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Pearl Electronics at Châtelet Les Halles 75001 has this stuff. They carry all types of neat little electronic pieces.
I can sell a M audiobook M Track for 30 euros. It’s brand new, in box. Was a gift to my GF but she never used it.
I'm using an m audio fast m-track [link]
I have a lenovo laptop and I gotta say I am not too happy with the quality.
I bought it last year and I paid 100 for it and it leaves something to be desired.
For instance I wanna sample a drum machine app from my phone and I have ableton link enabled but its still out of phase.
Not sure if its the sound card or my settings but also sometimes the channel 1 input doesn't work so I have to use the channel 2
In addition to everything here, the solution most people go for with home studios is called an "audio interface" and cheapest audio interfaces can be found in the audio-card-price-range.
Not really. I just picked that one because it had four ram slots.
If you have extra budget, i'd get a decent cheap DAC/recording box, something like this(which i owned the older version of for a little while and liked)
I've used ableton, reason, logic, and more. Pretty much just pick one and stick with it. Logic is mac only, and ableton and reason are both very popular.
Stay away from cheesy stuff like fruity loops.
It took me a while to figure out the A/I thing too. But you'll definitely want one sooner or later. Plus, if you eventually want to implement external synths/instruments, you will need an audio interface to sample from. I picked up this M-track mostly because of the price. It works okay, I only really sample my Microkorg and my Roland TB-3 so the two inputs work great for that and it really helped me to wrap my head around not only audio interfaces but mixers too.
something like this?
Do you have any recommendations on a microphone?
Another option is the M-Track. It's basically the same thing as the Alesis above but a teensy bit cheaper.
For software, you can also try reaper as a DAW, which is free for 60 days and then only costs 60 bucks to license. It comes with a bunch of compressors, which is helpful for the Sample. That's how I've been recording these tracks.
Will I need to buy an additional cord to plug it into this?
This is the mic I found
I run a project studio that I built the PC for myself. From my research, for music production, intels are recommended. As usual, people will/can argue about this, but i7s have worked great for me. I ran an i7 2600 for a 3 years without even hitting the limit of its capabilities. Ditch the video card, use onboard i5/i7 graphics. Cheaper, quieter.
Like others have recommended, an external sound-card with ASIO support will be a big help in reducing latency (delay of sound being played on your speaker/headphone). You can always get one later though. It's more important if you're doing real-time recording, rather than electronic production.
I threw together a quick build, but I'm by no means an expert, so maybe there are better motherboards/RAM sticks at the price, but this should be a good starting point. Sound card is not included, so add from below:
A basic sound interface would cost $80, and a decent one $150.
If you can afford to, throw in another 8 GB of RAM and you should be golden.
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Edit: Had used PC1333 RAM by mistake, replaced with 1600.
For only $80 this is a steal! I love mine.
Thats exactly what I mean, that would work perfect. Similar options would be the M-audio 2x2, the Lexicon Alpha, the PreSonus Audiobox 2x2 or my all time favorite the Tascam US122 MKII.
All of these you should be able to find for under $60 (USD) at your used music equipment retailer,and even less on craigslist or something similar.
To your question about the 3.5mm, physically yes, you can buy an adapter like this 1/8 to 1/4 inch adapter at any music store, but realistically like I said, if you are using a 30 dollar microphone that outputs through 3.5mm, you may as well just record to your phone, laptop, webcam or guitar hero or rockband microphone. These will all be relatively the same quality. If you are going to spend the money on a usb audio interface, you need to purchase at least an entry level microphone otherwise there is no point. My advice to you is to search for the cheapest dynamic microphone you can find on your local classifieds, go to your local music store and tell them your needs and find a microphone, or if you're wiling to spend $100 bucks for the quality, nothing can beat the sm58 or sm57. Some of the cheapest professional microphones out there, but are still industry standards and used in at least 60% of the recorded music you hear today. As this article puts it, "Are there cheaper options? Absolutely. But every one of them is just a poor imitation".
I could talk to you all day about gear and audio quality but if you have any more questions feel absolutely free to message me.