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Professional Recording Packages For the Songwriter on a Budget

Setting up your own home recording package is a daunting task. There are so many options, and what are the necessities? It’s with that very thought in mind, that I decided to take on the challenge, and put together four complete packages for you. I researched several different avenues, and wanted to make sure that I put together an option for Songwriters with and with out computers.

My main factor in putting these packages together was to keep the cost down low. I wanted them to be obtainable. Songwriters are often not the most wealthy of people, and even for the ones that are, recording is a hobby. It’s a challenging economy, and each of our dollars are valuable.

But here’s the thing, music helps us escape from the realities of life. Music unleashes our inner child. So take a look at the packages below, save your pennies, or sell some junk, and the let the child loose! At this price point, you can easily be recording your masterpieces in no time.

Package 1: No Computer or Laptop

  • Refurbished iPad $305 – You can find these all day on eBay
  • Alesis iO recording interface $129- This allows you to hook up your favorite instrument and record to the iPad
  • Garageband App $4.99 – Cool easy recording program, that allows you to capture and edit your audio, it even Sonus Complete has programmable drums to add a virtual songwriting partner
  • SM57 microphone, mic cable, mic clip, adapter, carrying case $105- this time tested microphone is an industry standard and allows for recording anything

Package 2: Have your own Laptop or Home Computer

  • Pre-sonus audio box $349-recording interface that works off usb or firewire & comes with Studio One Artist recording software, studio monitors, MXL 990 microphone, and cables
  • Sennheiser headphones $49
  • Iomega 320GB portable HD $38 – gives you the ability to keep your music separate and safe

Package 3: Have your own Laptop or Home Computer

  • Focusrite Saffire Recording Package $349 – usb recording, plug and play comes with Ableton Lite recording software, studio monitors, MXL V63M microphone, tri-pod microphone stand, and more
  • Sennheiser headphones $49
  • Iomega 320GB portable HD $38

Package 4: Have your own Laptop or Home computer

  • Maudio mobile pre mk11 bundle $499 w/Protools mpowered installed
  • Sennheiser headphones $49

All these packages are great options for a songwriter on a budget. However, don’t let the prices fool you, the results will be amazing. These packages are capable of capturing, and producing CD quality professional recordings, that will amaze your friends and family. Look to Craigslist, eBay, Sweetwater, or Musician’sFriend to find these cool bundles and products, and unleash your Songwriting fantasies.

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