I get asked often about the kind of equipment I use to produce Lore. The long answer is below, but the short answer is just as important to remember: equipment is a small part of the equation. The room you record in, your acoustic treatments, your technique, and your editing skills all play a huge part as well. So don't read the list below as a recipe that will guarantee you the same results.
Tools are just objects; it's the hand using them that gives them life.
- Main microphone: Shure SM7B - this is a magical microphone, and the best investment I've made.
- Gain boosting: Cloudlifter CL-1 - the SM7B is very power-hungry, and needs help to give you enough gain.
- USB Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4. This allows the XLR mic cable to connect to your computer.
- I've built a custom booth, about the size of a shower, out of PVC pipe, foam padding, and moving blankets. It would make MacGyver proud, trust me, but it's not pretty. Google is your friend in learning how to do this.
- If your space is tight, there are desk-friendly acoustic shields to sit behind your mic. I own this one.
- I run Lore on the cheap, using the free copy of GarageBand that came with my Mac. I prefer GB 6, but new Macs ship with GB 10, and I have yet to learn it. I fear change, apparently.