As an indie artist, the thought of home recording is very enticing because it allows you to work at your own pace and learn the ins and outs of DIY recording. If you’re considering recording at home, be sure to do your research before making a purchase. Recording equipment is costly and complex. If you’re not familiar with the terminology and technology, it can be overwhelming.
So what are some good places to start your research and then make your foray into the recording world? Here are a couple websites to get you started:
- Gearslutz.com: More than just a funny name, Gearslutz has it all. Looking for a place to discuss recording equipment, engineering, production, mastering, studio building, post production and more? Gearslutz has it. They also have: job postings, podcasts, interviews, and even “The Moan Zone,” an engineer and producer “self help group.” Their forum is amazing, as are their classifieds. Glearslutz has a plethora of information, and it’s all completely free. This is a great place to research and ask questions before you buy.
- Altomusic.com: Once you’ve done your research and you’re ready to make a purchase, check out AltoMusic, which bills itself as “The Most Complete Music Store In The World. Period.” It seems they’re right. Not only is their selection vast, their prices are right. Product selection includes pre-owned gear, which is a great option for those just starting out. If you can’t make it to their brick and mortar stores around the NYC area, you can shop their extensive selection online. www.altomusic.com
Word to the wise: Big box retailers might not be your best bet. Often, the customer service is poor and the representatives aren’t as well informed as you may hope. Prices are often a bit higher, as well. Again, do your research before you buy.
Tell us what you think! Have you purchased recording equipment recently? What did you buy and where did you buy it? Where did you do your research?
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