What is the absolute cheapest, simplest, lowest-to-the-ground, home audio recording system I can set up?
The very hip local arts & culture paper
is running this project called the RPM Challenge
, in which bands and artists record an album start to finish during the month of February. I decided to dust off the singer-songwriter element of my identity and jump back into the music scene after years of watching from the floor.
I've got material, no problem, and instruments and vocals, no problem. The problem is I've got no real recording technology. I have a couple of lines out to friends who might be able to help me out, but if they don't pan out, I'll need a backup plan. And it has to be something something really simple (because I'm not a techie) and really cheap (because I'm a nonprofit scrub with a really small disposable budget).
: First of all, pretend I'm a geriatric technophobe. I use computers to communicate, but I totally do not understand them and am not a gearhead. I have a standard Dell Dimension desktop as it came from the factory, and it does have a CD burner. I have one Shur 57 mike, and I guess I can just mike the guitar since I don't have a pickup for it right now. I don't have anything to connect the mike to the computer -- not sure how that's done. I've used the program Audacity to record spoken audio from minidisc, and I'm comfortable mixing on that program once I get some audio into it. But I'm not even sure that's the way to go. For what it's worth, I can borrow a basic Sony minidisc recorder any time.
The material I'm recording is very simple, and I really want a stripped-down, unvarnished result anyway. It'll be acoustic-guitar centered, Americana-style. There will be at most 2 vocal tracks, 2 guitar tracks (rhythm and fill), and perhaps a little fiddle or banjo laid over here and there. So the mixing shouldn't be anything too fancy.
I would so appreciate any help with this. Thanks!