I've been writing a lot recently and really want to get into recording what I write. I'm using my Mac's Garageband but all I've been able to record so far is vocal tracks and some acoustic parts. I'd really like to record bass, electric, piano, etc. on there so I can get a rough draft of my songs down. I don't know what I'd need to start recording somewhat seriously with my Mac. I realize for recording piano sounds I'd need a midi keyboard, which I'll hopefully get soon, but what else do I need to track the other instruments? Mics? Mixers? Etc. I'm really new to the world of recording so any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
You're gonna want a usb/firewire interface of some sort, anything m-audio or line 6 should do the trick. Next you should probably get some mics, maybe a Shure SM57 or micing cabs and guitars and some sort of condenser mic for vox and guitars as well.
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def need an interface of some kind...even if it's just a mixer. make sure whatever connectivity is at least USB, and stay away from Maudio. After that you'd just need something for the guitars (if you have an amp then a mic or a modeler) and you'll be rolling.

GB is actually a decent program and Logic is great too, even though I detest anything associated with Mac or Apple but I digress...

Good luck man! If you need any more help or want to get more in depth just PM me.

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thanks guys. The SM57 seems to be the old standard from what I've read and I have a friend who uses one and loves it.

For a mixer/interface, how expensive/cheap do I need to go? I'm mainly running these recordings to do demo work so I have songs down like 90% of the way before I record them professionally (which I'll hopefully do in the next year).

What kind of mic is a good one for vocals? The Shure SM57 is the only microphone I've ever really heard about, but I'm also completely new to recording so that's not saying much.

edit: also, how do things like the Tascam Portastudio work? I'm also a fan of lo-fi music and the Portastudio seems to be mentioned quite a lot and i'm curious as to what it is and how it's used.

Edit #2: After browsing musiciansfriend, I came up with 4 things that seem to fit my needs.

I found two mics that I think will be good for instruments and vocals respectively:

- http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM57-InstrumentVocal-Microphone?sku=270102
- http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-V63M-Studio-Condenser-Microphone-with-Shockmount?sku=273158

Would this work for a mixer?

- http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-EURORACK-UB1202-Mixer?sku=631236

And is this a good interface?

- http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-USB-Audio-Interface?sku=703669

I'm trying not to spend more than $200 per piece of equipment since, as I said, I mainly want to use these so I can demo all the parts for my songs.
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