After a bit of review-reading and netsearching, I decided to buy studio gear as a starter bundle.
For under £190, I got the Second Generation, just out, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB 2.0 audio interface, a studio-quality CM25 condenser microphone with stand adaptor, XLR cable and a pair of HP60 monitoring headphones.
I picked the two inputs because I am not a band. I can jam with my wife, or I can do guitar and vocal, or double mic a combo. It’s perfect for my needs.
It came really quickly, and to be honest, I am not ready yet as Reaper still isn’t operational.
The Scarlett comes with free software – a free version of Pro Tools that doesn’t interface with the professional edition nor that makes mp3s. It does have plug-ins – and that’s not usually included with the free edition.
According to the reviews and forums, it’s a palava even downloading it all, registering and getting it operational.
I tested the headphones on my smartphone. They work great.
The Scarlett lights up when plugged into the USB of the laptop. However, I plugged in headphones and then the mic -twiddled the knobs. Not a peep. I tried plugging a guitar in – same: nothing.
If I can get things working, I can begin my hobby and it would only cost me the bundle plus the licence for Reaper – all-in-all, about £200 – which is not bad at all.
However, at this stage I have some kit and some software, and nothing is working! I have spend a lot of time and effort getting nowhere fast!
So it’s back to the forums and user guide for a while.