Simple recording on a budget

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by threeoten, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. threeoten

    threeoten Guest

    As of now, I am using a cheap little desktop mic that came with my computer to do my acoustic recording. I'm interested in stepping up to some decent recording equipment but going the cheapest way possible... a "bang for the buck" sort of thing. I'm not sure whether I want to look into a Digital 8 track recorder, or just recording hardware to hook up to the computer. I doubt I'll ever get around to recording drums, so just open mic recording and direct input from an electric guitar is all I think I'll need. I really don't know too much about recording so I was wondering if anyone could help point me in the right direction to get started.

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    If you want to upgrade your mic's. Figure about $99 per mic (roughly). My most expensive mic is no more than $200 or $300. I have Shure SM57's and the SM58's.
    I also like the Audix stuff ALOT as well. My OM6 is sweet
    And that way you still get the cheapest price and the best results.
    As far as a recorder? I need to ask you a couple of questions...
    How many tracks do you "think" you want to have? 2, 4, 8, or 16?
    Also, how much money do you want to spend on a recorder? Or to do it on your PC?
  3. threeoten

    threeoten Guest

    Im not sure whicj way to go I guess. What would be the pros/cons in a 8 track digital recorder compared to just computer hardware (like a PIC card, usb, with all the mic and guitar jacks)

    anyone know of a place on the web to read up on some of the recording lingo and just general information?
  4. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    There are a lot of places to "read-up" on the lingo on what not but honestly you won't get a faster response or more in-depth view on things than you will right here at the RO forums. Honestly going PC or going digital multi-track recorder isn't all that different. You just trade off some things by going the multi-tracker route. You only get limited tracks, limited processing power, limited amount of effects or expansion options. But looking at your situation it doesnt look like this is a huge deal. I would get a multiracker with a minimal 8 tracks, that comes with a built in condenser mic for recording ideas wherever and whenever, a dedicated guitar input jack with some sort of guitar/cab emulation program built in, and can master and burn cds. I think if you look for something that covers that you will be more than covered for your type of projects and endeavors.
  5. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    get an 8track of your choise (if your just learning i would recomend a yamaha MD8, just learning to use this will teach you all a musician should know about signal chain) then...

    groove tubes brick 350
    shure sm57 90
    kel hm1 99
    headphones shenhiser md280 99

    so for under a thousand buck you could make desent sounding demos. hell i know of a few great indie albums that where made with less.
  6. threeoten

    threeoten Guest

    If your looking for more options and effects would it be better to go the PC route and use software to do the editing and effects and such?

    And I'd hate to bug you guys to explain all the lingo and terminology of recording (MIDI, Analog, signal chain, etc.) So if you know of a good recording "dictionary" or something on the web.
  7. threeoten

    threeoten Guest

    anyone there? :(
  8. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    From what I am reading in your first post I think you should get one of those Zoom porta studios that have a XLR mic input and and 1/4" guitar processer input. That would get you in and out real cheap and do what you say you want to do (and more). For a mic, get a KEL HM-1 for $99. You can mic amps and with a little eq, sing and even record acoustic guitars.
  9. threeoten

    threeoten Guest

    going the PC route, does that require certain computer specs? I have

    AMD athlon XP 1.5ghz
    768 mb DDR ram
    400watt PSU
    Epox 8k5a2+ mobo

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