#1
So im still new to recording, The only gear i have that i can use to record is my line 6 Toneport UX2. Id like to get more into recording soon so i was wondering what kind basic things i should have, mixer, monitors etc... Keep in mind im not going for anything professional at all but only enough to record myself w/ good sound. With My B-day and Christmas coming soon I thought it would be a good time to get some recommendations about what i need to do some good, yet basic home recording. Any suggested specific items would be great. Trying to keep the Budget under $400 per item (the most important ones lol)
Gear:
  • Orange TH30
  • Framus Cobra 4x12
  • Gibson Les Paul Studio
  • Gibson Explorer
  • Taylor 214CE-G
#2
Since you already seem to have guitars/amps/cabs covered, and you have a UX2, so that, despite being USB 1.1, covers your interface needs for now, then here's a few other things you may want to start looking at.

Monitors
Headphones
Instrument Mic(s)
Vocal Mic (if applicable)
Accessories for vocal mic (sturdy stand, shockmount, pop filter)
Cables, Stands, etc...

For monitors, there are a few decent choices for a pair for around $400. Here are a few.

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Mackie-MR5-Active-Studio-Monitor?sku=603999

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/KRK-Rokit-Powered-5-Generation-2?sku=482825

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/KRK-Rokit-Powered-6-Generation-2?sku=482826

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-TRUTH-B2030A-Active-Monitors-Pair-?sku=600603

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-HS50M-5-Powered-Studio-Monitor-Each?sku=601417

For headphones, if you want them (I listen on my monitors probably 80-90% of the time, but also check through nice headphones and see how they translate, check detail, etc...) here are a few.

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sennheiser-HD280-Pro-ClosedBack-Headphones?sku=242411

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/AudioTechnica-ATHM45-Studio-Monitor-Headphones?sku=241606

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sony-MDRV600-Headphones?sku=271080

For instrument mics, for close mic'ing a cab, I'd recommend one of these three mics., in order of my personal preference.

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Audix-I5-Instrument-Microphone?sku=270644

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sennheiser-E609-Silver-Dynamic-Guitar-Microphone?sku=276668

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM57-InstrumentVocal-Mic?sku=270102

If you're planning on doing vocals, which mic you choose will depend a lot on what type of vocal style you'll be doing. If it's more traditional singing, I'd recommend a large diaphragm condensor. If it's screaming/growling/etc... then it might be better to use the i5 or SM57, depending on which you chose for your instrument mic.

Let me know what style it is, and if it's more traditional singing, I can help you find a few choices for condensor in your price range, along with the necessary accessories.

With cables, just get the right ones for the right application and don't go the cheapest route. Cheap cables crap out sooner and more often, and can add noise with their cheap shielding and materials.

With stands, something like this: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/ProLine-MS112-Low-Profile-Boom-Microphone-Stand?sku=454312 I've always found works really well for your guitar cab mic.

For your vocal mic, just get a stand that is sturdy enough that you're not risking it tipping over and ruining your mic. Condensor mics can be fragile.
#3
thanks for the help, the vocals would be more aimed at growling, but small amount of clean singing also. Could you possible recommend a portable recording device considering im on the go a lot.
Gear:
  • Orange TH30
  • Framus Cobra 4x12
  • Gibson Les Paul Studio
  • Gibson Explorer
  • Taylor 214CE-G
#4
portable recording device = LAPTOP. I paid $349 at Best Buy for a dual processor (Intel 2 ghz) with 2 gigs of ram - works awesome for recording with Windows 7!
Now running an Eleven Rack with Pro Tools 10.3.3 - it's amazing and I'm having ball with it - worth every penny. PT 10 is tops IMO and the Eleven Rack is a work of art!
#5
Yea, I'd have to agree about the laptop. Most portable recorders are overpriced in my opinion, and no very flexible at all. With a laptop, you could use something like Reaper on both your laptop and your desktop and keep your files and projects synced easily, use headphones, or carry your UX2 around in your laptop bag. You'd have options.