Should you Do It Yourself?
It is now possible to buy a portable digital
multitrack recorder or
computer interface for less than R6000. There are also several cheap
Asian-manufactured microphones on the market. Should you make you own
"garage" recording this way?
My view is that these cheaper tools are great for a bit of
songwriting or a quick demo. However, knowing how to use the
equipment is nearly as important as what you buy. Without good knowledge
of mic selection, placement, gain settings and more, it is easy to
produce a lousy recording even with the best equipment.
All of my gear is carefully hand selected (over
several years) to produce the best recordings possible. I know what sources each piece
of gear will work well on. Many of these items are not available in
your local music store, or are available only by special order.