I have a pair of akg 460 b microphones. I would like to record a speaker, but she likes to walk around the room. Could I use this microphone on the flat line setting and set at 110 degrees and still pick up her voice.
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Make sure your preferences settings in the MBP are set to use that input. USB recording is not the best way to do things. I'd look online and buy an inexpensive interface, like a Lexicon or Presonus etc, then the interface will connect via USB, but your mic will go into a genuine XLR input on the interface. You'll also benefit from much more gain and level control.
You say you have a XLR to USB adapter....so the version of the 120 you have is the regular XLR version, right? Well if it is, it needs what's called "phantom power" to work. It looks like they have a straight USB version of this mic, and that's what you should have gotten if you didn't want to use anything else. If you still want to use this mic as is, I would recommend a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I have one and it's great. I do have a pc though and I'm not sure about Mac. But it's a usb powered preamp that gives you two mic pre's along with headphone amp, and a volume control for your speakers and has phantom power built in. Great unit and around $120. NFI.
As monitors, I have used either the on-board speakers or headphones worn over the headworn microphone. In both cases, my own voice (as processed through 'Mike Effects' and VH) can't be heard over the music.
This is distinct from the recording on the USB stick where my own (processed) voice is in balance with the music.
Either I need an additional recording gadget to turn up the monitor volume of my processed voice while leaving the monitor volume of the music at a set level, or I have overlooked a setting somewhere. I am hoping for the latter (and I am still looking).
How many speakers? In a room? Outdoors? What kind of recorder do you use? What is your budget? Hi Fi or just need to be able to recognize what is being said?
Depending on your setup you might try:
Solution one: lavalier mics like an Audiotechnica ATR35 on each speaker's lapel.
Solution two: a boundary microphone on the table, like Shure mx395.
Solution three: cardioid pattern mics pointed at each speaker (could also use a shotgun).
Solution four: one figure eight pattern mic put between two speakers facing each other (make sure the axis of the mic points at the two speakers).
Solution five: you could scrap your recorder altogether and get a Zoom H2, put all four channels on and don't thump the table.