― Booker Fleming, Wednesday, 19 July 2006 21:50 (fifteen years ago) link
― John Justen, Tiny Fancy Lungdancer. (johnjusten), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 21:53 (fifteen years ago) link
So I’d like to spend up to $750 to upgrade my apartment recording setup. For the time being it’s just acoustic guitar and vocals.
All I have right now is a Shure PG-27, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and a MacBook Pro with GarageBand. I also sometimes record a digital piano direct (midline Yamaha) and e-drums direct (midline Rolands).
Areas where I could potentially upgrade:-Some kind of sound shield. Noise is a problem in my apt sometimes. -better condenser mic-some kind of dac/interface/amp upgrade
I could also get better software but i think GB is probably fine for the simplicity of my projects.
What should I start with and what are options given my budget?
― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 10 November 2017 19:29 (three years ago) link
Audio Technica Pro 37 is a pretty cool and handy small condenser that I got turned onto that does not cost much and sounds good on an acoustic. It's a small microphone and you will see people use them on stage quite a bit in acoustic settings.
Heavy curtains can cut down on sound from outside more than you might think. I used one of those rolling hanger racks full of clothes to block of a kit in a house that worked pretty good. Classic punk rock thing is flip mattress and box springs off a bed in front of windows. Sometimes goofy stuff like that will work for a session in a house and move it back when done.
― earlnash, Saturday, 11 November 2017 06:44 (three years ago) link
I have a similar setup and am doubtful as to whether spending an extra 750 will significantly improve my recordings but will follow this with interest - did you consider posting on Sound on Sound or Gearslutz or smth?
― niels, Saturday, 11 November 2017 09:21 (three years ago) link
It kind of depends on what you want to record. If you want to record a drum kit, you got a different set of goals than a guy with an acoustic.
Digital converter does make a difference. Microphones do make a difference.Preamps do make a difference.
How much difference, well...It kind of depends on what you want to capture. You got a band, you need total tracks. You are a one man band, you might want to concentrate on the preamp and digital converter and/or quality of the microphone.
― earlnash, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:16 (three years ago) link
what about like Hip Hop and R&B?
― attention vampire (MatthewK), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:31 (three years ago) link
Then most of what you care about is software/plugins/samples, maybe a keyboard or two, and a good vocal recording setup.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 03:28 (three years ago) link