Here are some vocal recording hardware and software that I have had great experiences with. They are, in my opinion, and from my experience, some of the best vocal recording equipment you can use for the highest quality sound!


Best recording software


Pro Tools 9

  •    Ideal for: Music and post pros requiring maximum power, the highest sound quality, and guaranteed track counts afforded by a DSP-accelerated system
  •    Maximum I/O: 96/96 (hardware-dependent, interfaces sold separately)
  •    Mic inputs/preamps: interface-dependent
  •    Maximum audio resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
  •    Latency performance (96 kHz, 64-sample buffer): 0.44 ms
  •    Connection: PCIe

Retail Price: $829


Top vocal mics


ADK Microphone S-7B

  •   Polar pattern: Cardioid
  •   Sensitivity: 12mv/Pa
  •   Impedance: 150Ω
  •   S/N Ratio: 79dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  •   Equivalent Noise Level: 15dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  •   Max SPL for 0.5%THD: 132dB/ 140dB/ 150dB (0dB PAD/-8dB PAD/-18dB PAD)
  •   Low Cut filter (HPF): FLAT/ 100Hz/ 150Hz
  •   Power Requirements: Phantom power 48V±4V

Retail Price: $299


Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Cardioid Condenser Mic

  •      Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient

  •      Directional Pattern: Cardioid
  •      Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  •      Sensitivity @ 1 kHz into 1 kOhm: 33.5 mV/Pa
  •      Rated Impedance: 50 Ohms
  •      Rated Load Impedance: Not less than 1 kOhm
  •      S/N Ratio CCIR468-3: 76 dB
  •      S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651: 87 dB-A
  •      Noise Level DIN/IEC 651: 5.5 dB-A
  •      Maximum SPL (0.5% THD) into 2.5 kOhm: 133dB
  •      Dynamic Range (2.5 kOhm): 128dB
  •      Supply Voltage (IEC 268-15): 48V Phantom (35V minimum)
  •      Dimensions: 8.75 x 1.75 inches
  •     * Weight: 350g

Retail Price: $449


Audio Technica AT2020 USB Condenser Microphone

Retail Price:  $99


Great Recording Hardware


M-Audio Fast Track Audio Interface

(4 x 4)

  •   24-bit/96kHz audio interface with dual mic/instrument preamps
  •   Balanced/unbalanced analog I/O
  •   S/PDIF coaxial; MIDI I/O
  •   ¼” headphone output with level control and A/B source switch
  •   Mac and PC compatible; class compliant with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher

Retail Price: $179.99



Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface

  •    Ultra-flexible audio interface connects your instruments, mixer, etc. with your computer for recording and      playback
  •    High-resolution 48 kHz converters for high-end audio quality
  •   Works with your PC or Mac computer—no setup or drivers required. Free audio recording and editing software  downloadable at www.behringer.com
  •   Stereo Headphone output with dedicated Level control lets you monitor both input and output
  •   Additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion
  •   Powered via USB—no external power supply needed
  •   High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Retail Price: $32.99


PreSonus AudioBox USB 2×2 USB Recording Interface

  •    Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels
  •    Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  •    Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  •    Full-featured, flexible automation
  •    Powerful real-time auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
  •    Control Link™ (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
  •    Twenty 32-bit Native Sound™ plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
  •    Four new virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
  •    Ability to control the software mixer in any FireStudio-series interface to create zero- latency cue mixes.
  •    Gigabytes of third-party resources, including Native Instruments™ Kore™ Player with custom SoundPack (150 instruments), Native Instruments™ Guitar Rig LE, Toontrack™ EZDrummer Lite, and over 1.4 GB of loops!

Retail Price: $150

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

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