One of the most frustrating things for both newbies and those who attempt to help them is the subject of money. I always grimace when someone posts a question about some piece of kit they need but insists that they only have $100 dollars to spend. This is especially problematic when they insist that they simply have to have something better than say an SM57, but then ask about a $69 Chinese condenser. Now I’ll never tell someone that they can’t accomplish something worthwhile unless they spend a small fortune, or that they should delay their recording aspirations until they can afford the best gear. Heck, I have great gear and still suck. At the same time, it’s important to realize that money, or lack of it, is going to have some impact their ability to produce something satisfying. Just because you only have a hundred bucks now, doesn’t mean you won’t have more at a later date. It’s really about commitment to what you’re trying to accomplish. When I was a young man, about a hundred years ago, I was always willing to do any odd job for any amount of money. By avoiding trips to MacDonald’s (13 cent burgers back then), the convenience store (Loved my comic books) , and other indulgences, I actually saved enough to purchase a new guitar, a few microphones and a small used PA system. (1950 something Shure VocalMaster). If you must purchase something immediately, then for goodness sake go get that SM57 instead if the 69 dollar Chinese condenser. In the long run you’ll get a lot more use and satisfaction out of the Shure than you will with virtually any sub $100 condenser mic. It all really comes down to having a plan, being prudent, and not feeling the need to run out and spend what little money you have as soon as you get it.
Lovingly and respectfully submitted,
Ye Olde Hawke.