I built my first home studio when I was 17, using a couple of really crappy RadioShack microphones. I started recording myself and my bands to cassette tape, before upgrading to a Fostex X-26 4-Track recorder in 1993. I upgraded again to a Digidesign Digi-001 in 1998 or so in order to start using Pro Tools. I’ve been through a bunch of mics and audio interfaces since then, adding outboard processors from 1995-2008, and then moving entirely to in-the-box recording, mixing, and engineering.
I have a pretty big collection of stomp boxes. I like them because they’re flexible and tangible – unlike plugins, you don’t control them with a mouse. I’m planning a sampling session with some vintage ROMplers and Jamie Lidell has inspired me to slap some effects on the samples, effectively printing the effected audio, which should imbue these samples with my own personal character.
The most important part of any recording is the method for bringing audio into your recording device. This is handled with microphones. I have a small collection of inexpensive mics, each of which cost less than $350.
|Beyeredynamic TG-X60 dynamic microphone|
|Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone|
|Shure SM48 Dynamic Microphone|
|Shure Beta 52|
|Realistic SM48 knockoff|
|Cascade MX56 Tube Condenser Microphone|
|Cascade M20 Condenser Microphone|
|4 Nady SP5 Dynamic Microphones|
|3x Shure SM57|
|2 MXL991 Condenser Microphones|
|2 MXL990 Condenser Microphones|
Of course, I record to my Mac DAW, not to tape. I’ve used a half dozen audio interfaces including the wonderful Digidesign Digidesign-001 and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Currently I have a Behringer U-Phoria UMC1820. It’s class compliant, which means there are no drivers to expire.