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>> Hey I'm Donald Bell, Senior Editor for digital audio and MP3 and today we're taking a First Look at the M-Audio Music Session Producer package. The package comes along with this really cool producer microphone which is a USB powered microphone, and it comes with a stand for the microphone and it comes with software, Session recording software for making recordings, using the microphone, adding background music, editing out the recording you make. So pretty cool solutions, 99 dollars for the whole package. We liked it as a one-stop solution for someone who wants to do Podcasting, record vocals or wants to set up a little home studio where they're recording maybe just one instrument at a time. The main benefit of this is that you don't have to worry about audio cards or mic preamps. You just plug this mic in using a USB cable into your computer, your computer recognizes it as an audio card, boot up the software, and you're recording. The only downside to this is that because it's a USB-only microphone you can't use it with analog equipment; you can't upgrade your studio and plug in this microphone to an analog mixing console. You're only gonna be able to use it over USB. The other downside is that the software basically uses the microphone as a security dongle; so if you try booting up the software without the microphone connected, you're not gonna be able to get into the software and edit things that you've recorded previously. That aside for 99 dollars is a great solution; we like the recording quality; we like the whole set up and we think it's a bargain. So I'm Donald Bell and that was a First Look at M-Audio Music Session Producer.
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