The Journey Begins
I love it when people approach me for advice for their first home studio setup for recording. The reason being is because I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons during my 13 years of experience with running my own studio and I’m glad to lead them down the right path. One thing i’m passionate about is getting the best results in the most financial viable way possible. And I know how discouraging it can be when venturing out to establish your first recording studio only to be greeted by a sea of “experts” who swear you have to take out a second mortgage in order to get “pro” recordings. This simply isn’t true!
The Game Has Changed
Once upon a time it was not possible for everyday musicians to cut their own records without having to spend an arm and a leg and possibly their first born. But in the last couple of decades this wonderful thing called Digital Audio Recording hit the scene and completely changed the game for everyone! Now all of a sudden people are making professional sounding records in a home studio with very affordable gear! Now with a laptop or even an iPad you can record pristine quality audio on the go! How awesome is that?
Don’t Get Caught Up In The Hype!
But much like any other industry companies thrive on the insecurities of the consumers to try and get them to buy the new and improved and often for expensive version of a product. When in all actuality what the consumer currently has is more than enough. The simple truth is it’s not about what you have it’s about knowing what to do with what you have. All you need is a decent studio setup that allows you to record a clean high quality signal into your computer. And to achieve this I couldn’t recommend the PreSonus Audiobox iTwo Studio more highly!
It’s universally compatible with Windows, Macs and even iPads. Plus It comes with nearly everything that you need all in one convenient bundle including the following.
- Audio box iTwo interface with cable
- Capture Duo recording software for iPad
- Studio One Artist recording and production software (DAW)
- HD7 studio monitoring headphones
- M7 studio condenser microphone with cable
My Favorite Features
Another thing I love about this product is it can plug directly into your computer via USB or even directly into your iPad without the use of one of those clunky power cables! This makes this device ideal for recording at home or on the go. Everything is easily controlled from the front display allowing you to connect your headphones and up to two instruments or microphones. There is also built in phantom power for your condenser mic.
I also love the fact that you can control the volume of the headphones from it’s dedicated knob as well. This product was carefully designed to fit the needs of indie artists, podcasters and voice over personalities. And my favorite feature of all is the price point! You can get all of this goodness for only $259.00 which also includes FREE shipping!
In addition to the PreSonus Audiobox iTwo Studio there is a few more affordable items that you will need to purchase.
First off you will need to get you a decent Mic Stand that will allow you to record hands free that isn’t going to fall over and bust you in the face! The Samson MK-10 Microphone Boom Stand is the top selling Mic Stand on Amazon due to it’s quality of build and affordable price at only $19.99 which also includes FREE shipping!
You will also need to get you a pop filter. This handy little device will allow you to record more professional recordings by eliminating the plosives in your vocals. The Dragonpad pop filter is the perfect solution to block out those nasty vocal sounds and can be easily mounted to your mic stand. It will only set you back $6.95, includes FREE shipping and is the #1 Amazon seller! How bout that!
If you are only going to be recording yourself then that’s all you need to get started recording professionally at only $285.94 and FREE shipping on everything “at the time that I wrote this“. However if you are going to be recording other artists in your studio you will need a few more things.
If you’re going to record someone else in the studio you’re going to need an extra set of headphones. This will allow you to monitor the audio recording program and adjust volume levels in the headphones while also allowing the person your recording to hear themselves as well. All you need is a decent set of headphones for your guests to use when they come over and I recommend the Sony MDRZX100 ZX Series Stereo Headphones. They only cost $16.55 but does include shipping and handling but has rave reviews on Amazon. However you might want to look around your local Wal-Mart to see if you can save a couple bucks first.
Now you may have noticed that the PreSonus Audiobox iTwo Studio only has one headphone output. So how the heck are you suppose to hook up two headphones then? Easy! A Stereo Jack Adapter! This adapter simply plugs into your headphone jack and creates two additional headphone jacks, isn’t that adorable? I don’t recommend you buy this one off Amazon as they have pretty crappy reviews plus why pay for shipping on something this small when you can just pick them up from your local Radio Shack or electronics store for under 8$.