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Todd Simpson
Jun 22 2021, 01:12 AM
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BUDGET BUNDLE

INTERFACE:

Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD - This is only $80 and is a solid, full featured interface that is also bus powered (usb) so you don’t need to plug it in to the wall for power. It’s got 2 multi jacks on the front for guitar or mic input, and it’s got phantom power as a bonus. It’s got great sounding converters and it’s a great choice for starting out.

OR

Presonus AudioBox USB 96 - This is a bit nicer interface and has a bit nicer electronics inside. It’s in the same league as the Behringer but adds low latency monitoring and the Presonus Daw (Studio Artist On) is included for free which is handy.

MONITORS

Kali Audio LP6 - I own a pair of these as you probably know, and I’m not alone in singing their praise. They are the best quality studio monitors you can get for under $500 period, end of story. They punch above their weight, they are flat, they have great bass even without a sub, just a great set.

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PreSonus Eris 4.5 - I also own a pair of these and while they don’t have the same amount of bass of the LP-6, (they have a much smaller main driver) they are still very accurate monitors and best of all they are only $200 a pair. A great set of monitors to start out with if you are currently using headphones/earbuds to mix.


HEADPHONES

Sennhieser HD 280 - These are rock solid cans and are used widely throughout the industry. They have very good bass response and are accurate enough to check your mixes with and to record with. They run $100 a pair.

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AKG K240 - I own a pair of these, (actually 2 pairs) and I’m not alone in saying they are top notch cans. A bit less bass response than the HD280, but very accurate and detailed. They won’t exhaust your ears after a few hours of listening and they are designed to be comfortable even if you wear them for quite while. They are very light headphones and run $70 a pair.

MICROPHONES

Rode PodMic Cardiod Dynamic Mic - Has a built in pop filter/shield for when you want to use it to record vocals and it’s got a very wide response. It can take a lot of sound pressure level so you can record drums or other loud sources. It’s all metal construction means it’s built to last and it’s only $100

OR


Shure Sm-57 - I own this one, as just about everyone does, and it’s an industry standard for very good reason. You can use this mic to record anything and it will sound darn good when done right. It’s built like a tank and will last forever. This is the one mic you want to have. It’s a great mic at a great price and will work until the end of time and costs about $100.

DRUM SOFTWARE

Mjolnir Solemn Tones Virtual Drums - This is the least expensive way to get started in virtual drums that sounds really good. These are the best bang for your buck at $70

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Toontrack EZ Drummer 2 - This is best of breed in the price range. They sound great and you can get add on kits to extend the functionality of the plugin. You can feed it midi, you can use your mouse to click in a drum track, or you can feed it with an electronic drum trick. I’ve been a toontrack fan for many years and can suggest this plugin without reservation and it runs about $150.


BASS SOFTWARE


Loki Bass 2 from Solemn Tones - You can play bass if you have one, but if not you can use a plugin. You can feed it from any midi source, like a usb midi piano keyboard, or you can use any midi guitar or you can click it in on a grid just like you do with your midi drums. Sounds great and costs only $90

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Toontrack EZ Bass - By far the best sounding plugin in the range and like other products in the toontrack ecosystem, you can get a variety of add ons to change the sound of your bass. Like ez drummer, this is best of breed in the price range. The toontrack stuff is great and I’ve never been disappointed with any product that I’ve ever owned from them. This one runs about $150.

This is just the “Budget” Collection from Fluff. I went into detail on this one as I own many of the bits that he suggests in this collection and I can vouch for the quality of all of those that I’ve been using for quite some time. I’ve tried a LOT of gear and I agree with him entirely on which bits are best in this range.

He does have two other sets of gear as well that are mentioned. Those are nicer bits and cost a good bit more but they do have higher end gear. So, as usual, it all comes down to your budget. If you have more money available, you should certainly take a look at the higher end gear.

This is the next tier up in price
https://www.sweetwater.com/shop/fluff-studio-bundle-2/
This is the highest tier in price
https://www.sweetwater.com/shop/fluff-studio-bundle-3/
Here is Fluff talking through al 3.

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FreePizza
Jun 22 2021, 02:33 AM
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Thanks for all that info, Todd. Really informative. The drums and bass packages are of particular interest to me. 👍🍻

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Todd Simpson
Jun 22 2021, 06:01 AM
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Happy to help! It's possible to get great bass and drum sounds on a budget these days!

QUOTE (FreePizza @ Jun 21 2021, 09:33 PM) *
Thanks for all that info, Todd. Really informative. The drums and bass packages are of particular interest to me. 👍🍻

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Jun 23 2021, 02:39 PM
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I actually just picked up LokiBass 2 recently. It's awesome. Way better tones that what I can cook up on my real bass. I actually used it on my Chimaera collab project. Very tight.

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Todd Simpson
Jun 24 2021, 06:02 AM
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It's a great bass plugin imho. Not that long ago it was tough to find convincing software bass. Those days are long gone and this plugin sounds killer. it's affordable, great quality, score!!!

QUOTE (thefireball @ Jun 23 2021, 09:39 AM) *
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