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Budget Home Recording Studio

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The list author says: "This is all you need for a basic budget (sub-$200) home recording studio for podcasting, voice acting, or singing. Most of these items are what I use (Harder Option)."
MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone
MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone
"(Easy Option 1) Microphone: Plug and Play into your computer"
Samson C01UCW Studio USB Mic with Cakewalk Sonar LE
Samson C01UCW Studio USB Mic with Cakewalk Sonar LE
"(Easy Option 2) If you don't have the $100 for the other mics, the Samson is a cheaper option. Pick this up used or on sale for even cheaper."
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver
"(Easy Option 3) I've never used this mic myself, but I'm told it's the best USB mic out there from other "prosumers""
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
"(Easy Option 4) I've heard that this and the Yeti are the best and the folks at Guitar Center recommended this one. This is the USB mic I recommend."
MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
"(Harder Option 1) Microphone: This is the studio version of the MXL 990. The studio versions of the Samson and the Blue don't even match this in terms of quality (Samson) or Price (Blue) You'll need to run this through a mixer. Remember: Condenser Mics use Phantom Power"
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
"(Harder Option 2) This is the studio version of the AT2020. This is better than the MXL. I purchased the MXL when it was cheaper than the AT2020, but if it's not, the AT2020 is the mic to get. The AT2020 is $80 with Mount, while the MXL is $72 with Mount. It also looks nicer."
MXL Mics MXL-90 Microphone Shock Mount for 770 /990
MXL Mics MXL-90 Microphone Shock Mount for 770 /990
"(Easy Option 1) The MXL 990 USB doesn't come with a Shock Mount, so you'll need to buy this one."
Samson SP01 Spider Shockmount
Samson SP01 Spider Shockmount
"(Easy Option 2) For the Samson."
Blue Microphones Radius Microphone Shock Mount
Blue Microphones Radius Microphone Shock Mount
"(Easy Option 3): This is where the Blue gets you. While the Yeti is only 5 dollars more than the 990, the Radius Shock Mount is a full $35 more than the MXL-90 Mount. If you have the money, go for it. If not, the MXL is still a great mic."
Nady SSM-3 Shock Mount
Nady SSM-3 Shock Mount
"(Harder Option 2/Easy Option 4) This is a shock mount to use with the AT-2020. The official one costs more than the mic itself. I'm told this works."
Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs
Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs
"(Harder Option) With a studio microphone, you'll need a mixer to provide phantom power to your microphone. This will also be your microphone's gateway into the computer. The mixer also allows for you to connect multiple microphones to one computer. For more than two mics, you'll need a mixer that has more mic inputs."
Musician's Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Fixed Boom Black
Musician's Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Fixed Boom Black
"This is the same as the ProLine MS-220 for 20 dollars less. A great stand that is both durable and very maneuverable."
Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones
Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones
"You'll want a good pair of headphones, and, from my experience, Sennheisers are always the best for the price. This pair comes with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter if you choose to use your mixer for both output and input."
MXL PF-001  Pop Filter
MXL PF-001 Pop Filter
"The pop filter you get isn't all that important, but this one is fairly nice, with a good range of motion, and for a relatively low price."
Belkin Audio Y Cable Splitter 1-Mini Plug, 2-RCA Plugs (6 feet)
Belkin Audio Y Cable Splitter 1-Mini Plug, 2-RCA Plugs (6 feet)
"(Harder Option) Plug the Red and White Cables into the "Tape Out" of you mixer and the 3.5mm end into your microphone jack."
CBI MLC20 Low Z XLR Microphone Cable, 20 Foot
CBI MLC20 Low Z XLR Microphone Cable, 20 Foot
"(Harder Option) You'll need this to plug your MXL 990 into your mixer."
Headset Buddy PC Computer Headset to 3.5mm Smartphone Adapter for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Droid, Samsung, LG, HTC (01-PC35-PH35)
Headset Buddy PC Computer Headset to 3.5mm Smartphone Adapter for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Droid, Samsung, LG, HTC (01-PC35-PH35)
"OPTIONAL: (Harder Option) If your computer only has one port for both audio input and output, you'll need to use this splitter to hear anything while recording. I had to use my mixer's headphone port as well, because with just headphones, it recorded everything from the computer. You could use the UCA222 instead of this."
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA222
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA222
"OPTIONAL: (Harder Option) Instead of the Y Cable, use this with an RCA Stereo Audio cable. I'm not sure what the difference is, but if you've got the 30 dollars, it frees up your audio jack if your computer only has one."