SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002
welcome to HRC . There are a lot of choices out there and some of the geat looks good to start.
I've had the Mbox (it works great,but digidisign gear limits you ,for pc. only digidisign gear works the software it coems with,pro tools) so if you plan to stick with PC i'd steer clear of the Mbox. I've had nothing but good luck with M-audio, the firewire audiophile is a good start . I have a B-1 amd it works nice, I've come to like the VG line of mic's from MXL a little better they're a little more forgiving on vocal tracks and have a nice warmth. I'm not sure about the monitors , I use events , I've heard nice things about KRK, m-audio, and the behringer monitors have supprised me on how well they sound. If you get a chance go and check out the monitors at like a guitar center or some local music store if you can. It's also a good idea to look inot a multi tracking program to record with (most of the sound cards come with something ,most of the time a lite or LE edition of some software) ,a lot of people like cakewalk (gutar tracks,home studio ,or Sonar 4) some here use stienburg (cubase LE ,SL,SX ,nuendo 2.0) and a few(and there growning) like audition . There are a few free programs other that do the job well ,Krystal is one that I know a number of people like .
It also might be a good idea (maybe down the road) to look at getting a small mixer ,a halfway decent compressor ,and a good pair of headphones .
check out the studio equipment section , and also there are a lot of helpful tips and articles to check out here .