Should I go for this recording gear?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by trumpetprod, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    -Sorry if this is in the wrong category, I really wasn't sure!-
    I recently got into recording, and I will primarily be recording trumpet. I'm not exactly sure which microphones I am supposed to be using for trumpet, so if I could get some help there that would be appreciated (I've done some of my own research and found the Shure SM57 to be a wonderful mic). I've got a Lexicon Lambda with Cubase LE4, and that's all I have so far for programs and etc... This is what I put together on my own, and by the way, if you guys can suggest some things for me keep in mind I have a tiny budget of $532. With that money, I want to get everything: a mic, headphones, monitors, sound card, etc... So tell me what you think of this stuff:

    Lexicon Lambda w/ Cubase LE4 - I already have this, here's the link though:'s Friend

    Shure SM57 Dynamic Microphone
    Buy Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic | Dynamic Microphones | Musician's Friend

    Basically I just want a nice little home studio with everything on a small budget, and I already have the Lexicon Lambda "desk top recording studio" and Cubase LE 4. I just need everything else, and I think I need all your help!!

    Buy Behringer TRUTH B2030P Passive Monitor Pair | Unpowered Monitors | Musician's Friend

    Mic Stand
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    Pop filter, just though that might come in handy:
    Buy Nady Metal Pop Filter | Pop Filters | Musician's Friend

    Mic Cable
    Buy Shure C25J Mic Cable | Microphone Cables | Musician's Friend

    Key board stand- I already have a key board, just need a stand for it...
    Buy On-Stage Stands KS7190 Single-braced Stand | Keyboard Stands & Racks | Musician's Friend

    Headphones (I'm not sure about these!!)
    Buy Yamaha RH3C Professional Stereo Headphones | Studio Headphones | Musician's Friend

    I know that I would most probably make a big mistake if I went for all these and bought it now, but that's the reason I came here :D.
    Thanks if you can help me out and if you have questions I would be more than willing to answer!
  2. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Eugene, Oregon
    I'm not familiar with the interface, but I can comment on a couple of other things.

    The Shure 57 is a standard and is a great mic to have, even if you find something "better" later. You can almost never go wrong with a 57 in your arsenal.

    You list the Behringer monitors. Number one, I am not a fan of Behringer gear in general. For a little more money you can get a lot better. And the monitors you list are unpowered, so you either need to buy an amp to power them, or get powered monitors. For $250-300 you can get M-Audio Bx5a monitors, or the KRK Rockit5 monitors, or Mackie makes a set in that price range, too.

    As for headphones, I'm not sure what you plan to use them for. They are not good for making mix decisions, though they can good for hearing small details at times. The industry standards are Sony MDR-7506. I also hear good things (pun intended) about the Sennheiser HD-280 headphones. These cost a little more, but as usual, you get what you pay for.

    Your other items are fine to get you started.

    Hope this helps. Have fun!

  3. The headphones: I am very pleased with my AKG 271 Studio.
    Mic stands: have a look at K&M; sturdy, good price/quality ratio
  4. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Okay, I took out the monitors because I decided I didn't need them. And then for the headphones I decided to get the Sennheiser HD 202s since I have a very tiny budget D: And as for the K&M stands, owning a trumpet stand I am very pleased but considering how pricey they are I guess I'll stick with the stand I have. And also since I don't have a large house and so I don't have a vocal booth, do you guys think this would help?:
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