legs.   UW has three "Sunday players" in their backfield.   What will hurt them defensively is a season ending injury to middle linebacker Aziz Victor.  That guy was an edge to edge tank, and he broke his leg against USC.


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dino48 wrote:
jerome.oneil wrote:

That's good, because they're playing Colorado.  big_smile   SC will most likely end up in the Rose Bowl, which will be an injustice to whoever loses tonight.

I hope it will be on one of my sports channels I will have too look around.

It was on Fox.  The Huskies won convincingly.   It was good because Jake Browning, the UW QB, had a *terrible* game.  Something like five completions the whole night.  So they just fed their running backs the rock and let the O-Line smash holes all the way to the end zone.  End result was 41 points and something like 65% of the minutes holding the ball.

So its UW v Alabama in the Peach Bowl for the right to play in the national championship game.   UW should expect to be heavy underdogs.  Alabama is huge and fast everywhere so any mistake will cost.

Ohio State is going to wreck Clemson.


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That's good, because they're playing Colorado.  big_smile   SC will most likely end up in the Rose Bowl, which will be an injustice to whoever loses tonight.


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Pac-12 Championship game today!   Go Dawgs!


I wouldn't say I've given them up, but I haven't bought one in a long time because I do stream so much.   I'm actually back to buying records again, because I'm nostalgic and records are cool.  The notion that they have some sort of acoustic superiority is patently ridiculous, though.  There is nothing that provides the fidelity that modern digital does.

I just like album cover art.  big_smile


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The strength of schedule stuff is all nonsense.    Washington destroyed a #7 ranked Stanford team and got no credit for it.   The SEC outside of Alabama and maybe LSU is as soft as wet toast.   The rankings at this point in the season are purely to prop up the weakest divisions because that's where the TV revenue is.  VA Tech, my favorite whipping boy for this, is a perfect example.   That is a team that got beat by Syracuse and  GA Tech,  got destroyed by Tennessee,  and barely managed to scratch out wins against Duke and Pitt.      Yet they've been bouncing around the top 25, as they do every year, for no reason at all other than to make the ACC look like it's a tougher division than it actually is.   Clemson has been scraping by all year long, winning close ones against bad teams.   They should be right around #10, tops, and the Wisconsin,  Penn State, and Michigan guys should be arguing over who gets in.   See also:  Louisville, with back to back losses against unranked teams (which would drop any west coast team out of the top 25 entirely) still manages to get ranked #13.

The Big 10 is the toughest division in football,  but right now I'd argue USC  is the best team.   They had a terrible start, fired their coach, changed QBs (that kid is amazing) and have been wrecking people ever since.   I'm picking Alabama v OSU in the final game, with Alabama winning it, but I'll be pulling for the Buckeyes.


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dino48 wrote:

I hope your huskies can pull something through. I hope your Seahawks do also. I am embarrassed to be a forty niner fan right now 10 losses in a row!!

Look at the bright side.  The 49ers ownership has screwed it up so bad they won't have much choice other than to go hire a top name head coach (I know Mike Holmgren wants the job) and then turn the whole thing over to them.  No one would take that gig under any other circumstances, except guys that enjoy the qualifier "interim" next to their "head coach" title.

"You pay me, then shut up and disapear until the off-season."  big_smile


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Well, the Sadhawks went and laid an egg against a pretty good Tampa Bay team.   You could make injury excuses (Earl Thomas and Michael Benett out) but when you drop the football (lookin at you, Jimmy Graham) and run terrible routes (lookin' at you, Paul Richardson) leading to INTs, you're gonna get beat.  The good news is that the Hawks could lose every game on the schedule except for LA and Arizona, and still win the division.

My Dawgs, though...  This was "Rivalry Week" in college football.  Ohio State barely (and I mean "bad spot by refs") beat Michigan.   Alabama stomped all over Auburn.   And the Huskies opened a serious case of whoop-ass on cross state rivals (and #22 ranked) WSU Cougars.   Colorado beat Utah to put them in the Pac-12 championship game against UW.  This sets up a really odd set of circumstances for the morons on "the committee" picking the final four teams to play for the national championship, assuming Washington beats Colorado, which should be ranked in the top 10.

Lets just assume Alabama and Ohio State are gonna be there, no matter what, because they are.

In the Pac-12, Washington would have beaten a #8 or #9 ranked Colorado team.

The Big-10 championship game isn't going to have Ohio State in it.  Because the Buckeye's lost to Penn State, it is going to be Wisconsin (#6) vs Penn State (#7).  This has all the makings of a *great* football game, too, so watch it.

Clemson, which has skated by all season long and got beat at home by an un-ranked U-Penn team is going to play an un-ranked Virginia Tech team in the ACC championship game.

So since Ohio State and Alabama are absolute locks to get into the final four, that leaves two spots open for three actual division champions.  Washington, the Big-10 champ, and Clemson.

Someone is going to be on the outside looking in.  I hope it's Clemson.  The ACC shouldn't even be considered a "Power 5" conference, but since it is owned lock, stock, and barrel by ESPN, they are going to prop it up any way they can.  See Louisville losing back to back against un-ranked teams, and still somehow being ranked #11 in the country as an example.

We live in interesting times!  big_smile


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mekidsmom wrote:

Jerome - HOW did you survive without bread?  That means no stuffing!  In my world, the stuffing is actually the main course not the turkey!  ha ha!

No doubt!  Fortunately, I have hungry children that would eat a bowl of stuffing all on their own.

My family cooks like they are feeding the Russian army, so there is never a shortage of leftovers to go around.   If you're over for a visit and I get drunk and puke on your shoes, that's just Tuesday.  If you're over for a visit and you go home hungry, that's shameful.  big_smile


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My favorite holiday.   I'm on a pretty strict weight loss regimen, though (dropped ~30lbs so far) so I wasn't able to pig out like I usually do.  I did manage to stuff my face with turkey, Brussels sprouts, and salad, though, which is pretty good.

No beer and no bread is killing me though.  sad


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mojo01 wrote:
jerome.oneil wrote:

Play the ones you play best.   You're basically going to be paying for time, so there's no point wasting it practicing while you're in studio.

Pick the most complete, competent songs you have, and get them to disk.  They'll sound the best and you won't have to make any excused for them.

thanks Jerome that's some sound advice right there (pun intended) really that makes a lot of sense thanks

Happy to help!

Here's some more.   Before you record, spend a little to get your guitars set up.  New strings, frets dressed, truss adjusted, etc...  Just like you want to play the songs you play the best, you want them to sound as good as possible.