Budget home studio for 2k

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  1. vejichan

    vejichan SS.org Regular

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    Need suggestions. I play progressive metal.
    I just have guitars. No amp.

    I have a budget of 2k for pc, daw, virtual instrument bass and drums, amps sims, irs, studio monitors, audio interface etc i want to record and use my pc for practice guitar


    Any suggestions?
     
  2. KingAenarion

    KingAenarion Resident Studio Nerd

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    Interface - Focusrite Scarlet 2i4 - $199
    DAW - Reaper $60
    Amp Sims - LePou and other free amp sims and impulses.
    Headphones - Audio Technica ATH-M50X $150
    Monitors - None, start with the headphones, go from there.
    Drums - Getgood drums $89
    Bass - Dunno . Trillian is expensive. Lots of cheapies out there. Better off buying a cheap bass and doing it yourself.

    That leaves $1500 for a computer, bass, and monitors if you must
     
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    Flappydoodle SS.org Regular

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    Computer: MacBook Pro 13 inch

    DAW: GarageBand (free). It takes plugins great. Has built in reverb, compressor, EQ etc. If you outgrow it, upgrade to Logic ($200). All files open seamlessly. Logic just has more advanced functions.

    Interface: Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Amp sims: Thermionik. ‘Serpent’ (Framus Cobra) is free. Others are $8 each. Ownhammer impulses. Buy a cab you like in real life. $10 per pack. Use TSE 808 tube screamer (free) or Mercuriall Grid Slammer (free) as a boost.

    Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT770 (~$100)

    Drums: Getgood Drums Modern and Massive ($~100). Has inbuilt processing. Is perfect for progressive stuff and metal.

    Bass: buy a cheap Fender jazz bass. Buy Neural DSP Darkglass B7K plug-in ($100). Or use free TSE BOD Sansamp plug-in. That will sound better than a fake bass plug-in.

    If you prefer a fake bass plug-in, ‘Bass of the Gods’ is pretty good ($50).

    Monitors - just get some cheap Rokit’s. Whatever size is appropriate for your room.
     
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    vejichan SS.org Regular

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    Need a desktop. Preferably PC. Not a mac user. Can you recommend one ? Thanks


     
  6. zarg

    zarg SS.org Regular

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    any decent deal you can get on a machine with:

    core i5 or higher
    8 gigs of ram or more
    at least a 250 gig SSD and another storage drive (1 tb)
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    at least 24" full hd monitor, better two or one large one

    will be good enough. Used computers are also worth a shot
     
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    Metropolis SS.org Regular

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    That could be all for a basic setup. Of course there is lot of products available in those price ranges. Two monitors are recommended for better workflow with daw, powerful enough processor for running samples and plugins, and SSD for faster and more efficient data transfer.

    Get a basic setup and learn how to use them, which includes a lot of research and experimenting by yourself what works for you. After some time get something better when you want to move on. That's how it works with any gear, at least for me.
     
  8. KingAenarion

    KingAenarion Resident Studio Nerd

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    Honestly, these days, and knowing your DAW, most of the time 2 screens is actually completely unnecessary.
     
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    Yeah, it really depends how you like to work.
     
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    Agreed. I went from two to one and don't really miss it. I'm more comfortable with all my shortcuts now so switching between different editing modes is a breeze and overall imo faster because I don't have to look at a different screen.
     
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    Sorry, I know nothing about PC specs any more (not since I changed to Mac, lol)

    I recommended Mac because of the stability, availability of Garageband (and Logic), not needing special drivers/software for audio interfaces, no fussing with ASIO4ALL etc. I would still recommend Mac if you are not technologically very capable. People are going to chime in and say "you can do that with Windows", which is true. But with Mac I can pretty much guarantee that you plug any audio interface into Garageband, and it works.

    And for what it's worth, you can plug external monitors (and use separate keyboard/mouse) etc with a laptop

    To be honest, any modern computer that isn't a budget pile of shit will be able to handle basic jamming and recording. If you're going to be going full Devin Townsend and using huge sample libraries, 20 live guitar tracks etc, then you might need something more specialist. Even then, there are workarounds (like bouncing down etc).
     
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    +1. Just grab at least a 42" 3840x2160p@60hz TV for a monitor and you don't want anything else =)
     
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    Only 100 ppi. My eyes would be hurting, lol
     
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    tender_insanity SS.org Regular

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    Get glasses then. I've 40" 4k at about two feet viewing distance and it's all fine running everything at 100% so no scaling required.
    A 2160p with smaller resolutions needs upscaling if you do not want your nose to touch the screen.
     
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    Flappydoodle SS.org Regular

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    Pretty sure glasses would make it worse since I'd be able to see the pixels even more clearly :p
     
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    Stop staring at the pixels then and do something useful. Pixel density indeed has always been one of the corner stones in music production.
     
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    will_shred Wannabe audio engineer

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    2 screens would be better for a daw like Protools where the edit and mix window both take up the whole screen, probably not necessary with reaper.
     
  18. KingAenarion

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    I disagree.

    All information is available to you in the Edit window. Even moreso, it only takes toggling back and forth with Ctrl/Cmd + = to bring up either window and you're only looking at one of them at once.
     
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    Not necessary unless you're going hard like some pro mix with 50+ tracks then its nice. 20 tracks or less and you should be happy.
     
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    Cakewalk has also been purchased by Bandlab and is now free. It is basically an upgraded version of Sonar Platinum. Pretty good for freeware.
     
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