In partnership with B&H Photo-Video-Audio, we have put together a home recording equipment bundle - Home Recording Starter Kit.
[Update: Since Avid discontinued the Fast Track, we replaced the interface in this kit with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2].
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: