A few days ago I covered the basic stuff you’re going to need to start recording, all the way from the source making the noise to the software used to mix it down. I’m often asked what specific camera or microphone (or other gear) I use to for audio recording.
In this post, I’ll highlight what I use to get the job done. You can view the “Gear I use” page (coming soon) to view all the gear I own (and ever have owned), but in this post I’ll just focus on audio stuff.
See all posts in the “Basics of Recording” series here.
So what do I use?
(by the way, links will take you to product pages on Amazon/Musician’s Friend, but I really recommend buying used gear)
- My voice
- Guitars – mostly a Martin D-35 and a custom built Telecaster through a Vox AC15 CC1 (VOX has replaced this model with the AC15C1).
- Midi keyboard – M-Audio KeyRig 49.
- Microphones: Studio Projects C1 (mine is version 1), Shure Beta 58a, Shure SM57
- Electronics installed in my acoustic guitars. Specifically, a K&K Pure Western Mini in my Martin D-35.
- Various software instruments (not sure if these are technically capture devices, but I sort of consider them that way).
Pre-amps and A/D conversion:
- PreSonus FirePod/FP10. The FirePod and the FP10 are the same product – strange move, PreSonus… I have one of each.
- Ultrasound DI Plus pre-amp – this is the pre-amp I use with my acoustic guitars.
- Apple MacBook Pro (2005 – this thing is getting a little long in the tooth)
- Home-built desktop running Mac OSX
- Apple Logic
Apple fan, anybody? 😀 I’ve done plenty of recording on a windows machine – actually more time spent in Windows than Mac historically.
- Event TR5 Studio Monitors (discontinued)
- AKG K 66 headphones (discontinued)
- Shure SE110 Earphones (Shure has replaced these with the SE115’s)
I consider all my gear to be low to mid-level budget gear, but I feel like it gives me an excellent bang for the buck. I highly recommend all the stuff I use. You might be reading this and think to yourself:
Buying all this stuff would cost me a fortune!
Just remember that I’ve been building this list up for literally 10 years. I’ll cover just how much money you need to get started in a later post.