Looking for recommendations on home recording equipment: software, etc. Budget-minded. Thanks!
What do you want to do? How deep do you want to go?Looking for recommendations on home recording equipment: software, etc. Budget-minded. Thanks!
Looking to record songs with multiple instruments.What do you want to do? How deep do you want to go?
That will help get you the best recommendations.
Basic rehearsal recordings?
Drum covers with backing tracks?
Videos for Youtube?
Soooo many options today it can be quite overwhelming.
Then the big question-what do you mean by "budget-minded"?
Second question-what, if anything, do you already have? (Mics? Pc? Mac? Etc.)
If you just want to record live performances in the "basement" or at a show, you can get great quality recordings from handheld units like those made by Tascam and Zoom. I have the Zoom H6 and have used it for that as well as going directly into the unit with four mics and a backing track. You could put drums through a sub-mix and into two channels (stereo) or even a single channel (mono) and still have two-three open channels for other instruments and vocals. An $80 accessory adds two more XLR\1/4" inputs (note: not phantom powered) if you need them. For "live" recording I am very satisfied with the quality if the recordings I can get this way. Zoom H6 currently is $350. Preamps are decent and there is s lot of versatility with it, at least for my needs.Looking to record songs with multiple instruments.
THIS ^At school we bought the Zoom Livetrack L12 which can record 8 xlrs plus two stereo lines at once onto a SD card, can also be used as an audio interface into a computer and also works well as a small mixer for gigs with reverb, compression and multiple monitor mixes.
The real advantage for recording is that it is portable and works without a computer in a rehearsal space for the initial tracking then we pop the SD card into a computer for vocal overdubs, solos and mixing. The older R16 does the recording part very well for cheaper, although its not as friendly to use as a mixer, and has less phantom powered inputs.
So much depends on budget.
Budget minded could mean a couple hundred or a couple thousand.
Yea, I got hit with a bit of sticker shock when I saw the QSC price. Not that it isn't worth it, just that I can't afford that or even justify it for where I am at right now...lol.