What Audio Recording Equipment Would You Buy For $1,000?
A while back I walked through the studio, what would you buy next?
So I ask you:
If you had $1,000, what would buy with it?
What gear have you been eyeing lately? Is it a real nice ribbon microphone? A warm tube pre-amp? Or is it a all-in-one acoustic treatment pack?
Take a hypothetical shopping trip, head on over to the gear section on Amazon and leave a comment telling us what you would buy.
You have a budget of $1,000 to buy whatever you want. You can choose to get the one big-ticket item you’ve always wanted or divide the thousand among a few great steals. Anything goes, just leave a link to the item and tell us why you want to buy it.
On my hypothetical shopping trip I’m trying to decide between a few things.
Pre-Amp – I want to get a new pre-amp to get a different sound to my vocals. Something hot like the DBX 386 Dual Vacuum tube pre-amp sounds good. Or alternatively, the Focusrite ISA sounds good, since it also doubles as a high-end DI box.
Headphones – I broke my closed-back headphones a while back and I haven’t gotten around to replacing them. I haven’t had to record much so I’ve been fine with using my other ones.
Something like the KRK KNS8400 would be a nice addition, and they would be color coded to my KRK Rokit monitors.
Microphones – Microphone-wise, a nice ribbon mic would be a great addition to my mic collection. I know many people swear by the Royer R-121, but that’s out of our price range.
Luckily, the Rupert Neve Voodoo ribbons are amazing! I’ve done a few sample recording using the Voodoo mics and they are a great choice if you’re looking for a nice ribbon mic.
Plug-ins – A home recording studio usually doesn’t have the space to record drums.
However, there are many great drum plug-ins out there that offer really convincing drum tracks. EZ Drummer is one of those plug-ins. It’s simple to use, has great drum sounds and costs less than one hour at a commercial studio!
How Would You Spend Your Money?
Well, that’s what I would get. I know I would probably need to decide between a few of those things, but I think I could probably squeeze in at least three of my items into the $1,000 provided.
What would you get? Leave us a link in the comments!
Image by: Patrick Hoesly