#1
Hey there

I'd like to be able to record my own songs & covers, each instrument being played by me (for the lulz). I need to be able to record electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, and electronic drums.

The electric drums should be fairly easy as I can just directly input it to my computer and record MIDI.

For the electric guitar I will be using a MArshall DSL401, so I want to record through a mic to capture the full tube tone. I understand I'll need a mic of somesort (probably Shure SM57), and a recording interface. Do these interfaces have amps in them as well? Or will I need a separate pre-amp to bring it up to a decent level before mixing on my computer?

I understand that bass guitar will largely be the same process, except with a different microphone. Which mic should I choose? I want a decent one, but I'm on a budget (basically the bass guitar equivalent of the SM57).

For vocals, I will record through a mic into the recording interface (at different times so I won't need loads of inputs on the interface). A mic I have heard about is the Shure SM58, good choice?

The recording interface is the main part, I want one with an amp in preferably. Which would you reccomend? I already have Garageband on my computer which should be OK for beginning to mix and record. As you can see I am somewhat of a noob so any help you guys can give me would be great!

Thanks!
Adam
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#2
SM57's are the goto for guitar amps (amongst many other things). If you have a LDC mic, you can couple that with the 57 to capture more high end out of the amp or get some room tones. As far as interfaces and pre-amps, it depends on the interface. Almost all do have a pre-amp (albeit it might be crappy) but always check to make sure. You'll also need phantom power inputs for a condenser mic.

Bass you generally don't wanna mic. Too much low end in there for a microphone to accurately capture without sounding muddy or rumbly. You also don't really need to, since you can shape the bass tone in your DAW. I'd suggest DI-ing it. If you absolutely MUST mic your bass cab, use a kick drum mic, like the D112. I've had those capture bass cabs pretty well.

An SM58 is ok for recording vocals if you already have one lying around, but it's a dynamic mic meant for live purposes. If you're gonna go out and buy a mic, you want a large diaphragm condenser. I've had great results with MXL mics, which are fairly cheap (around 150-200).

As far as interface, look at m-audio or apogee if you have a mac. those are solid brands to start researching on. And while garageband is great for small simple projects, I'd suggest looking into a true DAW, maybe protools LE, or cubase or such. Any limited edition DAW that'll let you load 3rd party plugins, and you should be good.
#3
Thank you very much! Great response

I'm goin to start out small, try some stuff out and take it from there. Yes I have heard of more than one mic on an amp, if I get I to this more I will get a LDC mic to capture a better tone, and an improved DAW for sure.

Thanks for the tip on recording bass - that was really helpful. I'll definitely look into recording via DI in that case. And I'll also look into M-Audio who I have heard about too. Thanks, you basically told me everything I need to know in the first reply!
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