Q: I’m saving up for the SONAR 8 recording software for audio recording, but I need to know what microphone would be the best for a home recording studio. Thanks.
A: I suggest Samson C03 Multi-Pattern Studio Condenser Microphone, which is a good affordable USB large diaphragm condenser microphone. Also, this mic has universal switchable polar patters for different miking techniques.
Great advice! This mic is $119 and will cost much less than the software the question-asker is saving up for. As a large diaphragm condenser mic, you can use this microphone not only for vocals, but also for a wide range of music recording, especially acoustic instruments (guitar, piano, violin, rums, etc.). So not only are you all set for voice-over, but also music recording. Large diaphragm condenser mics are really versatile. If you only have enough money for one type of microphone, you should make it a large diaphragm condenser mic.
As for the choice of recording software – Sonar – I think it might be a bit more “car” than needed, as they say. Plus it is more expensive than my recommendation, which is an extremely powerful and capable program comparable to Sonar, which is called Reaper. It can do just about everything that Sonar can, but for a fraction of the price. Reaper is also a much more streamlined program, less bloated with code than something like Sonar.