RECOMMENDED BUDGET AUDIO RECORDING SETUP
The setup I recommend in this Blog is the Shure SM58 microphone with a foam cover and a desk stand, and also a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface and apple earbuds to monitor the audio. You can probably get all of this setup 2nd hand for under $150. If you do want to record the audio, you will need a computer or a laptop with some audio recording software. If you don’t have a computer though, you could get an audio interface that records onto your phone or tablet or you can use a handy recorder such as the Zoom H5 which records the audio onto an SD card. Lets now have a quick look at this Shure SM58 microphone and Focusrite 2i2 audio interface.
SHURE SM58 DYNAMIC MICROPHONE
This is a great durable dynamic vocal mic and costs around $100. This microphone also has a build-in pop shield for live performance, A pop shield is a better option, but a foam cover can still help with some of those plosive sounds, which is a blast of air you can get from certain words
FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2i2 AUDIO INTERFACE
The audio interface I recommend is the Focusrite 2i2. This audio interface has 2 inputs and is great if you’re starting out and is around about $100 There is also a solo version which has one microphone preamp, so you can plug in one microphone and is even more inexpensive.
A microphone desk stand also can be useful if you want to record podcasts or voiceover work at home. You will also need to get an XLR cable to plug the microphone into the audio interface. Also, you will need a pair of speakers, headphones or earphones to monitor your audio.