[UPDATE 2022 – B&H have stopped doing this (and other) bundles, sadly. So this particular one is not available any longer. This is very close and is available in 2022 –Focusrite Scarlett Solo Home Studio Recording Kit.
For the musician’s version, I changed the interface to a Scarlett 2i2, which has 2 mic inputs, and I had also included a MIDI keyboard. The currently available bundle for that would be the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Home Studio Recording Kit, and you can add theNovation Launchkey Mini MK3 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller.
I designed this bundle with the primary goal of containing the bare minimum needed, at the lowest cost, to produce professional quality audio from just a regular computer in your home.
There are a number of benefits to purchasing gear like this in bundles. It is convenient to not have to hunt and peck for each item when shopping – you just have to buy the one product. Also, you save money buying bundles.
The home recording starter kit – is primarily for people who want to record voice-overs, such as video narrations, podcasts, radio and TV ads, audio books, etc. It comes with a large-diaphragm condenser mic, great for voice recording but also a terrific all-around microphone.
You then also get a pop-screen (to avoid “p-pops” when recording vocals), an XLR mic cable, a boom mic stand, closed-back headphones, and an audio interface (which comes with Ableton Live Lite 8 software).
This type of set-up – a standard (not USB) condenser microphone plugged into an audio interface box which is plugged into the computer – is the foundation for high-end professional audio recording. I call it home studio setup #2. Setup #1 is a microphone (pc mic or USB) plugged directly into a computer.
This home recording starter kit is $299.95. If you were to purchase each item individually it would cost you$355. So you save about $55 by purchasing the bundle!
If you find Ableton Live Lite 8 software isn’t right for you (it tends to be more for musicians than voice-over or basic recording), I highly recommend upgrading to Reaper software, which I find much more intuitive and powerful.
Here are the details of the package:
The Home Recording Starter Bundle ($299.95)
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – Portable USB Audio Interface
- Kopul Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable (20′)
- Auray MS-5230F Tripod Microphone Stand with Fixed Boom
- Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Condenser Microphone
- Polsen HPC-A30 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones