The $1500 Recording Studio Challenge

You do NOT need to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment to record a band! Don’t worry about having the best, top dollar equipment. Focus on getting a great performance and using gear that will get you a decent sound! This has been a recurring theme in my videos for the last little while! I’m sure you’ve noticed!

We’re going to take a budget of 1500 bucks and see if we can use it to buy enough recording gear to record all the elements of a band. WE RECORD A FULL BAND. INCLUDING DRUMS. I’m eliminating all excuses here! A lot of people think that recording real drums will just be too expensive. Let’s see if we can pull it off!

This is the cost of just the recording equipment…. We’re not counting the cost of the instruments as most of you starting out will be relying on the bands to bring in their own. We’ve all gotta start somewhere!

We shopped around for the best gear deals in North America, and that meant hitting up Amazon, Musicians Friend, and another place I found called Pixel Pro Audio which was offering some pretty cool package deals. You can find links for everything below.

Focusrite 18i20 $499.99:
Samson DK707 Drum Mics $225:
Shure sm 57s $99:
Cad M179 $199:
Mackie CR3 $89.99:
Behringer $40
Slate Everything $24.99:
10 pack cables $39.50:
3 mic stands $44.96:
Short stand $20.30:
Drum Leveler $139:

Focusrite 18i20
AKG Drum Mic Package:
Mackie CR3:
TBone SC1100 Mic:
Mic Stand:
Short Mic Stand:
Drum Leveler $139

Listen, if you’re willing to put the legwork in, of course you can find some of this stuff used, which could lower the price of your studio significantly! – Just make sure everything works before you buy it!

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About the Author:

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned.Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects.Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos.Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

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