Another "toy hunt" led me to what has become one of my personal favorites: A 1984 Fisher-Price model 3805 Karaoke machine. This little eBay wonder cost me $9.99 plus shipping. This 6'' x 8'' x 2'' box runs on four C batteries or an optional 6V DC adapter. It has a small, futuristic-looking microphone attached via a 3 ft spiral cable. It has an AM/FM radio with big honking tuning and volume knobs on the side. A switch on the top lets you select Mic, Mix (mic & radio-so you can sing along to your favorite hits), or Radio. There is also a mini-plug on the back for headphone use. My suggestion: crank the volume knob all the way up and sing into it in mic mode. Great thick lo-fi distortion sounds. Favorite use so far? Setting up a stereo pair of mics and having a singer sing into the box while waving it in front of the stereo pair. Fun for the whole family.
2x24M microphone cables, Matrix Reference XLR audio cables, Silver Coax S/PDIF cables MC2 digital cables
by Brian Lucey
Cables are huge in overall tone color for both digital and analog recording. When I was in the midst of putting together this studio three years ago, I had a conversation with a respected gear head...