My daughter will be preparing a solo viola recording to include with her college applications. We are hoping for good sound quality without spending too much money, and know little or nothing about making recordings so simple advice for newbies would be appreciated. We have a windowless, very quiet room in our basement where there should be little or no background noise for recording. We have a PC, an iPad, and access to other Mac laptops. We were thinking of using a Mac in order to be able to use Garage Band. Here are my questions:
Can someone recommend a good, but inexpensive mic, preferable that we can plug right into the computer via its USB port or audio inputs. I have been told we want something with a "flat frequency response" for strings. We were hoping to keep it to about $100, but would go higher if it's really necessary. One's we've looked at are: Shure PG 27 USB---$$$, as well as other Shure products Samson Meteor Mic and C01U Blue Yeti If one of those is good enough or best, or if there is something else better, please let us know.
At our local music store, they had small mics that you attach right to the instrument. I was concerned that these might not pick up the fullness of the sound, as one might hear when sitting in the audience. Am I wrong on this one?
Will we need anything besides a mic, the stand, and some sort of adaptor if it is not USB-ready? We are going with simple and inexpensive. If we do need an adaptor of some sort for a non-USB mic, what exactly will this adaptor be called, lol?
Any recommendations on mic placement when recording?
Thanks so much in advance for the help and I hope I didn't phrase anything in a way that sounded too dumb :-)!