Ok guys, I'm looking to get into some recording. Nothing crazy elaborate. Basically, I'm thinking about doing some video work to go along with some of my paintings and fine art work, and I'd like to score the work myself and I need a way of recording. So I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as far as what to get to make this happen. I've looked into a few interfaces but I'm not sure what would be the best bang for the buck. Is there a good starter kit out there with an interface and DAW? I'm a mac user and already have garageband, will that be enough to get a good sounding quality recording? I want to be able to do at minimum two separate tracks at a time, and I'm looking to spend no more than $500 (preferably less). I have an SM57 and I have access to some decent budget condenser mics but wouldn't mind owning more than just a 57. The recordings would basically be atmospheric in nature (think Lowercase Noises or Coffee and Riffs on youtube), but I want to get use out of it outside of my fine art endeavors for singer songwriter stuff where it's just me and my acoustic.
Basically you've got $500 (preferably less) to put together a recording rig. What would you get?
Thanks in advance! Matt
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You can probably get a used Apogee Duet for under $500. It's a really sweet interface that sounds great, and is dead simple to use with your Mac. GarageBand is fine for what you'll be doing. You could upgrade to logic for $200, but there's a bit of a learning curve. for electric stuff through amps, the 57 will do just fine. If you're micing your acoustic, you might want to get a small diaphragm condenser, but your access to other condensers might be fine. Tough to say without knowing what they are.
M audio or focusrite interfaces are great for the price. Of course you could go for the apogee duet, but you aren't left with much money for cables or mics. Garage band is perfectly fine for what you'll be doing. Once you've got a handle on garage band, upgrading to logic will be an easy transition.
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My personal favorite home recording studio was made by Roland...the BR1600CD. 8 live tracks available to record at once...looks like a mini sound board....makes CD's, mix, master and print. You'd have to find a used one, but most of them are like new because people buy them and let them sit. My dad has one and I've made 3 different CD's, like full length albums, and then tons of demos ect. I think it can synch with video and a bunch of stuff, but I used it more like an analog set up.
Used you might find one for $500.
Here is a link to the website page for them if you wanna peak...I'm no computer savvy guy, this wasn't hard to learn. HERE
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