I'd like to sing and create songs on my PC by processing my voice, synthesizing tracks, mixing stuff, but not just at a Karaoke level, but as close to a professional level as possible within my $200 budget so it sounds at least as good as Owl City (at least music-wise).
What software do I need to achieve this? What mic would you recommend? My budget is $200 max (I think the emphasis of this should be on a high-quality mic, not the software, right?)
And do I REALLY need a sound card for this or will my motherboard's on-board audio be enough?
1. Sound card if you are aiming for anything nearing professional , check the forums here for good soundcard advice.
2. the software you need rather depends on what your going to be doing, are you actually creating the tracks or just chopping pre-recorded segs together?
3. mic, Gearslutz.com has a good forum and I reckon someone on there would have a good perspective on mics for pc usage re: professional level music.
But like everything else, you get what you pay for, and as a singer, your mic is your link to the pc, skimp here and no software is going to help you sound ok, but here a Gearslutz link to the pc section, hope this helps in some way man http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/
2) I am just chopping pre-recorded segs together, but I do need to be able to digitally process those tracks with effects as well as my own voice track to make it all blend well (kind of how Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus can't sing worth a damn live but on CD with audio engineering they are OK). What would you recommend in this case?
I was looking around for you when you replied hehe, http://www.music-software-reviews.com/free_music_editin... seems to have some good friendly advice on freeware stuff, needs reading though to get the best advice i think, I used to use a lot of trials from http://www.nch.com.au
But that was just home recording Guitar <Left handed B.C.Rich warlock >
I'm not a singer so youll have to trawl them for vocal specific programs but I hope this helps a bit man