Recording Stories November 27, 2015

Black Friday Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB interface $100 (Reg. $150), MIDI keyboards, more

Amazon has the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface for $99 shipped (matched at Sweetwater for Black Friday). That’s about $50 under the original listing, $1 under our previous mention and within $10 or matching the best pre-owned prices on Guitar Center.

With two high quality mic-pres (inputs) and 24-bit/96KHz sample rate, we are most certainly talking about a higher recording quality than your built-in option. It has a metal unibody design, is bus powered and will work with your Mac right out of the box with: “Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.” It has a 4.4/5 star rating from over 600 Amazon customers.

Along with its musical instruments/production Black Friday deals, Amazon is offering an extra 20% off a long list of gear including guitars, acoustic guitars, accessories, keyboards and more using code MUSIC20OFF at checkout.

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Recording Stories November 19, 2015

Home Recording: ATH-M50x over-ear headphones + Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface $185 shipped ($300+ value)

Adorama is back with another interesting home recording bundle deal. This time around it features one of our favorite sets of headphones with one of our favorite audio interfaces. You can grab the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Headphones in black plus a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface for $184.95 shipped. Combining both items together, that’s $117 in savings off the current regular prices. Even at the lowest all-time historical price either of these two items have been offered for individually, you are still saving $35.

The best selling Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are among the most popular home recording options out there and have received an impressive 4.7/5 star rating from over 1,800 Amazon customers, much like the rest of the highly rated ATH-M series headphones. The Scarlett 2i2 interface also has solid reviews at 4.3/5 stars from over 750 customers.

The Scarlett audio interface will work with just about any DAW and its built-in pre-amps will offer much higher quality analog audio recording than your built-in options. Full feature lists on all both items can be found below and remember Amazon is currently taking an additional 20% off select musical instruments and accessories with code SOUND20OFF right now.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring, professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort. Detachable cable

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface:

  • High quality mic preamps
  • Excellent dital performance
  • Rugged metal unibody case
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, truly portable interface
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Recording Stories November 10, 2015

expiredFocusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface for $100 shipped (Reg. $150), more

Adorama has the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface for $99.99 shipped. That’s about $50 under the original listing, Guitar Center and Amazon. It is also the best price we can find, and as good or better than most used prices.

Its two high quality mic-pres (inputs) and 24-bit/96KHz sample rate will certainly up the quality of your home recordings. This metal unibody interface is highly portable (bus powered), will work with your Mac right out of the box and includes “Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.” It has a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 600 Amazon customers.

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Recording Stories September 8, 2015

expiredFocusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface $99 shipped (Reg. $150), more

Adorama is offering the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface for $99 shipped. That’s $50 under the going rate/Amazon and the best price we can find. You can also grab the same interface with a Samson MTR101 1″ Diaphragm Condenser Microphone bundled in for $169 ($230 value).

One of our top picks for affordable home audio interfaces, the Scarlett has everything you need to start recording including: Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples. It has a 4.4/5 stars from over 500 Amazon customers and features:

  • High quality mic preamps
  • 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz
  • Direct Monitor Function
  • Excellent dital performance
  • Rugged metal unibody case

Recording Stories May 19, 2015

M-Audio 61-key Oxygen Series bus-powered MIDI keyboard $123 shipped (Reg. $200)

Amazon has the M-Audio Oxygen Series 61 Ignite MIDI Controller keyboard for $123.23 shipped. That’s around $76 below the the original $200 price tag it is still fetching from retailers like Guitar Center and as much as $20 under the best price we can find.

This is a bus-powered, 61 key MIDI keyboard that will integrate with your favorite recording software on your Mac right out of the box. It features 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable sliders and dedicated transport and track buttons to run your DAW without the need for a mouse (optional).

It has received a 4/5 star rating from 35 Amazon customers. Be sure to check out the rest of Amazon’s discounted musical instruments store for up to 50% off accessories, instruments, keyboards, recording gear and more.

More on the M-Audio Oxygen Series 61 Ignite:

The Oxygen 61 USB MIDI controller delivers next-generation functionality from M-Audio, the leading innovator in mobile music production technology. Oxygen 61 features eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, plus dedicated transport and track select buttons.

DirectLink mode automatically maps these controls to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters.

Built-in factory presets offer support for popular virtual instruments right out of the box—no complicated setup required. Velocity-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design round out a portable keyboard that’s perfect for both production and performance. No other MIDI controller in this price range has so much functionality while remaining easy to use.

Recording Stories March 6, 2015

Update (3/13 8:10am): Amazon offers the Elgato Game Capture HD60 at $149.99 shipped.

