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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.

My $1,000

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.

Mixing – For mixing I’d love to get my hands on something like the Liquid Mix. All these different compression and EQ models just make my mouth water.

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


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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