Jemaholic is right IMHO. Start off slow, there are soooo many choices, and you could end of blowing money on things that you don't currently need, or that might just plain frustrate you. Check out a tascam 4 track or the like, learn how to bounce tracks, get a SM7 or the like, a DI box for bass, Behringher makes some that aren't too bad, and relatively cheap, a boom stand, some headphones, and some cables, and a drum machine. Check out your local book store for some recording text books. Not that there is only one way to do things, but it sure helps on the learning curve! You could have this set up for well under 1,000 and have the ability to start creating, and learning at the same time.
Of course we could discuss mic placement and what mics sound the best, what gear is better, etv forever, but if you want to get going, and learn how to do it well, its best to start with the basics. After all, FTLOG, was not the first song you learned how to play was it?
Take baby steps, get gear as you need it, not as you want it, and you'll be way happier in the long run, and have the ability to become a great engineer. Good luck to you
That sounds pretty straightforward to me. I think I still might pick up a cheap drum set and a couple of mics, because I'm not big on stuff like drum machines. I'm not really all that concerned with the way everything sounds, at the moment. Right now, I just wanna get my feet wet.
I've already decided, based on your guys' advice, that I'm just going to get a multi track unit, and skip all the overly complicated crap that comes with computers.
And FYI, FTLOG actually was the first song I learned. Not the entire song, but pretty much the entire beginning.
Mastering that was incredibly helpful in developing my vibrato and sliding.
This is a huge topic, and you'd be best doing TONNES of your own research on this topic aswell as asking for advice, which is I'm sure what you're doing
In my opinion, regarding drums, you are most definately not going to get good results by micing up a proper drum kit on a budget, I'd suggest you definately look into the various VSTs you can buy, I recommend fxpansion's BFD, some people also like drumkit from hell, but I haven't tried this.
To be honest your options in regards to guitars/basses are to continue micing up, which regarding on your budget again, could work, although you'd have to spend a lot of time using trial and error to get some good practise regarding micing techniques. I'd just suggest again that you compromise and go for a direct in approach for both bass and guitar, I have 2 pod xts (guitar and bass), for demo recordings they're invaluable, and when you learn how to use them properly you can get some decent sounds out them, of course the guitar isn't going to sound completely realistic, but it's by the most practical, easiest and cheapest method.
Are you wanting to use a PC to record? Or are you looking to use a stand-alone unit? If you're going for PC, are you sure it's powerful enough? Using a very old PC will restrict the amount of VSTs and effects you can use in your recordings, so it's good to make sure you're going to be OK in this department first.
For soundcards and audio interfaces on a budget, M-Audio and E-mu are good manufacturers, I've used M-Audio for a while, and am now using E-mu. I find E-mus software much easier to use and impliment in the sequencer I choose to use (Cubase SX 3), a lot of their soundcards also come with bundled effects, their patchmix utility is very useful as it features a whole host of effects which will be very useful if this is your first venture into this kind of recording and especially if you're on a budget.
To be honest, you'll find all the information you need to know on many many forums spread about the net, good places to start are obviously here, harmony central (is that forum still going? can't remember), the petrucci forum, and googling for general reviews of equipment you've heard good things about - This is pretty much all I've ever done to research recording equipment and I've got a setup that works well for me.
Believe me, I have been doing research! But I figured it couldn't hurt to ask a few veterans who've been doing this sort of thing since before I was even born. Know what I mean?
My PC sucks, and I'm not all that computer savvy, so I think I'd be better served with an old fashioned multi track unit. People have been doing it that way for a long time, so it should be just fine for me.
Thanks for the help, bro.
I would start with a SIMPLE multi-track all-in-one unit like an old BR-8 or a little Tascam unit to get familiar with multi-track procedures. Learn to 'bounce' tracks and how to get the best microphone placement....effects....instrument levels.....
It all sounds easy, but it is not and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
Too many people buy Cubase or Pro Tools LE and assume they will master a learning curve sufficient to use those programs.
FORGET IT. Start with baby steps and you will not only be happier - you will be a better engineer. Plus, you learn at your own pace and as you learn, you decide what the next equipement will be best for you.
I opened a pro studio in 1978. I now have a pretty decent home studio I am proud of - it's a never-ending quest!
I probably will end up getting an old multi track unit. To be honest, I'm not all that savvy when it comes to PC's, so that'd probably be my best bet.
What do you think of this? Is this okay to start off with? All I want to do is familiarize myself with all of this, then I'll move on to better things.
Yeah, I didn't think it would be easy. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.
Thanks a lot for your time and advice.
BTW, just bear with me, guys. I'm an absolute, total n00b when it comes to all of this, so it's likely that I'm gonna get confused once or twice. And excuse me if I sound like a moron.
And thanks all of you, for your advice. I appreciate it.