as most of you probally already know, im turnin part a recording studio in my basement next year, when i'll have the money saved up, and i was wonderin if this setup is any good. i changed basicly everything since last time , so if you could check this stuff out for me that'd be cool

Recording studio:
Microphones: 1 Marshall Electronic MXL V57M Studio Condenser Microphones $70 http://www.zzounds.com/item--MSEV57M

CAD GXL2200 Condenser Microphone $70http://www.zzounds.com/item--CADGXL2200/image--Main

Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone $99

Mic accessories: 3 OnStage ASVS6GB Microphone Pop Filters $25 each.

Whirlwind MC20 XLR Microphone Cable (20 ft.) $9

2 CBI HiZ Microphone Cables $14 each

2 OnStage MC7201B Round Base Microphone Standshttp://www.zzounds.com/item--MUPMS7201$25 each

2OnStage Tripod/Boom Microphone Stands $30http://www.zzounds.com/item--MUP7701B

Behringer MS16 Active Personal Monitor System $69

Behringer UB1202 Eurorack 12 Input Mixerhttp://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHUB1202 $70

computer: DimensionB110 $370
http://www.kohls.com/products/product_page_multiple0.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=2615113&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=77226707&bmUID=1156576734893 7mattress pads $15 each

3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive


total cost for everything : $1054


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that looks pretty good. Make sure you get a stereo pair of small condenser mics so you can mic drums.

Also, what are you going to be recording with?
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im gonna use a the dell computer with audacity on it, and also lame mp3 encoder, and a some kinda free drum program .also i don't need to mic drums, but thanks for the suggestion.

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I think you should get a pro quality sequencer. Audacity wouldn't be too great for recording a whole song. A sequencer like cakewalk sonar or pro tools has tons of important features audacity doesn't have, like tempo, time signatures, midi sequencer, good effects plugins, and tons more.

For $1000 it's not bad. I'm actually planning my own studio in my basement, except I'm gonna get a presonus firepod for a mixerless setup. I'll be doing all the mixing in the sequencer.
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No...not that good at all really. You're spending 1000 to mic some guitars?
You've forgotten the most important part...getting the sound into the computer! Trust me when I say the stock soundcard WILL NOT CUT IT! You need an interface. And while you're at it, pick up a Mac Mini for 500 bucks, because those Dells are slow, and ****ty.

This is a 10x better setup for your purposes:
Mac Mini 500 bucks
Firewire Interface 200-300 bucks
SM57 $80
MXL 990 50 bucks
Other assorted gear...mic stands, pop filters, cables crap... 70 bucks

There you go. 1000 dollars max. Way better setup. You should get better software though.
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definitly get a mac, dells really arent that great for recording unless you get a really powerful one, plus macs have a load of great software already on it.

your gonna need a better program that audacity, its pretty restriciting. get pro tools or something.
thanks so much pink queen, thats the whole point i made this thread, to get suggestions.but i really think audacity will be ok, i use it now and its fine for recording. when i get the computer, i'll probally get sony acid pro from limewire, ive heard very good things about it, but i dont wanna pay the full price . thanks for the help guys

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o , and do mac mini's come with all the stuff, like monitor, keyboard, mouse? and if it dosen't come with a monitor, can i use any kinda monitor, or does it have to be a mac? thanks

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You can use any monitor, and any USB mouse. You can use a Windows keyboard, but the Mac ones have the proper keys so I prefer them.

A Mac will come with Garageband which is a decent editing program, and its definitely better than Audacity(though it runs on Mac too.)
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I run Cubase SX2 on a Celeron 1.7Ghz machine that I cobbled together myself. I don't know about the Dell packages, but don't by any means think that you can't do recording with a PC. We did our album with mine, running at about 30 tracks per song at 24 bits. Totally powerful enough. Save the money you'd otherwise pay for a mac and get a proper soundcard. Check out M-Audio stuff. If you want to get into doing drums and whole bands and stuff, you might want to look at the Delta 1010, which I have and it is amazing.

Also... Audacity is okay, but seriously.... check out Reaper. It is donation-ware, and is getting rave reviews.

Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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i checked reaper out for my current pc, i guess i didn't like it as much as audacity, but i deleted within a couple days cause i needed space on my family's computer, so i really didn't get much of a chance to check it out. as for computers, im kinda turning away from the mac that pink queen suggested, because it dosen't come w/ a monitor, keyboard , and mouse, so im sure just for the monitor it'd be $100-$200 more, but i'll defanatley look into it. i think everything else pink queen suggested is better, except i'll probally get one or two more mics.

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