I know a lot of people just want a complete and cheap Recording Package to lay down some sounds and get going right away. Something just good enough to put down song ideas and produce a good demo of it.
A recording package can range from just a microphone, stand and cable to a portastudio to a complete package that includes the software, interface, mic, speakers, cables and even MIDI controller. Everybody has different needs and are in different stages of where their studio is at.
Following are some I've reviewed recently to give you an idea of what's out there in a few different combinations and price range:
This is the fastest and easiest way to get started if you don't have a really good computer or just don't want to use your computer as the heart of your recording studio… get a multi-track hard disk recorder.
I can highly recommend the Tascam DP-02 for an all-in-one multi-track hard disk recorder, or portastudio as some call them. Read the review: Tascam DP-2
What if you have a good computer and want to use it to control your recording studio?
If you have a mic and/or a guitar or keyboard and want to record into your computer I've got some great news for you…
For a measly $69 you can get Pro Tools recording software and an M-Audio digital interface to plug into your computer and away you go! It doesn't get any cheaper than this: Pro Tools Recording Software and Audio Interface, check it out at Amazon.com
… to be continued!