Audio recording studio equipment is the basis behind if you are producing great quality sound or a lackluster vibe.
Choosing a microphone is usually the first stop for an artist. Be sure to check out our list for the 9 best condenser and dynamic microphones for studio recording under $500
A great microphone like the Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic goes for around $299, which is inexpensive and used by some of the bigger recording studios for vocal recording.
Do your homework before committing and speak to other professionals in the area to see what they are using, if you can.
Also if you are looking to record rap vocals specifically you really need to see our guide on rap vocals: top best 9 microphones to use.
Yamaha is the studio standard for anyone that I have ever spoken to about audio recording studios because many people think they produce accurate, flat sound with a realistic feel.
Some people choose to go with the more expensive options from JBL, so it just depends on your budget and what you think sounds best.
Yamaha’s HS80M speakers are priced at about $350, so I would check those out.
A great pair of headphones is awesome for in the studio but most people won’t be listening to your audio through expensive headphones, so using standard headphones is great for hearing how your audio comes off to the general population.
Try Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones priced around $170.