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El M 12th September 2019 02:31 PM

Selection of budget equipment for beginners/home
Good day to all! Need advice with the selection of equipment ..
What is it for: just for small live repetitions in the room, mini-performances for friends, recording a demo. Or just singing to the backing track of instrumental / beat.
Experience is small, beginner guys)
A microphone, an electro-acoustic guitar / electric guitar will be connected.

Please advise the most suitable and best options. For example, what I consider:

Sound Card (~ 150 $):
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen
Steinberg UR22 MK2
Roland Rubix22
Presonus AudioBox iTwo

Or instead of a sound card mixer:
Soundcraft Notepad-5
Yamaha AG03

Microphones (~ $ 50):
t.bone mb85 beta
iSK Icdm
GLS Audio Vocal Microphone ES-58-S
jts tk 600

Thank you in advance, I hope for help)

NorbertAmehr 12th September 2019 02:40 PM

Korg Monologue, Yamaha Reface DX, Arturia Microbrute
Hi everyone,

I am new here and also fairly new to electronic music. So far I recorded songs per partes
using Audacity.

I have the above equipment and would like to interconnect them in a daisy chain.
Which one should I use as master? Which should go next? The last is Arturia, of course, as it only has one MIDI input.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!


El M 16th September 2019 11:04 AM

We decided with a sound card - native instruments. What about microphones? Someone used these models?

Garage Rodeo 25th September 2019 08:49 AM

Ive used 3 of those interfaces and theyre pretty similar, and will get the job done.
The mics, I dont know in that price range. ISK makes nice budget stuff in my opinion though. If thats your price range, look at ebay. If youre looking at mics that sell for $30 new, spend that on a used version of a better brand.

Also, for what youre doing, a condenser mic is better for a room recording. AT2020/2035, MXL V67, Samson, to name a couple.

bill5 26th September 2019 05:09 PM


Originally Posted by Garage Rodeo (Post 14228297)
Also, for what youre doing, a condenser mic is better for a room recording.

Not necessarily. Depends on the type of music, singers, room treatment, etc. Plus we're talking demos and such and since you get more bang for your buck on dynamic mics, I'd probably opt there. Definitely the isK mic, no-brainer and well worth several times its price. The interface, probably Steinberg or Scarlett IMO.

chipss36 26th September 2019 05:31 PM

Agree, a cheep condenser to start with is full of pitfalls for beginners, or even a first mic..
A sm57, even a banged up used one, will work better in a untreated room, will be a useful mic through a fairly versatile, stacks track fairly well...

I would start with a used sm57!

CJ Mastering 26th September 2019 08:33 PM


I would start with a used SM57!
That was my first microphone. I think most of us started with an SM57 microphone