#1
I have close to no experience recording with my computer, and when I did try and lay down a few tracks, they were just recorded with the computer mic onto garageband.

I will need to record electric guitar/bass, acoustic guitar, and voice.

I know I need a decent microphone, a recording interface, and a bunch of cables...

I don't need anything too advanced and I'm on an extremely tight budget.

What exactly do I need, and what are some recommendations for good brands/models for the equipment I will need?
#3
Quote by speedmetalcore
well first off bro what are u working with as of right now


A macbook with garageband and 1GB of RAM (getting more soon ).

I will be recording an Ibanez acoustic, an electric Epi Les Paul, my voice, and I'm buying a cheap bass soon.

I plan on using the drum loops in garageband or recording bongos...

That pretty much everything I have as of now, even though its probably not what you were asking.
#4
sweet bro i have a mac too! i used garage band for a while and then i bought logic studio
and i always bought a "duet" which work seemlessly with both programs (garageband and logic)
and the main thing ur guna want is an interface. now if price is a big issue then well have to figure out whats best for u but the "duet" costs about 500 bucks. but if u wanna hear how the qualtiy sounds well check out the link in my sig
#5
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1043588

Tight budgets aren't terribly good for good results, but you can get decent ones with low end gear.

Presonus make a decent low end preamp called inspire, shure sm57 and something like an audio technical at4040 (general workhorse mic both of them) or other large diaphragm mic will do everything you want.

monitors are gonna cost you 500 bucks though, dont get anything worse than the krk rp5's or your wasting your money


Use the Large diaphragm condenser (LDC) for acoustics and bass, maybe the electric if you like the vibe and the 57 for electric and bass.
#7
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1049399

check that out, might interest you, don't forget to read my post coz it explains how to use it effectively.

If you can afford it the apogee duets are amazing. Actually Apogee is just amazing.
#8
Any more recommendations for interfaces?

I really don't know much about them or what they do so could someone explain them to me?

When I say I'm on a tight budget, I mean I'm on an extremely insanely amazingly tight budget...

I really just want what I need.

I'm spending $200 on an amp because I need one.

Around $50 in mic stands/cables/misc accessories...

$100 or close for a mic.

And no idea really on an interface, but I just need something that works...
#9
Ok get an sm57, it wont be great for vocals, but its better than anything else out there that also doubles as a mic for everything... except maybe for the sennheiser handheld mics... i quite like them, but anyway. Get that. Then interface wise, some people suggest the EMU stuff, personally i've never had experience with it, my suggestion would be that mixer i linked you to or the presonus inspire.

As for an explanation for interfaces check my sig, Recording 102, just look for Interface in bold.
Last edited by doommaker at Jan 19, 2009,
#10
Quote by speedmetalcore
sweet bro i have a mac too! i used garage band for a while and then i bought logic studio
and i always bought a "duet" which work seemlessly with both programs (garageband and logic)
and the main thing ur guna want is an interface. now if price is a big issue then well have to figure out whats best for u but the "duet" costs about 500 bucks. but if u wanna hear how the qualtiy sounds well check out the link in my sig


If he has a new macbook, an Apogee Duet is a no-go because the new Macbook's don't have firewire ports.

TS, which Macbook do you have? Firewire interfaces are better (though they also cost more) however you may be fine with a USB interface as long as you don't want to record drums/use more than 2 mics at once.
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Last edited by DisarmGoliath at Jan 19, 2009,
#12
Quote by speedmetalcore
o ur right bro i forgot about the firewire-less newer macbooks


It's alright, it's the main reason why I bought an iMac rather than a Macbook.
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#13
My macbook has firewire...

Would these be some good ones?

The most I would need to record at once is a mic for my voice and an input for my guitar...

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/EMu-0202-USB-2.0-Audio-interface?sku=240552

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-MobilePre-USB-Portable-Audio-Interface?sku=701368

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-TonePort-UX1-USB-RecordingModeling-Interface?sku=249700

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=703606V

Thanks a lot, you guys have been great help...

By the way, whats the deal with this phantom power?
Can that Shure SM57 run without it?
And can I record guitar and mic at once and have them go to separate tracks?
Then change the input instrument to a different guitar and record on a different track?
#14
Quote by Guitarfreak217
My macbook has firewire...

Would these be some good ones?

The most I would need to record at once is a mic for my voice and an input for my guitar...

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/EMu-0202-USB-2.0-Audio-interface?sku=240552

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-MobilePre-USB-Portable-Audio-Interface?sku=701368

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-TonePort-UX1-USB-RecordingModeling-Interface?sku=249700

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=703606V

Thanks a lot, you guys have been great help...

By the way, whats the deal with this phantom power?
Can that Shure SM57 run without it?
And can I record guitar and mic at once and have them go to separate tracks?
Then change the input instrument to a different guitar and record on a different track?


If you can afford around £300 for an interface, definitely get the Apogee Duet. It's easily the best sub-£1000 firewire interface on the market for two inputs.

Anyway, a Shure SM57 does not require phantom power... in fact, sending phantom power to some mics can be bad for them. Phantom power is required on (most) condenser microphones, and some ribbon microphones. They require it to function properly, because there are different types of microphone that pick up a signal in different ways.

The SM57 is a type of mic known as a dynamic cardioid. They do not require phantom power, and are the most common type microphone for live gigs. Generally speaking though, a condenser mic has a flatter response across the frequency spectrum of human hearing, so they are more common in the studio where a flat EQ is desired before mixing so the sound recorded is as accurate to original (analogue) signal as possible.

Hope that helps


Oh, and if I was you I'd ignore all 4 of the links you gave and look into a firewire interface instead. They're much better for the task. If you use a firewire interface you will indeed be able to record two mics at once and have them on separate tracks, but with USB it will send them both to the same track.
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Last edited by DisarmGoliath at Jan 19, 2009,
#15
Sorry to rain on your parade goliath... but usb interfaces all seperate the tracks, not lump them into one. Don't bother with firewire honestly, its over kill and you need to get more expensive gear to get something you don't need.

I know moody here recommends the emu 0202, my suggestions is look at the reviews and make sure you look at the BAD things about them and then decide.
#16
Quote by doommaker
Sorry to rain on your parade goliath... but usb interfaces all seperate the tracks, not lump them into one. Don't bother with firewire honestly, its over kill and you need to get more expensive gear to get something you don't need.

I know moody here recommends the emu 0202, my suggestions is look at the reviews and make sure you look at the BAD things about them and then decide.


Stickied Recording FAQ. Read that.

Firewire is a lot better, and if you want to make it easier on yourself to play along in time to what is coming through the monitors/headphones, then you don't want to choose USB unless you can't afford better.
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