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The Singer- Songwriter

As a singer-songwriter, you will want a mic and somewhere to plug your guitar or piano into. The following setups go from simple iOS-based ones to a full-on songwriter’s dream studio…

OPTION 1: £500 OR LESS

SOFTWARE: GarageBand

£2.99

The price for an app of this complexity and flexibility is ridiculous, but that’s Apple for you: cheap software to sell expensive hardware – you know the score. GarageBand was an introduction for many people to the joys of making music on a computer, but when it came out on the iPad, people suddenly realised that iOS music making had come of age. The app now comes jam-packed with instruments and guitar amps, which you can play through simply by plugging in your guitar. There are loads of effects and so much more. “At the ridiculous price of £2.99 for everything, you really can’t go wrong,” we said. “And this still remains one of the best apps for music making.”

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Apple GarageBand

SPEAKERS: Tannoy Reveal 402

£198

Again, the budget market for monitors is varied and crowded, but as you singers and songwriters have only spent £2.99 on your software, we think you can nudge the price up slightly for your speakers, so we’ve gone for the Reveal 402s from Tannoy. “These speakers will effortlessly fill a small-to-mediumsized room with sound, and the extra volume that they produce makes it easier to overlook the slightly vague stereo imaging. These models represent a lot of speaker for the money. The 402 has ample power, great looks and impressive sound quality for its price point. Fine-sounding monitors for the money.”

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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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