How to Interface SM-58 Microphone With Computer?

by Krishnadas P
(Trivandrum, Kerala, India)

I got a Shure SM-58 dynamic microphone recently. But when connected to the Realtek mic-in port of my computer, and used Audacity software for my audio recording, the sound level was too low.


Which interface should I use between my microphone and the computer to get my voice recordings proper?

Please remember, budget is a constraint. Shure XLR to USB Signal adapter costs around Rs. 8550 (US $159) at www.bajaao.com. I would like to go for the cheapest solution.


Answer

Hi Krishnadsas! Your problem could be written out as, "What kind of audio interface do I need?"

I looked at that page, and realized it could be clearer about the lower priced models. I'm not familiar with Shure's interfaces, so I can't comment there.

I went to bajaao.com and clicked on "Studio/Recording" in the sidebar, then on "Audio Interfaces." There is a list of many you can browse, but here are a few to consider:



Hope this helps. Leave a comment below for any clarification.

-Lee

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Aug 26, 2016
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xenyx 302 .audacity.karaoke
by: Anonymous

xenyx 302 is a best choice with cheap budget,sound quality is very nice i am using audacity for hindi karaoke.adjust first level for vocal than karaoke track.and same setting record both together live put xlr cable both side it give 15 voltage to microphone .

Sep 27, 2014
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Yes!
by: Anonymous

I really like that this page is hear. It's great for beginners, who I feel are sometimes left out on some of the recording message boards.

Mar 18, 2013
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A question of quality...
by: Lee

Krishnadas,

Keep sound quality in mind. The cheapest interface will not have a quality preamp and digital converter on it. But price may be more important than sound quality for you. Everyone has to make that call.

Here's my experience with cheaper equipment.

I have a PreSonus DigiMax - it's expensive, but has nice quality preamps and digital converters. It's not the top of the line, but it's good.

I wanted to see how a tube preamp sounds, so I tried the Presonus TubePre.

The result? The TubePre sounds horrible - so much noise is added to the sound that it basically makes it unusable for me.

OK, down to your question. :)

I don't have personal experience with either of those interfaces. My guess is that they will work basically equivalent. You should be good with either one. Look at how many inputs you have, and how many can record simultaneously.

Let us know which one you choose!

Mar 16, 2013
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How about Behringer XENYX 302USB?
by: Krishnadas P

Thank you Lee for understanding my problem and for your quick response.

I thought I would go for Lexicon Alpha (Rs 5700/-) suggested by you, which is the cheapest. But meanwhile, I came across another product - Behringer XENYX 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer at www.Bajaao.com which costs only Rs 4200/-.

How about this product? Will it be suitable for my application of interfacing Shure SM-58 dynamic microphone with computer?

Again, is there any other cheaper products available suitable for my application?

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