so, i've been wanting to get some recording equipment for years now, but i've never had the funds to do so.

i'm thinking that i'm going to use whatever graduation money i get to buy some gear.

i have a MacBook, and that's all i've been using to record up to this point (the built-in mic and Garageband.) http://myspace.com/tonyrandallextravaganza

it'll just be me and my guitar, i probably won't be doing more than about 3 or 4 tracks, they'll be mostly demos for now. but i'm going to need two microphones, for sure.
i was thinking about the MXL 990 and 991. would you recommend them?

which interfaces would you recommend?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/M-Audio-M-Audio-Studio-Pro-3-Monitors---MXL-990-991-Microphone-Package-888907-i1471849.gc this package? i'll need an interface as well, i know.

and Garageband is a fine program and it seems to have everything i need, so i'm not really looking to buy any software, unless it comes with something i purchase.

i'd like to keep this between $300 and $400, if possible.

thanks in advance!
I've got a Tascam DP-02 CF. It's a decent little thing. I paid like $300 for it. It's got 8 tracks, it's phantom powered, you can record up to two tracks simultaneously, built in metronome and EQ. Everything on my profile was recorded with it. I would recommend it.
Only thing is you'll need some speakers to run it through so you can hear it. But that M-Audio package doesn't look bad either. I just don't like dealing with microphones unless I'm messing with vocals.

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Last edited by RisingForce1990 at May 20, 2010,
that audio package doesnt include an audio interface so you'll still need to pick one up.

I suggest just getting something like this instead:

This presonus pack is better as it offers higher end monitors but you pay a little more:

between the two, I'd go with the PreSonus but be sure there are Mac drivers out for that interface at the PreSonus website.
Last edited by moody07747 at May 20, 2010,
the presonus is nice.
i'll need another mic if i get that, probably the 991, i'm thinking.

would it be cheaper to get the first package and then buy a nice interface.

which interfaces would you recommend, alone.
Well the PreSonus package is a little cheaper overall but you can't easily find the 991 on it's own. You spend about the same money on the M-Audio/MXL or PreSonus way once you get cables and stands...

If you go with the separate 990/991 package and a separate interface, I suggest looking into the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. I'm a fan of M-Audio interfaces. The drivers and build quality are top notch for the price range. I'm running a PreSonus FP10 in my studio now but am looking to swap it out soon as it is being a little funky at times.

The MXL 990/991 are two mics that I use all the time and are great for the price.
you can see a few reviews of them in the R&R record thread linked in my sig.

Overall, I personally would go with the M-Audio/MXL deal and hold out on monitors until you can spend a little more on something higher in the price range.
Last edited by moody07747 at May 20, 2010,