I am the last person you should be listening to about what gear to buy and what order to buy it in, so hopefully you’ve already listened to everybody else. Now that is out of the way.
A little while ago i had a bit more disposable income to spend on gear than i do today, so now i have to put a bit more thought into my purchasing decisions. If you are in a similar situation i suggest making a list of gear you want or need, and putting it into order of priority. You can get very detailed with a budget or just keep it simple. You can always update the list but at least by writing it down it makes things more clear and easy to remember. Our emotions can easily change our minds from day to day. One day you might think “I’m gonna get that $2000 preamp and it will be awesome” the next day you might think “I might just buy some cheap $100 preamp because it won’t make much difference really and i can’t afford it right now”. Both options might be a bit extreme. This might go on for weeks, and you never really figure out exactly whats the best gear to buy and you will take longer achieving your goals with your limited funds. bummer.
There are many things to think about and it depends on what your goal is, but no matter what that goal is, you will probably benefit from making a list and writing some notes down.
Eg. What do i need first definitely? 8 Mic cables and 8 stands, medium to best quality. No cheapies. = $150 + 600 = $750
These boring things add up pretty quick. But u might definitely need them so you realise you might as well get them first. Decision made, lock it in. Have a lie down.
Your list maybe
1) 8 stands/cables (GOT)
2) 3 sm57s (get in 2 weeks)
3) 2 good DIs countryman or Radial, not sure yet. (3 weeks)
4) Pair of Nt5’s (5 weeks)
5) Octopre mk2 or dynamic, Still deciding. (7 weeks)
6) A-T 4040 (9 weeks)
7) Slate VCC plugin (10 weeks)
8) That ribbon mic. (10 to the power of 5 weeks)
9) AU LA-610 MK2 (a googolplex and a half weeks, if i get that raise)
This is a list where you made objective decisions based on your goals your income and time frame, rather than those fleeting thoughts floating around in your head that change by the minute. The main thing about lists is that you actually have to do them, thinking about them doesn’t count.
I think i could have just written the heading of this post and then shut the f&$* up.