Here at DJ Tech Direct it’s a common enquiry for our customers to ask us the easiest way of getting into recording music on your computer. Computers offer an easy route to getting professional recordings and it’s fair to say a studio is not a studio without decent computer in this modern age we live in. Having said that, there’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer when choosing the rest of your recording gear and it can be a minefield picking the right audio interface, microphone and accessories that’s right for you.
Focusrite, one of the leading manufacturers for recording equipment have some of their bestselling audio interfaces
now packaged in a complete set with a condenser microphone and headphones and the iTrack Studio
is one of the most convenient ways of getting your home studio up and running. The all-in-one pack will turn your PC, Mac or even iPad
into a recording studio. Whether you’ve been creating music for years or have just started out iTrack studio
gives you everything that you need to record your music at a high quality in one package.
What’s in the box?
Included in the iTrack studio is a high quality iTrack solo audio interface
that allows for vocals, guitars or acoustics to be recorded into your computer at ease. As a leader in computer audio interfaces
the iTrack Solo interface is a well made, high quality interface that allows recording at up to 24-bit 96kHz, which is significantly higher than standard CD quality. Also included is a 30-pin device link cable for connection to an iPad and dual inputs and 2 channel operations to allow for the easiest, highest quality recordings you could ask for from a one box set.
The Focusrite iTrack studio also comes with a high quality Focusrite CM25S
condenser microphone and a 3 metre long low noise microphone cable
that is designed to capture every detail of your vocals or acoustic instruments in a clean, smooth way giving you the best sounding recordings that you could possibly ask for. At the same time, the Focusrite HP60S studio monitoring headphones give a clear, accurate sound that allows you to hear everything that the high quality CM25S microphone records and for pinpointing details in your creations when mixing and editing.
For use for PC and Mac, Ableton Live Lite is included. Proving one of the most versatile music creation softwares on the market Ableton not only works great for recording but has extensive controls over looping and sampling perfect for electronic music too. The Scarlett Plugin suite also included gives you an EQ, gate, compresser and reverb to give your music that finishing touch. Focusrites 'Tape'
provides a simple, easy to use and visually appealing simple two track recorder app via your iPad.
Who would use it?
This all in one box set is ideal for anybody that wants to record his or her music in a high quality with ease. From beginners to experts this set is ideal for recording music in the home or even on the go with the ability to record on the iPad. Perfect for vocalists, guitarists, or even MC’s who want to record their lyrics without having to pay large amounts of money to use a professional studio. One of the biggest selling points for this item is the fact that it is truly multi platform, allowing people to operate it on Mac, PC or iPad. Also for the price, this set really is a bargain! With everything you need to record included it really couldn’t be simpler to get your music recorded.
Focusrite Scarlett Studio
The Focusrite iTrack Studio has 1 input for a microphone with phantom power and one instrument input. If you don’t need iPad compatability and you’re after an extra input that will power a secondary condenser mic, it’s definitely worth checking out the Scarlett Studio
. The package comes complete with the Scarlett 2i2
audio interface with two inputs capable of phantom power.
What Else Do I Need?
If you’ve invested in a studio package already you may find after hours of making music using headphones can sometimes be tiring on the ears. Unlike headphones where we’ll have a set for on the move, one for DJing and one for in the studio we only get one pair of ears so it’s important to be sensible with volume levels. Now you’ve got your Focusrite recording package, the next step will be to invest in a pair of Active Studio Monitors
. Benefits for studio monitors include being less fatiguing on the ears while providing an accurate representation of your music both in frequency content and stereo image. For those who want to include active studio monitors into their recording setup, it’s also worth checking out our combined Focusrite and KRK speaker package available here