Budgetable Beginer Home studio

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by djarpit, May 8, 2004.

  1. djarpit

    djarpit Guest

    i have a budget of about 300$. and i would like to record at home. i have the softwares, and the music, all i need is a mic and something that connects it to my computer and gives a good quality sound rather tahn using the built in mic in and a radioshack microphone. I would also like the thing to have an input so i can record waht i am DJing.. because i also like to make mixtapes.

    if someone has any sujjestions I'd appriciate it soo much
    :D [/b]
  2. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    you need a good mic and an interface for your computer. you should be able to squeeze by at 300 dollars for some decent gear. id look into ebay if you aren't too concerned with buying used, you'll get the stuff cheap. i don't know enough about all the many brands to be able to make a useful recommendation, but you can go on ebay, type in "audio interface" and read up on different models. ive used some of the m-audio interfaces and they work fine for beginners... hope that helps somewhat
  3. djarpit

    djarpit Guest

    thnks for reaply

    yea.. i've tried ebay..but there are so many things that idk waht to buy..
    if any sujjestions lemme know
  4. djarpit

    djarpit Guest

    Audiosport Duo

    I am looking at
    m-aduio Audiosport Duo
    MXL MXL 990 Cardioid Condenser Mic with Shockmount

    taht costs me about 300 so any sujjestions??
    please let me kow!!
    :/ i need help
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Re: Audiosport Duo

    Yeah! Spellcheck ...... (sorry I couldn't resist)
  6. by

    by Guest

    MAudio AudioBuddy Dual Microphone Preamp with Phantom Power and Direct Box ... $79.95

    Shure sm57 ... $89.95

    Studio Projects B1 ... $99.95

    The remaining 30 or so bucks on cables and stands.
  7. djarpit

    djarpit Guest

    I went to guitar center yeasterday and the guy tried to show me
    --MAudio MobilePre 2x2 16-Bit 48kHz USB Interface with Microphone Preamp
    --MAudio Audiophile USB Audio and MIDI Interface

    for about 150

    The latest reply prior to this told me about the m-audio audio buddy.. i am going to check it out.

    but.. is the audio buddy sound good/bad compared to audiophile, audiosport duo or mobile pre??
    I dont know. I hope somone here has an answer :)

    on samedaymusic.com the review for audiophile is horrible.
    well hit me back
  8. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I believe they all use the same pres.
  9. djarpit

    djarpit Guest

    thnak you.. and once i buy something from m-audio i should be able to use pro tools right.. does it come with it?
    or is it seprate buy?
    is it any better than cool edit 2?
  10. TFodor

    TFodor Guest

    Pro tools runs with digidesign hardware, not with third party gear. The software will look for digi's gear.
  11. bane

    bane Guest

    I got a Tascam US-122 for around 170 and a studio projects B1 for 80. I love that setup so far.
  12. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    M-Audio DMP3 preamp $150
    M-Audio Audiophile soundcard $150
    Shure SM57 mic $80

    That's the least I'd start with.
  13. mrgreengenes

    mrgreengenes Guest

    startup gear

    I second (third... fourth...) the M-Audio Audiophile recommendation -- I've tried a bunch of interfaces, and for my "simple" (2-channel) setup, I've come back to the AP2496.

    Assuming you're on a desktop PC (not a laptop), you'll get better performance and fewer tech headaches from the PCI card (as opposed to USB). You should be able to pick one up on ebay for around $100.

    If you're on a budget, the ART tube MP studio V3 preamp is a decent starter. Haven't priced them recently, but they were $119 new a couple of years back, and they're all over ebay, so should be sub-$100.

    I agree with previous posters -- a Shure SM-57 is a good all-around mic to get you started.

    With $300, you should be able to pick all three of these up and have some scratch left for beer.

  14. Ellegaard

    Ellegaard Active Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Central Copenhagen
    Yes, M-Audio is good and reliable. I have a FireWire 410 card, and I feared that I'd run into a shitload of problems with driver conflicts and clipping sound, if any at all. I didn't. Just shoved the installation CD into the D: drive, ran the installer, plugged the card into the machine, and voila, worked without any trouble on both my desktop and laptop computers.

    Audiophile is good enough for most home studio applications, and it's definitely a good investment.

    As mentioned several times, I would try out the Studio Projects' B1. It's a very cheap microphone, yet it has gotten a ton of good reviews, and many people are very pleased with it.
  15. mic set up

    just got my mic set up this year

    Tascam us 122 interface $200
    Shure sm57 microphone $90
    mic stand from (on stage) $20 purchased from musicians friend.com)
    nady pop stopper $22

    I love it

    I have a mogami mic cable which was about $49 though, i dont know how a cheaper mic cable would sound with it, but, this set up sounds good!
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