Welcome to mixersetup.com. This is a site dedicated to providing information on using your PC as a recording workstation. We believe that the centerpiece of PC recording is the mixing board. Over the next few months we will be showcasing the various workstation designs we've used in our podcast and music recording studio.
In the meantime, I'm going to recommend the Behringer Xenyx 802 Mixex to start out with. The Behringer Xenyx is an affordable 8-input mixing console with 2 mic preamps, 6 line inputs, and effects send and return. For most podcasting applications, it may seem like overkill but this board gives you plenty of room to expand. In the near future, I'll be adding diagrams for making the connections to your PC.
You'll need one of these to connect your mixing board's output to the PC. You'll also need another one if you also want your PC out to be added to the mix.
VST Plugins are modules that you with your recording software that adds realtime effects or can act as synthesizer to add drums, keyboards, noise, or other instrument sounds to your recording. Below are some of the resources that I have added to my recording software bundle.Nova Flash
electronics for music
VST 4 Free
Krakli Free Synths
Dream Vortex Studio
Togu Audio Line
Shareware Music Machine
Looping & Sampling
Using software like Sony Acid or ReCycle, you can make music out of sampled sounds. Below are some of the places I get my samples from...
Drum Machine Samples
Orchestral Instrument Samples