Hey, I'm surprised there's not a thread solely on this kind of stuff, but I really want to start doing some better quality at-home recordings of my music. (Ya know, better than built-in iPhone mic quality.) looking for tips on decent/more or less affordable microphones and recording equipment.
References to any good articles would be appreciated too!
Edit: it's for just a straight acoustic guitar and vocal project
really all you need is a good microphone and a recording interface and you should be good. i dont know much about microphones that are meant for acoustic guitars and vocals, so you might want to look into that a bit more yourself (though you can never go wrong with an SM57
), but you're definitely going to need an interface to get your mics into your computer. i currently use a Presonus Audiobox 22VSL
which would be perfect for what you're doing since its 2x2, it's affordable and i have no problems with it whatsoever.
you're also gonna want a DAW, something basic like garageband will be fine for starting out but eventually you're gonna wanna upgrade if you stick with it. the audiobox comes with Presonus Studio One, which I have absolutely no experience with (i use logic and ableton myself) but I've spoken with people who use it and they seem to like it just fine. it doesnt really matter what program you use, just so long as you know how to use it.
that should definitely be enough to get you started though. eventually you might want things like studio monitors which are endlessly helpful, i used to record using just regular computer speakers i had for years, the difference is night and day.