If I can only afford one microphone under $500 to record vocals with what should I get?

songwriting tips, microphones

Mark Urso, Owner at River Song Music (Quora answer)

Maybe a Shure SM58. An SM48, which is extremely similar, can be had for fifty bucks. You’ll have a little money left over!

I’ll assume you’re not on stage making your recordings, and you have complete control over ambient sound, and you have good headphones. So you’re looking for, I’m assuming, a studio mic for vocals.

Cheap street is the SM58. It’s a standard mic, with a standard polar pattern, and is usually used on stage, but since we don’t know what your singer sounds like, what your singer prefers, or if you’re looking for a particular sound, why not have a standard-performing mic? It won’t cost $500 – maybe $100.

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What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?

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For soft rock, people might be surprised at which songs are simple, and which use inventive and unusual chords. I’ve reverse-engineered hundreds of popular songs. I’ll toss out a few examples of what I’ve discovered:

The Easys

Certain artists, like Elton John and John Mellencamp, are not reinventing the wheel with the music they write. It’s extremely straightforward, usually 4/4 Continue reading “What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?”

A Song is Born (Songwriting Session)

Here is a song being born. I’ll do something more with this melody. We came up with three parts (that I can derive from this workout), and I’m sure I’ve got some lyrics lying around somewhere!

I usually write songs words-first, so it’s fun to just play with melodies and come up with fun-sounding things, musically, first, then deal with the words.

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Radio Appearances: Local Music Buzz on 96.7 The Buzz With Chris DiPaola (2016) and 2018 With Denise Acker Taylor

This is cool!

It’s me on the radio (below) a year ago, talking about my CD and novel combo, “Share The Moon!” Chris DiPaola and I talked for an hour and he played a bunch of songs! What fun!

I also wanted to say I’ll be on the radio Saturday night (Jan. 6) (tonight if you’re reading this with your morning coffee)!

I’ll be on for an hour Saturday on “Alternative Nation” with Denise Acker Taylor on 96.7 FM The Buzz, starting at nine.  Please tune in! We’ll talk about the Garageband era, regional musicians and writing … and I might even play a song!

You can listen on the air or via the Buzz app (HERE), or stream right out of any browser on THE BUZZ’S site.

Here’s that recorded show with Chris: