Recording a dope song doesn’t require you to have a multi-million dollar studio complex. You only need very few things to get started. So in this post, I’ve listed the most basic pieces of equipment you’re going to need to get started.
A Computer (Duh..)
Well yes, it is very obvious that you’re going to need a computer (unless you wanna be one of those people who records on their phones). The computer you get doesn’t need to be a powerhouse. Here are the specifications I think the computer should have at a minimum.
- 500gb Hard Drive
- 8gb Ram
- I5 Processor
- 3 USB slots
That’s pretty much it. Anything else is pretty extra. I used a computer with a dual-core processor and 500gb of data for almost 10 years and was able to get it to work very well for me. So find something you can afford and make it work.
I’m going to assume you’re on a very tight budget so I would recommend the Audio Technica AT2020. My artists Gotti Banxx recorded his biggest song using that exact mic. So don’t go blowing hundreds of dollars on a mic you don’t need.
Now obviously you’re going to need a way to get the sound from the mic to the computer & that is where the audio interface comes in. I highly recommend the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. It is very affordable at only $100 and works very well. I use it for my studio sessions and it hasn’t let me down yet.
And finally, you’re going to need a decent pair of headphones for recording. I currently have the Audio Technica ATH M50x’s which I love to death but the price tag on them is a little higher so I would recommend the Sony MDR 7506. I used them for almost 6 years with no issues and it is also the pair of headphones most studios and radio stations use so they’ve been tried and proven.
As you can see, you don’t really need much other than this and your software of choice. Shouldn’t cost you too much either if you can find everything for a good price. This will be a great way to get started and once you’re ready to upgrade you can definitely hit me up and I will be more than happy to help you out with deciding what you should get next!
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