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The Band/ Band Engineer

You’ll need multitrack recording (eventually), some tough kit for the road, microphones and mobile options. Can you really do all of that for £500 or less? Yes, you can!

OPTION 1: £500 OR LESS

SOFTWARE: GarageBand

£2.99

Yes, it’s GarageBand again – see p12 for the full reason why!

www.apple.com

SPEAKERS: Presonus Eris 4.5

£150

With a band on the road, we’d probably recommend headphones for production, especially if your iPad is the centre of it all – so check the headphones box for recommendations – but, again, for this end of the budget, there are plenty of proper monitoring options. We’d suggest these from Presonus for your budding band or engineer. When we reviewed them, we said: “We hadn’t expected that much from the Eris 4.5s because they most closely resemble computer speakers and are priced accordingly.

“Given those caveats, the sound quality was absolutely remarkable. Although they have all the tone-shaping controls of their bigger brothers we felt less inclined to tweak them because the 4.5s sounded so good straight out of the box.”

Other options: Yamaha HS5, Samson Resolv SE5, IK Multimedia iLoud Micro, Fostex PM series

www.presonus.com

www.sourcedistribution.co.uk

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In issue 169 of MusicTech we present the best dance, acoustic, band and soundtrack setups for all budgets in our massive cover feature, also this issue we speak to the guru of game music, the third part of our huge From Studio to Release feature: this time looking at recording vocals, we feature 6 of the best modular effects and review the latest hardware and software from the likes of Spitfire, Melda, Cableguys, TC Electronic, Apogee, Audified, UVI and more. PLUS free with this issue you get the complete guide to mastering, an exclusive supplement featuring all the best mastering content we’ve run last year
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