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jhunger
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Yep, another +1 from me – totally agree.

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Hello everyone !

I would want to take the plunge into the recording of divers sounds.

I wanted to know the price of a professional microphone to record a saleable sound on Audiojungle ? Or then: which one do you advise me ?

And maybe other equipements ?

Very thanks for reading.

Regards.

If the main purpose is to record your voice, a large diaphragm condenser is probably the best bet. Some of the options presented here like the Audio Technica 20—series and the Rode NT1 are good options (the Rode is above $200 but you might be able to get a discounted or used one). Others in the 200-300 price range include Studio Projects C1, Shure PG series, maybe check out some of the SE electronics offerings, Blue Bluebird or Spark. If you can go up to $300 there are really a lot out there.

The other question is – do you have anything to plug it into? Any of the mics I mentioned will at least need an XLR input and phantom power. The good news is that there are many interfaces, including inexpensive ones, that support this.

One other thing I might mention – even though you’re mainly using it for voice, you might want to consider a field recorder like the Zoom H2/H4/H5. It wouldn’t be ideal just for voice, but has the advantage of being extremely portable and recording directly onto a memory card (so you don’t need to purchase an interface separately). The mics would typically be small diaphragm and not of the same quality of a dedicated mic, but maybe good enough for a start, and it would be more suited to recording sounds, especially outside of the studio. Also, it’s something that would remain relevant if you did upgrade your vocal mic in the future.

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Well…

It all depends on your budget and what you’re recording. In addition to a microphone, unless it’s a USB mic you’ll at least need an interface to get it into your DAW (assuming your recording into the box). Many setups also include a dedicated preamp. Some setups include a dedicated preamp + a dedicated A/D converter.

If you’re looking for a mic that can be used for both vocals and instruments, you may want to consider a large diaphragm condenser. If you’re only recording acoustic guitars, you would likely want to consider a small diaphragm condenser. If you’re recording an amp, you might want to look at a ribbon mic or a dynamic. So there are a lot of variables.

Cost is also a factor, for instance the price range for a decent LDC could be anywhere from 200USD for a lower end Audio Technica to 10000 and more for a high end vintage Telefunken. There are a lot of great options under $500 – a lot has to do with what you’re going to use it for.

What do you have already, and what are you intending to record?

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Does exclusive / non-exclusive choice affect only the percentage of revenue or does it also affect your possibilities to get featured tracks / trending items or any other features?
+1. I’d also like to know whether appearance of items in search are limited due to non-exclusivity.

I’d be interested to know this as well.

One other question that came to mind the other day – If you let your metadata get out of date, e.g. you didn’t go back and click “No Vocals” on your portfolio when you were supposed to, or some of your tracks are still N/A for Content ID, could your tracks be missing out on being found in a search? It seems like the answer is yes – for instance the Vocals option is a search parameter, so I’d imagine that any track without that metadata set would be thrown out if a buyer clicked any option in that field, including No Vocals. Or is the engine smart enough to default “not set” to “No Vocals” (or “N/A” to “No” in the ContentID, etc).

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Thanks! I’ll check that out and see how it compares to the RX4 demo.

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Sweet! Thanks for all the answers and advice!

I tried a few things. Waves didn’t really have good tools for this in their restoration package – mainly they did a decent job with constant noise or hum, or well defined clicks. I did run a spectrum analyzer and the sound was mostly defined right around 475 hz, so I tried a couple of different EQ plugs but without too much success – I could lessen the edge of the beep a bit but not enough to make it worthwhile.

I also tried RX4 and this was the best option. You could see a well defined rectangle where the beep was in the spectrum, and just cutting out that entire band made it almost acceptable. Unfortunately the demo doesn’t let you save, and I didn’t feel like springing for the full version for this one thing. But I was impressed enough with the tool to maybe pick it up the next time there’s a decent sale on iZotope plugins.

Thank you!

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Hey all, has anybody ever used Waves Restoration plugins (or other plugins) to remove a repeated noise from a WAV file?

I’m not trying to get around paying for demo software or anything :). One of my colleagues at my day job recorded a web cast with licensed software (not sure what) but apparently used some “practice” setting that recorded an annoying beep every 30 seconds. So I was going to see if I could do something with the WAV to remove the beeps without messing up the rest of the audio too much. I’ve never done this before and was curious if anyone else out there had.

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I agree with the posts above – I always liked your name and thought your avatar was particularly creative. And you seem to be doing pretty well as is :)

The only real feedback I can give is that I changed my logo a while back and I can’t really say for sure whether it affected sales. It certainly didn’t boost them, and in fact I have had decreasing returns on AJ over the last year, but I think that’s more likely from a variety of other factors. I think that a name change would be more of a problem than a visual change since you have years of customers who tell their interns to “look for a song from that alkis guy.” Or at least that’s how I imagine it works :).

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jhunger
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This is not pessimism, it’s just common sense.

+1, totally agreed. Even the healthiest person can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It gets worse when you’re non-exclusive and have various sources of income from your music. Especially if you’re the breadwinner for your family, if you kick the bucket they’re going to need ongoing royalties more than ever. If they can’t easily access your revenue streams (or worse, don’t even know about some of them) it makes a bad situation much worse.

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Is that correct? Thanks. Happy tax day, fellow statesiders.

Happy tax day to you too! Yes, no 1099s this year. I don’t know what the official word is for 2016, though.

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