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Old 01-09-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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Good cheap recording equipment?

Hey, i don't have any music up, and it's because I lack recording equipment.
Anyone who any good microphones that I can buy that are less than or equal to $150?
Also, anyone know any good cheap software that I can use to record to? I don't like using garageband.
I use a macbook pro for the software question.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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On the cheap, a good mic is an SM57 indeed.
Or! Yeah, a rode NT-1A is a nice choice too.

You have a Mac for ****'s sake, get Logic already.
And use the pro-mode if you don't want an interface that makes it look like garageband pro.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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I'll pass on the hardware question, if you don't mind. You'll get plenty of help on that front soon.

Regarding garageband - what don't you like about it? It's pretty great software, especially for the price (aka free). You won't find anything much better for 'cheap' depending on what 'cheap' means. If you put the time in with GB and start to feel its limitations, then you can spend $200 (that's cheap!) on Logic Pro in the Mac App Store. Logic is one of the best DAWs available, and its capabilities rival ProTools etc.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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If you want to avoid expensive interfaces just get a simple tube-preamp like this one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-...udio-mic-preamp

I use that one all the time, just straight into my line-in jack on the laptop. But since it's not marketed as an "interface" I'll probably be banned for mentioning it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:38 AM   #5
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^ there's a reason why people use interfaces :P

You could do that, yeah, but:
1. that pre isn't really great
2. even a bad audio interface works better than most integrated sound cards

So just get some scarlett 2i4 or mackie onyx blackjack to begin.
Skip behringer's stuff, that doesn't sound good, and skip cheap avid's stuff, because the cheap stuff doesn't sound good.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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I have the Scarlett 2i2 recording interface, which is pretty good, but you should get one like Spambot's, since the 2i4 is just a bit better. While using a mic to record your playing is generally a better option, if you are really on a tight budget, you can start off just plugging your guitar directly into your recording interface to listen through your computer.

I think GarageBand's pretty good. If there's a Guitar Center in your area, you can go there and they'll teach you how to do the basics. There's a lesson seminar that's held there every Saturday, at least in my area.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:54 AM   #8
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The tascam's not bad, you may choose that if your budget's tight, but whatever the reason don't buy behringer's stuff that's made to capture or produce or process audio.
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Beringher Stuff is alright, made albums with that stuff no problem.
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The tascam's not bad, you may choose that if your budget's tight, but whatever the reason don't buy behringer's stuff that's made to capture or produce or process audio.

I gotta disagree with you on that one. I got a Behringer B2 Pro microphone about a week ago and I'm loving it. I also own a few other pieces of Behringer recording gear, as do a couple of my bandmates and I would say that it's all very good for the price.
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If you want to avoid expensive interfaces just get a simple tube-preamp like this one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-...udio-mic-preamp

I use that one all the time, just straight into my line-in jack on the laptop. But since it's not marketed as an "interface" I'll probably be banned for mentioning it.

That preamp is as much a tube preamp as a Marshall AVT is a tube amp, because it has a single tube in it. The tube is there as a buffer and does little to the sound. It was put there to sell units on the prospect that its a "tube" preamp, just like hybrid amps sell on the prospect that they have a "tube" preamp.
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Beringher Stuff is alright, made albums with that stuff no problem.
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Did they sound good?

Well different strokes for different folks.
Though, I'd try them in person, side to side with something else at least before buying it, just to get an idea of how the better stuff sounds and what you can get with that or a bit more money, then up to you to decide.
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