#1
I am wanting to build a studio mostly for guitar, but also for drums and vocals. I would like to know exactly what I need as far as software and hardware and what is recommended. Assume that I am starting from scratch, only with 2 apple computers, 1 macbook pro, and 1 mac pro with 30 inch lcd monitor. What would I need and what are their purposes? For a price range, I could go up to $3000 initially but as a project I don't really see a budget if I just keep adding bits and pieces. I want to eventually be able to rent it out for a small fee so I wouldn't mind it being a bit more on the professional side (pro tools more than likely). I already have my drums mic'd so I wouldn't need much else for them other than software. A mixer is a must because I want to have multiple instruments. Thanks guys.
#2
I'd recommend spending the $3000 on acoustic treatment for your rooms, then get equipment later. Or spend at least some of it on treating your room.

Then look at getting a firewire interface for you MBP, some microphones, some software such as Logic, maybe a control surfice for your software, which will give you a more hand-on feel to mixing. Going down the pro-tools route is expensive, and people say Logic is as good as most PT versions, other than the full version.
#3
Spend about 500$ doing room treatment, spend about 500-1000$ on monitors.

That leaves us at about 1500$ for stuff.

Get a firepod for 400$
Get 3 SM57's for 300$
Get a Beta 52 or Audix D6 for about 150$
Get Rode NT5's/Shure SM 81's/Cascade Fatheads (get a pair) 300$-600$
Get a Shure SM7b or RE20 200$-300$

All this will get you great sounds, assuming you know what you're doing. 57's for guitars, snares, toms, vocals, anything almost. The Beta 52 or Audix D6 is for a kick mic and possibly bass amp mic. The NT5's/SM81's are for Drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and other percussion. The SM7B will be mainly for vocals, but have been known to be on snare or kick or anything else really.
#4
Firstly take a look at my post https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1043588

About the room treatment, are you at your own house with no real prospects of moving soon or are you renting/living with your parents and moving around a bit. If you are... its not really feasible to spend heaps of money on a room you won't be in for a while. Apart from that llanafreak is pretty on the ball.. with most of it, i wouldnt personally recommend the sm57 for vocals, a Large Diaphragm Condenser would be better, at4040 is a pretty workhorse one or for a more vintage sound the mxl v67i ... or is it 69... eh its green and gold and is pretty damn cheap for a pretty damn good mic.

AKG D112 is another kick mic you could use. DON'T FORGET HEADPHONES OR MONITORS!
I can't stress the importance of ATLEAST the monitors. KRK's are great.
Last edited by doommaker at Jan 17, 2009,