Skip to main content

REALLY! budget home/mess around-recording studio (

Allright, I want to get my own home studio for myself and bands that I play in. I need it to be something under $800, and if you could, around $700ish. I don't want something uber-professional, but something that isn't going to sound like complete crap. I have a good understanding of audio, mixing, digital recording and what not.

I use a windows PC with Adobe audition 2.0 currently for whatever work I may do. I don't plan on buying a mac at all, so please don't suggest it =P.

So, I'm talking so basic that I was planning on buying this:

Which is an Alesis USB mixer, that would connect right into my USB 2.0 slots. I currently have a 4 input Alesis USB mixer, but it'll be going up for sale soon.

I'm looking into buying a guitar/bass pre-amp, Drum mics, possibly a compressor, an effects processor, a rack (4-6 space for future). and uh... I don't know.

Put it this way... if you had $800-$1000 and you needed to create a budget recording home studio for basic use. What would you buy.


Pro Audio Guest Sat, 03/25/2006 - 06:25
If you're doing bands, 8 channels might not be enough, at least not if you want to try various micing techniques. Have you looked into getting and 8 channel mic pre? I was wondering if that alesis has an optical adat in? if so, you could get maudio octane( $500) and that would allow for 16 channels of I/0. Now i know they are digital pres. but i use them for drums on all my recordings and can tell you they sound pretty good. You also might want to invest in really good speakers. Your mixes will only sound as good as the speakers you mix with. The better the speakers, the more accurate your mixes will be. believe it or not, the event 20/20s($300 maybe less now) is what i use and a friend of mine uses the maudio studiophile which sound too good, for a speaker that cheap and size. Of course we all want yamaha ns 10s, but thats going into something else. if you can get the presonus tube pres, they are excellent, if not i reccomend the ART tube mic pres, theyre also pretty good. Just some stuff to consider

Jeremy Sat, 03/25/2006 - 06:47
You want uber cheap, I got ya covered. Go through ebay for all of these
Mackie VLZ shs om450 shure sm 57 clone, and I cant tell the difference (50) youll need 2 or 3
shure pg52 for bass and kick 75 bucks
m-audio delta 1010lt (150 bucks)
a pair of MXL 991's for overheads 100 bucks
thats what ball park you are in. It will sound good, and it will give you something you can upgrade over time.

CoyoteTrax Tue, 03/28/2006 - 10:54
Everything else aside, I'll vouche for the Delta 1010LT. I use one and I've been super happy with mine from day 1. The headroom and noisefloor is fantastic. The converters are decent and I don't have latency issues. The ASIO drivers are also very stable. The control panel is comprehensive, routing is relatively simple and features are a decent bang for the buck. My favorite feature actually with the 1010LT are the 2 XLR Inputs. If you want TRS In's go for the regular 1010. If you can deal with RCA In/Out and like XLR In's too, the 1010LT rocks. Personally, I also favor RCA In's for analog. It's also got everything you'd want (IMO) for digit In's on the digital I/O harness. $150 to $179 bang for the buck.

Pro Audio Guest Thu, 03/23/2006 - 16:23
Well let's take a look, I bought on E b@y( you know)
Presonus Firepod: $549
3 SM57's: $180
1 AT2020: $50
1 B1: $45
2 Presonus tube Pre: $110
That's $934 so far and you still have $66 left over for osome headphones, this is not the best of the equipment but for that budget that's what I recomend I spent a litle more so this is not all I have, I also got very good deals on the DAW controller, Monitors, etc plus all the things that I had previosly bought. :)