Update (3/8 11:00am): Best Buy drops the Elgato Game Capture HD60 down to $149.99 shipped.

Thanks to a promo code, Elgato’s professional-class video game recorder, streamer, and screenshot maker Game Capture HD60 can now be had for $152.99 shipped, within $3 of the lowest price we’ve seen for the normally $180 accessory. Apply promo code PE0315P22 for 15% off Newegg’s $169.99 price to get the savings, which is $5 under Amazon’s current price of $157.99. The HD60 works with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U, as well as both Macs and PCs.

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Capable of recording at full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, Game Capture HD60 includes an HDMI cable to connect to your TV and a USB cable to connect to your computer. A free Elgato app can record or livestream video from your console to YouTube or Twitch, as well as saving files directly on your computer. You can continue to play your games through your TV with smooth pass-through video, and either share full in-game audio or add live commentary with your computer’s microphone. Basic editing tools are also included in the app.

With a 4.4/5-star Amazon rating across over 1,600 customers, Game Capture HD60 has become the recorder of choice for serious video gamers. It gives console gamers better recording, streaming, editing, and screenshot-making options than are found in current-generation consoles. Be sure to check out other great gaming deals from 9to5Toys, as well as our Gaming For Couples columns featuring top console games to play with your family.

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Recording Stories December 11, 2014

Logitech 720p HD Webcam w/ Widescreen Calling & Recording $15 (Reg. up to $40)

Update (12/14 11:35am): Price dropped to $14.99.

Best Buy via eBay has the Logitech C270 HD Webcam with 720p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording for $19.99 shipped (matched on Best Buy). That’s 50% under the original price, matching the best refurbished listings we can find, $7 below Amazon and matching the best price we’ve seen it go for.

Features:

  • Easy HD video calls on Skype, Windows Live Messenger
  • Fluid HD 720p video recording and video calling in 16:9 widescreen
  • Crisp 3 MP photos
  • Auto light correction, built-in noise-cancelling mic
  • Works with Windows-based PCs
  • Includes 5-ft. cable and 2-year limited hardware warranty

It has received a 4.4/5 star rating from over 650 Amazon customers and 4.5/5 from 275 Best Buy customers. 

While the feature list only mentions Windows-based systems, user reports (of which there are many) suggest it works just fine on Mac. In our own experience we found the C920 model to work on OS X right out of the box.

More from Logitech:

Hi-Def Yourself.

Logitech HD Webcam C270—making HD video calling simple. Say it bigger. Say it better. High definition 720p video in widescreen for picture quality that’s simply amazing.

Self-expression knows no bounds. It’s not just about video calls anymore. Video blog, stream, share, rant, rap, sing and dance with ease. Plus it works seamlessly with your favorite applications. The term ‘webcam’ doesn’t quite do it justice.

Video calling made easy 

Enjoy fluid HD 720p calls on Skype, Windows Live Messenger and Logitech Vid HD—the free, fast and fast easy way to see your loved ones face-to-face.

Simple to snap and send photos

Take vibrant 3-megapixel snapshots with just one click.

Comes with good lighting

With automatic light correction, you’ll get the best possible image—even if you make a video call in dim light.

Recording Stories August 21, 2014

Pro Tools 11 + Mbox Pro interface $760 shipped ($240 off), Pro Tools/KRK recording suite package up to $400 off, more

You can grab an Mbox Pro audio interface and a copy of Pro Tools 10 (w/ upgrade to Pro Tools 11) for $759.55 shipped at Amazon. This package regularly sells for $1000 elsewhere, saving you as much as $240.

The Mbox Pro interface features 8 inputs and 8 outputs total (6 analog), 4 mic pre-amps, 4 insert points for external processing, Midi, DI inputs, a built-in guitar tuner, an iLok 2 USB Key and everything else you’ll need to get going.

Next up, if you need a complete recording suite B&H has a deal on a Pro Tools package today as well. You get Pro Tools 11 and an Mbox interface (not the Pro model) plus KRK Rockit 6 studio monitors ($399 value), a Rode NT1-A Vocal Recording Bundle w/ mic ($239 value) and a number of other goodies like cables, a mic stand and speaker isolation pads for $999.99 shipped.

A full copy of Pro Tools brand new on its own is $600 and the best current price on the Mbox is about $252, adding the other goodies you get in this bundle you are saving as much as $400 compared to the individual prices. Keep in mind that if you already own Pro Tools 10, you can upgrade to 11 for $299.

KRK speakers are a recording industry standard along with Pro Tools software and interfaces. All of the hardware in these packages has received a 4+ star rating on Amazon.

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