Once you have your computer, you are halfway there. I would recommend then getting yourself a cheap pair of headphones or speakers. Which ones are better for you? Best to ask yourself this question…Do you have a space where you can turn it up every now and then without mum/dad/neighbours/housemates getting totally pissed off?
If not, the answer is probably headphones for now!
In the beginning when first starting out, you’ll find yourself doing a fair bit of research, what is the best DAW, what are the best headphones/speakers? Let me put your mind at ease. There’s no such thing. Hit records have been made on speakers for a few hundred dollars to speakers that cost tens of thousands! In fact, Noah “40” Shebib would test some of Drakes songs on a hotel alarm clock speaker and his Macbook Pro speakers. His theory was, if it sounds great on terrible speakers, then on big speakers it would sound even better. The song of course, went to number 1 on the charts!
Headphones can be purchased at $50 or at $5000. Expensive doesn’t mean that you’ll make great music and gear addiction is most definitely a thing, trust me, I’ve had it for years and it’s most probably more expensive than a drug addiction. If first starting out, have a budget and just get started, if you don’t like the gear, sell it or swap it for something else. You’ll know sooner or later if it’s a hardcore passion or just a weekend hobby.
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And for your microphone you will generally use XLR to XLR which looks like this on your left. For XLR, you will need female to male and for microphones, the female goes into the male part of the mic because… you know, the birds and the bees… different type of blog.
I would highly recommend buying some mid-range cables. Cheap cables will stop working quicker and may cause noise issues with your audio when recording. I always try to buy mid-high range cables. There’s no point spending so much money on audio equipment and then buying cheap cables which will record terrible signals with your new beautiful equipment!
Seriously lastly this time…plugins. They’re not really equipment/gear but they’re important because they are emulating hardware gear.