#1
Not trying to duplicate posts but couldn't find one to match my scenario! I'll try to be brief, any help is so greatly appreciated!

I have recorded as an artist in studios, professional and amateur. I'm no longer in the studio world as life has me busy working. However I still write and desperately want to start recording my own stuff. As far as producer experience I'm limited to watching someone run protools and I've had a little hands on experience with adobe audition 3.0.

I want to build a small (but good enough to sound half way professional) studio in my home. I'm looking for advice on where to start. I saw this Apple complete starter studio in a box at my local guitar center for about 900.00usd which is the price range I'd like to stay around just to start. However I'm hearing bad reviews on it and that Mac mini, terrible mics, bad interface, and horrible tech abilities?

Where do I start then going in a route like that tho? (Studio in a box idea for beginning in home studio)?
I have a laptop but it's out dated and I'll need to start from scratch studio wise per say... Any advice is so appreciated! Sorry for long wind just trying to get entire scenario out there! Ty ug universe!
#2
Well, I think with that budget you'd barely scratch the surface. Decent PC will set you back that much if not more.

I guess you could get a PC for around $600 if pressed and one of the Saffire or Presonus studio packages, and that'd put you at $900. So maybe the GC package wasn't so bad.

I'd advise against Windows 8, it's an abortion of an OS...just before you go and buy one


Are you Mac or PC guy?
#3
I can go over the 900 I'd just like to stay close to it... guess you can say I'm on a budget lol (who isn't right) I'm more pc but I'm not scared of a Mac... just looking for feed back on where to turn on the whole issue and maybe some equipment lists type items that I'll need ya know?
#4
Quote by rwf32
I can go over the 900 I'd just like to stay close to it... guess you can say I'm on a budget lol (who isn't right) I'm more pc but I'm not scared of a Mac... just looking for feed back on where to turn on the whole issue and maybe some equipment lists type items that I'll need ya know?


Lots of choices. With a list of what you already have and what exactly you want to do with your music we could make some recommendations. A useful project studio will require a control surface/interface, processor or laptop, DAW software, a decent mic or two, some room treatment and a good set of headphones.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#8
You should check out the refurbished sections on sites like Newegg. I got a Asus with 16gb Ram, 2 TB harddrive, 250 SSd drive, Intel I7 and some other stuff for $600.

If you can find a similar deal you could pickup a 2 or 4 input interface off of craigslist for around $100-200

You'd probably have to stick with headphone mixing and go direct with guitars.


You might just want to save and get quality equipment if you want a "half" professional sound
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#9
Quote by Cajundaddy
Lots of choices. With a list of what you already have and what exactly you want to do with your music we could make some recommendations. A useful project studio will require a control surface/interface, processor or laptop, DAW software, a decent mic or two, some room treatment and a good set of headphones.


Could you offer a little more detail? Such as specific name brand/model numbers you would recommend? You seem to grasp what I'm looking for...

Added note I have plenty of guitars, acidic and electric, basses, amps, acidic drums (will be going electric soon hopefully to name recording easier lol), a few pedals like gnx 4's n stuff, cheap mics tho n a small p.a I can utilize for make shift monitors for now. All my stuff is built for live performance obviously lol. Ty
#10
I'll take a shot...
Looking at what is there maybe this PC:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883266535&cm_re=i5_windows_7_desktop-_-83-266-535-_-Product

Later on can bring it up to 16gigs if needed.

Monitor - well I was looking budget, so first decent about $115:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1ZP5686&cm_re=%24100_monitor-_-24-009-695-_-Product

Feel free to upgrade that. I use two 23 in. Asus monitors at about $150 each.

Interfaces/headphones,etc - check this thread:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1662740

I like the Sweetwater deals better but any of these will work.


Personally, I'll take either the PreSonus package since it comes with the DAW software and headphones, and mic and headphones should be decent enough to get started on.
At $200 it is a great deal and for another $60-70 you can upgrade to Studio One producer if you need to, probably later when you get the hang of the software.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBoxStu


The Scarlett comes with a much sweeter mic but clocks at $400:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C214-2i2

So all you're missing is monitors. I'd say BX5 or Alesis Monitor Ones MK IIs, or if you can really afford Yamaha HS7 or HS8.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BX5D2S
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/M1ActiveMkII

Or Elevate6s if we're straining the budget:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Elevate6

That should be it, now I should take that 20% sales commission. Kidding!
#11
Quote by rwf32
Could you offer a little more detail? Such as specific name brand/model numbers you would recommend? You seem to grasp what I'm looking for...

Added note I have plenty of guitars, acidic and electric, basses, amps, acidic drums (will be going electric soon hopefully to name recording easier lol), a few pedals like gnx 4's n stuff, cheap mics tho n a small p.a I can utilize for make shift monitors for now. All my stuff is built for live performance obviously lol. Ty


We are still talking about tools but don't have a clear picture of what is being recorded, by whom, and how you plan to use the end result. A demo rig for a band will look very different than a one man, one track at a time project studio. Creating MP3s for youtube or personal satisfaction will also be very different than creating film scores or music product for other industries. Take a moment and get very realistic about your recording plans, skills and where you want these tools to take you.

A demo rig for tracking multiple instruments live is often most easily done on a stand-alone DAW like Roland VS or Zoom. Used ones can be found for less than $500. Add a condenser mic like a Rode NT-01a, Sony headphones, and near field monitors, and you can get excellent results.

For a one man project studio I like the ipad and Apogee One interface. Add a DAW app, Sony headphones, monitors and a quality condenser mic.

Both will render broadcast quality results within your limited budget if you have the engineering skills.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#12
Honestly? For building a studio in a home and to get halfway-professional sounding stuff WITHOUT PIRATING SOFTWARE or getting used equipment, personally, I think you should be looking at a minimum of $5k. My recommended spend would be somewhere in the $10k range and soundproof the area/create an actual recording space. But that's just me and what I spent between software, hardware, sound proofing, etc etc etc.

Now before anyone chews me out for suggesting too much, this is my experience and my personal preference.
Last edited by Brendan.Clace at Dec 15, 2014,