#1
So basically I'm looking to set up a simple but decent sounding recording studio in a room that used to be my bedroom. (I'm not sure if that has any significance. I dont know if the room matters at all for recording...like acoustics and stuff. Theres a futon and shelves, a tv, stereo, ect. Does that kind of thing have any impact?)

I'd like to go with the cheapest options available without compromising quality too much. I currently have an M-Audio MIDI controller, a toneport ux2, and a variety of software. (ableton live, FL studio, cakewalk project5 and some free ones, too)

Basically this set-up would be for recording guitar, (bass+electric and acoustic) vocals, and keys. But I have no idea what else I need besides mics, and even then I don't know which kind I should get. Any help is appreciated!
#3
Quote by Thomasoman
So basically I'm looking to set up a simple but decent sounding recording studio in a room that used to be my bedroom. (I'm not sure if that has any significance. I dont know if the room matters at all for recording...like acoustics and stuff. Theres a futon and shelves, a tv, stereo, ect. Does that kind of thing have any impact?)

I'd like to go with the cheapest options available without compromising quality too much. I currently have an M-Audio MIDI controller, a toneport ux2, and a variety of software. (ableton live, FL studio, cakewalk project5 and some free ones, too)

Basically this set-up would be for recording guitar, (bass+electric and acoustic) vocals, and keys. But I have no idea what else I need besides mics, and even then I don't know which kind I should get. Any help is appreciated!


That stuff in the room shouldn't make a difference, I never noticed one. And if you're trying to mic a bass or guitar amp, just throw a blanket over the mic and amp and should take care of the problem (or I might just be retarded).

I'm not familiar with Toneports but here's my advice...

Now if you're really serious about this, check out some pre-amps and stuff. If not, all you really need are some mics. Since you don't plan on recording drums, you shouldn't need more than one.. I would suggest buying a condenser microphone to start out with, and once you get more familiar buy some better gear and mics for different stuff, for instance buying vocal-specific mics or instrument-specific mics. A really popular mic is the Shure SM58, and they're usually only about $100.

That's about all I can tell you.
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#4
may i ask. what free softwares do you have?


Audacity and Reaper.

That stuff in the room shouldn't make a difference, I never noticed one. And if you're trying to mic a bass or guitar amp, just throw a blanket over the mic and amp and should take care of the problem (or I might just be retarded).

I'm not familiar with Toneports but here's my advice...

Now if you're really serious about this, check out some pre-amps and stuff. If not, all you really need are some mics. Since you don't plan on recording drums, you shouldn't need more than one.. I would suggest buying a condenser microphone to start out with, and once you get more familiar buy some better gear and mics for different stuff, for instance buying vocal-specific mics or instrument-specific mics. A really popular mic is the Shure SM58, and they're usually only about $100.

That's about all I can tell you.


About how much can I get a good condenser mic for then? Can I mic an amp with one, too? or are they just vocal mics? What're some suggested models? I've heard Shure SM57s are good instrument mics..

What sort of pre-amps would you suggest I look into? And what exactly is a pre-amp? if thats a stupid question I applogize...
#5
You have a toneport ux2..why dont you use that?

For acoustic then Id get a condenser mic
#6
Quote by Thomasoman
Audacity and Reaper.


About how much can I get a good condenser mic for then? Can I mic an amp with one, too? or are they just vocal mics? What're some suggested models? I've heard Shure SM57s are good instrument mics..

What sort of pre-amps would you suggest I look into? And what exactly is a pre-amp? if thats a stupid question I applogize...


Tbh, I don't know much about condenser mics as far as retail value goes. Musician's Friend is a good site to check out though.

And a pre-amp is what you plug into before you go into the recording interface (as far as I know). For instance, if you're doing a Direct Input in to your interface with your acoustic/electric, you might want to use a pre-amp to make it sound a little better. I'm pretty sure the Toneport works as your pre-amp though, not sure. I'm not completely familiar with pre-amps myself, tbh, but I'm sure someone else can help you more there.

For my set up, I use a Digitech MBox 2 interface into a DAW (I use ProTools). I use a condenser mic for everything, and it doesn't work too bad. My set-up is pretty simple and can put out some good results if you know how to EQ and mic amps properly. For drums, I use an electric kit so I don't have to worry about mic-ing there, but I do use a overhang mic if someone DOES what to use a real kit.
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#7
i have an electrovoice raven and it works great for vox, guitar, bass, or drums
i also have a yamaha usb mixing studio thing andfor all that its about 400 dollars
#8
make sure you guitars arent facing a monitor or t.v., it can make a bad buzz.


jym