Okay, so maybe $800 dollars isn’t cheap, but it is compared to what it would have cost to build a studio 20 years ago, so be grateful. The main point of this video is to give you an easy, clear cut way to get there. If you are at all serious about music this is the perfect balance of cost efficiency and quality sound. If you get much cheaper, you’re going to be upgrading about a year down the road, so I would advise against it. If you are dying to start, you could cut corners to get the $800 down to $400 – $500, I just wouldn’t recommend it.
In fact, I don’t see why you couldn’t put up some blankets, buy a $20 dollar beat off BeatStars, drop it into audacity and use a $100 usb mic to get the job done. Assuming you could find a way to mix on your ear buds, I don’t know, maybe you have a hit for $120. I’ve seen this done before with no success, only to end up buying the same gear I recommend. But you do you.
The interface is Focusrite Scarlett. What ever size suits you best, but I’ve seen the 2i2 just about everywhere. It’s an industry standard as far as bedroom producers go.
You could get some KRK Rokits or the M Audio BX5s, doesn’t really matter to me, but get some decent speakers. The keyword is decent. Not top of the line, you’re not ready, and if your room is treated pretty well, either of those choices are going to sound pretty great.
The mic I could really care less about, if people recommend it and it sounds good with your voice and style, get it. It could be an SM58 or something top of the line, but it seems like the Rode NT1-a is a good middle ground. I’ve recorded so many people on mine, most of them sounded pretty good.
For the rest of it and the links to everything I recommend, be sure and check out the video. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!