Please help me set up a small, humble home recording studio
December 30, 2011 6:47 PM Subscribe
New to home-recording and need recommendations for a condenser mic, reference monitors, a few other things.
posted by deern the headlice to media & arts (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was a songwriter about 10 years ago and haven't really recorded since, so I'm a little out of touch. Right now I have a Macbook with GarageBand and an 8-Channel Mackie board. I want to basically record a decent demo, not a polished record. In terms of mics, I need something for vocals and percussion and assume and I should use an SM-57 to mic my guitar amp. I'm pretty low-fi. I'm not doing any MIDI or anything complicated. Basically rootsy, 1960s garage music.
My questions are:
1) I've never used reference monitors before so I assume I can just run from the Mackie out to those? I'm currently looking at a pair of M-Audio Studiophile BX5a, which seem good quality and decent price. Any other suggestions?
2) I want a condenser mic because I want to record both vocals, plus occasional claps, tambourine, etc. Does that make sense? I'm looking for both mic and monitors that are good but basically middle of the road.
3) Would you recommend starting with GarageBand, or Logic Pro?
4) Can I go straight from the Mackie into my Macbook? Is there any other kind of box I need in between those two things?
5) With this setup, in terms of multi-tracking, do I have to wear headphones? Or is there a switch I can hit that will be able to playback the existing track without it bleeding into the track I'm recording? Kind of a dumb question, but I seem to have forgotten everything I know about recording. Thanks!