#1
I am looking for a recording setup. Specs are as follows:

interface with at least three mic inputs under $300(was looking at the Presonus 44vsl)

a DAW.( was looking at either Reaper or Studio One)

a vocals mic other than a Shure sm58 under $115

a good condenser mic, also for about $115

I need to be able to record drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Already planning on buying an sm57 for the guitars, but wanted something a little better for vocals.
#2
Sounds about right, most interfaces will come with a free DAW of some kind, reaper is pretty basic. There are lots of free demos to try out as well. SM58 very good investment for any musician, great for live vox, ok to record, use the condenser as well mixed with sm58 for vox
Last edited by Tempoe at Jun 6, 2016,
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#6
i've recommended the samson C02 microphones a number of times. i still use mine quite a bit and they come in a set of two for about your price range.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C02

i think they are excellent for a lower end recording rig. i do also have a set of audio technical 2035's, i haven't used them much in a while because my rooms have sucked so i have been using more mics with a tighter pattern.
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#7
One dynamic and one condenser won't be enough to od a drum kit justice but I guess you can do some rudimentary recording. Actually on a smaller setup I've had better results with a mixer that then is submixed into several channels on the DAW. I am afraid that you might need a bigger interface/multimic setup to do well with drums...or go the midi drum route.

Look up Zoom's line of audio interface/standalone units if you want more inputs. I'd go with the Zoom R16 which will give you 8 track simultaneous recording.

http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-R16-Multitrack-Controller-Interface/dp/B002I7TJNW%3Fpsc%3D1%26SubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-ffab-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB002I7TJNW

You can also get a multimic setup on the cheap, one of these cheapies:
http://www.amazon.com/CAD-Audio-Stage-Premium-7-Piece/dp/B004QP2RGU/ref=pd_sim_267_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41K7LDXQfqL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0VQB2C4QQVDG0RCPM616

http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PDKM7-Microphone-Mounting-Accesories/dp/B003FW0IHA/ref=pd_sim_267_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=51gJUHFAdTL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0VQB2C4QQVDG0RCPM616

Which will be enough to do a multimic setup for drums and those mics can be used on bass (the kick mic) or bass can be direct, the snare mic should be good for guitar, and the overheads or snare mic should be OK on voice.

Mics - I'd say Audio Technica AT2020 and a Shure SM57 or Sennheiser e835 is a good place to start if you're not getting a multimic setup for drums. The Samson suggestion is also good but I'd go with C01, still the AT2020 is a bit more pleasant sounding mic IMO. For vocals you'd prefer a dynamic or a bigger condenser, the pencil type condensers usually tend to sound too narrow IMO.
Last edited by diabolical at Jun 7, 2016,
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I am looking for a recording setup. Specs are as follows:

interface with at least three mic inputs under $300(was looking at the Presonus 44vsl)

a DAW.( was looking at either Reaper or Studio One)

a vocals mic other than a Shure sm58 under $115

a good condenser mic, also for about $115

I need to be able to record drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Already planning on buying an sm57 for the guitars, but wanted something a little better for vocals.


Tascam 16x08 would allow you to record an entire band live. A lotta interface for under $300. Agree with most others that an SM58 is tough to beat at that price point. I don't know any "good" condenser mics for $100. Good luck!
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#9
That Tascam is also fine, it seems to have heavy latency on some systems though, just to keep in mind, aas I've worked with it, there's a direct monitoring fader so it is not a big deal but it is "budget" gear, don't forget that

Talking about budget I think Behringer also put out a 16 track interface under $300:
Behringer FCA1616 Firepower Midi Interface

That one takes firewire and usb, so you can do either, I like firewire better and you can install a card for your desktop, unfortunately laptop support for firewire is going down, thus they have the USB connection option.