Sidenotes:1. Mac vs. PC: By default, Macs are generally more
reliable with handling audio. However, it all depends on what's inside
of your system. I actually use PC because I prefer the Windows operating
system. I just made sure I put in it what it takes to process audio
proficiently (24 GB RAM, Intel Core i-7, 500 GB SSD System Drive, 4TB
worth of extra space). You don't need all of that to get started though.
2. Vocal Booth/Recording Environment: Your
recording environment (vocal booth) cannot be assessed/treated through a
general studio setup checklist. However, it is vital to having a clean
sound. While I do recommend "Reflxion Filters" from Se Electronics to
help, they are only supplements to your environment and do not
completely take care of your acoustic space.
Be sure that you are recording in an area that is isolated from outside
noise (insulated and padded with 'studio foam' preferably). Check out
this video on how to make a low-budget vocal booth.
For complete vocal booth systems (pricey), I highly suggest vocalbooth.com.
3. Plug: All links are to Sweetwater.com.
I don't make anything off of this. They just have AWESOME customer
service and I swear by them. I would be remiss if I did not send you
there as well!