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What do I buy?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by kanundrum, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. kanundrum

    kanundrum Guest

    I want to start recording my music. I have m-audio firewire solo and 1500 dollars to buy a computer. I think I want a new imac...will this get the job done? I know I need a decent mic and speakers too. will i need a special soundcard and software as well. I want to make quality recordings of my voice, and acoustic guitar and keyboard and midi keyboard (in the future.) what should i do, what is the most important aspects...RAM hard drive space...thank youfor your help.
  2. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    The most important thing you can use right now is the "search" function.

    Do some homework on this site. If you want the easiest way to waste $1500 bucks then spend it on whatever recommendation you choose that follows this post.
    Any recommendation that is given with the parameters you have set forth is absolute BS.
    You could also just send me the $1500 and I'll box up some old equipment (ADATs anyone?) with a manual, an SM57, a mixer and a set of headphones. I'll even reply to your questions personally (for awhile)
    I've got an old power PC that I'll throw in too.

    An iMac might be fine, so might a PC, so might a used G3 or G4. Do some work; read the thread about saving money on audio purchases; browse the DAW forum; etc.....
  3. Spookym15

    Spookym15 Guest

    Well...I will be nice and give you some guidence atleast. You need figure out what kind of system you need, what your wants are. PC tends to be more upkeep and Mac's tend to be a little less up keep but if something goes wrong it is harder to fix (this is all my experience). I personally would go with Mac. I dont think you need to blow your whole bank on a computer. I would go with something that will give you a gig to 1.5 gig of ram. If you are going to be recording your own music and only that then I would go with something a bit cheaper get like a digital audio workstation. You can get a decent one for 500-900 bucks. Then get a couple mics with the remaining money and a cheap audio program. I wouldnt waste all your money on a mac unless you really want to get into audio recording. I hope this helps.

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