#1
I have a little b-day money to spend and I'm looking at getting some cheap equipment to record some stuff at home. I just want to record some decent quality stuff for my own use.

I was looking at getting a sub $100 interface like the Tascam US-100 and a cheap $50 condenser mic. But now I'm wondering if I should just get the Blue Yeti USB condenser mic. I know that an interface would allow me to connect my guitar whereas with the Yeti my guitar would only get picked up by the mic, but that's not a huge problem because the Yeti will probably pick up the guitar really nicely.

I know that getting a cheap interface w/ cheap mic would provide more flexibility than the Yeti alone would. But, are there any other pros or cons that I am missing? For example, would there be much difference in sound quality? Thanks!
#2
Save up another $50, buy a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and use virtual amp sims instead of micing an amp. You've got a Line 6 Spider which is probably one of the worst amps to mic. The 2i4 is the best interface out there under $300 and its great for beginners.
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#4
Only get the 2i2 if you have no intention of ever using the instrument DI. The 2i2 is known to clip on the instrument input with no gain at all.
#5
Quote by johnnycr
How about the 2i2 for a little less?

I wouldn't get the 2i2.

Another option is to buy a used Sapphire 6, which should be around $100 on eBay and is essentially the same thing as the 2i4, except it's a few years older. (You can't be using the Sapphire 6 on Windows 8 PC though, because they won't be making Windows 8 drivers for it.) So, if you'd rather save money, then buy the Sapphire 6.


But yeah, any practice amp (which is what the Spider is) is terrible for recording through a mic. They really just don't have the ability to get good-sounding distortion. I have a Roland Cube 60, and I personally prefer using amp sims over my Cube 60. I would get yourself a Sapphire 6 or a Scarlett 2i4 and also check out the Amp Sim thread. Make sure you read up on what a Cab sim is, as well, because the amp sim will NOT work without a cab sim. (Start off on the keFIR if LeCab2 or other more versatile cab sims seem complicated to you.)

Btw, a little note (no one told me this when I first started out, probably assumed I knew)...if you're recording on any Windows system, then you will need to set your DAW so that the input/output is ASIO. On a Mac, you don't need to worry, but ASIO is the best way to get a cleaning recording on Windows.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Mar 9, 2013,
#6
Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned this earlier... but I will probably be recording mostly acoustic guitar and not much on my electric guitar. Would a condenser mic pick up the acoustic guitar okay or would it be better to use the 1/4" cable to connect it to the interface?

Also, how does the Focusrite Saffire 6 compare to the Tascam US122 or US144? Those seem like decent interfaces for around $100.
Last edited by johnnycr at Mar 10, 2013,
#7
Quote by johnnycr
Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned this earlier... but I will probably be recording mostly acoustic guitar and not much on my electric guitar. Would a condenser mic pick up the acoustic guitar okay or would it be better to use the 1/4" cable to connect it to the interface?

For acoustic you will want to go with a condenser mic over a dynamic.

Now a 1/4" cable on an acoustic...most people will probably disagree with me and say a condenser will always sound better, but I have recorded acoustic guitar via pickups a few times if the pickups in the acoustic sounded good. I have also mixed signal of a mic and pickup with success before as well.

Also, how does the Focusrite Saffire 6 compare to the Tascam US122 or US144? Those seem like decent interfaces for around $100.


I don't think there is anything worth buying under the Saffire 6 in price if you plan on using mics.
#8
So the Tascam products just don't compare to the Focusrite Saffire 6 then? I'd prefer to buy from Amazon but if then Focusrite is really a lot better then I'll give in and try to find one used somewhere.
#9
Quote by johnnycr
So the Tascam products just don't compare to the Focusrite Saffire 6 then? I'd prefer to buy from Amazon but if then Focusrite is really a lot better then I'll give in and try to find one used somewhere.

Should be able to get a used one on amazon. With that said I haven't used those tascam products before so idk how they compare.
#10
I'll do some price shopping. Looks like I could get a Tascam US-200 and Behringer C1 for about $140, which stays in my budget.
#12
Quote by johnnycr
So the Tascam products just don't compare to the Focusrite Saffire 6 then?


Its like the difference between some wigger kids ghetto Civic & a newer Lexus. Sure, you could get by with the Tascam but Focusrite has a reputation behind them of just quality products. I can't think of a shit product Focusrite made outside of the debatable Scarlett 2i2.
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#13
Quote by lockwolf
Its like the difference between some wigger kids ghetto Civic & a newer Lexus. Sure, you could get by with the Tascam but Focusrite has a reputation behind them of just quality products. I can't think of a shit product Focusrite made outside of the debatable Scarlett 2i2.

Thought 2i2 was basically a reboxed saffire 6 with usb 2.0?
#14
Quote by lockwolf
Its like the difference between some wigger kids ghetto Civic & a newer Lexus. Sure, you could get by with the Tascam but Focusrite has a reputation behind them of just quality products. I can't think of a shit product Focusrite made outside of the debatable Scarlett 2i2.


I though Behringer usb mixers were the wigger kids ghetto interfaces and Tascam was comparatively much better. I'm only spending $150 and this is my first recording setup so I'm not expect "Lexus" sound.
#15
Quote by FireHawk
Thought 2i2 was basically a reboxed saffire 6 with usb 2.0?


The 2i4 is... the 2i2 is basically a useless version of the 2i4 as it doesn't have a pad.
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