Q: I’d like to set up a home recording studio so I can record guitar parts and maybe vocal parts, and I want them to have really good sound quality. What would I need to do this?
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A: Hi Chris, Definitely go download Reaper (by Cockos). It’s free for the 60-day trial period (yup – I said “60 days”) and then only $60 if you want to buy a license. That is until you start making 10-20-grand a year with it, at which point they prefer you buy the $220 “commercial license.” But it’s all the same exact software. These guys are awesome. Anyway, that’s your software. As for the mic, don’t start out with a big expensive mic. I say try out a USB mic (like the Samson Q1U) for about $45. That way you won’t need a separate interface box to plug a normal mic into. If you’re not happy with that, then I recommend a small-diaphragm condenser mic (I use a Shure SM-81) along with an audio interface like the M-Audio Fast Track.
It might help to take a look at our 5-part post series called “How to Build A Home Recording Studio” here.
Hope that helps!
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