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Old 20th October 2004
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What application & computer, what plugins do you have, what are you trying to accomplish?

How about instead of dividing $600 between all three items, start with one $600+ item. Depends on how serious you are, but why get stuff you're gonna have to upgrade later?

I don't think you're being dfegad on, there's just not enough info.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

Acoustic treatment for your monitoring environment.

Monitors that tell you what you're doing!!!

Shure SM7 (maybe $600 or so; you can always use one of these. Excellent)

AT 4047/SV. Just got one, new in the box for $350. I like 'em. Tranny coupled. Aged. Nice and warm.

Maybe you need an SM58

The venerable RNC. Usually under $200.

Sony Oxford bundle (Dynamics, EQ and Inflator): $660.

Do you have the software you need to hack up samples and make loops?

I don't do much hip-hop, but these are pretty basic, and keep in mind that they're just examples. The point is that there's a diff. between stuff that makes sound and stuff that makes you sound better. Those soundcards are outside my realm of experience. If you mix in the box, maybe you need some plugins. If you list the rest of your system and what your goals are, 'slutz are generally very helpful.