Home Recording Starter Bundle
[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
Hey Ken thanks for the heads up & savings its always great to know where to start when trying to put a recording studio together
You're very welcome Sunny!
I was wondering if you are able to replace Audio Technica AT2020 with AT2035 for proportionately higher price in your home recording starter bundle. I want to purchase the bundle but I prefer AT2035. Please advise.
Diwash - The bundle was put together by B&H. I can ask them, but it would be a completely different bundle and they may not do it. Either way, it would take weeks or even months for that to happen. But I agree that the 2035 is better.
Sorry about that. Maybe look for a used 2035 - maybe on ebay - and you might be able to come close.
How can I buy the starter pack bundle
Hi Evans. Just click here. You'll be taken to B&H to see more about it and/or purchase it.
Ken--hello classmate! Thanks for putting this together. I'm finally replacing my old TASCAM interface, and getting geared up for recording and online jam sessions. Excited to find a recommendation from someone I trust. Take care buddy.
Hey Brad! Hope it goes well. BTW, B&H terminated their bundle. Sigh. I still recommend those individual pieces of gear though! As for online jamming, one thing I have been able to do is deal with the lag time. I'd be interested to hear if you have a workaround for that. Let me know how that goes!