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Elke Meier
Just a quick note for those of you who feel as much out of their depth when it comes to microphone/audio/recoding/sound theory questions as I do: 

I just stumbled over the following website: https://www.musicrepo.com and I am really impressed. She explains about these things in terms that I can follow, and she explains even the technical terms that people familiar with these things so naturally use. I came across the site when I searched for some more information about the Blue Yeti which someone in the community (Ted?) recommended a few weeks ago - and I just ordered one :).


Elke Meier
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Posted: July 11, 2018
Last Comment: July 13, 2018
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Ted Adachi
Posted: July 13, 2018
As I said before, I use my mic mainly for monitoring, that is when I practice, I am always wearing headphones. I use the stereo setting on the mic that gives me a little room ambiance.

I have a Mac. In System Preferences/Sound, I choose the Yeti for both input and output.

When I record with Audacity (again, in Audacity Preferences choose the Yeti as playback and output device) I cannot monitor while I record, that is, in the headphones the sound will stop when you start recording but you can hear it in the headphones on playback.

With Photobooth, I just hit the record button and I can monitor with headphones while recording.

Have fun with it.

Elke Meier
Posted: July 13, 2018
Haha, Christiane, I know what you mean! Mine just arrived 5min ago - and I got quite the shock when I saw the size of the package :). As for the settings: they recommend the cardioid pattern for recording violin.

Christiane
Posted: July 13, 2018
My Yeti has finallyarrived.  It has a great presence on the floor in my room, like a little dwarf, but without arms.  It's really huge - couldn't believe how big when I unpacked it. 

I downloaded some different software, audacity, too.  It appears that not all enable you upload to Youtube, which I understand we have to do first, to get the link to post on violinlab.  Still experimenting, and  so far no editing. 

The problem was, that some of the free software (the video part), records so slowly, that the arm/finger movements are seconds behind the sound.  That is really confusing to watch.
While it is a lot easier (and I'll probably do it in the beginning) to use the webcam and audacity or similar, later on, I'll have to learn to tape with my much better camera, upload that and fuse it with the sound.  No rush, though.

The Yeti Manual also explains the different settings...I'm actually not sure, which would be the best.  What conclusion have you come to, Elke?

Looking forward to hear how you go with first recordings and software!



Dianne
Posted: July 12, 2018
Elke, it would be great if you ever made a video to instruct us. I still cannot figure it out, even after looking at that rich site. I just use my phone. If someone wants to comment on my general technique, then there is plenty there that they can see, but if someone wants to really hear my playing, then one of these microphones is a must I would say. Then there is the visual component..

Elke Meier
Posted: July 12, 2018
That is what she also does in the videos where she tests the USB microphones: just plug it in and use Audacity for the recording. She also has sections on her site where she talks about the more elaborate setups. But I was especially intrigued by all her explanations in plain language about the simple setups for the USB microphones :). And now I understand how it is even possible for you to monitor yourself while you play. And I know what the different settings on the microphone mean and what I should use for recording in my situation. For example, I had no idea what "pickup pattern" means. And she explains it really well. I look forward to trying it all out!

Ted Adachi
Posted: July 11, 2018
Hi Elke,
Yes, it's me and Lee Gordon Seebach that were talking about this microphone. His setup is quite elaborate. Me, I just plug it into the computer mostly for monitoring and if I record, I'll use Audacity or Photo Booth.